The Northwestern State University Demon Football team delivered a winning start to the 2018-2019 football season with a decisive 34 to 7 victory over the legendary Grambling State University Tigers Saturday September 8th before a record crowd.
The contest marked the first home game of the season and the debut of Brad Laird at Turpin Stadium as NSU’s Head Football Coach. Coach Laird, no stranger to Turpin Stadium, is a NSU Alumni and football player who garnered several records during his career. He also served as an assistant coach under several of his predecessors before taking the helm of his alma mater. The wealth of experience and leadership he and his staff have brought to NSU was on full display throughout Saturday’s game. It is indeed a new and reinvigorated program.
The action started earlier that afternoon at the tailgating area as the Alumni Association sponsored a tailgate cookout and entertainment. The air was filled with the smells of delicious cooking as tailgaters from various NSU organizations, local supporters and a large contingent of loyal Grambling fans partied before the game.
Halftime featured a rare treat with both the Spirit of Northwestern and Grambling Bands performing. The Grambling Band put on an amazing halftime show that showcased the energetic style that is the band’s hallmark. They were followed by the Spirit of Northwestern Band who entertained the hometown fans with their superb musicality. Both bands kept up a steady drumbeat of support for their teams throughout the game.
The Natchitoches Parish Journal wished to commend Coach Laird, his staff and the Demons for a most auspicious start to their season. Fork ’em Demons!