Friday, November 30, 2007

Johnathon Kent Hopkins - Innocent bystander

Southeastern Oklahoma student athlete dies

A young man's life ends tragically and much too soon. Our prayers go out to his family and friends.

One suspect turns himself in

LSC teams still competing

In volleyball, #12 West Texas A&M defeated #6 Grand Valley State 27-30, 30-24, 30-27, 26-30 and 22-20 to advance to the final four. Next up is #5 Concordia-St Paul.

#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

Pro Football Hall of Fame Semifinalists

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.

Daktronics All Southwest region team announced

First Team

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

Second Team

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

Second Round Playoffs Roundup

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

How does the Go RMAC Attack Blog See it?

Go RMAC Attack Preview

What, they don't see it exactly the same way?

Abilene Christian at Chadron State - Prediction

The first thing that comes to mind when you think of the Chadron State football team is Danny Woodhead. And its no wonder, with an NCAA record 7,683 yds plus 98 rushing TDs (and another 1,339 receiving yards and 7 more TDs). The defending Harlon Hill winner is a finalist again this year, attempting to become the first repeat winner since Dusty Bonner of Valdosta State in 2000 & 2001 (Johnny Bailey of Texas A&I won the award 3 times in 1987-88-89). But there is more to Chadron than just Mr. Woodhead.

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.

West Texas A&M - Northwest Missouri Prediction

Which West Texas A&M offense will show up this week? The one that turned the ball over 3 times, and never got rolling in the first half against Washburn? Or the one that racked up 40 points and over 400 yds in the second half? The answer most certainly lies somewhere in the middle, though Buffalo fans better hope its much closer to the second half performance than the first.

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

Scott, eight others named finalists for Harlon Hill Award

Courtesy: ACU Release: 11/20/2007

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.

Cactus Bowl - Coaches Announced

Freddy Jonas – Head Coach
Angelo State - 1984-2003
Texas A&I - 1967-1976 Assistant; Head Coach 1977-1978 (14-6-1)

San Antonio Express Story

John Cosgrove

Jeff Hamilton

Michael Thornton

Willie Crafts - All-American at Texas A&I; HC at Port Isabel, Brownsville Porter, and San
Antonio Lanier

Lewis Kelly

James Jefferson
- All-American at Texas A&I; former Seattle Seahawk player, New Orleans Saints scout

East Coaches

John Levra

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

A quick look at NWMSU

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.



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, 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 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, 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

1st Myles Burnsides, NWMSU DB 5-11 195 So. Maryville, Mo. - 54 tackles, 2 Ints, 5 breakups HM All-MIAA in 2006
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)

Playoffs Week 2 - Predictions

4 Southern Connecticut 17
1 California 31

6 IUP 28
2 Shepherd 24

3 Delta State 31
2 North Alabama 17

4 Catawba 28
1 Valdosta State 31

4 Central Washington 24
1 Nebraska-Omaha 38

3 North Dakota 24
2 Grand Valley 38

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Game Recaps

Abilene Christian 56
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.

gormacattack Recap

West Texas A&M 40
Washburn 39
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

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Playoff Prediction - Mesa State at Abilene Christian

Congrats to the Wildcats who received LSC honors. For several it is the first of numerous accolades they will receive this fall.

Offensive Back of the Year - Bernard Scott, ACU
Receiver of the Year - Johnny Knox, ACU
Offensive Lineman of the Year - Nathan Young, ACU

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

DT Jacob Passmore ACU Sr. Dayton, Texas
ILB Cody Stutts ACU Sr. Mesquite, Texas

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.

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

Washburn at West Texas A&M Preview

Congrats to the All LSC Performers for the 3-time defending LSC Champion West Texas A&M Buffaloes.

RB Keithon Flemming WTAMU R-Fr. Mesquite, Texas
WR Charly Martin WTAMU Jr. Farmington, N.M.
TE Kolo Kapanui WTAMU Sr. Palolo, Hawaii

DE Brandon Swain WTAMU Jr. Tulsa, Okla.
OLB Jared Brock WTAMU Jr. Abenathy, Texas
CB Cashmin Thomas WTAMU Jr. Fresno, Calif.

OG Patrick Schwenke WTAMU Sr. Taylorsville, Utah
C Ryan Glenday WTAMU Sr. Celeste, Texas
PK Jon Roberts WTAMU Sr. Houston, Texas

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.

UCO - Football Makes A Change

EDMOND (Nov. 14) -- University of Central Oklahoma president W. Roger Webb announced today he has decided to take the university's football program in a different direction and that UCO head coach Chuck Langston will not return next season.

Webb said no one is more disappointed with the progress of the team than Langston, but that it is time for UCO to go in a direction of different leadership to turn the program around.

"This was an extremely difficult decision for me because I have enjoyed my relationship with Chuck Langston," Webb said. "However, for the future of the program, I believe a change must be made."

Webb said a search for a new coach will begin immediately.

The assistant coaching staff will remain under the direction of defensive coordinator Steve Patterson.

The Bronchos went 29-24 in Langston's five years at the helm.

