NATCHITOCHES, La. (AP) -- Derrick Johnese ran for a touchdown and
caught four catches for 27 yards as Northwestern State defeated
Southland Conference rival McNeese State 47-17 on Saturday.
Northwestern State's powerful offense got going early with
Shelton Sampson scoring on a 31-yard run with 13:10 left in the
first quarter. The Demons (5-1, 1-0 Southland) never gave up the
In the second quarter, the Demons made it 14-0 on a 32-yard TD
pass from Connor Morel to Ben Bailey. Johnese scored on a 2-yard
run and Josh Storrs tacked on three with a 43-yard field goal. At
the halftime, NSU led 24-3.
The Demons, who rank 12th in Division I-AA in scoring with an
average of 38 points per game, came out strong in the second half
and made it 27-3 on a 29-yard field goal by Tommy Hebert. Davon
Vinson scored on a 46-yard TD run with 4:36 left in the third
quarter to make it 34-3.
The Cowboys (2-4, 0-1) got their first touchdown with 2:29 left
in the third when John Boutte caught a 10-yard pass from Scott
The Demons scored two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter.
Josh Mosby caught a 27-yard pass from Vinson and Demoine Clark made
it 47-10 with a 4-yard TD run.
Henry Smith's 10-yard pass from Chris Jones with 7:28 left in
the game gave the Cowboys their other touchdown.
Vinson completed 3-of-9 passes for 51 yards and Connor Morel
completed 9-of-17 passes for 91 yards.
Pendarvis connected on 11-of-21 passes for 107 yards.
The Demons came into the game ranked 11th nationally in I-AA and
boasting the top-ranked defense in I-AA. McNeese, a Southland
powerhouse, has struggled this season and came into the game
allowing 36 points per game.
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