Sunday, December 30, 2007
92 Texas A&M-Commerce
100 St. Edward's
109 Oklahoma Panhandle State
115 Cameron (Overtime)
81 Xavier (La.)
89 Texas A&M-Kingsville
66 Tarleton State
12/30/07 - Women Only
Southeastern Oklahoma 64
St. Mary's 66
12/31/07 - Men
88 Angelo State
79 Incarnate Word
St. Edward's 53
Midwestern State 70
Southeastern Oklahoma 53
Incarnate Word 57
1/1/08 - Men Only
79 Southern Arkansas
83 Texas A&M-Commerce
1/2/08 - Women Only
Texas A&M-Commerce 73
Texas Woman's 65
1/3/08 - Men and Women
37 Southeastern Oklahoma 48
82 West Texas A&M 66
66 Southwestern Oklahoma 60
87 Abilene Christian 73
85 Cameron 36
91 Angelo State 72
70 Central Oklahoma 62
73 Tarleton State 57
70 Northeastern State 54
89 Midwestern State 35
61 East Central 62
63 Eastern New Mexico 58
1/5/08 - Men and Women
75 East Central 43
65 West Texas A&M 65
98 Cameron 58
107 Abilene Christian 73
88 Texas A&M-Commerce 65
91 Texas A&M-Kingsville 58
OT in Men's game
59 Southeastern Oklahoma 55
89 Eastern New Mexico 67
83 Southwestern Oklahoma 45
79 Angelo State 51
82 Central Oklahoma 76
67 Midwestern State 69
58 Northeastern State 54
65 Tarleton State 49
Thursday, December 27, 2007
EDMOND — The University of Central Oklahoma will again turn to the high school ranks to fill a coaching vacancy.
Oklahoma Christian School football coach Tracy Holland will be named as UCO's 11th head coach at a 2 p.m. news conference today at Wantland Stadium. Holland replaces Chuck Langston, who was fired after five years. UCO went 4-6 this past season and has been the subject of an NCAA investigation into rules violations within the football program during Langston's tenure.
The selection of Holland is a continuation of a recent trend. UCO hired former Midwest City coach Terry Evans as its men's basketball coach in 2002 and hired former Edmond Santa Fe boys basketball coach Guy Hardaker to lead its women's basketball team last year.Holland has coached at OCS in Edmond for three seasons and has an 18-14 record. OCS was 7-4 this past fall and made the playoffs. Prior to arriving at OCS, Holland had a successful stint as head coach at Heritage Hall where he went 31-9, leading the Chargers to a 13-1 record in 2004. His son, Chad, was a freshman reserve linebacker for UCO last season.
Holland graduated from the University of Northern Colorado. He also spent time at his alma mater as an assistant football coach. Prior to arriving in Oklahoma, Holland had been coaching football in Europe.
Heritage Hall football coach Andy Bogert said Holland and his family came to Oklahoma in 1999 seeking treatment at Children's Medical Center for one of his sons who had been diagnosed with cancer.
Bogert served as Holland's offensive coordinator for three years.
Bogert said he believes Holland can turn around UCO's football program, which is facing sanctions from the NCAA.
"He's always at the coaches' clinics,” Bogert said. "He's the right guy for it.”
Holland coached OCS defensive back Taylor Frost for two seasons.
"UCO needs the help and he's the right coach for them,” Frost said.
Several other coaches applied for the job, including Santa Fe's Dan Cocannouer, former OU defensive lineman and Jacksonville Jaguars assistant coach Lucious Selmon and former UCO coach Gary Howard.
The choice of Holland is an indicator UCO wants someone who can rebuild the football program's image, which has suffered in the wake of the NCAA investigation and two straight disappointing seasons.
Sunday, December 23, 2007
St Thomas Aquinas 40
Tarleton State 65
Colarodo Christian 60
Texas Womans 71
Southern Arkansas 66
East Central 90
Texas A&M-Commerce 60
Eastern New Mexico 60
Lubbock Christian 74
Abilene Christian 109
Dallas Baptist 86
Southwestern OK 93
Tarleton State 72
St Edwards 58
UT-Permian Basin 76
Angelo State 77
St Marys 63
Midwestern State 75
Huston Tillotson 68
Texas A&M-Kingsville 86
Texas A&M International 72
Texas A&M Kingsville 67
Panhandle State 54
Central Oklahoma 91
Texas A&M Commerce 78
Tarleton State 79
Mesa State 60
Friday, December 21, 2007
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Former UCO coach, Gary Howard, has applied for the job. Howard coached the Bronchos for 26 years, compiling a 162-105-6 record, including the 1982 NAIA championship.
"I believe my experience and record speak for itself,” Howard said. "I know I have the qualifications, and I'm ready to get back into everything.”
Though Howard left the Bronchos' sideline, he never left UCO. Howard has been teaching in the kinesiology and health departments since being relieved of his coaching duties in 2002.
"I don't feel like I've slipped a step at all,” Howard said. "If anything, I feel recharged. I've been following the team every year and have been out there every week when I can and would love another shot at it.”
During a Thursday radio interview on the Tulsa Sports Animal, Jenks High School football coach Allan Trimble admitted to being intrigued by the vacant head-coaching position at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond.
The Bronchos compete at the NCAA Division II level. UCO officials would be crazy if they don't give strong consideration to Trimble, who has captured nine Class 6A championships in 12 seasons at Jenks. Trimble can coach, obviously, and you would expect him to recruit well in Tulsa County.
The jump from high school to college football certainly worked well for Trimble's former adversary, Bill Blankenship. After winning three state titles in a four-season span at Union, Blankenship resigned in order to pursue college jobs. He was sidelined for a year, but Blankenship wound up as the University of Tulsa's receivers coach. Blankenship is credited with the development of outstanding young re ceivers.
Midwestern State tops Emporia State 127-124 in four overtimes. Understandably, a lot of records were broken in this game. Most importantly for the Mustangs, it was a victory.
- Most combined points in a game (229 vs. UCO 2-10-96)
- tied for most points allowed (UCO 2-10-96)
- second most points scored (129 vs Jarvis Christian during the 89-90 season)
Thursday, December 20, 2007
According to NewsOk.com - "I haven't been interviewed, I'm not a finalist, and I haven't been on their campus,” Held said. "I'm the head coach at Southwestern, and I'm going to be back here next year. I really don't know where that stuff comes from. I just saw it and laughed.”
The same article lists former Sooner Lucious Selmon, Edmond Santa Fe High School coach Dan Cacannover and current UCO DC Steve Patterson as expressing interest. They are not classified as finalists - just as interested in the position.
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Green Bay Packers CB Al Harris was selected to his first Pro Bowl as a starter for the NFC squad. Harris is in his 10th season in the NFL. He was a sixth round draft choice by Tampa Bay in 1997. He has played in 168 consecutive games, and has started all 81 games for Green Bay since being acquired in a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2003.
Monday, December 17, 2007
Saturday, December 15, 2007
And the winner is ... not Bernard Scott.
Abilene Christian University running back Bernard Scott is one of the fiercest competitors you're likely to meet. He'll do whatever it takes to help his team win, and he's had nothing but success in his three years of collegiate football.
This year, in fact, he was one of the best in the country. He did so well that in the voting for the Harlon Hill Trophy (the Division II Heisman) he found himself in the top three.
The other two players in that elite group were linebacker Michael Eubanks of Delta State and last year's winner, tailback Danny Woodhead of Chadron State. Both are great players. But neither had the numbers this year to beat out Scott.
Unfortunately, it seems many of the nation's Division II sports information directors ....
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Sunday, December 16, 2007
Men Only Contests
77 Central Oklahoma
71 Missouri Western
60 Southeastern Oklahoma
101 Abilene Christian
81 Dallas Baptist
65 Lubbock Christian
59 West Texas A&M
82 Texas A&M - International
85 Texas A&M - Kingsville (In Overtime)
59 Rhema Bible
68 East Central
75 Incarnate Word
81 Midwestern State (Overtime - UIW missed two FT in regulation with 2 seconds to play)
22 Hillsdale Free Will Baptist
77 Tarleton State
Blowout of the week. Can anyone explain the reason for this game on the schedule of a program of the caliber of Tarleton (and Rhema Bible and Dallas Christian)?
78 Angelo State
73 Emporia State #18
Women Only Contests
Texas A&M - International 57
Tarleton State 84
UT Permain Basin 47
Midwestern State 98
Missouri Southern 70
Northeastern State 62
Angelo State 67
Northwest Missouri 62
Men and Women
80 Eastern New Mexico 81
65 New Mexico Highlands 58
Men Only Contests
77 Central Oklahoma
84 Northwest Missouri
89 Abilene Christian
41 Rhema Bible
88 Dallas Baptist
96 East Central
77 Southeastern Oklahoma
70 Missouri Western
54 Angelo State
58 Pittsburg State
Women Only Contests
Central Oklahoma 59
Angelo State 83
Hawaii Pacific 57
UT Permian Basis 53
Tarleton State 81
Incarnate Word 42
Northeastern State 62
124 Emporia State
127 Midwestern State 4 overtime thriller
51 Southwestern Oklahoma (SWO first loss of the season)
54 Fort Hays State
78 Texas A&M Kingsville (8-2 on the season)
67 Incarnate Word
East Central 60
Texas Woman's 74
Central Oklahoma 56
#7 Washburn 66
Cameron 71 (Cameron gets 2nd win of season)
Central Missouri 68
Incarnate Word 56
Southwestern Oklahoma 62
71 Southern Arkansas
49 Southeastern Oklahoma
UT Permian Basin 75
Abilene Christian 100
Saturday, December 15, 2007
By the Chadron State College Information Office
FLORENCE, Ala. — Danny Woodhead’s signature just got a little bit longer.