Playoff round one predictions

Last week's record (3-4)
Overall record (30-13)

Albany State 10
Catawba 38

Ashland 31
Central Washington 28

Shaw 14
Delta State 35

Winona State 21
North Dakota 31

Bryant 28
Southern Connecticut 35

IUP 28
West Chester 24

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

All-LSC North Division Football Awards

SWOSU, A&M-C top All-LSC North Division Football honors

RICHARDSON, Texas – Southwestern Oklahoma and Texas A&M-Commerce each had 14 players on the All-Lone Star Conference North Division Football team announced Tuesday by league officials.

The two teams shared the LSC North title with Central Oklahoma, Southeastern Oklahoma and Northeastern State in a five-way tie.

A&M-C had six first-team picks on both offense and defense with the Receiver of the Year JaMichael Palmer, Co-Offensive Lineman of the Year Darron Sheppard, Defensive Lineman of the Year Marcus Smith and Co-Freshman of the Year Chris Miller. The Lions added a second-teamer on both sides of the ball as well.

SWOSU had four first-team picks on offense including Co-Offensive Lineman of the Year Austin Ellis and two first-team defensive selections. The Bulldogs added six second-team selections and two honorable mention choices with Co-Freshman of the Year Jake Olivarez.

Offensive Back of the Year honors went to East Central’s Marcus Johnson, while Central Oklahoma’s Will Clewis was Linebacker of the Year for the second straight season.

Northeastern State claimed three individual awards with Defensive Back of the Year Broderick Mondy, Co-Freshman of the Year Jon Evans and Coach of the Year John Horner.

UCO added 10 total picks, while NSU had eight, SOSU seven and ECU six.

Overall, 76 student-athletes were recognized by the LSC’s postseason awards program, with 29 players named to the first team, 30 on the second team and 17 earning honorable mention. The all-conference honors were selected by the head coaches of the six North Division teams.


Pos. Player Team Year Hometown
QB Marcus Johnson ECU So. Abilene, Texas
RB Ben Birmingham UCO Jr. Luther, Okla.
RB Nabil El-Amin A&M-C Jr. Rochester, N.Y.
FB Josh Postin SWOSU Sr. Andover, Kan.
WR Daniel Nichols SOSU So. Cooper , Texas
WR JaMichael Palmer A&M-C Sr. Terrell, Texas
WR Jonathan Haggerty SWOSU So. Dallas, Texas
TE Brock Gruenberg UCO Sr. Tulsa, Okla.
OG Austin Ellis SWOSU Sr. Burns Flat, Okla.
OG Deveon McKinney A&M-C Sr. Sherman, Texas
OT Matt Wakefield SWOSU Sr. El Reno, Okla.
OT Luis Salazar A&M-C Sr. Hollister, Calif.
C Darron Sheppard A&M-C Jr. Longview, Texas
PK Jared Homer NSU So. Mustang, Okla.
RS Nabil El-Amin A&M-C Jr. Rochester, Texas

Pos. Player Team Year Hometown
DT Jermelle Cudjo UCO So. Lawton, Okla.
DT AJ Johnson A&M-C So. Tyler, Texas
DE Marcus Smith A&M-C Jr. Conroe, Texas
DE Corey Lewis UCO Sr. Houston, Texas
ILB Will Clewis UCO Sr. Fort Worth, Texas
ILB Garnet Smith A&M-C Sr. Arlington, Texas
OLB Faoki Fifita A&M-C Sr. San Bernandino, Calif.
OLB Ruzell McCoy SWOSU Jr. Frederick, Okla.
CB Brandon Smith UCO Sr. Carson, Calif.
CB Elliot Jones A&M-C Jr. Pasadena, Calif.
S Broderick Mondy NSU Jr. Plano, Texas
S Alex Contreras A&M-C Jr. Lockhart, Texas
S Bernard Daniel SOSU So. Carrolton, Texas
P Corey Lenahan SWOSU Jr. La Mirada, Calif.

Pos. Player Team Year Hometown
QB Terry Mayo A&M-C Jr. Greensboro, N.C.
RB Josh Lewis NSU Fr. Arlington, Texas
FB Kwesi Keller UCO Jr. Moore, Okla.
WR Mark Hodges ECU Sr. Mesquite, Texas
WR Marcus Pitts ECU Sr. Bassfield, Miss.
WR Kory Dowell ECU Sr. Stephenville, Texas
WR Brandon Covington SOSU Jr. Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
TE Jared Temple SOSU So. Carrolton, Texas
OG Nick Willson NSU Sr. Douglassville, Texas
OG David Thompson ECU Sr. Mesquite, Texas
OT Caleb Grazier NSU Sr. Oologah, Okla.
OT Jay Reaves ECU Jr. Springtown, Texas
C Jonathan Llama UCO Jr. Walnut Creek, Calif.
PK Spenser Daniel SWOSU So. Sulpher Springs, Texas
RS Patrick Weaver SWOSU Jr. Oklahoma City, Okla.

