Late turnovers cost Lions MIAA opener

After a forgettable performance last week at Emporia, head football coach Bart Tatum and his team are trying to do just that.

Turnovers haunted the Lions in a 30-27 loss.

“You just hope you’ve got enough character on your team and on your coaching staff, guys will fight through all the residual soreness,” Tatum said. “And all those disappointments mentally and find a way to give their best effort. That’s what we’ve been talking about since Sunday.”

Tomorrow, the Lions will travel to Nebraska-Omaha to face the 0-3 Mavericks.

UNO is coming off of a 58-23 drumming at the hands of defending Division-II National Champions, the Northwest Missouri State University Bearcats.

While Southern is aware of the Mavericks’ so far winless season, they are making sure not to take them for granted.

“Last weekend was a tough loss for us,” wide receiver Landon Zerkel said. “But we’ve just gotta move forward and you know, get ready for this week. We can’t live in the past. That’s something the coaches talked about a lot so we’re ready for this week.”

As for what to expect from Nebraska-Omaha, Tatum said their offense will rely heavily on the running game and its help with opening up play-action opportunities.

“Yeah that [UNO’s 0-3 record] doesn’t mean anything to us,” defensive back Scott Langil said. “They’re a good program, they’ve been a good program for years, and you can’t underestimate anybody, it’s gonna be a tough environment. It’s gonna be a nice stadium, a nice place, they’ve got a good program. We’ve just gotta play.”