Now, thanks to claiming the 2007 Harlon Hill Trophy, Chadron State’s running back will have to add two-time NCAA Division II Player of the Year at the end of his name.
Woodhead, who also won the award in 2006, is just the third repeat winner in the award's 22-year history. Texas A&M Kingsville running back Johnny Bailey won the award three times and Valdosta State quarterback Dusty Bonner won the trophy twice.
"It's a great feeling," said Woodhead, who ended his collegiate career with an all-time record of 7,962 rushing yards. "It's nice to win the award, but it's not really for me. It's for Chadron State College, my teammates, and my coaches. If it wasn't for all of them, I wouldn't be here."
Woodhead, a 5-foot-8 senior from North Platte, received 36 first place votes and received points on 81 of the 105 ballots cast. He finished with 175 total points. Abilene Christian running back Bernard Scott finished second with 122 points and Delta State linebacker Michael Eubanks was third with 100 points.
"Honestly, Michael and Bernard are just as deserving of this award as I am," said Woodhead, who was also named to the Associated Press Little All-American team on Thursday. "Those two guys are great players on great teams and they each had wonderful seasons. It was fun getting to know them this week."
In addition to setting the all-time rushing record, Woodhead ranks second in all-purpose yardage with 9,479. His 109 career touchdowns ties the NCAA record and his 654 career points ranks second all-time.
This season Woodhead rushed for 1,597 yards and scored 23 touchdowns despite missing the majority of three games with a foot injury. He also caught 53 passes for 562 yards and three scores. He helped lead Chadron State to its second-straight Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference title and a spot in the quarterfinals of the Division II playoffs, and he's just the second player in NCAA history to post four consecutive 1,500 yard seasons.
Woodhead is also just the third player who has been a Hill candidate four years and he's the third different player from Chadron State to be a finalist. David Jones tied for sixth in 1990 and Matt Strand was eighth in 2001.
"I couldn't be happier for Danny," said Chadron State Head Coach Bill O'Boyle. "He's continued to mature and improve as a player and what he's done for Chadron State and our football team is immense. I'm proud to have coached him."
Including Woodhead, the finalists posted impressive numbers. Abilene Christian's Scott set Division II records for touchdowns scored in a season (39), rushing touchdowns scored in a season (35) and points scored in a season (234). He also rushed for 2,165 yards in 2007 to set the Lone Star Conference single season record.
Eubanks is only the second defensive player to ever reach the Harlon Hill finals. He set the all-time record for quarterback sacks with 39 and he ranks third all-time in Division II history in career tackles for loss with 70.5 for 355 yards. He finished the 2007 season with 90 tackles, 12 sacks, and 27 tackles for loss. Eubanks, along with Woodhead, also were selected as NCAA Division II Scholar Athlete winners. Each athlete was awarded an $18,000 post-graduate scholarship.
With Woodhead winning his second Hill trophy, Chadron State becomes the sixth school in Division II to claim two or more Hill trophies. The others are Valdosta State, North Dakota State, Texas A&M-Kingsville, Pittsburg State, and North Alabama.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
AP Little All-America Team
By The Associated Press
Quarterback — David Knighton, junior, 6-foot-1, 225 pounds, Harding.
Running backs — Xavier Omon, senior, 5-11, 220, Northwest Missouri State; Danny Woodhead, senior, 5-9, 200, Chadron State.
Wide receivers — Weston Dressler, senior, 5-8, 164, North Dakota; Almonzo Banks, senior, 6-2, 220, West Liberty State.
Tight end — Kolo Kapanui, senior, 6-5, 255, West Texas A&M
Linemen — Ben Hochstein, senior, 6-4, 298, Nebraska-Omaha; Heath Benedict, junior, 6-6, 320, Newberry; Brandon Barnes, senior, 6-2, 322, Grand Valley State; Mackenzy Bernadeau, senior, 6-4, 303, Bentley; Tim McCutcheon, senior, 6-4, 305, California, Pa.
All-purpose player — Ashton Gronewold, senior, 5-10, 190, Missouri-Rolla.
Kicker — Jared Guberman, junior, 5-10, 190, West Georgia.
Linemen — Brandon Swain, junior, 6-4, 255, West Texas A&M; Curtis Johnson, senior, 6-3, 245, Clark Atlanta; Kurt Kissner, senior, 6-3, 245, Mesa State; Bryan Robinson, senior, 6-3, 292, Wesley.
Linebackers — Michael Eubanks, senior, 6-2, 225, Delta State; Jerrell Freeman, senior, 6-2, 205, Mary Hardin-Baylor; Anthony Adams, senior, 6-2, 240, Grand Valley State.
Defensive backs — Randy Kush, junior, 5-10, 189, Nebraska-Omaha; Cary Williams, senior, 6-2, 190, Washburn; Kendall Ricketts, senior, 5-10, 190, Central Missouri; Matt Kostelnik, senior, 6-1, 198, Mount Union.
Punter — Michael Podobnik, junior, 6-0, 230, Arkansas Tech.
Quarterback — Mark Nicolet, senior, Hillsdale.
Running backs — Bernard Scott, junior, Abilene Christian; Justin Beaver, senior, Wisconsin-Whitewater.
Wide receivers — Scott Peters, senior, Winona State; Cedric Jones, sophomore, Valdosta State.
Linemen — Brandon Bennett, senior, Williamette; Derek Blanchard, senior, Mount Union; Tony Burson, senior, Midwestern State; Vince Cashdollar, senior, Ashland; Christian Morton, senior, South Dakota.
Tight end — Mike Peterson, senior, Northwest Missouri State.
All-purpose player — De’Audra Dix, senior, Johnson C. Smith.
Kicker — Tyler Lorenz, sophomore, California, Pa.
Linemen — Louis Ellis, junior, Shaw; Mike Czerwien, senior, Waynesburg; Jake Visser, junior, Ferris State; Dan Skutta, junior, Grand Valley State
Linebackers — Jared Brock, junior, West Texas A&M; Lateef Ferguson, senior, West Chester; Adrian Pynenberg, senior, Wabash.
Defensive backs — Ranardrick Phillips, senior, Tarleton State; Brandon Carr, senior, Grand Valley State; Brandon Carr, senior, Bethel; Sherard Reynolds, junior, Valdosta State.
Punter — Alex Groh, sophomore, Occidental.
Quarterback — Greg Micheli, junior, Mount Union.
Running backs — Nate Kmic, junior, Mount Union; Devron Wallace, senior, Shepherd.
Wide receivers — Elfren Quiles, senior, Kutztown; Jake Allen, senior, Mississippi College.
Tight end — Bryan Bergman, senior, Carthage.
Linemen — Caleb Woodall, senior, Mary Hardin-Baylor; Reid Kirby, junior, Northwest Missouri State; Patrick Gildea, senior, Southern Connecticut; J.D. Whited, senior, North Alabama; Brennan Fortune, senior, St. John Fisher.
All-purpose player — Tyler Sherden, senior, Luther.
Kicker — Jeff Schebler, sophomore, Wisconsin-Whitewater.
Linemen — Don Miller, senior, Alfred; Ron Ellington, senior, Catawba; Kirby Griffin, junior, California, Pa.; Pat McCullough, senior, Mount Union.
Linebackers — Will Clewis, senior, Central Oklahoma; Kyle Follweiler, senior, Wilkes; Jared Erspamer, senior, Northwest Missouri State.
Defensive backs — Nick Weber, senior, Wartburg; Clay Hamblen, senior, Georgetown, Ky.; Broderick Mondy, senior, Northeastern State; Chris Hemphill, senior, Central Washington.
Punter — Brandon Larkin, senior, Clark Atlanta.
Scott, Knox, Collins, Swain, and Brock are juniors.
TE +Kolo Kapanui, 6-5, 255, Sr., West Texas A&M
WR +Almonzo Banks, 6-2, 220, Sr., West Liberty State (W.Va.)
WR Weston Dressler, 5-8, 165, Sr., North Dakota
OL+Brandon Barnes, 6-2, 315, Sr., Grand Valley State (Mich.)
OL Ben Hochstein, 6-4, 268, Sr., Nebraska-Omaha
OL Reid Kirby, 6-4, 300, Sr., Northwest Missouri State
OL Tim McCutcheon, 6-4, 305, Sr., California (Pa.)
OLNathan Young, 6-3, 300, Sr., Abilene Christian
QB +Daniel Polk, 6-2, 202, Sr., Midwestern State (Texas)
RB +Xavier Omon, 5-11, 220, Sr., Northwest Missouri State
RB Bernard Scott, 5-11, 220, Jr., Abilene Christian (Texas)
AP +Ryan Chappell, 5-11, 193, So., North Dakota
K +Jared Keating, 6-0, 185, Jr., Mesa State (Colo.)
DL +Kurt Kissner, 6-3, 245, Sr., Mesa State (Colo.)
DL Dan Skuta, 6-3, 255, Jr., Grand Valley State (Mich.)
DL Brandon Swain, 6-4, 255, Jr., West Texas A&M
LB Anthony Adams, 6-1, 232, Sr., Grand Valley State (Mich.)
LB Will Clewis, 6-1, 225, Sr., Central Oklahoma
LB Jared Erspamer, 6-0, 235, Sr., Northwest Missouri State
LB +Michael Eubanks, 6-2, 225, Sr., Delta State (Miss.)
CB +Darren Banks, 5-11, 180, Jr., West Liberty State (W.Va.)
CB Cary Williams, 6-2, 190, Sr., Washburn (Kan.)
S Ranardrick Phillips, 5-10, 202, Sr., Tarleton State (Texas)
S +Sherard Reynolds, 5-10, 175, Jr., Valdosta State (Ga.)
P +Michael Podobnik, 6-0, 230, Jr., Arkansas Tech
TE Dan Pickens, 6-4, 240, Sr., Indiana (Pa.)