Pos. Player Team Year Hometown
DT TJ Raymond NSU Jr. Grand Prairie, Texas
DT Eddie Walton SWOSU Sr. Irving, Texas
DE Jeremiah Spencer SOSU Sr. Rockwall, Texas
DE Joe Castle SWOSU Sr. Beaumont, Texas
ILB Greg Franklin SWOSU Jr. Oklahoma City, Okla.
ILB Shane Cates NSU Sr. China Spring, Texas
OLB Johnny Seals SOSU Fr. Tishomingo, Okla.
OLB Andre Morgan SWOSU Sr. Garland, Texas
OLB Latarus Sykes NSU Jr. Calhoun City, Miss.
CB Jairus Martin SOSU Sr. Antlers , Okla.
CB Jonathan Thomas SWOSU Sr. Irving, Texas
S Desmond Baker SWOSU Jr. Garland, Texas
S Marcus Martinez UCO Jr. Wichita, Kan.
S T.J. Shaw UCO Jr. Edmond, Okla.
P Daniel Swaim A&M-C Fr. Kilgore, Texas


Offensive Back of the Year
Marcus Johnson, ECU

Receiver of the Year
JaMichael Palmer, A&M-C

Co-Offensive Lineman of the Year
Austin Ellis, SWOSU and
Darron Sheppard, A&M-C

Defensive Back of the Year
Broderick Mondy, NSU

Defensive Lineman of the Year
Marcus Smith, A&M-C

Linebacker of the Year
Will Clewis, UCO

Co-Freshman of the Year
Jake Olivarez, SWOSU, Chris Miller, A&M-C and Jon Evans, NSU

Coach of the Year
John Horner, NSU

Pos. Player, Team, Year*
QB Steve Day, SWOSU, So.
FB Warren Kirk, NSU, Jr.,
FB Trae Grimes, A&M-C, Sr.
OT Jake Olivarez, SWOSU, R-Fr
C Doug Bond, NSU, Sr.
RS Jerome Hewitt, SOSU, So.
DT Charles Cohee, ECU, Sr.
DE Nick Jones, NSU, Jr.
DE Avery Andersen, ECU, Sr.
DE Noble Polk, SOSU, Sr.
ILB Jon Evans, NSU, R-Fr.
ILB Steven Marshall, ECU, Sr.
CB Cornelius Burks, NSU, Sr.
CB Curtis Mayfield, NSU, Jr.
S Colby Onic, NSU, Jr.
P Ryan Massengale, UCO, So.
P Joe Kok, NSU, So.

All-LSC South Division Football Awards

ACU earns 10 first-team selections as All-LSC South Division Football awards are announced

RICHARDSON, Texas – Abilene Christian had 10 first-team picks and four individual award winners honored Tuesday when the football postseason awards for the Lone Star Conference South Division were announced by league officials.

The Wildcats had eight players on the top offense and two more on the top defense, plus Offensive Back of the Year Bernard Scott, Receiver of the Year Johnny Knox, two-time Offensive Lineman of the Year Nathan Young and Co-Coach of the Year Chris Thomsen. ACU (9-2) is the fourth seed in the Southwest Region and hosts Mesa State in the NCAA Division II playoffs this Saturday.

West Texas A&M, who won their third straight LSC title with a perfect 11-0 record, had 15 players recognized on the first- and second-teams with six on offense and nine on defense. The Buffaloes are the third seed in the Southwest Region and host Washburn on Saturday in the first round of the postseason. WTAMU also had four earn individual honors with Defensive Lineman of the Year Brandon Swain, Linebacker of the Year Jared Brock, Freshman of the Year Keithon Flemming and Co-Coach of the Year Don Carthel.

Midwestern State had 14 first- and second-team selections, while Tarleton State put 13 total players on the first and second teams including Defensive Back of the Year Ranardrick Phillips for the third straight season and Co-Coach of the Year Sam McElroy.

Texas A&M-Kingsville had four defensive selections, while Eastern New Mexico and Angelo State each had one second-teamer.

Overall, 95 student-athletes were recognized by the LSC’s postseason awards program, with 33 players named to the first team, 32 on the second team and another 30 gaining honorable mention. The all-conference honors were selected by the head coaches of the seven South Division teams.


Pos. Player Team Year Hometown
QB Daniel Polk MSU Sr. Dallas, Texas
RB Bernard Scott ACU Jr. Vernon, Texas
RB Keithon Flemming WTAMU R-Fr. Mesquite, Texas
FB Emery Dudensing ACU R-Fr. Rule, Texas
WR Johnny Knox ACU Jr. Houston, Texas
WR Jerale Badon ACU Sr. Abilene, Texas
WR Charly Martin WTAMU Jr. Farmington, N.M.
TE Kolo Kapanui WTAMU Sr. Palolo, Hawaii
OG Mike Jones TSU Sr. Houston, Texas
OG Nathan Young ACU Sr. Plainview, Texas
OT Joseph Thompson ACU Jr. Dallas, Texas
OT Jimmy Fox TSU Sr. Mineral Wells, Texas
C Sam Collins ACU Jr. Denton, Texas
C Tony Burson MSU Sr. Bellville, Texas
PK Matt Adams ACU Jr. Abilene, Texas
RS Nathan Robinson TSU Jr. Rockingham, N.C.

