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>

Local News

Tropical Storm Alberto forms in southwest Gulf, 1st named storm of the hurricane season

Jim Beam

Jim Beam column:News from a story collection

Local News

BREAKING: Willie Mays, Giants’ electrifying ‘Say Hey Kid,’ has died at 93

life

Snickerdoodle pancakes, anyone? Sowela’s culinary campers learning basic chef fundamentals, presentation skills, teamwork

life

Iowa flooded with complaints over water, sewer rates

Crime

6/18: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff announces arrest list

Local News

Former lawmaker Guinn dies at age 71

Local News

Undersea explorers mark a tragic day. Things to know about the Titan disaster anniversary

life

PHOTO GALLERY: Feel the Wheels event

life

Jeff Davis Parish animal shelter close to becoming reality

Local News

Tropical threat may bring downpours

life

Students named to Sowela’s spring chancellor’s and deans’ lists

Business

La. economic development bill ‘strategic and sustainable’

life

On Campus: SW La. students recognized for achievements

Local News

No foul play suspected in death of man found in shed

Local News

Area residents updated on Southwest Coastal Project

Local News

CPSO investigating two separate traffic fatalities in Starks

Crime

6/17: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff announces arrest list

life

Historical plaque unveiled to honor father of Jennings

Local News

Area towns, organizations will get boost from pet projects approved by Legislature

Crime

Sheriff investigating Moss Bluff homicide

Local News

Recall petition circulating for Iowa mayor

life

Jeff Davis School Board summer food program begins Monday

Local News

Scooter Hobbs: ACC-SEC challenge may be the future of CWS