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Team: Northwestern State Demons Football
League: NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision, Southland Conference
Home Games: Harry Turpin Stadium
Head Coach: Brad Laird
All-time Greats: Demetress Bell, Mark Duper, Adrian Hardy, Jamall Johnson, Jermaine Jones
Rivals: McNeese State, Nicholls, Southeastern Louisiana, Louisiana–Monroe
Northwestern State Demons Football TicketsThe Northwestern State Demons football team played its first official game in 1907. It was an independent football team on and off for several years. The team has been a member of the NCAA Southland Conference since 1987. It has amassed 12 conference titles with the most recent in 2004 when it was a co-champion. The Demons plays at Harry Turpin Stadium, which was built in 1975 in Natchitoches, La. Several of its players have gone on to professional careers in the NFL. Kenny Wright played for the Minnesota Vikings, Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars as well as the Washington Redskins while Sidney Thornton played for the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Demons has four official rivals. They are McNeese State, Nicholls, Southeastern Louisiana and Louisiana–Monroe. In 1992, the intensity of the rivalry between the Demons and Louisiana–Monroe was caught on camera when a fight broke out between the mascots. Grab your Northwestern State Demons football tickets at StubHub.
Where does the Northwestern State Demons football team play?Harry Turpin Stadium is located in Natchitoches, La. Owned and operated by Northwestern State University, it has a capacity of 15,971. On Sept. 9, 2000, the stadium saw its largest crowd of 17,528 when the Northwestern State Demons played against the Southern Jaguars. The stadium first opened in 1975. Today, the venue includes three VIP suites and other amenities such as a dedicated tailgating zone.
Who is Northwestern State Demons football team head coach?Brad Laird is the current head coach of the Northwestern State Demons football team. The hiring was made official on Nov. 20, 2017. In his first year, the team earned a record of 5–6. Laird is a former player for Northwestern State where he played quarterback 1991–1995. He has also been coaching since 1996. He has held positions as assistant head coach and defensive coordinator.
Who are some notable players from the Northwestern State Demons football team?The Northwestern State Demons football program has a winning record of 631–398–40, so it should be no surprise that it has produced several notable players. Former players who have had successful careers in the NFL include Demetress Bell, Mark Duper, Adrian Hardy, Jamall Johnson and Jermaine Jones. Bell played for the Buffalo Bills and Philadelphia Eagles, Duper played for the Miami Dolphins and Hardy played for the San Francisco 49ers and Cincinnati Bengals.
How is the tailgating scene at a Northwestern State Demons football game?At home Northwestern State Demons football games include a dedicated tailgating zone, so the tailgating scene is fun and electric. Known as Demon Alley, the area consists of Vic’s Fun Zone and the Collins Family Pavilion. Tailgaters will find inflatable games and other entertainment for children at the Fun Zone. The Pavilion includes restrooms, picnic-style seating and big-screen televisions.
What are the top Northwestern State Demons football team games this year?The top games for Tthe Northwestern State Demons football team are when the team plays against any of its rivals. The Demons met with McNeese State for the first time in 1951. Since both teams are from schools that are in The University of Louisiana system, they are playing for bragging rights. Another top game includes Stephen F. Austin because the teams compete for the Chief Caddo, a 320-pound, 7-foot-6-inch trophy. In 2019, Central Arkansas and Midwestern State will also be stopping by Harry Turpin Stadium.
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