Pos. Player Team Year Hometown
DT Jacob Passmore ACU Sr. Dayton, Texas
DT Tywain Myles TSU Sr. Nacogdoches, Texas
DE Brandon Swain WTAMU Jr. Tulsa, Okla.
DE Jamaal Steamer TSU So. Temple, Texas
ILB Cody Stutts ACU Sr. Mesquite, Texas
ILB Vernon Smith TSU Sr. Fort Lauderdale, Texas
OLB Jared Brock WTAMU Jr. Abenathy, Texas
OLB Frank Brown MSU Sr. Garland, Texas
OLB Clayton Cretors TAMUK Sr. Harlingen, Texas
CB Rod Mosley TAMUK Sr. Austin, Texas
CB Patrick Roberts MSU Jr. Ennis, Texas
CB Cashmin Thomas WTAMU Jr. Fresno, Calif.
S Ranardrick Phillips TSU Sr. Madison, Fla.
S Bret Jones WTAMU Sr. Freehold, N.J.
S Keaton Daniels TSU Sr. Longview, Texas
P Cody Smith TAMUK Jr. Kingwood, Texas

Pos. Player Team Year Hometown
QB Billy Malone ACU Jr. Paris, Texas
RB Daniel Thomas ASU Jr. Taylor, Texas
RB Michael Sampson TSU Jr. Lewisville, Texas
FB George Murray TSU Jr. Stephenville, Texas
WR Devin Guinn TSU So. Cedar Hill, Texas
WR DelJuan Lee MSU Sr. Fort Worth, Texas
WR Shamarr Prentice TSU Jr. Philadelphia, Pa.
TE Kendrick Holloway ACU Jr. Dallas, Texas
TE Chris Johnson ACU Sr. Fort Worth, Texas
OG Patrick Schwenke WTAMU Sr. Taylorsville, Utah
OG Cody Savage ACU Sr. Atlanta, Texas
OT Matt Raesner ACU Sr. Nashville, Tenn.
OT Immanuel Sennet MSU Sr. Fort Worth, Texas
C Ryan Glenday WTAMU Sr. Celeste, Texas
PK Stephen Arnold TSU Jr. McKinney, Texas
PK Jon Roberts WTAMU Sr. Houston, Texas
RS BJ Mathis MSU So. Dallas, Texas

Pos. Player Team Year Hometown
DT Todd Zoglmann MSU Sr. Owasso, Okla.
DT Kellen Belcher MSU Jr. Chipley, Fla.
DT Eddison Robertson WTAMU Jr. Texas City, Texas
DE Jimmy Lugo TAMUK So. Alice, Texas
DE Justin Foyt MSU Sr. McKinney, Texas
ILB Steve Allen WTAMU Sr. Del Ray Beach, Fla.
ILB Cody Thompson MSU Sr. Midland, Texas
OLB Emmanuel Bagley MSU So. Dallas, Texas
OLB Eldon Grimslid WTAMU Jr. Holmen, Wis.
CB EJ Whitley ACU Jr. Austin, Texas
CB Corey Jordan ACU Sr. Garland, Texas
CB Arseel Shakoor WTAMU Jr. Austin, Texas
S Darnell Johnson WTAMU Jr. Killeen, Texas
S Ryan Craven MSU Fr. Rockwall, Texas
S Darron Harbert MSU Sr. Dallas, Texas
P Brandon Haug ENMU So. Cedar Park, Texas


Offensive Back of the Year
Bernard Scott, ACU

Receiver of the Year
Johnny Knox, ACU

Offensive Lineman of the Year
Nathan Young, ACU

Defensive Back of the Year
Ranardrick Phillips, TSU

Defensive Lineman of the Year
Brandon Swain, WTAMU

Linebacker of the Year
Jared Brock, WTAMU

Freshman of the Year
Keithon Flemming, WTAMU

Coach of the Year
Don Carthel, WTAMU, Sam McElroy, TSU
and Chris Thomsen, ACU

Pos. Player, Team, Year
OG Devin Livingston, TSU, Jr.
OG Brian Dickey, ASU, So.
*OT Demond Strickland, MSU, Sr.
OT Floyd Headen, WTAMU, Sr.
OT Jorrie Adams, ASU, So.
OT Dan Sherwood, WTAMU, R-Fr.
C Ryan Torres, ENMU, R-Fr.
TE Sasan Faradineh, MSU, So.
WR Edmund Gates, ACU, R-Fr.
WR Chris Fowler, ASU, So.
WR AJ Ruffins, WTAMU, Fr.
QB Keith Null, WTAMU, Jr.
QB Scott Grantham, TSU, R-Fr.
RB Travis Evans, TSU, Jr.
RB Raymorris Miller, TAMUK, Sr.
FB Wayne McKnight, WTAMU, Jr.
RS Clavens Charles, TAMUK, Jr.
DE Travis Carpenter, ACU, Sr.
DE Kyle Wilson, ENMU, Jr.
DE Julian Humble, ACU, Sr.
DE Steven Turner, MSU, So.
ILB Jacob Martin, MSU, Jr.
ILB Tony Johnson, ENMU, Sr.
ILB Brandon Haug, ENMU, So.
OLB Keneth Odie, ENMU, Sr.
OLB Texavier Henry, ENMU, So.
CB Jimmy Wright, ENMU, Sr.
S Tony Harp, ACU, So.
S Jeremy Hibbler, ENMU, Jr.
P Ben White, MSU, Jr.

