Chief Caddo on line for NW State, SFA
Nacogdoches, TX (Sports Network) - How to transport Chief Caddo would seem to be as tough an assignment as developing the right offensive and defensive game plans.
The No. 5 Stephen F. Austin football team hopes to hold onto Chief Caddo when it hosts Northwestern State in Southland Conference action on Saturday.
Chief Caddo is the largest traveling trophy of all the NCAA rivalry games. Standing 7 feet, 6 inches tall and weighing over 320 pounds, the trophy is a wooden carving of the chief of the Native American tribe of the same name, and has been given to the winning team since 1961.
SFA is located in Nacogdoches, while Northwestern State's campus is in Natchitoches, La. Both city names derive from branches of the Caddo tribe.
The host Lumberjacks (8-2, 5-1) are trying to hold onto Chief Caddo for consecutive years for the first time since the 1999 and 2000 seasons. With a win, they will clinch at least a share of a second straight SLC title, and will earn the conference's automatic bid to the FCS playoffs.
Northwestern State (5-5, 4-2) can claim a share of the title and the playoff bid having McNeese State (6-4, 5-1) lose to Central Arkansas on Saturday. The Demons, under second-year head coach Bradley Dale Peveto, finished 0-11 last season.
SFA had the same winless record in 2007 behind then-first-year head coach J.C. Harper and an influential freshman class. Twelve players from that class remain on the team, having turned the program around.
Quarterback Jeremy Moses leads the senior class. He enters his final regular- season game ranked 11th all-time at the FCS level in total offense (12,366), eighth all-time in passing yards (12,572), tied for fifth all-time in touchdown passes (118) and fourth all-time in completions (1,116).
Northwestern State leads SFA in the all-times series, 42-21-3. The advantage is 28-15-1 since Chief Caddo was added to the series.
11/19 14:21:19 ET