SFA gets ready to battle NSU for the Chief Caddo trophy
NACOGDOCHES, TX (KLTV) -
This Saturday, rivals Stephen F. Austin State University and Northwestern State University will battle it out for the Chief Caddo trophy.
Chief Caddo is the largest sports trophy in the world. The first game of the Chief Caddo series was back in 1962. Since then, whoever wins keeps the trophy for that year.
For the last three years SFA has won the Chief Caddo trophy.
"They have a lot of pride in what they have done and built here in the last three years. Obviously going out and keeping the Chief for another year would be very special to them," says head football coach, J.C. Harper.
"I talk to them all the time about leaving a legacy. Leaving a legacy at home, leaving a legacy as a Lumberjack and leaving a legacy as beating Northwestern State University.
Keeping the Chief is really in their hands. What do they want to be remembered for," says former player and now linebacker's coach, Devin Ducote.
Chief Caddo is eight feet tall and weighs around 400 pounds. Winning the Chief for a fourth year would be kind of a big deal.
"I don't know what the record is for keeping Chief Caddo, but this has got to be a pretty extended time for us having the chief," says SFA football coach," David Gibbs.
As a way to keep the players motivated, Chief Caddo has been in the locker room with them all week.
"It's good to walk in there and see that Chief Caddo is home in the locker room and that's where we want to keep him," says SFA football player, Jordan Aubrey.
Come Saturday, Chief Caddo will make its way to the field where SFA and NSU will go head to head for the trophy and bragging rights.
"You know anytime you play the game he's right down there on the field with you, so we take a look back and look at him if we need a little motivation," says SFA football player, Josh Aubrey.
"It will be right there on the endzone and both sides will see the Chief and at that point in time it's up for grabs," says Harper.
NSU a 28 to 17 edge in the series, but SFA has momentum with a three game win streak.
Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon at Homer Bryce Stadium in Nacogdoches.
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