WAXAHACHIE — Four first-quarter touchdowns pushed the No. 23 Southwestern Assemblies of God Lions out to an early lead they never relinquished Saturday afternoon at Stuart B. Lumpkins Stadium.
Behind 509 total yards of offense, SAGU defeated visiting Waylon Baptist 63-31. The win, which came on homecoming for SAGU, moved the Lions to 5-1 on the season. SAGU entered the game tied atop the Central States Football League (CSFL) standings with Langston University and Oklahoma Panhandle State University.
The Lions carried a 28-3 lead into the halftime locker room but failed to score in the second quarter after finding paydirt four times in the first.
After three straight rushing touchdowns to start the game (JP Lowrey, Ricky Bickham, and Justin Allen), quarterback CJ Collins launched a 55-yard bomb to Bryant Dotson for the 28-0 SAGU lead. The score came just as time expired in the opening quarter.
Collins added a second touchdown pass in the fourth quarter when he found Jeremy Carr for a 68-yard score. He finished 18-of-30 through the air for 303 yards and did not throw an interception, while Carr led all receivers with three grabs for 114 yards.
Bickham carried the football 18 times for the Lions and picked up 146 yards in the process. Both Lowery and Allen scored three times.
On the defensive side of the football, both Matt Lighter and Darnell Martin recorded a pair of sacks. The pressure up front helped Carl Morgan, Elijah Pruitt, and Jordaan Coleman each intercept a Wayland Baptist pass.
SAGU returns to action next Saturday, Oct. 21 to face Oklahoma Panhandle State in Goodwell, Oklahoma. Kickoff is at 2 p.m.