Opponents pose challenge for Lions

Junior guard Jeff Hodge (right) draws contact during UNA’s 119-103 win against Alabama-Huntsville Jan. 16 in Flowers Hall.

To be a strong athletic program, one must face tough opponents. UNA has had some competitive matchups with these four schools over the years.

Jacksonville State

In football, the oldest, and perhaps most storied of UNA’s rivals is Division I opponent Jacksonville State. Since their first meeting in 1949, the Lions and Gamecocks have battled 47 times. The Gamecocks hold the all-time record at 24-18-3.

Delta State

The Lions and the Delta State Statesmen have an extensive history. As charter members of the Gulf South Conference, the two have been battling in multiple sports for the last 45 years.

Together, UNA and Delta State combine for 19 GSC football championships, 11 titles in men’s basketball and 17 championships in baseball.

Valdosta State

Since their first meeting in 1982, when Valdosta State joined the Gulf South, the Lions and Blazers have met on the football field 40 times. UNA is leading the series 23-16-1.


UNA and the University of Alabama-Huntsville are natural rivals. Just under a two-hour trek down Highway 72, neither school has to travel far for a good fight. And while the Chargers are a nemesis for all sports, the culmination of the tension usually spills over during basketball season.