Monday, November 12, 2007

UCO Update

By MURRAY EVANS<\n>Associated Press Writer

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The University of Central Oklahoma has acknowledged numerous NCAA rules violations by its football team and has admitted the university lacks control of the program.

The acknowledgment appeared in the Division II school’s response to an NCAA notice of allegations. The university sent the response to the NCAA earlier this month, and The Associated Press obtained a copy Monday through an open records request.

"We regret that any violations occurred and remain committed to operating a model athletic program," the university said in its response, noting the "violations occurred in specific and limited areas of operation relating to UCO football."

It also said "the institution regretfully agrees" with the NCAA’s finding of lack of institutional control "only with regard to period of time this Notice of Allegations encompasses."

The NCAA says Division II Central Oklahoma paid more than 80 athletes to attend remedial classes at Rose State College in Midwest City, and provided free housing, food, transportation and use of facilities to football players who were not full-time students.

The NCAA also alleged that the university paid $4,772 for a surgery in January 2005 for an athlete who later enrolled at the school.

In its response, Central Oklahoma acknowledged the surgery occurred but argued that the surgery didn’t directly enhance the program, because it was provided to a prospective student-athlete.

In another part of the response, Central Oklahoma agreed its football coach, Chuck Langston, "failed to ensure absolute compliance with NCAA legislation within the sport of football between January 1, 2003 and September 2006."

Central Oklahoma’s response will be considered by the NCAA Division II Committee on Infractions during its meeting Dec. 7-9 in Indianapolis.

The university noted in its response that it already has imposed penalties upon itself. Central Oklahoma has said it would forfeit two full football scholarships, limit the number of transfer students recruited and reduce the Bronchos’ maximum number of football players from about 100 to 90 per year.

Earlier this year, as a result of the allegations, Langston served a two-week suspension, which caused him to miss the Broncos’ season-opening upset of nationally ranked Abilene Christian (Texas).

Coach Horner Steps Aside at Northeastern State

Release: 11/12/2007
Courtesy: Northeastern State University
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (Nov. 12) --- John Horner has announced he will step aside as head football coach at Northeastern State University effective immediately. Horner will remain with the university in another capacity, according to Athletic Director Eddie Griffin.

“My decision to move aside as head football coach at Northeastern State University is based on personal reasons,” said Horner. “The time has come to pursue other challenges.

“I am very thankful for the opportunity to serve as head coach at NSU for the past five years. Although we weren’t able to accomplish all the goals set during my tenure, I am extremely proud of many of the things we did accomplish, including this year’s Lone Star Conference North Division co-championship.”

Horner, considered by many as one of the best defensive minds in NSU football history, has been a mainstay at Northeastern State for more than 20 years. He came to Northeastern as an assistant coach in 1987, became defensive coordinator in 1988 and was elevated to head coach in June of 2003.

“Coach Horner’s decision reaffirms his love for Northeastern State University and the football program,” said Griffin . “I respect him as a football coach, instructor and as a person. He leaves the program with a solid foundation for the RiverHawks to be successful in the future.”
A screening committee will be formed and a nationwide search for a new head coach will begin shortly, according to Griffin . “We will begin the process of assessing the candidates for a new coach in the very near future and we will hire the best candidate available,” he said.

A look at Washburn

Head Coach - Craig Schurig (6th season 40-28, 2nd trip to NCAA playoffs 2005)

2007 Results
(11-0) Chadron State 24-34 (Woodhead goes for 290 and 4 TDs)
(7-4) at Colorado Mines 27-7
(4-7) Fort Hays 28-10
(7-4) Central Missouri 14-28 (Not as close as score)
(8-3) at Missouri Western 31-24 (Griffons score 10 late to make it close)
(6-5) Missouri Southern 26-20 (Cary Williams 68 yd TD reception, 100 yd Kickoff return, INT in endzone)
(3-8) at Emporia State 31-21 (Brandon Walker w/ 2 68+ TD runs)
(6-5) Truman State 71-35 (3 RBs w/ 100+ rushing)
(9-1) at Northwest Missouri 27-28 (Missed PAT w/2:35 to go)
(8-3) Pittsburg State 35-28 (Back and forth game, neither team led by more than 7)
(0-11) Southwest Baptist 37-14

Rushing Offense - 201.8 per game, 4.9 per carry
5-10 200 Sr Ra'Shawn Mosley - 100.9 yd per game, 5.9 per carry, 11 TD (San Antonio) Career rushing leader at WU (3,327) and 93 yds from WU season rushing record (1,203) HM All-MIAA
6-1 215 Jr Brandon Walker - 62.9 yd per game, 4.8 per carry, 10 TD (Garland Tx) 2nd All-MIAA
5-8 180 RS Fr Terrence Lowe - 39 yd per game, 6.6 per carry, 1 TD

