On the heels of their best season of record, Southwestern Assemblies of God University had 25 players honored when the Central States Football League announced its All-Conference teams.
Five were selected to the first team, seven on the second team and 13 earned honorable mention.
Two individuals, however, received special recognition.
Senior quarterback Reid Golson was named the 2013 Co-Offensive Player of the Year.
He led the league in total offense, averaging 227 yards per game. He completed 59 percent of his passes for 15 touchdowns while tossing just six interceptions.
Golson was an efficient leader of the offense. He ran for 728 yards and handed off to a pair of backs as the Lions had three of the CSFL’s top six in rushing yardage.
Veteran head coach Jesse Godding was chosen by his peers as the CSFL’s 2013 Coach of the Year recipient. Godding led the team to a 6-4 record and a 4-1 mark in the CSFL.
The Lions overcame an 0-2 start to the season and finished with four consecutive victories. The team had the second best offense and defense in the league.
SAGU was especially focused on the road, winning where it’s most difficult. The Lions posted a CSFL best 4-1 record away from home.
That feat speaks very well for a coach’s ability to prepare a team for the challenges of performing on road trips.
Besides Golson, who was selected as the First-Team All-Conference Quarterback, the Lions also had three others chosen from the offensive unit, all juniors, and one on the special teams
Halfback Troy Griffin, wide receiver Dylan Moore and offensive lineman Peter Akorikin each garnered first team status.
Griffin ranked fifth in rushing with 537 yards. He averaged 4.3 yards per carry and had 10 touchdowns, nine of them on the ground.
Griffin also has the distinction of being the team’s longest gainer through the air when he dashed 49 yards with a screen pass from Golson in a 19-8 win at Haskell University.
Moore, a physical wideout is known for his toughness, hands and his penchant for big play grabs. He finished the season with 27 receptions in eight games, averaging 13.4 yards per catch.
He scored four touchdowns, none bigger than the game-winning, 26-yarder that decided the 38-34 triumph over Bacone College.
Moore also snared a four-yard strike that gave SAGU the lead for good in the fourth quarter at Oklahoma Baptist University.
As for Akorikin, a 6-foot-three, 310-pounder, helped anchor an offensive line that paved the way for the CSFL’s best rushing attack. He played at both guard and tackle.
The Lions averaged 188 yards per game rushing and were the only CSFL team with a yards per carry over average of more than four yards.
The offensive line also provided time for Golson to pass by allowing only 15 sacks. That total was the best since the 2010 group permitted just 14.
For the second straight season, Lions placekicker James Gish, of Waxahachie, was tabbed the First-Team All-Conference kicker. He converted 11 of 15 field goals, including a 44-yarder at Wayland Baptist University.
Gish booted 15 of 21 as a junior and has made several beyond 50 yards.