WR Cedric Jones, 6-0, 180, So., Valdosta State (Ga.)
WR Johnny Knox, 6-0, 180, Jr., Abilene Christian (Texas)
WR Nick Smart, 6-1, 185, Sr., Southwest Baptist (Mo.)
OL Heath Benedict, 6-6, 335, Sr., Newberry (S.C.)
OL Tony Burson, 6-4, 280, Sr., Midwestern State (Texas)
OL Mike Butterworth, 6-7, 330, Sr., Slippery Rock (Pa.)
OL Sam Collins, 6-2, 270, Jr., Abilene Christian (Texas)
OL John Strand, 6-8, 280, Sr., Chadron State (Neb.)
QB Mark Nicolet, 6-2, 220, Sr., Hillsdale (Mich.)
RB Dervon Wallace, 5-6, 177, Sr., Shepherd (W.Va.)
RB Danny Woodhead, 5-9, 200, Sr., Chadron State (Neb.)
AP Ashton Gronewold, 5-10, 190, Sr., Missouri-Rolla
K Brandon Hellevang, 5-9, 189, So., North Dakota
DL Kirby Griffin, 6-2, 275, Jr., California (Pa.)
DL Curtis Johnson, 6-4, 245, Sr., Clark Atlanta (Ga.)
DL Jake Visser, 6-2, 275, Jr., Ferris State (Mich.)
LB Jared Brock, 6-1, 232, Jr., West Texas A&M
LB Gary Butler, 6-1, 230, Sr., California (Pa.)
LB Lateef Ferguson, 6-1, 220, Sr., West Chester (Pa.)
LB Cody Stutts, 6-0, 230, Sr., Abilene Christian (Texas)
CB BrandonCarr, 6-1, 206, Sr., Grand Valley State (Mich.)
CB Rod Mosley, 5-10, 175, Sr., Texas A&M-Kingsville
S Brian Bingnear, 6-0, 200, Sr., Kutztown (Pa.)
S Randy Kush, 5-11, 200, Jr., Nebraska-Omaha
S Kendall Ricketts, 5-10, 190, Sr., Central Missouri
P Jace Amore, 6-0, 230, Sr., California (Pa.)
+ indicates top vote getter at a position
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
LSC BASKETBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
LSC North Women's
Jessica Hocker, Southeastern Oklahoma State University
Sr., Guard, Spring Hill, Kan./Spring Hill HS
Hocker was a model of consistency for the week, averaging 20.0 ppg, featuring nights of 20 points, 19 points and 21 points in helping SOSU to a 2-1 record last week. She also added 5.0 rpg, and, thanks to an overtime game against Angelo State actually averaged 40.3 minutes per game for the week. From the guard position she shot 65.2 percent from the field and 81.1 percent from the free throw line, going 30-of-37.
LSC South Women's
Emily Brister, West Texas A&M University
Jr., G, Amarillo, Texas/Amarillo HS
Brister racked up a whopping 55 points - including shooting a perfect 16-of-16 from the free throw line - for an average of 27.5 points per game as West Texas A&M collected two wins over Lone Star Conference North opponents. The Lady Buffs beat Central Oklahoma, 73-60, on Thursday then picked up their fifth consecutive win with a 66-60 overtime victory over Northeastern State, in which Brister scored 34 points, more than half of the team's final tally. Her average point tally over the weekend was higher than any other player's total points; additionally, Brister grabbed a team-high 14 rebounds and dished out a team-high five assists.
LSC North Men's
Terrell Carpenter, East Central University
Sr., Guard, Chicago, Ill./Harlan Community Academy
Carpenter poured in 28 points on 8-of-13 shooting, including 4-of-8 from 3-point range, and 8-of-11 from the line in East Central's 82-67 loss to Angelo State. Carpenter also finished with three rebounds, five assists and five steals while playing all 40 minutes of that game. Carpenter also tallied 10 points on 3-of-7 shooting and 4-of-6 from the line in ECU's 86-70 win over Abilene Christian. He also collected four assists and ended up with two steals in that game.
LSC South Men's
Marcus Hubbard, Angelo State University
Sr., Forward, West Palm Beach, Fla./Palm Beach Lakes
All-America candidate Marcus Hubbard started his first two games of the year and led the Rams in scoring in both contests. Against Southeastern Oklahoma, he was 14-for-19 from the floor, including 4-for-7 from three-point range, for 32 points to lead the Rams to a 74-64 win in Durant on Thursday night. At East Central, Hubbard went 8-for-18 from the field, 4-for-11 from beyond the arc, and 2-for-3 from the free-throw line for 22 points with four rebounds as ASU defeated the Tigers, 82-67, on Saturday. For the week, Hubbard was 22-for-37 from the floor, 8-for-18 from three-point range, and 2-for-4 from the charity stripe for a 27.0 average as the Rams defeated SOSU and ECU back-to-back for the first time in five years to improve to 5-2 on the season.
Three LSC players named All-Americans by the AFCA. Strangely enough, they're all on the defensive side of the ball. Congrats to all three young men.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Strand, Wendling picked to play in Cactus Bowl
4 Buffs set for Cactus Bowl
Vince Cashdollar set to play in all-star game
Two Bentley Standouts selected for Cactus Bowl
Mines’ Derek Dykstra picked for Cactus Bowl play
Unretiring for a Week
Tisdale selected for Cactus Bowl
UNA's Messing, Hunt bound for Cactus Bowl
PSAC players in the Cactus Bowl
Dressler, Alexander named to Cactus Bowl
SBU's Smart selected for the Cactus Bowl
3 Mavs Headed to Cactus Bowl
Shepherd's Wallace selected to play in Cactus Bowl
Javelinas Moseley heading to Cactus Bowl
WWU FOOTBALL: Simmons to play in all-star game
CWU Linebacker headed to D-2 All-Star Game
Kissner to play in showcase
Two Ichabods selected to D-II all-star game
Fielder, King Named To Cactus Bowl Roster
Allen, Morton and Schneider Selected to 2008 Cactus Bowl
Nicolet, Vanover selected to play in 2008 Cactus Bowl
64 Oklahoma Science & Arts
80 Southwestern Oklahoma
69 Angelo State
68 Oklahoma Panhandle State - Panhandle State is 4-2 with wins over ENMU and Cameron.
73 Rhema Bible
109 Cameron - Best chance for Aggies to get first win.
Incarnate Word 48
75 St. Edward's 45
68 East Central 56
74 Texas A&M-Commerce
64 Southern Arkansas - SAU is 5-2 (both losses to 7-4 North Alabama). Commerce stumbled against MSU after beating Tarleton by 20.
38 Rhema Bible
100 Tarleton State
Texas Woman's 60
Midwestern State 63
Incarnate Word 55
Newman (KS) 46
Southwestern Oklahoma 61
Thursday, December 6, 2007
“This is a tremendous opportunity for me,” said Evans, a native of nearby Warner Oklahoma. “When you look at the facilities, and in meeting with several within the NSU community, it is very easy to understand everything is in place for us to be successful in the Athletic Department, and specifically in the football program. “There are many young men who will want to call Northeastern State University home. We are going to recruit hard over the next several weeks and bring in quality student-athletes to become RiverHawks. This is a great situation and I am convinced we can win.”
“Kenny Evans has proven he has the credentials to lead Northeastern State and our football program,” said Eddie Griffin, director of athletics. “His experiences and expertise as a solid recruiter will help take us to the next level. In addition to being a great recruiter, he has also proven to be a dynamic coach who relates well to student-athletes from diverse cultures, making them men of character and outstanding citizens. NSU is proud to have him as a member of our family.”
“I want to express my gratitude to the screening committee for their tireless efforts in our search to find a new head coach for our football program,” said Kim Cherry, NSU Acting President. “This group screened more than 60 applicants in a short period of time, and I want to commend them on a job well done.
“I believe Kenny Evans, as an NSU alumnus, proven leader and coach, is the right person for Northeastern State University and I want to encourage all NSU alumni, faculty, staff and students to rally around our new coach as we move forward.”
His past stops include:
Louisiana Tech (2007) Linebackers Coach
North Texas (1998-2006) 2005 AFCA National Assistant Coach of the Year. Asst HC 2005-2006, Defensive Coordinator 2002-2005, recruiting coordinator 2000-2002, TE Coach 1998-1999.
Missouri Southern (1989-1997)
Southeastern Oklahoma (1986-1988) Defensive Coordinator
Florida (1985) WR Coach
Oklahoma (1982-1984) Graduate Assistant
Miami (OK) HS (1981)
Tulsa World Article
Muskogee Phoenix Article
Tarleton State assistant Todd Ivicic has joined the Cardinals' staff as defensive coordinator. Ivicic worked the past three seasons at Division II Tarleton and the six before that with Head Coach Mike Santiago at I-AA Stephen F. Austin.
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Dulin hired as Coffeyville CC football coach
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
COFFEYVILLE (AP) -- Darian Dulin has been hired as new head football coach at Coffeyville Community College, replacing Jeff Leiker, who took over as the school's athletic director after seven seasons at the helm of the Red Ravens.Dulin has been defensive coordinator for the past three seasons at Tarleton State University, an NCAA Division II school in Stephenville, Texas, that finished this season at 9-2.Before his latest stint at Tarleton, Dulin was defensive coordinator at Butler Community College in Kansas for one year. Prior to that, he coached defensive backs and the secondary at Tarleton from 2000-2003.He also coached at Sam Houston State University and as a graduate assistant coach at Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina.Coffeyville finished this season with a 5-5 record, including a 4-3 mark in the Jayhawk Conference.
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Another source of information for fans of division 2 sports is up and running. A great choice when wanting to learn more about teams we will be facing in the playoffs (for football and basketball) without having to go all over the internet to try and find the info.
Check them out. We will keep a permanent link on the sidebar.