Passing Offense - 192.5 per game, 52.8 % completion rate 15 TD, 15 Int
Jordan Brill - 128.39 efficiency rating (Career passing leader 6,774 yds, 55 TDs, single season 2,775 in 2005) HM All-MIAA
6-4 215 Sr Jake Lebahn 31-602 4 TD 2nd All-MIAA
6-1 215 Jr Brandon Walker 22-387 3 TD
Drameago Powers 15-251 5 TD (Elkhart Tx)
5-10 200 Sr Ra'Shawn Mosley 14-131 1 TD

6-2 285 Sr OL Eric Eisenbarth 1st All-MIAA
6-3 296 Sr OL Jeff Rickard 2nd All-MIAA
6-3 287 Sr OL Trent Stanley HM ALL-MIAA
6-2 244 Sr TE Ben Ramsey HM All-MIAA

Rushing Defense - 166.5 yds per game, 3.9 per carry

Passing Defense - 196.5 yd per game, 60.2 % completion rate, 13 TD, 21 Int

Defensive Leaders
6-2 295 Soph DL Brandon Jackson - 27 Tackles, 3 TFL, 2 breakups HM ALL-MIAA
6-2 255 Jr DL Eric Lawrence - 51 Tackles, 17 TFL, 6 Sacks, 1 breakup 2nd All-MIAA
6-2 305 Sr DL Eric Butler - 44 Tackles, 10 TFL, 7 Sacks, 3 breakups 1st All-MIAA
6-5 270 Soph DL Ben Bianchino - 30 Tackles, 4 TFL, 1 Sack
6-2 295 Soph DL Brandon Jackson - 27 Tackles, 3 TFL, 2 breakups

6-0 230 Soph LB Zach Watkins - 130 Tackles, 8 TFL, 2 Sacks, 2 Int 4 breakups 1st All-MIAA
6-0 227 Jr LB Bruce Ringwood - 73 Tackles, 10 TFL, 3 Sacks, 1 Int, 4 breakups HM ALL-MIAA
6-1 210 Sr LB Adam Ewy - 61 Tackles, 6 TFL, 1 Sack, 1 Int, 2 Sacks
6-2 215 Soph LB Michael Wilhoite - 52 Tackles, 3 TFL, 2 Int, 3 breakups
6-0 220 Soph LB Micheal Krajicek - 36 Tackles, 3 TFL, 1 Int, 2 breakups
6-0 227 Sr LB Aaron Hicks - 33 Tackles, 5 TFL, 1 Int
6-1 188 RS Fr LB Ray Trice - 30 Tackles, 6 TFL, 1 Sack, 1 breakup

5-11 198 Sr DB Jarod Tetaun -67 Tackles, 2 TFL, 3 Int, 2 breakups HM ALL-MIAA
6-0 190 Sr DB Cary Williams - 48 Tackles, 7 Ints 1st All-MIAA

A look at Mesa State

Head Coach - Joe Ramunno (10th season 62-51 , 3rd playoff appearance 2000, 2003)

2007 Results
(3-8) Dixie State 41-14
(2-8) Humboldt State 23-21 (HSU led 21-20 with under 11 to play)
(4-6) Western New Mexico 24-10
(1-9) at Fort Lewis 17-3
(6-4) Nebraska-Kearney 19-18 (go-ahead TD w/5:35 to play)
(3-8) at Dixie State 38-13 (DSU split two games with Humboldt State)
(1-10) at Western State 30-27 (go-ahead TD w/4:49 to play)
(2-9) Adams State 34-21
(11-0) at Chadron State 6-7 (Woodhead did not play for Chadron)
(7-4) Colorado Mines 18-0
(4-6) at New Mexico Highlands 30-7

Rushing offense - 150.7 per game, 3.6 per carry
5-10 205 Soph Bobby Coy 128.9 yd per game 7 TD, 5.1 per carry

Passing offense - 168.5 yds per game, 53.5% completion rate, 11 TD, 8 Int
6-1 201 Jr Phil Vigil 117.88 efficiency rating
5-10 185 Sr Drew Bohannan 41-735 7 TD
5-10 176 Soph Ricky Noble 24-317 1 TD
5-10 180 Soph Justin Murray 22-276 3 TD

Rushing Defense - 59.7 per game, 2.0 per carry

Passing Defense - 177.5 per game, 49.9% completion rate, 10 TD, 22 Int, 93.46 efficiency rating

Defensive Leaders
6-3 245 Sr DL Kurt Kissner 63 Tackles, 20 TFL, 14.5 Sacks, 1 breakup
6-2 250 So DL Nic Pade 39 Tackles, 12 TFL, 4 Sacks, 1 breakup
6-3 248 RS Fr DL Dominic Appleha 28 Tackles, 10.5 TFL, 1.5 Sacks, 5 breakups

