Wildcats stretch win streak to nine with convincing road victory 

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LANGSTON, Okla. – The Louisiana Christian University football program went on the road for the first time in 2023 and made W.E. Anderson Stadium feel like home, dropping 546 yards of total offense on the Langston Lions en route to a 35-22 win that was made to appear closer than the score would indicate after two late touchdowns. 

The Wildcats improved to 3-0, 2-0 in the Sooner Athletic Conference with their ninth straight victory dating back to last season. Langston fell to 0-2 overall losing its conference opener.

Devin Briscoe led the charge by ground, averaging over a first down per carry (10.4) for a game and season-high 156 yards, scoring a touchdown. He recorded a career-long 57-yard breakaway. The dual-threat also caught three passes out of the backfield for an additional 28 yards. 

Daylon Charles went over the century mark as well, dashing 104 yards on 15 touches on top of hitting paydirt. 

Sammy Feaster has firmly planted his flag as the go-to wideout for the Wildcats, going for 100 yards for the first time on just three receptions including a new personal-long 56-yard catch. 

Sal Palermo III has made the most out of defenses keying heavily on the running game, needing just 11 completions to fire off 215 passing yards, two scores, and a 64.7 completion percentage (11-for-17) in addition to toting 11 carries that saw him eat up 54 yards.

Freshman Sema’J Hayes caught a 59-yard strike from Palermo for his first career TD.
For another LCU freshman, Marc Denison, one play equaled one touchdown for the second week in-a-row, catching a four-yard pass against Langston. 

Tyren Young, the reigning SAC Defensive Player of the Week, was the contest’s top tackler, bringing down double-digit ball carriers for the first time in his career with an even 10 including a tackle for loss for the third straight game.

Andre Reed snatched his first career interception deep in Wildcats territory to halt a potential scoring drive in its tracks. The playmaker led the defense with 1.5 tackles for loss and collected another seven tackles, six solos. 

For the seventh straight game, the Wildcats rushed for at least 250 yards and at least three touchdowns, scoring three times on the ground on Saturday while racking up 331 net yards from scrimmage.  LCU also kept its offense on the field in critical third down situations, converting on half of its attempts by going 5-of-10. 

The home turf beckons once more as the Pioneers of Wayland Baptist trek into Pineville on Saturday for a 6 p.m. contest, the third Wildcat Field appearance this year for LCU.