|(Left to right) Live Oak, Fla. wide receiver James Granville and Temple, Texas quarterback Kyle Kuban lead the Warriors into the locker room at halftime of the Tabor College game Aug. 25. This Saturday's 2 p.m. homecoming contest is Bacone's third home game this season. (Baconian Online photo by Jasmier J. Jones)|
Saturday’s homecoming opponent Southwestern Assemblies of God (1-3) is a team Bacone (3-2) knows not to take lightly.
SAGU held the Warriors 31-10 through three quarters last season, but ultimately lost 44-38.
The Warrior rally broke both NFL (35 points) and NCAA (31 points) come from behind records.
Bacone Head Football Coach Trevor Rubly said even an Oct. 9, 2010 home Lions' blowout 66-17, gave false evidence of an easy road win.
“Our guys were thinking they could go down there [Waxahachie, Texas] and do the same thing,” he said.
Rubly said he told his players to never disrespect an opponent, “because that’s when you get beat.”
“That happened to us last year in the first half. I don’t think we respected them," said Rubly. "Hopefully that was a learning lesson for us and we won’t do it again."
SAGU enters Saturday's 2 p.m. Oct. 6 kickoff following a 43-38 loss to Texas Luthern, their fourth straight contest decided in the fourth quarter.
But Rubly said their record doesn’t show just how tough they are.
“They played a ranked opponent the first game, lost by one, and put up 30 points on a good team last week,” he said. “We look forward to protecting our home turf, coming in and battling, and not sleeping on them this time.”
Bacone is ready for SAGU, according to senior defensive end Dustin Sherer.
“We want vengeance. We are here to show them we are the team no matter what,” said the El Paso, Texas native. “Nothing is going to save them.”
Lion cornerback Nick Ekanem might disagree.
The Richmond, Texas native leads SAGU's defense with 14 tackles and four interceptions.
Against Bacone last year he totaled four tackles, an interception, and forced a Warrior fumble last season.
Bacone offers free admission to all athletic events, including Saturday's homecoming game.