Sunday, September 30, 2007

Lone Star Conference Players of the Week - Sept.29


LSC North Offensive
Jarrett Beal, Northeastern State, Jr., QB, Dallas , Texas

Beal was the spark that spurred a 24-point explosion that carried the RiverHawks to its first victory of the year with a 27-15 win over East Central. He carried the ball 15 times for 94 yards and two rushing scores.

LSC North Defensive
T. J. Shaw, Central Oklahoma, Jr., Safety, Edmond, Okla./Santa Fe

Shaw came up with two big interceptions in UCO's 21-20 overtime win over A&M-C. His first pick came in the first quarter at the UCO five-yard-line to stop a A&M-C drive and his second came late in the half when he intercepted a pass and returned it 25 yards to the Lion 35 to set up UCO's tying touchdown. Shaw added two tackles and a broken up pass.

LSC North Special Teams
Nabil El-Amin, Texas A&M-Commerce, Jr., RB, Rochester, N.Y./SUNY-Alfred

After giving up a 92-yard run that tied a Memorial Stadium record to UCO, the A&M-C junior running back took the ensuing kickoff and went 97 yards for a touchdown. The return ties a Memorial Stadium record, equaling the mark that was set by Danieal Manning from ACU on November 1, 2003.

Co-LSC South Offensive
Devin Guinn, Tarleton State, So., WR, Cedar HIll, Texas/Cedar Hill

Guinn caught seven passes for 146 yards Saturday as the Texans improved to 5-0 for the first time since 1990. The Texan sophomore caught the first pass of the game on a reverse pass from running back Travis Evans for a 69-yard touchdown score. He also caught two other touchdown passes, both from seven yards out, to help the Texans to the 43-19 victory.

Jerale Badon, Abilene Christian , Sr., Wide Receiver, Abilene, Texas/Abilene HS
Early in ACU's 45-20 win over ENMU on Saturday night, Badon passed former East Texas State receiver Gary Compton as the LSC's all-time leader in receptions with 182. ... Against ENMU, Badon had six catches for 107 yards...Compton caught 181 passes from 1987-90, but Badon passed him on ACU's second drive of the game on a 36-yard catch from Billy Malone to give him 182 career catches. ... Badon finished the night with 186 career catches for 2,661 yards and 15 touchdowns. ... Badon is now just 381 yards from passing Compton as the LSC's all-time leader in receiving yards. ... Compton finished his career with 3,041 yards.

LSC South Defensive
Cody Stutts, Abilene Christian, Sr., Middle Linebacker, Mesquite, Texas/Mesquite HS

Stutts spearheaded an ACU defense that helped the Wildcats beat previously unbeaten ENMU, 45-20... Stutts finished with 10 tackles (seven solo) and helped hold the Greyhounds 63 yards below their per-game rushing average and quarterback Michael Benton almost 40 yards below his per-game average. ... ENMU entered the game with the nation's No. 1 rushing offense (403 yards per game) and No. 1 rusher in the nation in Benton (187.8 ypg). ... The Greyhounds, though, only had 135 yards on the ground with five minutes left in the third quarter and ACU led 31-14 on its way to a dominating victory. ... The majority of ENMU's yards came late in the fourth quarter when ACU was ahead by 45-14 and the defensive backups were in the game. ... Stutts and the staring defense forced five three-and-outs by the Greyhounds, and in one stretch from the late second quarter to the early third quarter held the Greyhounds to possessions that netted minus-1 yard, zero yards, minus-13 yards.

LSC South Special Teams
Ben White, Midwestern State, Jr., Punter, Carrollton, Texas/Creekview HS

White nailed the coffin corner three times in MSU's 44-16 win at ASU as the junior punter had each of his three punts downed inside the 10-yard line. White, who averaged 41.7 yards on his three punts against ASU, has now down 11 of his 16 punts (68.8 percent) killed inside the 20 for the season with only one touchback.

September 29 Game Recaps

Northeastern State 27
East Central 15

#11 West Texas 36
A&M-Kingsville 3

#13 MidwesternSt 44
Angelo St 16

#17 ACU 45
Eastern New Mexico 20

Central Oklahoma 21
A&M-Commerce 20

#15 Tarleton 43
Southwestern OK 19

Friday, September 28, 2007

September 29 Game Notes

Central Oklahoma - Link
East Central Oklahoma - Not Available
Northeastern State - Not Available
Southeastern Oklahoma - Not Available
Southwestern Oklahoma - Not Available
Texas A&M-Commerce - Link

Abilene Christian - Link
Angelo State - Link
Eastern New Mexico - Link
Midwestern State - Link
Tarleton State - Link
Texas A&M-Kingsville - Link
West Texas A&M - Link


East Central at Northeastern State - Which ECU offense will show up - the one that scored 48 and amassed over 600 yds against Angelo State, or the one that score 49 in their other 4 games combined? Will the defense show up this year at all? Northeastern has yet to win a game losing close ones to Arkansas Tech and ENMU, before getting blown out by Midwestern State and West Texas. They'll get their first this year 24-21.

Texas A&M-Kingsville at West Texas A&M - On paper this is a mismatch. WT is scoring 50 points a game and gaining 545 yards, while the defense has shown improvement since the week one shootut with South Dakota. TAMK is improving on offense after a slow start, but has not been anywhere nearly as prolific as WT. The Javelinas defense is vastly improved over last years, but will have their biggest challenge to date this Saturday and remember SEO put up over 500 yds on them last week. Buffs win, but closer than some might think 31-17.

Midwestern State at Angelo State - Could Midwestern State be the best team in the LSC? They lead the LSC in total yardage offensively and defensively. Angelo is middle of the pack on offense, but second from the bottom defensively. Daniel Thomas has been the key to Angelo's offense so far, but he will have a tough time running the ball Saturday. I don't see this as being especially close. Midwestern State 43-14

Central Oklahoma at Texas A&M-Commerce - Tough defense, good running game, horrible passing game. That was the Lion's last year, and the Bronchos this year. The Lion's are a passing team this year, but the defense is not up to the same level as last year. This game is a toss-up, but if UCO continues to turn the ball over, the Lions will take advantage of the short field. TAMC 17-14.

Southwestern Oklahoma at Tarleton State - SWO looked good early on, but were exposed against ACU and MSU. Tarleton should have an easy day, but SWO has tripped them up in the past. Not this time. Tarleton 35-10.

Eastern New Mexico at Abilene Christian - Game of the Week.
Running vs. balance. Preseason favorite vs. preseason cellar-dwellar. ENMU is running for over 400 yards per game, but has only passed for 22 per game. QB Michael Benton is having a great season rushing with an LSC best 188 per game and 8.3 per carry, but he has completed only 3 of 10 passes in 4 games. Meanwhile ACU has the balance that most teams strive for 215 rushing, 253 passing. RB Bernard Scott is second with 138 per game and 7.4 per carry, Billy Malone is 3rd in efficiency for starters and has 10 TDs vs 1 Int to go with 994 yards. Defensively they have played evenly with ENMU giving up 312 yds per game and ACU allowing 317. The numbers alone don't allow for enough difference to make a solid pick. Where the difference comes in is in who they have played. Bacone, Northeastern State, East Central and Central Oklahoma for ENMU, while ACU has played Central Oklahoma, IAA Texas State, SEO and SWO. I'll take ACU 38-24.

--LSC South--

Lone Star Conference

Angelo State University

Cameron University

Eastern New Mexico University

Texas A&M-Commerce

Tarleton State University

Texas A&M-Kingsville

Texas Woman's College

University of Texas of the Permian Basin

West Texas A&M University

Western New Mexico