QB Daniel Polk - Midwestern State
WR Jerale Badon - Abilene Christian
TE Chris Johnson - Abilene Christian
OL Nathan Young - Abilene Christian
OL Patrick Schwenke - West Texas A&M
OL Floyd Headen - West Texas A&M
K Jon Roberts - West Texas A&M
DT Twain Myles - Tarleton State
LB Steve Allen - West Texas A&M
LB Will Clewis - Central Oklahoma
CB Rod Mosley - Texas A&M-Kingsville
S Renardrick Phillips - Tarleton State
Players from LSC opponents in 2007. Chadron State players CB Beau Wendling and OL John Strand, Mesa State's DE Kurt Kissner, NW Missouri's DE Dallas Flynn and LB Matt Robertson, and Washburn's CB Cary Williams and DT Eric Butler will be on hand. WT fans will also remember South Dakota's Amos Allen and OL Chris Morton and Tim Schneider. RB Danny Woodhead of Chadron State (listed on a pre-official roster) is now rumored to be headed to the Hula Bowl.
A couple of notable names for the East squad are LB Michael Eubanks of Delta State (a Harlon Hill finalist) and RB Jamar Brittingham of Bloomsburg, who rushed for over 5,600 yds in his career, including 2,260 and 32 TDs in 2005.
Monday, December 3, 2007
Lizzie Brenner, University of Central OklahomaJr., Forward, Woodward, Okla./Woodward Junior star spearheaded UCO's first sweep of Abilene Christian and Angelo State since 1992-93 with another stellar all-around week, averaging 19.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 3.5 steals and 2.5 blocks a game while shooting 55.2 percent (16-of-29) from the field . . . Brenner had 14 points, five blocks and four steals in a 73-52 rout of ASU, then led UCO to a come-from-behind 78-69 win over ACU with 24 points, 10 rebounds and three steals.
Jastin Flenory, East Central University Sr., Post, Ardmore, Okla./Ardmore HS Flenory shot 60.9 percent from the floor and 86.7 percent from the line while averaging 7.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 6.0 steals as East Central's Lady Tigers went 2-1 last week. In a 73-58 loss to St. Mary's, Flenory posted a triple-double with 11 points, 10 rebounds and a school-record 11 steals. She followed that up the next night with a 17-point, 9-rebound and 6-steal performance in ECU's 69-64 win over Texas A&M-Kingsville. Earlier in the week, she was a perfect 6 of 6 from the floor and finished with 13 points, despite playing just 19 minutes in the Lady Tigers 84-51 route of Southwestern Christian. Flenory entered the 2007-08 season as ECU's all-time steals leader and had the highest field-goal percentage in the Lone Star Conference at 59 in 2006-07. She is currently shooting 61.8 percent from the field this season and is averaging 4.6 steals.
LSC South Women's
Brittni Morrison, Midwestern State University Sr., Forward, Archer City, Texas/Archer City HS Morrison splashed in a career-high 25 points in a 76-61 win over Southwestern Oklahoma State Thursday and then helped the Mustangs to an overtime win over Cameron on Saturday as the Midwestern State enjoyed a 2-0 week. The 5-11 senior forward hit on nine of her 10 shots from the field against SWOSU including 5-of-6 from the arc. She also pulled down six rebounds and dished out four assists. Morrison came a rebound shy of a double-double in Saturday's 71-60 overtime win over Cameron as she finished with 12 points and nine rebounds, while adding four assists. For the week, the Archer City native averaged 18.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and four assists while shooting 58.3 percent (14-of-24) from the field.
LSC North Men's
Nate Perry, Southwestern Oklahoma State University Sr., F, Racine, Wis./Mesa Community/Racine HS Perry averaged 23 points and 8.5 rebounds as the Bulldogs became one of only two LSC schools to remain undefeated after road victories over defending league champion Midwestern State and previously unbeaten Tarleton State. Perry made 62% of his shots and put up back-to-back, 23-point games in the Bulldog victories.
LSC South Men's
Wendell Mulkey, Texas A&M University-Kingsville Jr., Point guard, San Antonio, Texas/East Central Mulkey played brilliantly from his point guard position, averaging 10 points, 4.3 assists, 4.3 steals and 3.3 rebounds per game as the Javelinas went 3-0 on the week to improve to 5-0, tying the second best start in school history. Mulkey had a career-high 7 seals in Saturday's win over Southeastern Oklahoma and 6 steals against Incarnate Word. He had a career-high 8 rebounds against East Central and 6 assists against Incarnate Word. He scored all of his points from the field and all from inside the 3-point arch. Mulkey led a Javelina defensive effort in which the Hogs allowed only 55.7 points per game and allowed opponents to shoot only 37% from the floor.
National voting concluded on Nov. 30 and the top three finishers are invited to the Shoals for the presentation banquet. The winner of the 2007 award, which is presented by the National Harlon Hill Award Committee, will be announced at the Harlon Hill Trophy and Division II Football Hall of Fame Banquet on Friday, Dec. 14, in Florence, prior to the NCAA Division II Football Championship Game on Dec. 15.
Good luck Bernard.
Duane Dirk - DC at Sam Houston State (3 years); former DC at Tarleton State (2 years) and Central Oklahoma (13 years)
Keith Baxter - HC at Southeastern Oklahoma (4 years) OC at SEO (12 years); also 6 months as HC at Texas A&M-Kingsville, resigned for family reasons without coaching a game.
Is Jenks coach Allan Trimble in the mix?
Saturday, December 1, 2007
88 Oklahoma Panhandle State (Men Only)
48 St. Mary's
43 Texas A&M-Kingsville (Men Only)
68 Central Oklahoma
71 Washburn (Men Only) OVERTIME
49 Rhema Bible
56 Northeastern State (Men Only)
71 Texas Woman's
70 Henderson State (Women Only)
45 UT Permian Basin
94 Angelo State (Women Only)
72 St Edwards
73 Southeastern Oklahoma (Women Only)
82 West Texas A&M 73
90 Central Oklahoma 60
70 Abilene Christian 61
86 East Central 62
66 Eastern New Mexico 67
77 Northeastern State 77
75 Angelo State 82
64 Southeastern Oklahoma 77 IN OVERTIME
53 Texas A&M-Kingsville 63
63 Southwestern Oklahoma 78
52 Tarleton State 60
72 Texas A&M-Commerce 70
Texas Woman's 77
Cameron 59 (Women Only)
64 West Texas A&M 66
53 Northeastern State 60
81 Angelo State 90
67 East Central 83
70 Abilene Christian 79
59 Southeastern Oklahoma 92
79 Eastern New Mexico 80
80 Central Oklahoma 96
79 Texas A&M-Kingsville 61
56 Cameron 51
71 Midwestern State 53
59 Texas A&M-Commerce 67
Texas Woman's 60
Southwestern Oklahoma 74 (Women Only)
Top Games of the Week
UCO (6-1) - Washburn (4-1) - LSC vs MIAA matchup that could possibly be NCAA playoff preview. UCO's lone loss was to Southwest Baptist also of the MIAA. Could be important come regional ranking time later in the season. Washburn topped UCO in OT 71-68. Poor shooting and 22 turnovers contributed to the loss. Sam Belt led the Bronchos with 17 pts and 6 rebs, and Eric Cazenave had 16 pts and 6 rebs, but were a combined 9-26 from the field.
Top Men's LSC Crossover Game
Texas A&M-Kingsville (5-0) at Southwestern Oklahoma (7-0) Thursday Night
The Bulldogs were ranked #18 nationally in last week's poll and are likely to move up after topping previously unbeaten Tarleton State in Stephenville Saturday night (they did, they are now ranked # 13, while TAMK received 7 votes to finish 6 places out of the poll). The Javelinas are somewhat of a surprise at 5-0, and might not be unbeaten when the get to Weatherford (St Mary's upset them Tuesday night). Nate Perry (17.6 pts, 6.7 rebs), Trevor Guy (13.4 pts, 6.4 rebs) and Clarke Hale (13.6 pts) lead SWO. Saturday, SWO raced out to a 12-3 lead at Tarleton, and did not trail until about 7 minutes to go. Down 53-57 with 6:46 to go, the Bulldogs outscored TSU 21-7 to over the next 6 minutes to put the game away. As a team SWO shot 58% in the second half and 53% for the game. For the Javelinas its Wendell Mulkey leading the way, not so much with his scoring (11.8 pts), but distributing the ball (4.6 assists) and taking it away from opponents (4 steals per game). Four different players have led the Javelinas in scoring (5 games). TAMK is last in the LSC in rebounding margin (-7.8), and FT % (56.2%), but lead in turnover margin (+7.4 per game). NOTE: In a season that is only three weeks old, Perry has been LSC North Player of the Week twice, and Trevor Guy once, while Wendell Mulkey has been LSC South Player of the Week twice.
Other good games
West Texas A&M (6-2) at Central Oklahoma (6-1)
The leading scorer for the Buffs (Robert Lee) is only averaging 12.1 per game, but there are 7 players averaging at least 7.9, and six different players have led the balanced Buffs in scoring. Sam Belt has a little more star power for the Bronchos (15.9 pts, 6.6 rebs), but UCO has 6 players averaging more than 9 points.
Tarleton State (5-1) at Texas A&M-Commerce (1-5)
Don't let TAMC's record fool you, they almost always play Tarleton tough. The top two scorers in the LSC will be here - Avery Patterson (19.5) for Tarleton State and Scooby Johnson (19.2) for TAMC.
Top Women's Game
Tarleton State (4-0) at Texas A&M-Commerce (5-2) Thursday Night
Brittnie Haley leads the Texanns with 16 pts and 6 rebounds per game. Britney Jordan is the leader for the Lions with 16.8 pts, 5.2 rebs, 3.2 assts, and 3.5 steals per game. Defense should be on display, with TAMC second in scoring pts defense and FG percentage defense, while TSU is fourth in scoring pts defense, and third in FG percentage defense. Who wins the turnover game could determine who wins the game - TAMC leads the LSC at +5.1, while Tarleton is fifth at +2.5.
