That exactly was the case Saturday as the Northwestern State Demons defeated the Langston Lions 37-0 Sept. 28 at Turpin Stadium.
NSU (3-2) recorded its first home shutout since a 58-0 thrashing of Oklahoma Panhandle State in 2003.
“Getting a shutout, that’s a very nice accomplishment,” NSU head coach Jay Thomas said. “It says the defense did a heck of a job tonight.”
The Demons’ “Purple Swarm” defense definitely lived up to its name as the unit only allowed 122 yards and held the Lions to nine first downs on the contest.
“We had a great game plan going in,” Pat Black said. “Our emotions were flared at the first part of the game. Once we got the emotional part out of the way, we just settled down and played ball to the best of our ability.”
Langston (0-4) was held in check and averaged just two yards a play. The Lions got to midfield twice and did not get any further than the Demon 49-yard line.
“[Field position] was very important,” Black said. “You have to give all the credit to the defensive line. They got out there play after play. It made our jobs a lot easier.”
Junior quarterback Zach Adkins threw for 255 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Demons in the contest, while freshman running back De’Mard Llorens scored two touchdowns---one rushing and one receiving.
“I can’t even explain how good it feels to be playing as a freshman and for my hometown team,” Llorens said. “It’s just unexplainable. I’m blessed.”
The Demons battled through most of the first quarter without getting on the board, but finally broke their drought when Adkins found Louis Hollier on a four-yard pass to give NSU a 7-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
NSU picked up the scoring pace in the second quarter when Ed Eagan weaved his way through defenders for a 50-yard punt return for a touchdown.
Minutes later, the Demons would have another long scoring play as Shakeir Ryan took a 62-yard pass from Adkins for a touchdown and a 21-0 halftime lead.
In the third quarter, kicker Chris Moore shook off a rough first half and booted a 22-yarder through the uprights to extend the lead to 24-0.
Llorens added his pair of touchdowns to end the scoring barrage at 37-0.
“We put in work all through the week,” Llorens said. “Every rep we get, we work hard. We always say, ‘If you get one, two or ten plays, just go out there and give 110 percent’ and that’s what I did and that’s what everyone else did too.”
NSU is off this weekend, but will begin its Southland Conference slate Oct. 12 with a road game at Nicholls State. Kickoff will be at 3 p.m. in Thibodaux and the game will be broadcast on ESPN3.