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Hill Rallies Saints to First Preseason Win Over Chargers
08/19/2019 12:01am

CARSON, Calif. --&nbspTaysom Hill has been the quintessential all-purpose player the past two seasons. On Sunday, he showed again what makes him such a valuable weapon for the New Orleans Saints.Hill had 191 yards of offense and directed three second-half scoring drives to help the Saints rally for a 19-17 preseason victory over the Los Angeles Chargers.In a game where Philip Rivers and Drew Brees were sideline observers, Hill supplied most of the quarterback highlights. He was 11 of 15 for 136 yards and a pair of touchdowns and ran for 55 yards.With New Orleans trailing 17-3 at halftime, Hill felt the pressure was on him to produce.I felt like we needed some energy. And the thing I reiterated in the huddle was were going to have a chance to win this football game, Hill said. I know its a preseason game, but this is what its all about, and if we came here to not win then were wrong. So that was the objective.Hill threw a 27-yard TD pass to&nbspAustin Carr with 3:10 remaining in the third quarter to bring the Saints 1-1 to 17-10.Hill then directed an 11-play, 69-yard drive midway through the fourth quarter that culminated in a 1-yard TD pass to Devine Ozigbo. The Saints went for 2, but Hill was sacked by Anthony Lanier II.Following a Chargers punt, Hill drove the Saints into field goal range, where Will Lutz made a 28-yarder with 1:08 remaining.For three quarters I thought it was pretty complementary football. Then Taysom Hill took it over and they completely outplayed us, Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said.Hill has lined up at receiver, running back and tight end for the Saints since they signed him in 2017, but coach Sean Payton has been impressed with how Hill has looked at his natural position during training camp.I think hes had a good camp and has progressed, Payton said. Some of the things he did were scrambles, but hes pretty good when hes running.Troymaine Pope returned a punt 81 yards and Cardale Jones&nbspwas 10 of 14 for 111 yards and a touchdown for the Chargers 0-2.The Chargers led 10-3 late in the second quarter when Pope ran back Thomas Moresteads punt with three seconds remaining. Pope -- a second-year running back -- made three New Orleans defenders miss within the first 15 yards before finding an opening up the left sideline and outrunning Dwayne Washington to the end zone.I wanted to make sure I secured the catch, Pope said. I made the first man miss and it was straight shot from there because it was blocked so well.Patton, who did not play in the Aug. 8 preseason opener at Arizona due to injury, gave the Chargers a 7-3 lead with 5:32 remaining when he hauled in a 26-yard pass from Cardale Jones to complete a 10--play, 98-yard drive.FOR STARTERSTyrod Taylor and Bridgewater were the starting quarterbacks but were not effective.Taylor directed the first four Chargers drives and was 7 of 10 for 57 yards and an interception. Los Angeles turned it over on downs on its first series where they had to attempts to get a yard and could not convert.Bridgewater played the entire first half -- going 5 for 12 for 40 yards -- despite being ill since Friday. The sixth-year quarterback did direct a first-quarter scoring drive that ended in a Lutz 33-yard field goal after A.J. Klein&nbsppicked off Taylor and returned it 20 yards to the Chargers 18.Man, it was a poor game, Bridgewater said. Today I just didnt give those guys the energy they deserve.New Orleans moved the ball well at times but had two critical turnovers in the red zone. Washington had a ball bounce off his hands and into the arms of safety Jaylen Watkins&nbspat the Chargers 2-yard line for an interception during the second quarter. Los Angeles would take advantage and drive for a touchdown.During the fourth quarter, linebacker Denzel Perryman&nbspforced Ozigbo to fumble and it was recovered by Adarius Pickett&nbspat the LA 9.Make no mistake about it there are some things that just eat at you a little bit, things we cant do as a team and expect to win against good teams, Payton said. Those are the things we have got to get correct.Saints will travel to New York to take on the Jets for their third preseason game Saturday.Permalink Comments

Southern Goalie Battles Autism During Stellar Start to Career
08/18/2019 11:52pm

With 165 saves in her freshman year at Southern, Chioma Eriken was an easy choice for SWAC preseason Keeper of the Year.Shes the best goalie Ive ever had says Jags head coach Jeremy Fontenot.Despite the amazing stats, theres a battle she fights while shes battling the opposition.Im actually on the autism spectrum, says Eriken.During her time as a soccer keeper, shes gotten pretty good at deflecting tough shots. Even the ones autism throws at her.For most of my life I didnt think it was that big of a deal. It was just something I had.Permalink Comments

Southeastern Riding the Wave of Confidence Despite Sub .500 2018 Season
08/18/2019 12:10am

