Raiders look for a replay at Mary Hardin-Baylor

Last year the Southern Oregon football team jumped out early and never looked back as it shocked NCAA Division III Mary Hardin-Baylor, ranked No. 3 nationally at the time, in Ashland.

Southern Oregon will be looking to do the same thing Saturday, this time against a Mary Hardin-Baylor squad ranked No. 8, and this time in Belton, Texas.

The Raiders (2-5) and Crusaders (5-1) are slated to kickoff at 1 p.m. Central Saturday.

Mary Hardin-Baylor is coming off a 17-14 setback at Mississippi College last week, a loss that snapped a 33-game American Southwest Conference winning streak.

Last year in Ashland, the Raiders jumped out to a 21-7 lead and scored a 40-28 victory that cost the Crusaders their first setback of the year.

"Coach (Pete) Fredenburg has done a terrific job with that program and built it into a contender in a short amount of time," SOU head coach Steve Helminiak said. "They are physical and want to run the ball. Last year we were able to control the time of possession and field position and took them out of their element. They want to grind it out, get the lead and play in front and we can't let that happen."

Even with the setback last week, the Crusaders are putting up very impressive numbers. The Crusaders are averaging 38.8 points, 311.2 yards rushing, 140.8 yards passing and 452 yards of total offense per game this season. Defensively, the Crusaders are giving up an average of 11 points, 58.3 yards rushing, 178.3 yards passing and 236.7 yards of total offense per game. At home, the Crusaders have won 17 of their last 18 games.

Southern Oregon will look to bounce back after last week's 34-3 setback to NCAA Division II Humboldt State.

"Our inconsistent passing game is still hurting us offensively," Helminiak said. "The defense is playing good, but they are spending way too much time on the field."

Sophomore running back Brandon Baldwin will look to follow his impressive offensive line past the 1,000-yard plateau this week. He needs 69 yards to reach quadruple digits.

Turnovers continue to plague the Raiders as Paul Sweeney threw two interceptions last week to bring his season total to nine.

On defense, the Raiders have come up with 44 tackles-for-loss as a team. Senior Will Watson leads the way with 81/2 of those, while Sunni Ali has seven.

Watson also has 31/2 sacks.

Men's Basketball

Southern Oregon basketball fans will get their first look at the SOU men's basketball team Saturday night in the annual alumni game.

The Raiders and Alumni will tipoff at 7 p.m. at McNeal Pavilion.

Following Saturday's game, the Raiders open up the regular season Oct. 30 at 3 p.m. at McNeal Pavilion when they host Indiana East.

Southern Oregon was 9-21 overall and 7-13 in Cascade Conference play last season, advancing to the conference's postseason tournament. The Raiders defeated three teams ranked the top 10.

Senior Jarrad Childs, a 6-foot-1 guard, is the top returner after earning CCC honorable mention honors last season. The senior averaged 13.5 points and ranked among the NAIA's leaders in steals most of the season.

Key newcomers include Ryan Staker, a 6-8 post, who will give the Raiders a true threat on the inside. Staker saw limited minutes last year at UC Irvine. Prior to that he averaged 15.4 points and 12.7 rebounds at Central Arizona.

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