West Texas A&M (3-2) at Central Oklahoma (5-1)
WTAM has won 3 in a row after dropping their first two games of the season. You know who (Emily Brister) leads the team (and LSC) in scoring (23 pts) and is second on the team in rebounds (6 per game) while Jamie Dreiling is second on the team in scoring (10.6 pts) and is the leader in rebounds (7.4). For UCO, its Lissie Brenner leading the way with 19.2 pts (2nd in LSC) and 11 rebounds (1st in LSC). She has won the LSC North player of the week twice so far. UCO has the #2 scoring offense in the LSC, WTAM has the top scoring defense. Ditto for FG percentage shooting.
Angelo State (4-2) at Southeastern Oklahoma (5-1)
Angelo State (4-2) at East Central (4-1)
Tough road week for the Rambelles. SEO has won 5 in a row and leads the LSC in scoring at 78.2 per game and rebound ing with 46 per game and rebounding margin a plus 12 per game. Jessica Hocker leads the team with 16.7 pts per game.
ECU is second in scoring margin at +15.4 per game and is the top shooting team from the floor at 46%. Lacey Goldwire is the leading scorer with 17 pts per game.
Camille Perkins leads the Rambelles in scoing with 13.5, but is joined by three others in double digits. ASU does not really stand out in any statistical category, but does enough to win.
Men & Women (unless noted)
65 Texas A&M Commerce 45
72 West Texas A&M 61
60 East Central 69
69 Texas A&M Kingsville 64
56 Northeastern State 46
77 Abilene Christian 56
78 Central Oklahoma 73
69 Angelo State 52
61 Cameron 62
71 Tarleton State 76
78 Southwestern Oklahoma 61
71 Midwestern State 76
(obviously women only)
Southestern Oklahoma 79
Texas Woman's 73
Saturday December 1
89 Central Oklahoma 78
88 Abilene Christian 69
85 Northeastern State 41
61 Angelo State 63
52 Southeastern Oklahoma 75
58 Texas A&M Kingsville 70
73 Texas A&M Commerce 75
53 Eastern New Mexico 54
68 Cameron 60
91 Midwestern State 71
81 Southwestern Oklahoma 73
75 Tarleton State 79
56 NM Highlands
80 West Texas A&M
Top matchup for the women - Thursday night
Preseason favorites #13 Texas A&M Commerce (4-1) at #21 West Texas A&M (2-2) - Britney Jordan (20.5 ppg, 3.5 steals) leads TAMC against Emily Brister (24 ppg, and 2.5 steals) and WTAM. WT outscored TAMC 38-23 in the second half, and took a 61-45 victory. Emily Brister led WT with 19 pts (16 in the second half) and had 5 steals. Britney Jordan had 15 pts and 5 rebounds for TAMC, but was only 5-19 from the field.
Other good games:
UCO (3-1) at Angelo State (3-1) Thursday night - Lizzie Brenner leads UCO in scoring (19.3) and rebounding (12.0), while freshman Camille Perkins (14.3) is ASU's leader. UCO knocked off Emporia State (#3 at the time) earlier and received votes in the latest national poll. The Rambelles started the game 1-19 from the field, falling behind 18-2 eight minutes into the ballgame, and never recovered. Mallory Markus (16) and Lizzie Brenner (14) led UCO, while Camille Perkins and Tiffany Hardwell each had 11 for ASU.
SWO (3-1) at Tarleton State (2-0) Saturday night - another freshman, Lucy Ramon (14.3) is SWO's leading scorer. For the TexAnns, Soph Brittnie Haley is the scoring (16.0) and rebounding (10.5) leader. SWO outscored TSU 24-7 over the last 11:44 to force overtime, but the TexAnns outscored the Bulldawgs 17-11 to win. Brittnie Haley's 15 pts led 5 TexAnns in double figures. SWO was paced by Allie Burden with 19 pts and Lucy Ramon with 18.
Top matchup for the men - Saturday night
Southwestern Oklahoma at Tarleton State - The Bulldogs (5-0) are ranked #18 in the latest NABC poll, while Tarleton State (4-0) received 2 votes. Nate Perry (15.4 ppg, 6.0 reb pg) and Clarke Hale (13.8 ppg) lead SWO while Avery Patterson (19.5 ppg, 7.5 reb pg) and Jefrey Henfield (15.3 ppg, 2.0 steals pg) lead the Texans. A victory by the Texans should vault them into the rankings next week. The Bulldogs took advantage of 25 Texan turnovers and beat Tarleton 81-75. Avery Patterson (27 pts) and Jeffery Henfield (18 pts) led the Texans, who suffer their first defeat of the season. Nate Perry (23 pts) was one of four Bulldogs to score in double digits. SWO is now 7-0 on the season and is one of two undefeated LSC teams (TAMK 5-0).
Other good ones:
Also #21 Central Oklahoma (4-1) will travel to unbeaten Angelo State (3-0) and Abilene Christian (3-0) and give the Rams and Wildcats an early chance to prove they can contend in the South. UCO playing well despite Sam Belt (14.4 ppg) not really hitting his stride yet. Denell Stephens (16.3 ppg, 7.7 reb pg, 4.0 steals pg) and Quinn Barfield (14.3 ppg) have lead Angelo State while waitng for Marcus Hubbard to get healthy. For Abilene, its been Brandon Callahan (14.7 ppg, 5.0 asst pg, 2.7 steal pg) and Kejan Sencanski (13.7 ppg, 6.0 reb pg) leading them early on. Marcus Hubbard made his debut for ASU and scored 16 pts and pulled down 7 rebounds, but it wasn't enough as UCO wins 78-69. Sam Belt (20 pts, 8 rebs) and Eric Cazenave (18 pts, 7 rebs) led the Bronchos. UCO shot 48 free throws to only 29 for ASU.
Saturday afternoon, ACU almost overcame a 10 point deficit, missing a free throw that would have tied the game with 4 seconds to play. David Thomas had 24 pts and 7 rebs to lead the Bronchos, and Sam Belt added 19 pts and 10 rebs. Callahan had 25 pts to lead all scorers. UCO knocked two teams from the unbeaten ranks this week.
Another battle of unbeatens, ECU (2-0) travels to Kingsville (3-0). James Reynolds (13.0 ppg) and Terrell Carpenter (12.5 ppg, 5.5 asst pg) lead the Tigers, while Wendell Mulkey (13.7 ppg, 5.3 asst pg, 4.3 steal pg,) and Juan Lanauze (12.7 ppg, 7.0 reb pg, 1.3 blk pg) are pacing the Javelinas. TAMK soph Dominick Jones led all scorers with 17, and was one of 5 Javelinas in double figures. Wendell Mulkey had 12 pts, 8 rebounds, and 5 assists. Terrell Carpenter led ECU with 14 pts and had 7 rebounds. TAMK shot 57% in the second half as TAMK wins 69-60.
Friday, November 30, 2007
#7 Midwestern State is still alive and in the final four as well in Men's Soccer after defeating #11 Sonoma State 5-4 on penalty kicks. Next up is #4 Franklin Pierce.
Good luck to both teams. GO LSC!
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Wide receiver Cris Carter and cornerback Darrell Green are the only first-year eligible players to make the list of 26 semi-finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2008.
QB Daniel Polk - Midwestern State
RB Bernard Scott - Abilene Christian
WR Johnny Knox - Abilene Christian
TE Kolo Kapanui - West Texas A&M
OL Tony Burson - Midwestern State
OL Sam Collins - Abilene Christian
OL Nathan Young - Abilene Christian
DL Brandon Swain - West Texas A&M
LB Jared Brock - West Texas A&M
LB Will Clewis - Central Oklahoma
LB Cody Stutts - Abilene Christian
CB Rod Mosley - Texas A&M-Kingsville
DB Renardrick Phillips - Tarleton State
QB Billy Malone - Abilene Christian
WR Charly Martin - West Texas A&M
WR Devin Guinn - Tarleton State
OL Jimmy Fox - Tarleton State
AP Nabil El-Amin - Texas A&M-Commerce
K - Matt Adams - Abilene Christian
DL Tywain Myles - Tarleton State
CB Cashmin Thomas - West Texas A&M
CB Blake Bueltel - Tarleton State
DB Broderick Mondy - Northeastern State
P Ben White - Midwestern State
First team recipients are eligible to for the All-American team.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
4 Southern Connecticut 17
1 California 31
ACTUAL - California 43-7
6 IUP 28
2 Shepherd 24
ACTUAL - Shepherd 41-34
3 Delta State 31
2 North Alabama 17
ACTUAL - UNA 20-17
4 Catawba 28
1 Valdosta State 31
ACTUAL - Valdosta 55-29
4 Central Washington 24
1 Nebraska-Omaha 38
ACTUAL - Central Washington 20-17
3 North Dakota 24
2 Grand Valley 38
ACTUAL - GV 21-14
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
When Chadron State has the ball - It would be a mistake to think of CSC as a run-only team - in fact they are quite balanced. They do average 221 yds per game rushing, but also 196 through the air. QB Joe McClain has thrown for 1,956 yds, with 11 TDs and only 4 Ints. Leading receiver Logan Stropko, a big physical receiver, will be missed, but Isaac Stockton has elevated his game with 15 receptions for 194 yds and 2 TDs the last three games. Danny Woodhead is a receiving threat as well, averaging almost 18 yds a catch on 23 receptions this year, and with 114 career catches. Running the ball is what he does best, and despite missing 2 games (and all but one play in the UNK game), he still has 1,318 yds rushing. Incredibly, his previous season totals were 1,840, 1,769 and 2,756. This year, he has rushed for over 100 yds in every game but UNK, with a high of 290 yds and 4 TDs against Washburn in week one. Aaron Cooksley backs him up and had 539 yds himself. Despite the balance, the offense just isn't the same without Woodhead. The Eagles struggled a bit against Nebraska-Kearney (374 yds)and struggle mightily against Mesa State (203 yds 7 pts) squeaking by with a 7-6 win. Abilene's defense enjoyed a good game against Mesa State last week, holding MSC to 229 yds and 1 offensive TD. That is likely to be a one-week repreive, however. Cody Stutts, Mike Kern, Fred Thompson, Nick Fellows and Tony Harp all figure to be quite busy trying to contain Woodhead. It's probably more important that Joe Edwards, Travis Carpenter and Willis Hogan get good pressure on McCain, since the DBs and LBs will have a little more focus on Woodhead than they might on any other RB.
