LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - McNeese is fresh off their open week feeling healthy, well rested and ready to get back to work.
“That bye week was well needed,” Kylon Highshaw said. “We got to go home and rest our bodies, get ready for the second half of the season and finish out and try to get this conference ring.”
McNeese has had two weeks to prepare for Incarnate Word, the surprise team in the league. After being picked to finish 9th in this year’s preseason poll, the Cardinals are off to a 3-1 start in league play led by the number one offense in the Southland. Running back Ra’Quanne Dickens leads the conference in rushing averaging around 112 yards per game.
“They’re going to run anywhere from 90 to 100 plays and when you do that, you go really fast,” Lance Guidry said. “Your defense is going to play 90 to 100 plays as well. Like the Baylor offenses that were there, and like the Texas Tech’s, those guys were worried about getting as many yards and as many points as they can as fast as they can. The defense is going to play a lot of snaps when you do that. We’re going to try and get them off the field, get some three and outs, and leave their defense on the field for a while and try to get them tired by keeping their offense on the sideline, but that’s hard to do.”
Incarnate Word has now moved to the No. 4 spot in the Southland after picking up their first loss in heartbreaking fashion at Lamar this past weekend after it’s game-winning field goal attempt was blocked and returned for a touchdown with no time left on the clock.
“I was hoping they won so that they would pack that place and they’d be undefeated heading into our game. I think it would have helped our guys, but they’ve been there before so they know what the stadium is like and what the environment is going to be,” Guidry said. “I don’t know what kind of weather we are going to have, it looks like it may be raining. I wouldn’t mind if it rained the whole game, that’ll slow down the offense with the ball being slippery. We just have to treat it as a business trip and go down there and play football.”
McNeese looks to put another down payment on that Southland Conference championship ring this week and also to remain undefeated in the Southland.