In the young 2010-2011 football season, the Langston University Lions have shown great success, but have also found some things yet to be worked out.
The Lions opened the season with a win over the NCAA Division II Incarnate Word Cardinals of San Antonio on Aug. 28, with excellent play from quarterback Darrion Lewis. Lewis completed 16 of 23 passes for 212 yards, with two touchdowns and no interceptions. He also posted a passer rating of 175.
The LU Lions defense also played big, with two fourth-quarter stops of the Cardinals’ offense within three minutes. At the game’s close, the LU Lions prevailed against the Cardinals to post a final score of 28-20.
“(That) was a tough win,” Lewis remarked following the game. “They played hard. They kept us on our toes.”
The Lions faced the Alcorn State Braves at Lorman, Miss., on Sept. 4. In a game where mental mistakes on a few key plays put LU’s offense in horrible field position, turnovers also played a big part in the game. Five forced turnovers amounted to three Braves’ touchdowns, and although the Langston defense kept the Braves out of the end zone for the majority of the game, ill-advised play on special teams unit ultimately cost the Lions in a 50-27 loss on the road.
“We had the momentum (to win) even when we were down, but we just came up short in the end,” said Miami sophomore James Walker-Brown, offensive lineman for LU.
With the Lions having a bye this week, LU will look to push its overall record to 2-1 in a road game against Oklahoma Panhandle State in Guymon tomorrow.
Photo courtesy of Langston University’s Rashawn Mance