Time for conference play

Cowboys make first visit to HBU

<p class="indent">Fresh off a season-opening win against the Big Sky’s Northern Colorado, the McNeese State football team turns its attention to its first Southland Conference game of the season, Saturday against Houston Baptist.

<p class="indent">The game will mark the Cowboys’ (1-0) first visit Husky Stadium.

<p class="indent">“I thought we played with a lot of energy on both sides (against UNC),” McNeese head coach Lance Guidry said. “Defensively, I thought we played well. We gave up a couple big plays, but we battled for the most part and got the guys down for the most part. We had some guys make some plays.”

<p class="indent">One of those guys was safety Gabe Foster, who didn’t take long to make a statement in his first career start with a pick six that he said helped him settle into the game.

<p class="indent">“Early in the game I was playing a little conservatively,” Foster said. “I was trying not to get beat. When I caught that pick I was settled down, and I was able to play a lot smoother.”

<div class="float"><div class="Lead">

Senior quarterback James Tabary said the offense still has a lot to work on. The Cowboys played conservatively on offense in the second half after taking a 17-0 lead into the locker room, running the ball despite UNC regularly stuffing the inside.

</div></div><p class="indent">As a result, McNeese struggled to move the ball and the Bears hung around much longer than the Cowboys felt comfortable with.

<p class="indent">“We didn’t make to many (halftime) adjustments because we thought if that was what they were going to keep giving us; we were just going to keep pounding the ball on them,” Tabary said. “But they made their adjustments, and we were kind of late on ours.”

<p class="indent">Now the Cowboys look forward to their SLC opener against HBU. Tabary said he remembers the Huskies (1-0) playing stout defense and dislocating his finger in the fourth quarter.

<p class="indent">The Huskies are coming off a 49-7 victory against Division II’s Southwest Baptist.

<p class="indent">Guidry said HBU should having a lot of momentum, but he believes plenty of the Cowboys will have their own motivation.

<p class="indent">“It’s conference now,” Guidry said. “We say we need to make a payment on the ring. This is the first payment.”

<p class="indent"><strong>Brotherly love</strong>

<p class="indent">Saturday marked the first time brothers Parker and Cody Orgeron played on the field together, but that almost didn’t happen.

<p class="indent">When Cody Orgeron was set to go in at quarterback, it was Mac Briscoe who was set to enter the game at receiver until Parker Orgeron interjected.

<p class="indent">Guidry said Parker Orgeron pleaded with Briscoe and offensive coordinator Landon Hoefer to let him get on the field for the series with his brother.

<p class="indent">“When he got out there, I made sure I was in the game,” Parker Orgeron said. “It’s cool. He’s going to get his shot and I’m happy for him.”

<div class="float"><div class="Lead"><strong>McNeese at Houston Baptist | 6 p.m. Saturday, CST</strong></div></div>

””<p>McNeese State wide receiver Tavarious Battiste makes the diving reception in front of Houston Baptist’s Dominique Barnett during the first half Saturday at Cowboy Stadium. (Rick Hickman/American Press)</p>

Jim Beam

Jim Beam column:Brumley likes propaganda videos

Crime

Jurors take less than 30 minutes to convict Fontenot of murder

Crime

Sheriff: Body found on the side of the road

life

Team Green Wednesday recycling drop-off schedule has changed

Local News

PHOTO GALLERY: Veterans Cemetery holds burial for seven unclaimed veterans

Business

Commonwealth LNG accused of mowing over threatened bird habitat

Local News

Biden announces Israel has offered a three-part proposal to end the war in Gaza

Local News

Release of 1M barrels of gas ‘not likely’ to ease price at pump

Crime

LC man charged with child porn possession

Local News

Scooter Hobbs column: Everything you need to know (and more) about LSU opponent

Local News

Lake Charles, Sulphur populations down, but Hunter says news isn’t all bad

life

STEM-centric Saturday: Phillips 66 STEM Family Fun Day in the Park this weekend

Local News

Four local educators finalists for state teacher, principal of the year

Crime

Trial begins for man accused in fatal Sherry Street shooting

Crime

GUILTY: Trump becomes first former US president convicted of felony crimes

Crime

Doomsday plot: Idaho jury convicts Chad Daybell of killing wife and girlfriend’s 2 children

Local News

WEATHER UPDATE: Potential for severe storms into Saturday

Local News

Sowela awarded nearly $300,000 to support mental health intiativies

Local News

Louisiana may soon require public school classrooms to display the Ten Commandments

Crime

Jury in Trump trial resume deliberations after asking to rehear testimony

Crime

Two injured in Wednesday shooting

life

Calcasieu Sheriff’s Office joins ‘Click It Or Ticket’ campaign

Local News

LDH urges precautions for mosquitoes to protect against West Nile, dengue

Local News

SUV pulled from same waterway where body recovered earlier this week