NSU football set for season opener versus North Texas


Chris Reich

Fans are gearing up to attend the five home games in Turpin Stadium or the away games online in a new way.

Northwestern State Demon football is ready for their season opener versus the North Texas Mean Green this Saturday, Sept. 4.

NSU’s football schedule includes Alcorn State University, University of Tennessee at Martin and Southland Conference opponents University of the Incarnate Word, Nicholls State University, Southeastern Louisiana University, McNeese State University and Houston Baptist University.

The Demons face SELU, McNeese and HBU twice in one season, which raises some questions about the preparations being made against those three teams.

“I think NSU playing some teams twice is a good thing because it allows our team to get more playing time and in that second game they can adjust some things that did not work out the first time,” Caroline Bland, senior sports media communications major, said. “I’m excited to see what this season holds for our football team.”

Bland signifies just one of the many fans eager to watch Demon football. Fans are gearing up to attend the five home games in Turpin Stadium or the away games online in a new way.

With Demon athletics added into the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network +, NSU fans around the world can watch any Northwestern State football game this season and beyond. ESPN + will bring more availability to watch football on a national scale without watching the main cable channels on ESPN networks.

“You look at our schedule and every week you’re going to have the opportunity to somehow watch Northwestern State football,“ Brad Laird, head coach for NSU football, said. “No matter where you’re from, you’re going to have family members that are going to have the ability to watch their son play.”

Laird said this helps with recruiting, despite having to use Zoom Cloud Meetings and other video call services to connect with potential student athletes.

Scooter Adams, junior running back for the Demons and one of the keys to the spring 2021 season and moving into fall 2021, led the way for Northwestern State with 681 yards and seven touchdowns in just six games. Jomard Valsin, junior linebacker for NSU, gave the Purple Swarm a better reputation with 54 tackles, three sacks and three forced fumbles.

Students and fans can find Northwestern State’s full 2021 football schedule at the link below.