The Southwestern Assemblies of God University football team will take on Arizona Christian University for the first time in the universities’ histories during Saturday’s Central States Football League conference championship.
ACU, which is undefeated in the Central States Football League, is first place in the conference and currently 4-3 overall.
For the first time in school history, SAGU is ranked No. 25 in the NAIA poll and their 6-2 overall and 3-1 conference record seats them in second place behind Arizona Christian.
“ACU has a really high-powered offense,” Lions head coach Frank Tristan said. “They have great skill players, a good quarterback and they are very well coached.”
ACU’s offense is led by sophomore quarterback Gerrit Groenwold, who averages 165 yards passing per game and has completed 56 percent of his passes, and running back PJ Sparks, who averages 90 rushing yards per game for the Firestorm.
Groenwold and Arizona Christian will have to contend with a top-tier SAGU defense that enters the game ranked No. 6 in the NAIA, allowing only 280 yards per contest. On average, SAGU has held opponents to 21 points per game.
If the Lions win their matchup with the Firestorm, they will enter a tri-share for the the conference ‘s best record because of their records. SAGU’s national ranking, however, will help the Lions lock down a seat in the playoffs and allow them to claim the CSFL conference championship.
The Lions will have to beat Bacone College, which they play on Nov. 11 at Lumkins Stadium, to secure the conference title.
Sagu will face Arizona Christian University at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Shadow Mountain High School football field in Pheonix, Arizona.