Alot of teams would be focusing on improving gradually after a 4-7 record. Southeastern has bypassed that and have their eyes set on a Southland Conference title.I dont think anybody is going to be sleeping on us this year, second year head coach Frank Scelfo states. The offense will be lead by dual threat star Chason Virgil who spent this summer working at the Manning Passing Academy, perfecting his game against some of the best quarterbacks in the country.The defense looks to be much improved thanks to the addition of former McNeese head coach Lance Guidry as defensive coordinator. Itll be a very athletic and agile defense than years past thanks to aggressive recruiting and Guidrys intense style of turnover based schemes.The Lions open up the season at home August 29th against 6 Jacksonville State.Permalink Comments

Joe Burrow Strong in Scrimmage Debut, Defense Dominates for Second Straight Game
08/18/2019 12:00am

BATON ROUGE &ndash Joe Burrow threw for 160 yards and a pair of touchdowns to lead LSU as the Tigers held their second preseason game of training camp here Saturday in Tiger Stadium.&nbspSaturday&rsquos scrimmage was treated as &ldquogame like&rdquo as possible with the exception of no live punting and kickoffs. The final portion of the scrimmage focused on the two-minute drill and overtime.&nbsp&ldquoA lot of great things went on,&rdquo LSU head coach Ed Orgeron said. &ldquoWe had great preparation all week and having Joe Burrow back, the offense looked really good. The offense came out and moved the ball pretty well and the defense responded and did a good job of stopping the offense during the second half of the scrimmage.&rdquo&nbspBurrow completed 13-of-24 passes for 160 yards and two touchdowns, while Myles Brennan was 13-of-25 for 260 yards and a TD. Burrow led the Tiger offense to a touchdown during the two-minute drill. LSU kicked field goals to end both overtime opportunities.&nbsp&ldquoJoe showed leadership and the ability to move the ball and to throw the ball to the right receiver,&rdquo Orgeron said. &ldquoHe showed his ability to escape pressure in the pocket. I thought Myles Brennan had a tremendous day. He moved around in the pocket and made some big throws.&rdquo&nbspJohn Emery led all running backs with 68 yards on 11 carries, while Tyrion Price-Davis rushed for 20 yards on 13 attempts.&nbsp&ldquoI thought both of those guys looked outstanding,&rdquo Orgeron said. &ldquoWe wanted to play our young running backs today so they handled most of the carries. We wanted to give them the ball and see what they had. I thought they did a good job.&rdquo&nbspOrgeron said running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire and wide receiver Justin Jefferson were both given the day off.&nbsp&nbspIn the passing game, Racey McMath led all receivers with six catches for 58 yards, while Jaray Jenkins caught four passes for 73 yards. Ja&rsquoMarr Chase had five catches for 45 yards.&nbspDefensively, the Tigers had six sacks during the workout.&nbspIn special teams, freshman Cade York connected on 7-of-8 field goals, including a 51-yarder. York also kicked a 51-yard field goal in last Saturday&rsquos preseason game.&nbsp&ldquoWe had a lot of special teams and did a lot of substitutions,&rdquo Orgeron said. &ldquoIt was outstanding today on the sideline. Coach Mac Greg McMahon did a great job of making it game-like. I thought those guys came out to play.&rdquo&nbspThe Tiger defense played without three key starters in K&rsquoLavon Chaisson, Grant Delpit and Kristian Fulton.&nbsp&ldquoThey&rsquore very close and I think if we had to play a game today, we could have pushed it and all three of those guys could&rsquove played, but we didn&rsquot want to do that,&rdquo Orgeron said. &ldquoWe&rsquoll be going into &lsquogame mode&rsquo next week. They&rsquoll be taking all the first team reps. They should be healthy enough to do team, pass rush, and go over the things we need to do.&rdquo&nbspThe Tigers have one final preseason game remaining, which takes place next Saturday in Tiger Stadium. Orgeron said next week&rsquos preseason game will be helmets only and the team will simulate a game-type scrimmage.&nbsp&ldquoThe next time we go live is going to be on game day,&rdquo Orgeron said.&nbspThe Tigers will take Sunday off from football-related activities and then return to practice on Monday afternoon.Permalink Comments

Tiger Stadium among top 5 greatest college football venues of all time, Sports Illustrated says
08/14/2019 12:04pm

BATON ROUGE - LSUs iconic football stadium is one of the greatest venues in the sports history, according to Sports Illustrated.An article published by the national sports magazine this week places Death Valley as the fourth-best college football stadium of all time. The stadiums size, state-of-the-art jumbotrons and raucous atmosphere propelled it to one of the top spots on the list.Tiger Stadium is one of the craziest and most exciting places to watch a game, and it&rsquos hard to beat the atmosphere when Alabama comes to town, the article read.&nbspThe stadiums that beat out LSU for the top three spots include Notre Dame Stadium, Michigan Stadium and UCLAs Rose Bowl.You can see the full list here.Permalink Comments

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