The 6-4 Texas A&M University-Commerce Lions will close the Lone Star Conference football era and bid farewell to 21 seniors in their home game on Saturday against 4-6 Eastern New Mexico.
Kick-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. at Ernest Hawkins Stadium in Memorial Stadium. KETR-FM (88.9) will broadcast the game.
The Lions will reward their 21 seniors in pre-game ceremonies.
A & M-Commerce will be leaving the LSC for the Southland conference, effective July 1, and will begin a four-year transition from NCAA Division II to Division I.
The Lions have been founding members of the LSC since its founding in 1931. They are 322-214-12 in LSC football matches and have won 23 LSC football titles.
The Lions senior class helped A&M-Commerce break a 41-11 record as a team member. Eleven of them also played on the 2017 NCAA Division II Lions National Team.
A & M-Commerce is tied with Angelo State for third place in the LSC standings at 4-2 after a surprising 30-3 loss last week to the Rams.
“It was a game, really we were trained, dominated,” said Lions coach David Bailiff. âFor the first time this season, we didn’t play well offensively, defensively and on special teams.
Both defenses had placed among the NCAA Division II national leaders in several categories. Angelo State edged the Lions 305-252 in total footage.
Senior quarterback Miklo Smalls had 9 of 15 passes for 76 yards and a touchdown. Eric Rodriguez was 5 of 10 for 68 yards.
Carandal Hale, a graduate student from Greenville, led the Lion rushers with 48 yards on nine carries. Hale and Antonio Leali’ie’e share the team’s lead for the season with 377 yards. Hale rushed for three touchdowns. Hale rushed for 1,852 yards and 15 touchdowns during his four-year career with A & M-Commerce
Eastern New Mexico is 1-5 in the LSC. The Greyhounds won their last game 70-21 against North American University, a new program from Houston.