Category : bcwdorwk
Tags: Northern Arizona Football/SUU Football November 14, 2019 /Sports News – Local SUU Football Hosts Northern Arizona Saturday Written by Brad James FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailCEDAR CITY, Utah-Saturday, Southern Utah football (2-8, 1-5 in Big Sky Conference play) hosts Northern Arizona (4-6, 2-4 in Big Sky play) in the Grand Canyon Rivalry for Senior Day at Eccles Coliseum.The Thunderbirds will honor 10 seniors Saturday.SUU ranks 79th nationally in scoring offense (24.6 points per game).In what has been a disappointing season, redshirt sophomore quarterback Chris Helbing has consistently impressed.Helbig completes 65.7 percent of his passes (230-350, 13th nationally) for 13 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He has also tossed for 2,404 yards (23rd nationally) for the Thunderbirds. Helbig has also run for six scores, primarily in goal-line situations.Redshirt junior tailback James Helila (89 car, 337 yards, 2 TD’s) and sophomore running mate Thomas Duckett (55 car, 247 yards, 2 TD’s) have been the Thunderbirds’ best tailbacks throughout the season. Senior back Jay Green Jr. (35 car, 120 yards) has the most touchdowns among tailbacks for SUU with three in 2019.Sophomore tailback Lance Lawson (70 rec, 646 yards, 3 TD’s) continues to be the Thunderbirds’ most productive receiver. Freshman receiver Zach Nelson (13 rec, 200 yards, 3 TD’s) ties Lawson for the team lead in receiving touchdowns.Senior receiver Carlos Baker (12 rec, 253 yards, TD) is the Thunderbirds’ leading receiver in yards per catch with 21.1 yards per grab.Junior kicker Manny Berz has made 3 of his 5 field goal attempts on the season for SUU. Redshirt junior kicker/punter Kekoa Sasaoka has made 30 of his 31 PAT attempts on the season as well for the Thunderbirds.SUU ranks 118th nationally in scoring defense (38.5 points per game). Sophomore defensive lineman Aaron Romero has a team-best 4.5 sacks and a forced fumble to pace the Thunderbirds.Redshirt freshman defensive back Carlton Johnson (3 interceptions) continues to lead SUU on the season in that category.Redshirt sophomore safety AJ Stanley, redshirt sophomore linebacker Quaid Murray, sophomore defensive end Francis Bemiy and redshirt senior safety Kyle Hannemann all have a forced fumble as well on the season for SUU.The Lumberjacks come into Saturday’s game following a 38-34 defeat at the hands of Sacramento State at the Walkup Skydome of Flagstaff, Ariz.Northern Arizona brings in one of the more explosive offenses in the country, posting 36.3 points per game (12th nationally).Senior signal-caller and NFL Draft prospect Case Cookus completes 59.3 percent of his passes (229-386) for 3,339 yards (first nationally), 27 touchdowns (tied for 6th nationally) and 7 interceptions for the Lumberjacks.Senior tailback Joe Logan (149 car, 657 yards, 11 touchdowns) is the Lumberjacks’ top tailback.Among Cookus’ top targets for Northern Arizona are redshirt sophomore receiver Brandon Porter (66 rec, 897 yards, 8 TD’s) and redshirt junior wide-out Stacy Chukwumezie (37 rec, 801 yards, 7 TD’s). Each of these receivers, No. 15 and No. 32 respectively in receiving yards, have been dynamic throughout the season for Cookus.Junior kicker/punter Luis Aguilar has made 15 of his 17 field goal attempts on the season and all 44 of his PAT attempts for the explosive Lumberjacks.Northern Arizona’s defense is among the worst units in the country. The Lumberjacks surrender 40.5 points (121st nationally) and 510.6 yards (122nd nationally) per game.Junior linebacker Carson Taylor and freshman defensive lineman Eloi Kwete have 3 sacks apiece for teh Lumberjacks.Redshirt sophomore defensive back Anthony Sweeney, junior linebacker Harrison Beemiller, senior linebacker Brandon Worthy, junior linebacker Taylor Powell, freshman linebacker Jaden Tauanu’u, freshman defensive back Daego Albert and redshirt sophomore ATH Nate Perkins all have an interception apiece for the Lumberjacks.Sweeney, Beemiller, senior defensive back Khalil Dorsey, senior defensive back Jalen Cook, senior linebacker Chris Jules, Taylor, Worthy and senior defensive lineman Jonathan Lolohea all have a forced fumble as well for Northern Arizona.The Lumberjacks lead the Thunderbirds 13-9 all-time and are 5-2 all-time at Cedar City.