HAMMOND — The No. 3-ranked Southeastern Louisiana football team held its first scrimmage of fall camp under the lights Saturday night at Strawberry Stadium.
Both sides of the ball had good moments in the nearly 70-play scrimmage. The Lion offense accumulated 326 yards, while the Southeastern defense forced stops on nine of the 16 drives.
Quarterbacks Bryan Bennett, Jordan Barnett and D’Shaie Landor combined to complete 16 of 29 passes for 197 yards. Landor completed a 25-yard pass to senior Chris Briggs for the first touchdown. Twelve receivers caught passes with junior Byron Johnson (two catches, 42 yards), sophomore Jarrell Bennett (two catches, 41 yards) and senior Chris Malott (scrimmage-long 30-yard reception) among the standouts.
SLU rushed for 129 yards, led by freshman Julius Maracalin (12 carries, 55 yards) and junior Kody Sutton (seven carries, 41 yards). Sutton broke off a 29-yard touchdown run, while Barnett and Bryan Bennett also ran for TDs.
On defense, senior safety Tyler Stoddard and junior linebacker Herbert Harris led the way with six tackles each.
Harris and freshman linebacker Sean Clavelle were each credited with a forced fumble. Senior linebacker Kaleb Muse and junior linebacker Dereck Robinson were each credited with two tackles for loss.
The Southeastern kicking game also had a strong night, as senior Ryan Adams was a perfect 3-for-3 on field goals, connecting from 39, 35 and 33 yards. Adams also made both of his extra points.
Adams was not the only new special teams starter to have a standout performance, as junior Tim Callian averaged 49.3 yards per punt with a long punt of 52 yards. Freshman Brody Hay had the long punt of the night, rolling a 55-yard punt out of bounds inside the 5-yard line.
Southeastern will practice under the lights for the final time during fall camp at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. The defending Southland Conference champion Lions will open the season versus Jacksonville at 7 p.m. Aug. 30 in Strawberry Stadium.