But the players who had been very quiet before the announcement suddenly began cheering and jumping when the Super Region 2 bracket showed UNA as the No. 6 team. The Lions (8-3) will play at Valdosta State (8-2) on Saturday in the first round. Kickoff time will be set Monday.
North Alabama’s domination of the state of Arkansas is over and its season is beginning to unravel. The Lions’ 27-game winning streak against teams from the Razorback state ended Saturday as Ouachita Baptist shocked No. 10 UNA 24-23 in overtime in front of a big homecoming crowd at A.U. Williams Field.
The University of North Alabama’s defense gave a valiant effort but the Lions offense couldn’t put any points on the board as UNA was shutout at home by Valdosta State in a key Gulf South Conference battle 5-0. UNA’s 101 total yards was the lowest offensive output in school history, and the Lions recovered a fumble in their own end zone to give Valdosta State a safety, which was the only score of the game until the fourth quarter.
North Alabama coach Terry Bowden warned his team throughout the week that it could not afford to take Lambuth lightly. The Lions apparently got the message. No. 3 UNA took control with a pair of early turnovers and never let the Eagles back in the game in cruising to a 31-0 victory on Saturday. UNA (4-0) got three turnovers from its defense and held the Eagles (2-2) to just 122 total yards in posting the shutout.
A week ago North Alabama came out flat in the first quarter before putting everything together en route to a blowout against Glenville State. It was just the opposite Saturday night in the Gulf South Conference opener against Southern Arkansas. The No. 3 Lions scored on their first two possessions to take control and then coasted home for a 48-6 victory over the Muleriders.