When ACU has the ball - The Wildcats explosive offense has been well documented this year. They have a very offensive line, and great playmakers at each of the skill positions. QB Billy Malone now has more than 3,500 yds passing and 32 TDs. WRs Johnnn Knox has 60 receptions for 1,139 yds and 15 TDs, while Jerale Badon has 63 for 856 and 6 TDs. The best RB in the game might not be CSC's Woodhead, but fellow Harlon Hill finalist Bernard Scott. Scott now has 1,862 yds rushing and 485 receiving and 33 total TDs. Chadron State sports a solid defense that has allowed only 268 yds per game (71 rushing and 197 passing) and only 8.5 pts. The Eagles totaled 97 tackles for loss and an impressive 48 sacks. DL Aaron Ide led the Eagles with 12.5 tackles for loss and 8 sacks and LB Austin Bailey had 12 TFL and 6.5 sacks. Four Eagles were first team RMAC and two others were named to the second team. They will need to play their best game of the season this Saturday.
Prediction - If Chadron is to go deep in the playoffs it will because of its defense more so than offense, even with Danny Woodhead. The key to beating Abilene Christian is to slow down the ACU running attack. In their losses to UCO and WTAM, the Wildcats were held to under 100 yds rushing. If Abilene Christian is to continue its playoff journey, it will be the offense that leads the way - they only need the defense to be respectable (not like they played the last 5 games of the regular season). As good as Chadron's defense has been this year, they have not faced an offense like ACU's. Abilene wins a shoot out 38-31.
When West Texas A&M has the ball - The Buffs are known as a passing team and rightly so. Their running game, though improved over the past few seasons, was held in check last week, though playing from a deficit most of the game limited their opportunities. This week they face a tough run defense - only 2 teams (UNO, Pitt St) have rushed for over 200 yds, and only 2 others over 100. The Bearcat pass defense - Range from 89 yds (Pitt State) to 285 to SBU. 5 games over 200, 2 below 100. Only 8 Ints, but 30 sacks. WT's offensive line needs to give Null time to find open receivers. If NWMSU can pressure Null without blitzing, it will be a long day for WT.
When NWMSU has the ball - the Bearcats have a good rushing offense - 200+ yds in 7 of 10 games, Xavier Omon is the star, rushing for 100+ yds in every game, with the exception of the MoSo blowout. WT's run defense has been good this year, allowing under 120 yds per game. WT's linebacking corps has been the strength of the defense all year, but with Steve Allen nicked up, Brock, Grimslid and Scott will all need to have great games. Their passing offense also had 200+ yds in 7 of 10 games, but only in 3 of last 6. Joel Osborn played almost the entire last two games (Emporia State, and Missouri Southern) going 39-52 for 426 yds 3 TDs, but 4 Ints (all against Emporia State). Brandon Swain and the other Buffalo linemen will need to get consistent pressure on Osborn (or Mathews if he plays). This might be the best area for WT to get a turnover or two.
Northwest Missouri went through a stretch of 4 consecutive games decided by a total of 13 points, including a 7 point win over Fort Hays. They have not been as dominant as in the past few years, but they have a lot of veteran leadership who have been there done that. Lastly, do not forget one of the all-time great coaches, Mel Tjeerdsma. Nothing against Coach Carthel, but this is the biggest area where one team has a decided advantage over their opponent.
Prediction - WT will have a hard time running the ball, and NW will get enough pressure on Null to force a TO or two. NW will run the effectively, and will keep their defense off the field long enough to keep them pretty fresh. Steve Allen could be the difference here. A WT win would not be surprising, but we will go with experience and the Bearcats win a close one 28-24.
(But we've picked WT to lose a couple of times this year, and it hasn't happened yet.)
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
FLORENCE, Ala. -- Abilene Christian running back Bernard Scott, the leading scorer in NCAA Division II football this season, is one of nine finalists for this year's Harlon Hill Award, which is awarded annually to the NCAA Division II College Football Player of the Year.
The top two players from each of the Northeast, Southwest and Northwest regions advanced through regional voting, as well as three from the Southeast where there was a tie in the voting. The finalists were selected by the NCAA Division II sports information directors in regional voting and are now on the national ballot where all 149 of the division's SIDs will select the award's 22nd winner.
The list of 2007 finalists is comprised of four running backs, three quarterbacks, a receiver and a linebacker.
Seven of the finalists have helped lead their teams into the NCAA Division II playoffs this season, including the 2006 Hill Trophy Winner Danny Woodhead of Chadron State.
Advancing from the Southwest region are Woodhead and Scott. Finalists from the Northeast region are senior running back Jamar Brittingham of Bloomsburg, who was a finalist in 2005, and senior running back Dervon Wallace of Shepherd. Sophomore quarterback Brad Iciek of Grand Valley State University and senior wide receiver Weston Dressler of the University of North Dakota were selected from the Northwest region. Southeast Region finalists include senior linebacker Michael Eubanks of Delta State Universiity, junior quarterback David Knighton of Harding University and junior quarterback A.J. Milwee of the University of North Alabama.
The second round of this weekend's Division II playoffs will feature three head-to-head matchups between Hill finalists. Eubanks and Milwee will face off in the North Alabama-Delta State game, Iciek and Dressler will meet in the Grand Valley State-North Dakota game and Scott and Woodhead will compete against each other in the Abilene Christian-Chadron State game.
The Hill Trophy is sponsored by Coca-Cola, the City of Florence, Ala., Trustmark Construction, Herff Jones, the Marriott Shoals Hotel and Spa and Opti-Net.
Candidates for the 2007 Hill Trophy were nominated by the sports information directors at their respective schools and those nominations were then reviewed by the Hill Regional Advisory Committees, which trimmed the list of candidates.
National voting will conclude on November 30 and the top three finishers will be invited to to The Shoals for the presentation banquet. The winner of the 2007 award, which is presented by the National Harlon Hill Award Committee, will be announced at the Harlon Hill Trophy and Division II Football Hall of Fame Banquet on Friday, December 14 in Florence, prior to the NCAA Division II Football Championship Game on Dec. 15.
Tickets are $45 each or $360 for a table of eight and can be purchased by calling the Shoals Chamber of Commerce at (256) 764-4661.
Scott, named last week as the Offensive Back of the Year in the Lone Star Conference South Division, has scored 33 touchdowns and 198 points this season, which leads all of Division II football. Both of those totals are tied with Omar Cuff of Delaware as both lead all divisions of NCAA football in those categories.
Scott enters Saturday's second-round playoff game with a school single-season record 1,862 rushing yards and 30 touchdowns on the ground. That season rushing total is the 27th-best single-season rushing total in NCAA Division II football history. He is third in NCAA Division II football in rushing yards and fifth in rushing yards per game (155.2).
"This is a great honor for Bernard and for our team," ACU head coach Chris Thomsen said. "This is both a team and an individual award. I'm proud of our team, and I'm proud of Bernard for all the hard work he's put in to get himself in this position. He worked extremely hard in the offseason and over the summer to prepare himself for this season, and that hard work has paid off for him. It's good to see his efforts recognized."
Here's a short bio on each of the nine candidates:
Scott, a junior from Vernon, Texas, ranks third in Division II in rushing with a 157.9 yard average and leads the nation in scoring with 198 points and 33 touchdowns. He is third in all-purpose yards with 201.5 per game. Scott's 1,862 rushing yards is the second highest single season total in Lone Star Conference history behind only three-time Hill Trophy winner Johnny Bailey's 2,011 yards in 1986. He has helped lead Abilene Christian to a 10-2 record and into the second round of the playoffs.
Dressler, a junior from Bismarck, N.D., was named first-team All-North Central Conference at three positions - receiver, return specialist and utility player. He is believed to be the first player in the league's history to have accomplished that feat. He is just the fourth player in NCC history to be first-team all-conference four times. This season he has 71 catches for 1,178 yards and 12 touchdowns and has helped lead North Dakota to a 10-1 record entering this weekend's second round playoff game.
Eubanks, a senior from Cleveland, Miss., set the all-time Division II career record for quarterback sacks with 39 for 249 yards. He ranks third all-time in Division II history in career tackles for loss with 67.5 for 355 yards. He leads the nation's third ranked defense with 84 tackles, 12 sacks and 24 tackles for loss, and he has helped lead Delta State to a 10-1 record that includes a Gulf South Conference Championship and a spot in this weekend's NCAA playoffs.
Iciek, a sophomore from Allendale, Mich., has helped lead Grand Valley State to a perfect 10-0 record,a conference championship and a No.1 ranking in the Division II national poll all season. He ranks second in the nation in passing efficiency with a 184.8 rating, having thrown for 2,248 yards and 25 touchdowns. He has thrown just six interceptions in 215 passes, while completing 138.
Knighton, a junior from Seminole, Okla., ranks third nationally in passing yards with a 319.8 average and is also third in the nation in total offense with 331 yards per game. He threw three or more touchdown passes in a game six times this season, including seven TD passes in one game - while rushing for an eighth.