6-0 210 Jr LB Ryan Kadavy 75 Tackles 10.5 TFL, 1.5 Sacks, 1 Int, 3 breakups
6-1 245 Sr LB Mark Gruner 72 Tackles, 11 TFL, 2 Sacks, 1 breakup
6-0 202 Jr LB Brandon Birdsal 49 Tackles, 4.5 TFL, 1.5 Sacks, 1 Int, 2 breakups
6-0 245 So LB Cody Walker 59 Tackles, 2 TFL, 2 breakups
6-1 215 So LB Spencer McAdoo 44 Tackles, 4.5 TFL, 1.5 Sacks, 1 Int, 2 breakups

5-10 200 Sr DB Brandon Charles 78 Tackles 2 Ints 5 breakups
6-3 210 Jr DB Brandon Waymire 39 Tackles, 1 TFL, 6 Ints, 4 breakups
5-11 200 So DB Josh Padilla 29 Tackles, 2 TFL, 4 Int, 7 breakups
5-9 175 Sr DB Frank Barlanga 25 Tackles, 3 Ints, 6 breakups

CSTV to Blog D2 playoff games....

The LSC Scoop has learned that CSTV is working to have a Live Blog online from D2 playoff games. Should be a great way to keep up if you can't make the games.

For those of you who have never read a live blog during a game, you will really enjoy it. You get alot more of the atmosphere/what's going on in an unbiased manner through live blogs than you do a regular radio broadcast.

As soon as we hear more/get links, we will let you know.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Recap of Games

Abilene Christian 42 Midwestern State 41

Daniel Polk ends his career with 477 yards of total offense today, including a school record 290 yds rushing, and a career total of 8,276 yds of total offense (3,556 this year)

After going all of 2006 and the first 7 games of the 2007 season without thowing more than one INT in a game, Billy Malone threw multiple interceptions for the fourth consecutive game. Jerale Badon with a good a good game 7 receptions 80 yds, Bernard Scott with a great game 178 rushing, 3 TDs, and 90 yds receiving.1559 He now has 1,737 yds rushing this season and 26 rushing TDs.

MSU had over 400 yds of offense in the first half, got away from their game plan and fall short 42-41. With a strong wind in their face, they elect not to attempt a 45 yard FG at the end of the ball game, and an incomplete pass ended the game. MSU failed to win a game this year against a team with a winning record, and lost all three against the LSC South's big three.

ENMU 52 Panhandle State 0

Michael Benton rushes for 198 yds and 3 TDs in his career finale. Benton passed Tom Manley to set the single season rushing record for the Greyhounds with 1,458 and ends his career with 3,884. The Greyhound defense picked up 13 sacks, including 4 by Kenneth Odie, and limited OPSU to 151 yds of offense, including a negative 50 rushing. This would have been a great game to let the Greyhounds expand on their passing game, but they put the ball up just 4 times in the game.

Texas A&M Kingsville 47 Angelo State 21
The Javelinas end the season on a strong note, scoring their most points in two years, and winning two of their last three games. Daniel Ramirez, the Javelinas third string quarterback at the start of the season, went 23-32 for 272 yds and 4 tds. Ray Miller had his tenth 100 yd rushing game in his career finale. And Rod Mosley picked off his sixth and seventh passes of the season. For the Rams, Josh Neiswander had 2 TD passes and Jay Immel led the Rams to a TD (his own). Better things lie ahead for both of these two young teams.

West Texas A&M 39 Tarleton State 14
For the first time since the 1998 Central Oklahoma Bronchos, an LSC football team has gone undefeated through the regular season. The WTAM Buffs beat Tarleton for the third straight season, outgaining the Texans by a 630 to 330 margin, including a 168 to 99 margin rushing. Keith Null showed little effects of a two week layoff, throwing for 462 yds and 4 tds, going 42 of 56, but with two INTs. Keithon Flemming had 93 yds rushing and 44 receiving (and a receiving TD) as well. Scott Grantham threw 3 INTs and only 1 TD and completed less than half his passes. The Texans will have to wait to see if they will make the playoffs.

and now for the action in the LSC North...........

Northeastern State 22 Central Oklahoma 14
Josh Lewis ran for 124 yds, and Joe Hogan had 2 TD passes to lead the Riverhawks to a win over UCO. NSU won 3 of their last 6 games. Will Clewis ends his collegiate career with 11 tackles, 2.5 for losses and a broken up pass. Was this the end of the Chuck Langston era at UCO?

Southwestern Oklahoma 21 Texas A&M Commerce 14
The Bulldogs shut out the Lions in the second half, while scoring 2 TDs of their own. Steve Day threw for 251 yds and 2 TDs for the Bulldogs, while Nabil El-Amin had another 100 yd rushing game for the Lions.

Southeastern Oklahoma 38 East Central 28
Sean Cooper rushed for 174 yds and 2 TDs, Daniel Nichols had 7 catches for 183 yds and 3 TDs, Brandon Covington had 5 for 106, and Brandon Noohi threw for 386 yds and 3 TDs to lead the Savage Storm to a share of the LSC North Championship (with every other team besides East Central). Marcus Johnson threw for 279 yds, but had 3 INTs, and Jazz Holland had a season high 161 yds and 2 tds rushing for the Tigers.

