The Central States Football League announced that Southwestern Assemblies of God University quarterback Reid Golson is the Offensive Player of the Week.
The 5-foot-11, 197-pounder from Grandview, threw a pair of scoring passes in the Lions’ 19-8 road win against Haskell University (Kan.) on Saturday.
In a defensive game, he completed 13 of 23 passes for 166 yards. His touchdown passes were an 11-yard toss to tight end Caleb Shelly and a 49-yarder to running back Troy Griffin.
Golson picked up 122 yards on the ground, gained on 15 carries. In operating the ‘Read Option’ attack, he had runs of 15, 16, 20, 12 and 13 yards. Of his carries, 11 gained six yards or more.
He finished with 288 of the Lions’ 391-yards total offense.
Last year, Golson ranked No. 18 in the NAIA in total offense at 257 yards per game. Through three games he is at No. 33 with 203 yards per outing. And he has yet to get warmed up.
The congenial Golson leads the CSFL in rushing with 251 yards, averaging 5.5 per carry.
SAGU has struggled with turnovers on offense, losing seven fumbles in three games. Golson has thrown a lone interception, which came on a tipped pass. The defense has six take-aways.
The Lions’ offensive coordinator, Frank Tristan, reacted to the selection of Golson for both the CSFL and national nomination for his play on offense.
“I think he’s well-deserving. No one plays harder and gives greater effort than Reid,” Tristan said. “He really played intelligent on Saturday. He made a lot of good reads and was patient in the pocket. Most impressive to me was how he let the game come to him and did try to do too much.”
Specifically, his passing game against the Indians was effective while the team’s running game churned out 222 yards.
“His throws to the inside receivers were outstanding and his ability to accurately read the option were great,” Tristan said. “With eight games yet to be played, teams are going to key on him. His biggest challenge is to make quick reads in the passing game and deliver the ball on point and on time.”
As the offense prepares for the conference season, Tristan explained the opposition will focus much of their defensive schemes at trying to thwart Golson, the Lions catalyst.
After a few weeks where of the offense sputtered on turnovers, Golson figures to be the key as the team takes to the road for the next two games. SAGU visits Texas Lutheran at 6 p.m. Saturday.