Milwee, a junior from Boaz, Ala., has a 20-2 record as a starting quarterback at North Alabama and is ranked among the national leaders in passing efficiency. He has thrown for 2,268 yards and 20 touchdowns this season while leading UNA to a 9-1 record and into the second round of the Division II playoffs. He has rushed or thrown for at least one touchdown in all 22 of his starts.
Wallace, a senior from Lusby, Md., leads Division II in rushing this season with an average of 195.2 yards per game. He has scored 21 rushing touchdowns to rank fifth in scoring, and he leads the nation in all-purpose yardage with 2,270. He rushed for more than 300 yards in a game twice and had 280 yards in another contest. He has led Shepherd to a perfect 11-0 record and to the second round of the playoffs.
Woodhead, a senior from North Platte, Neb., is the leading rusher in all divisions in the history of NCAA collegiate football. Despite being injured for part of the 2007 season, he has rushed for 1,319 yards and 18 touchdowns. He scored in 38 straight games to set another all-divisions record and his 35 career 100-yard rushing games broke the Division II record. He is just the sixth Division II player to rush for at least 1,000 yards in all four seasons and his 19 career 200-plus yard rushing games is also an NCAA record. His 146.6 yards per game this season ranks eighth in the nation and he has led Chadron to a perfect 11-0 record and into the second round of the playoffs. Woodhead is trying to become just the third player to win the Hill Trophy twice.
Angelo State - 1984-2003
Texas A&I - 1967-1976 Assistant; Head Coach 1977-1978 (14-6-1)
San Antonio Express Story
Willie Crafts - All-American at Texas A&I; HC at Port Isabel, Brownsville Porter, and San
James Jefferson - All-American at Texas A&I; former Seattle Seahawk player, New Orleans Saints scout
1980 - Defensive Line Coach for the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League
1981 – 1985 Running Back Coach New Orleans Saints
1986 – 1992 Chicago Bears Staff
1993 – 1994 Offensive Line Coach for the Denver Broncos
1995 – 1997 Defensive Line Coach for the Minnesota Vikings
1998 – 2000 Defensive Line Coach Buffalo Bills
2001 - Named as Defensive Line Coach by Gregg Williams
1966 - New Mexico Highlands – Assistant Coach
1967 – 1970 New Mexico Highlands – Head Coach (Best record in school history)
1971 – 1974 Stephen F. Austin – Head Coach & Athletic Director
1975 – 1978 Kansas – Offensive Coordinator
1979 - North Texas State – Offensive Coordinator
Ross Fortier - Moorhead State-1970-92-School's all-time winningest coach. Led his team to seven post-season playoffs and nine conference championships. Led 1981 team to unbeaten regular season and number one ranking in the final regular season poll. Member of the NAIA Hall of Fame.
Carl Mauck - 13 year NFL veteran, including 7 with the Houston Oilers (remember him acclimating himself to the Pittsburg in January climate?)
Johnny Roland - Corpus Christi native; All-American at Missouri; 8 year NFL player with St Louis Cardinals and NY Giants; assistant coach at New Orleans, Green Bay, Philadelphia, Chicago, NY Jets, St Louis Rams, and Arizona Cardinals.
Phil Hansen - All-American at North Dakota State; Divsion II Hall of Famer; 11 year NFL veteran with the Buffalo Bills
John Paul Young
Jim Hess - SEO alum playing baseball and football; HC at Farmersville, Rockwell (2A State champion in 1964); Angelo State 1974-1982 (NAIA National Champion 1978); Stephen F Austin 1983-1989; New Mexico State 1990-1996.
ESPN NM St Article Go to #9
Monday, November 19, 2007
Went 9-1, losing the season opener to Nebraska-Omaha . The Bearcats outscored opponents by an average of 38.7 to 18.2. Offensively they have rushed for and avg of 223.2 yds, and passed for 220.7, for a total of 443.9 per game. Defensively, they have allowed 98.3 yds rushing (2.5 per carry), 191.3 passing, for a total of 289.6 per game. They have 30 sacks, but only 8 Ints.
ALL MIAA SELECTIONS
1st Xavier Omon, NWMSU RB 5-11 220 Sr. Beatrice, Neb. - First NCAA player to log four 1,500 yard seasons (6,302 total, 1,566 in 2007). Rushed for 26 TDs this year and 81 for his career.
2004 - 1st All-MIAA, HM All-American Football Gazette, D2Football.com. 1,575 yds 19 TDs
2005 - 2nd All-MIAA, HM All-American Football Gazette. 1,643 yds 14 TDs
2006 - 1st All-MIAA, All-American -1st Football Gazette, 2nd D2Football.com. 1,518 yds 22 TDs
2007 - 1st All-MIAA, Offensive MVP. 1,566 yds 26 TDs
1st Kendall Wright, NWMSU WR 5-11 170 Jr. Sulphur Springs, Texas - 38 receptions, 593 yds, and 5 TDs. LY had 83 for 1,151, career numbers 160 receptions for 2,262 yds and 15 TDs. 2006- 1st MIAA, Football Gazette 3rd team All-American
1st Mike Peterson, NWMSU TE 6-3 250 Sr. Atlantic, Iowa - 28 receptions 416 yds 4 TDs. 2006 - 1st All-MIAA, Football Gazette & AFCA All-American Career - 125 receptions, 1697 yds, 16 TDs
2nd Josh Gannan, NWMSU TE 6-2 240 Jr. Chillicothe, Mo. - 23 catches 289 yds 2 TDs
1st Reid Kirby, NWMSU OL 6-4 300 Sr. Gladstone, Mo. 2006 - 1st All-MIAA, All-American (2nd D2Football.com, 1st Daktronics)
1st Jeremy Davis, NWMSU OL 6-3 300 Jr. Port Neches, Texas
2nd Kyle Dunn, NWMSU OL 6-3 285 Sr. St. Louis, Mo.
HM Tom Pestock, NWMSU OL 6-6 300 Sr. Lenexa, Kan.
1st Tommy Frevert, NWMSU K 6-0 210 Jr. Lee's Summit, Mo. - 4-7 FGs (2-3 from 40+) 49-52 PAT
1st Terry Bilbro, NWMSU DL 6-2 295 Sr. Eagan, Minn. - 46 tackles, 4.5 TFL HM All-MIAA in 2006
1st Dallas Flynn, NWMSU DL 6-5 280 Sr. Blair, Neb. - 24 tackles, 5 TFL 2nd All-MIAA in 2006
HM T.J. Kaatman, NWMSU DL 6-2 290 Sr. St. Louis, Mo. - 30 tackles
HM Sean Paddock, NWMSU DL 6-2 255 So. Bettendorf, Iowa - 39 tackles, 7 TFL, 4.5 sacks
1st Jared Erspamer, NWMSU LB 6-0 235 Sr. Omaha, Neb. - 81 tackles 10 TFL, 246 career tackle 2nd All-MIAA in 2006
2nd Matt Robertson, NWMSU LB 6-2 235 Sr. Fort Lauderdale, Fla. - 76 tackles, 6.5 TFL Iowa State transfer
HM Brandon Clayton, NWMSU DB 5-9 180 Jr. St. Louis, Mo. - 32 tackles, Int, 4 breakups 2nd All-MIAA in 2006
HM Chris Termini, NWMSU DB 5-10 200 Sr. Gladstone, Mo. - 32 tackles, 1 breakup
HM Michael Stadler, NWMSU P 6-1 220 Fr. Harrisonville, Mo. - 40.8 avg.
Most Valuable Offensive Player: Xavier Omon
Most Valuable Defensive Player: Jared Erspamer
Coach of the Year: Mel Tjeerdsma W/L- 141-37 (and that includes an 0-11 first season in 1994)
Also Northwest Missouri has two very capable QBs.
Joel Osborn - 95-135 1,088 yds 8 TDs 6 Ints
Josh Mathews - 78-118 988 yds 8 TDs 6 Ints (has not played the last two games)
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Mesa State 12
(Predicted Score 38-24)
Billy Malone was picked off on ACU's first play from scrimmage, and Mark Gruner took it in for a TD and a quick 6-0 lead for Mesa State. From that point on, Malone and the ACU offense were almost flawless. Malone went 18-21 from that point on for 271 yds and 4 TDs. Johnny Knox was once again the main target, catching 5 passes for 118 yds and 3 TDs including a 75 yarder. Bernard Scott had 125 yds and 3 TDs on only 12 carries. Again it was most quick drives - of the 8 TD drives, only one took up more than 5 plays. The Wildcat defense had 11 tackles for loss, and 7 sacks, and limited the Mesas State offense to 229 yds and 1 TD. The win was the first NCAA playoff victory for ACU, and next week, they will attempt another first - a playoff road win.
West Texas A&M 40
The Buffs were slow to come out of the gates, turning the ball over 3 straight drives in the first quarter, and only able to gain 144 yds of offense. Washburn took a 14-0 lead into halftime, leaving some golden opportunities on the table. The second half...well that was a different story. WT's offense was able to gain 419 yds, and score 40 points and held on to defeat Washburn in a very hard fought, sometimes sloppily played ballgame. Keith Null hit 38-58 for 498 yds and 6 TDs, but also had 2 INTs. BJ Vickers came up huge with 6 catches for 148 yds and 3 TDs. Keithon Flemming had 128 all purpose yards, but did not score. WT had some problems with PATs, and it almost cost them the game. Eldon Grimslid led the Buffs with 13 tackles, and Brandon Swain had 3 sacks. For Washburn, Jordan Brill hit on 13 of 30 passes, but for 267 yds and 2 TDs. Mosely and Walker combined for 157 yds rushing. Jake LeBahn had 6 catches for 117 yds and TD.
