The Demons had flashed some signs all season of being a truly good football team despite their 3-5 record going into last week’s game and finally put things together with the win over Central Arkansas, which was ranked No. 15 in the nation.
Football fans that enjoy fast-paced offensive performances will be delighted with the Northwestern-Lamar matchup. The Demons have rolled up a lot of yards this year with its up-tempo attack, and Lamar’s offense is setting records for yardage and scoring.
Lamar scored the most points in its history against a conference opponent last weekend in a 56-34 win over Nicholls, and Colonels quarterback Caleb Berry set a single season record for touchdown passes, reaching 22 while going 28 of 37 for 329 yards.
Both teams will go into the game with 4-5 records and a lot of incentive for more wins. Two more wins would give Northwestern its first non-losing season since 2008 and Lamar needs a pair of victories for its most wins since resuming football competition in 2010 after a long hiatus from the sport.
So just the football game itself offers ample excitement and interest to attract folks to Turpin Stadium Saturday, but there will be other activities and events to entertain fans including pre-game tailgating and a dazzling halftime show by the Northwestern band.
In addition, military personnel will be honored at the game, the Natchitoches Kiwanis Club is sponsoring a special Kids Day program, and former players of Coach Jack Clayton will be on hand to present the annual scholarship named in his honor.
Another highlight of the game will be a tribute to Leon Johnson, who announced his retirement recently after 31 years as Northwestern’s head track coach. He will be honored at a pre-game luncheon and recognized on the field at the game.
As a footnote, the Northwestern-Lamar game is scheduled for a 3 p.m. kickoff and will not conflict with the later prime-time TV game between LSU and Alabama.
There is nothing more colorful and exciting during Louisiana autumns than college football, and NSU fans and alumni should plan to soak up some of that excitement Saturday at Turpin Stadium.