Southeastern forces four turnovers, Lions win River Bell Classic

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THIBODAUX, La. ( – The last time Southeastern faced Nicholls, in 2019, Lions’ quarterback Cole Kelley fumbled on the goal line, and the Colonels won the River Bell Classic for the second-straight season.

Two year later, Southeastern flipped the script and forced Nicholls’ signal caller Lindsey Scott into four, second half interceptions. Saturday’s matchup was the highest point total in the history of the rivalry, and the Lions’ defense scored two touchdowns on pick-6s en route to the win.

“It was crazy. We came out here with energy today, and we just played our hardest. Coach (Scelfo) told us be bold at the beginning of the week. Just be bold and make plays,” cornerback Alphonso Taylor said. Taylor caught two of the team’s four interceptions.

“Lindsey Scott. That guy’s a wonder man. He’s just a dynamic player. I don’t know how you stop him. You just got to contain him. We were lucky we got the picks today. We made those plays when we had a chance to make ’em, but you don’t beat a quarterback like that too often,” Southeastern head coach Frank Scelfo said.

The Lions win was redemption for Kelley, due to the aforementioned fumble two seasons ago, and he dominated Nicholls’ defense in the long-awaited rematch. The senior threw 391 passing yards and four touchdowns, and he snagged a receiving touchdown on the opening drive of the game.

“For him to be able to play as well as he did tonight, it was important for him to be able to get a win here tonight. That was very important for him after what happened last year,” Scelfo added.

“It feels great. I would just like to start this off by giving all the glory to God because without him, none of this is really possible man,” Kelley said.

The River Bell Classic series record is now tied at 15-15.

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