Predicted score on right
35 Albany State 10
66 Catawba 38
24 Ashland 31
40 Central Washington 28
7 Shaw 14
45 Delta State 35
2 Winona State 21
44 North Dakota 31
28 Bryant 28
45 Southern Connecticut 35
45 IUP 28
35 West Chester 24
For the week 7-1
For the season 37-14
Friday, November 16, 2007
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Offensive Back of the Year - Bernard Scott, ACU
Receiver of the Year - Johnny Knox, ACU
Offensive Lineman of the Year - Nathan Young, ACU
FIRST TEAM OFFENSE
RB Bernard Scott ACU Jr. Vernon, Texas
FB Emery Dudensing ACU R-Fr. Rule, Texas
WR Johnny Knox ACU Jr. Houston, Texas
WR Jerale Badon ACU Sr. Abilene, Texas
OG Nathan Young ACU Sr. Plainview, Texas
OT Joseph Thompson ACU Jr. Dallas, Texas
C Sam Collins ACU Jr. Denton, Texas
PK Matt Adams ACU Jr. Abilene, Texas
FIRST TEAM DEFENSE
DT Jacob Passmore ACU Sr. Dayton, Texas
ILB Cody Stutts ACU Sr. Mesquite, Texas
SECOND TEAM OFFENSE
QB Billy Malone ACU Jr. Paris, Texas
TE Kendrick Holloway ACU Jr. Dallas, Texas
TE Chris Johnson ACU Sr. Fort Worth, Texas
OG Cody Savage ACU Sr. Atlanta, Texas
OT Matt Raesner ACU Sr. Nashville, Tenn.
SECOND TEAM DEFENSE
CB EJ Whitley ACU Jr. Austin, Texas
CB Corey Jordan ACU Sr. Garland, Texas
WR Edmund Gates, ACU, R-Fr.
DE Travis Carpenter, ACU, Sr.
DE Julian Humble, ACU, Sr.
S Tony Harp, ACU, So.
From the looks of the LSC honors, it is clear the ACU has a potent offense. Their line is the best unit in the conference, and does good work both run and pass blocking. Billy Malone is a very good QB (161 QB efficiency rating), and last week became the all-time LSC leader in passing yards. He has two outstanding targets in Johnny Knox ( the LSC receiver of the year ) and Jerale Badon (the all-time LSC leader in receptions and only 265 yds short of that record as well). The key to the Wildcats is Bernard Scott - the Blinn JC transfer led the LSC with over 1,700 yds rushing (8 yd per carry) and had 479 more receiving. Stop him and you have a chance (UCO and WT held ACU to under 100 yds rushing). Malone also needs to cut down on his INTs - he has thrown multiple interceptions in each of the last 4 games, after going 18 straight games with one or fewer.
Mesa State's offense is balanced as well, but has been much less explosive. They have scored 40 points just once this season (the opening game against Mesa State) and gained over 400 just twice (season high 420 against Mesa State the second time they played). They have run the ball over 62% of the time, though they average just 3.6 yds per carry. Bobby Coy led the team with 1,160 yds and 5.1 yds per carry. Phil Vigil is the QB, throwing for 1,800 yds, 11 TDs, 8 Ints, 53% of his passes, and a QB rating of only 117.9. His favorite target is Drew Bohanan, who caught 41 passes for 735 yds and 7 TDs. As a unit, the Mavs average 319 yds, 168 rushing, 151 passing and 25.5 points per game.
ACU's defense has not been very good Compare the first 6 weeks of the season to the last 5 weeks. They suffered a similar decline last year.
- Scoring from 16.3 to 40.8 (from 3rd to 8th in LSC)
- Run D from 144 to 220 (from 10th to 11th)
- Pass D from 162 to 335 (from 2nd to 10th)
- Total D from 306 to 555 (from 4th to 11th)
Mesa's defense is much better, at least on paper. They have allowed 12.8 points, 60 rushing, 177 passing for a total of 237 per game. Pass efficiency defense was an RMAC low of 93.5 They sacked opponents 26 times, and picked off 22 passes. Their red zone defense was second in the RMAC allowing the opposition to score on only 57% of their trips inside the Mavs 20. In what could be an important stat, they were a plus 17 in turnover margin.
Prediction: The Wildcats have the most balanced, and probably the most explosive offense possibly in the nation, but almost certainly in the SW region. Their downfall will likely be their defense - its not a championship caliber defense, but it is good enough to win this week.
Abilene Christian 38 Mesa State 24
FIRST TEAM OFFENSE
RB Keithon Flemming WTAMU R-Fr. Mesquite, Texas
WR Charly Martin WTAMU Jr. Farmington, N.M.
TE Kolo Kapanui WTAMU Sr. Palolo, Hawaii
FIRST TEAM DEFENSE
DE Brandon Swain WTAMU Jr. Tulsa, Okla.
OLB Jared Brock WTAMU Jr. Abenathy, Texas
CB Cashmin Thomas WTAMU Jr. Fresno, Calif.
SECOND TEAM OFFENSE
OG Patrick Schwenke WTAMU Sr. Taylorsville, Utah
C Ryan Glenday WTAMU Sr. Celeste, Texas
PK Jon Roberts WTAMU Sr. Houston, Texas
SECOND TEAM DEFENSE
DT Eddison Robertson WTAMU Jr. Texas City, Texas
ILB Steve Allen WTAMU Sr. Del Ray Beach, Fla.
OLB Eldon Grimslid WTAMU Jr. Holmen, Wis.
CB Arseel Shakoor WTAMU Jr. Austin, Texas
S Darnell Johnson WTAMU Jr. Killeen, Texas
OT Floyd Headen, WTAMU, Sr.
OT Dan Sherwood, WTAMU, R-Fr.
WR AJ Ruffins, WTAMU, Fr.
QB Keith Null, WTAMU, Jr.
FB Wayne McKnight, WTAMU, Jr
Defensive Lineman of the Year - Brandon Swain, WTAMU
Linebacker of the Year - Jared Brock, WTAMU
Freshman of the Year - Keithon Flemming, WTAMU
West-Texas A&M started off the regualr season with a bang, defeating South Dakota 55-45, and ended it with an impressive 39-14 drubbing of a one-loss Tarleton State team. In between, they defeated two more top 15 squads, outscoring their oppostion by an average score of 43 to 18. For the first time in several years, WT has a running game - averaging 148 yds per game and 5.4 per carry. Keithon Flemming ran for over 1,100 yds (8.2 yd per carry) and 12 TDs and is a weapon in the passing game as well, grabbing 55 balls for another 493 yds and 5 TDs. The Buffs are still a pass-oriented team, with the pass accounting for 387 yds per game and 43 TDs. Starting QB Keith Null threw for almost 3,300 yds, 33 TDs, 10 Ints, completes 67% of his passes and has a QB rating of 154.9. His backup, Taylor Harris, filled in nicely for 2 games and carries a QB rating of 150. The receiving corps is deep, led by Charly Martin, AJ Ruffins, and Kolo Kapanui. You can't overlook BJ Vickers, Carl Johnson, Dale Davis or Seth Hayden - all had more than 20 catches and all had multiple TDs. The Offensive line had two second team and two honorable mention All-LSC players - they allowed just 18 sacks.
Washburn is about as balanced as you can be on offense, getting 202 yds on the ground and 192 through the air. They scored 32 pts per game with a high of 71 against Truman State. Jordan Brill is the QB - he had a QB rating of only 128.4, completing 54% of his passes for 2,109 yds, 15 TDs, but also 15 INTs. WR Jake Lebahn led the team with 31 receptions for 602 yds and 4 TDs. Only one other player had more than 15 receptions. RaShawn Mosely (1,110 yds 11TDs) and Brandon Walker (692 yds 10TDs) form a potent 1-2 rushing punch. The Ichabods ran the ball 455 times while attempting 269 passes. Three offensive linemen received post season all MIAA honors - Eric Eisenbarth 1st, Jeff Rickard 2nd, and Trent Stanley HM, as well as TEBen Ramsey HM. They are all seniors.
Defensively, WT is much improved over the last two years. Brandon Swain led the LSC with 21.5 tackles for loss and 11 sacks. The heart of the defense is the LB corps led by Jared Brock (86 tackles, 11 for loss), Steve Allen (70 tackles, 12.5 for loss), and Eldon Grimslid (61 tackles, 6.5 for loss). Cashmin Thomas, Arseel Shakoor, and Darnell Johnson combined for 6 INTs and 29 break-ups. As a unit, WT gave up 118 yds rushing and 205 yds passing, finishing 3rd in total defense at 323 yds per game and allowed just 17.7 pts per game, good for top spot in the LSC.
Washburn gave up 363 yds per game, 167 on the ground and 196 through the air. They gave up only 13 TD passes and picked off 22 passes. They sacked opposing QBs only 19 times. Their DL has good size- Eric Butler (6-2 305) received first team all MIAA, Eric Lawrence (6-2 255) was second team, and Brandon Jackson (6-2 295)received honorable mention. LB Zach Watkins led the team with 130 tackles and was a first team all MIAA. Cary Williams, another first team all MIAA, led the Ichabods with 7 INTs.
WT will be facing a physical team in Washburn, similar to the Pitt State team they played in 2005. Washburn will be facing the most explosive offense they've seen this year. Who wins will likely come down to who executes their gameplan the best. Washburn will want to control the clock, run the ball effectively and keep the WT offense off the field. WT will want to get up early and force Washburn to go to the passing game. Jordan Brill is a good QB, but can be pressured into making mistakes. WT's ability to run the ball and their defense will determine how far they go in this year's playoffs.
Prediction - Unless the Buffs are looking ahead to a possible matchup with Northwest Missouri, they should win this one. And if you read Coach Carthel's comments regarding the perceived lack of respect for his players on the LSC all conference teams, they are not likely to be looking ahead.
WT by a 35-24 margin.