Stephen F. Austin to host five in 2013

The Stephen F. Austin football team will play five home games as part of a 12-game schedule in 2013 announced Saturday.

"It is our goal to play a nationally competitive schedule every season, and I believe we���ve accomplished that with our 2013 schedule," coach J.C. Harper said. "We look forward to our five games at home, due to the great support we receive from our fans. We also have some very tough road games ahead of us, including trips to Weber State and Texas Tech. I know our kids always look forward to our rivalry games against Sam Houston State in Reliant and against Northwestern State."

SFA, which was 5-6 this season, will open the 2013 campaign with consecutive road games for the first time since 2003, at Weber State Aug. 31 and Texas Tech Sept. 7.

The Lumberjacks will then host three straight home games at Homer Bryce Stadium against Division II McMurry Sept. 14, three-time defending Big Sky Conference champion Montana State Sept. 21 and Prairie View A&M Sept. 28.

SFA will play Southland Conference games at home against Nicholls Oct. 19 and McNeese State Nov. 9.

Their road games within the Southland are against Southeastern Louisiana Oct. 12, Central Arkansas Oct. 26, Lamar Nov. 16 and Northwestern State Nov. 23.

The Lumberjacks also will return to Reliant Stadium in Houston for the annual Battle of the Piney Woods against Sam Houston State Nov. 2.