HAMMOND — The Southeastern Louisiana football team closed out spring practice Saturday as the offense defeated the defense 45-26 in the spring game in Strawberry Stadium.

The Southeastern offense was awarded points in the traditional way, as well as for first downs (1 point) and big plays (1 point). The defense received points for turnovers (3 points), three-and-outs (2 points) and stops (1 point).

Sophomore running back Eugene Bethea led the Lions with 12 carries for 49 yards and two touchdowns. Senior running back Kody Sutton also scored.

Junior quarterback D’Shaie Landor threw for 133 yards on 12-of-19 passing, and junior quarterback Larry Cutbirth passed for 36 yards on 5-for-12 passing. Junior wide receiver Jarrell Bennett had five catches for 49 yards.

The Lions defense held the offense to 289 total yards. Senior defensive back Josh Dakin had two interceptions. Junior defensive back Demarayeh Lane forced a fumble that junior defensive back Derrick Raymond recovered.

Senior defensive back Micah Eugene had seven tackles. Senior defensive back Jordan Batiste, senior linebacker Herbert Harris and junior defensive back JQ Sandolph each had six tackles.

Nicholls State

Defense edges offense: In Thibodaux, Nicholls State’s defense defeated the offense 33-27 in its annual spring game at John L. Guidry Stadium.

The offense scored three touchdowns, and the defense came up with two turnovers and five sacks. The difference came down to special teams: The offense missed two field goals in the fourth quarter.

Running back Tobias Lofton scored two touchdowns, from 9 and 6 yards out. Running back Michael Henry plowied in for a 6-yard run.

Formr Tara standout Kaleb Kador hurdled a defender on a 14-yard run. Kador’s run, paired with a 26-yard run by quarterback Tuskani Figaro, led to Lofton’s first touchdown.

Wuarterback Landry Klann and wideout Kyron King hooked up for a pair of long passes. King’s 42-yard catch from Klann set up Henry’s touchdown, and their 45-yarder paved way for Lofton’s final score.