NW Louisiana 52, Stephen F. Austin 0
NATCHITOCHES, La. (AP) _ Senior linebacker Andre Carron set a single-season record for tackling, ran for a touchdown and anchored a miserly Northwestern Louisiana defense in the Demons’ 52-0 victory Saturday over Stephen F. Austin.
Northwestern State finished its season at 6-5 overall and 4-3 in the Southland Conference. The Demons also retained, for the fifth straight year, possession of Chief Caddo, a 7-foot-6, 320-pound wooden Indian awarded the winner in the 67-year-old rivalry.
Stephen F. Austin, dealt its biggest losing margin in 15 years, finished at 2-8-1 and 1-5-1.
Seniors Brad Brown and James McKellum capped their Demon careers by each running for two touchdowns. Northwestern stormed to a 31-0 halftime lead in taking its biggest victory in 33 years.
The Demons broke a 43-year-old school mark, holding the Lumberjacks to only 70 total yards. Northwestern also tied its record with four first downs allowed the entire game, a mark established last year against SFA.
Carron’s 12 tackles gave him 174 this season, edging past former All- American Gary Reasons’ single-season school record of 172 in 1983. Carron, a senior, finished with 519 career tackles, 125 more than Reasons had from 1980 through 1983.
Carron also scored Northwestern’s final touchdown, on a 1-yard run from the fullback position. He was one of 13 Demons backs who carried the ball in the rout.
Northwestern rushed for a season-best 294 yards, paced by 98 on seven carries by McKellum, who scored on runs of 5 and 80 yards. Brown ran for 84 yards on 15 carries, including touchdowns of 22 and 1 yards.
The Demons scored on their first three possessions, moving 81 and 70 yards for touchdowns on their first two drives, and opened a 17-0 first-period lead. It was 31-0 at halftime.