Thanks LSC North for screwing up my record.

ACU's Edmund Gates is quite the athlete...

Abilene Reporter News

Gates now athlete for two seasons

Edmund Gates is a basketball player. Has been all his life.

He'd given football a chance, playing his sophomore year of high school. But otherwise, Gates was strictly a round-ball guy.

Standing 5-foot-7, Gates was a backup point guard at Vernon High School and went on to play two years at Tyler Junior College as a walk-on.

When his first cousin, running back Bernard Scott, decided to transfer from Blinn to Abilene Christian University, Gates (who grew to 6-2 following his first season at Tyler) decided he'd come along and try to earn a spot on Jason Copeland's basketball team.

He did. But, as it turned out, the junior also made another roster.

"Over the summer I was working out with (strength and conditioning coach David) Hess, and he told me I was a pretty fast guy," Gates said. "He wanted to get me bigger and stronger, and I did, and he told me I should come out to two-a-days to see if I liked it.

"I had to talk with coach (Chris) Thomsen, and asked him what he'd think of me playing football. He was like, 'Well, son, I don't even know you.' But we got to meet each other and he let me come out for two-a-days. I started liking it, so I stayed."

Thomsen said it was easy to see that Gates had the athletic ability necessary to play.

"Just seeing him out there playing around, catching with Bernard and (quarterback) Billy (Malone) and some of those guys, we could tell he could run, has good size and could catch the ball," he said. "He came in one day and said he wanted to try to play football and asked us to give him a shot. We're glad we did."

Gates hasn't been an every-down player for the Wildcats this season, but he's started twice and played in eight games. Used primarily as a kick returner and a specialty-play guy, Gates has five kick returns for 132 yards, an average of 26.4 per attempt.

He's got seven catches for 226 yards (32.3 yards per catch) and one score and has added 10 carries for 180 yards and three touchdowns. Do the math and, on 22 touches, this basketball player has accumulated 538 all-purpose yards

"That's real rare," Thomsen said of Gates' success despite little prior football experience. "I've never really heard of anything like it."

Gates' most recent score came in the record-setting 70-63 win at Tarleton State two weeks ago, The play officially was a 73-yard run, but Gates ran closer to 125 as, on a reverse, he found nothing and reversed field, going all the way back to the opposite sideline before breaking away for the score. He also hauled in one catch in that win for 66 yards.

Expect Gates to see a few chances today in another big game at Midwestern State. Essentially, this is a playoff game for the Wildcats. With a win, the team will secure its second-straight trip to the NCAA Division II playoffs. A loss, though, might well bump ACU from the regional field.

"That (Tarleton game) felt great, because I knew that was a big-time game, and for me to step up and score a touchdown in that game was kind of amazing," Gates said. "I know I can make big plays in big games if I just relax and play my role."

And, while somewhat limited this season, that role looks as if it may well expand next season, especially with the graduation of Abilene High product Jerale Badon.

"It's pretty neat. He's overcome some tough obstacles to get here, and just to see him have some success is really good," Thomsen said. "I know that the future is very bright for him. I think he can develop into a really good receiver on this level."

Friday, November 9, 2007

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Game of the Year #6 - West Texas A&M at Tarleton State

What's at stake? For the Buffs, a win gives them an undefeated regular season, and could possibly move them third to second in the Southwest regional rankings. A loss could drop them down a spot or two and take away the possibility of hosting any playoff games. For Tarleton, the situation is much more serious - they must win to have a shot at the playoffs, and even if they do, they might need some help from Midwestern State to get in.

Recent History. The past two seasons, WT has edged TSU and kept them out of the playoffs. In 2005, they won 30-26, overcoming a 10 point Tarleton lead with 19 minutes to play. Last year, WT almost lost a 21-3 lead with about 19 minutes to play, sacking Richard Bartel 3 consecutive plays and the D holding on 4th and 35 to preserve a 21-16 win.

Tarleton's defense has been good this season, with one glaring exception. They are allowing 338 yds and just under 22 pts per game (296 yds and 16 pts without the ACU game). On offense, their skill players are very good, and there is good depth. The O line is among the best in the LSC and is solid both run and pass blocking.

WT's defense is close to Tarleton's statistically, and did a much better job against the dangerous ACU offense (one of only 3 teams to limit ACU to under 100 yds rushing). Brandon Swain up front, and the LB corps of Steve Allen, Jared Brock, Eldon Grimslid, and Mark Ford lead the swarming defense. Offensively, the Buffs have had some injuries, but have overcome them without much of a dropoff. Taylor Harris has filled in the past two weeks for Keith Null, and done very well. More of a concern is Keithon Flemming - the running game really suffered after he left the game last week. It might be better to rest him this week, and have him at his healthiest for the playoffs, but it is currently unclear as to whether he will play.

Prediction - I'm sure fans of both these school would rather I pick against their schools given my 1-3 record to date in the Games of the Year series. Sorry WT fans, I'm going to go with the Buffs in this one (did I hear someone from Canyon say finally?). Swain and co. will pressure Grantham, and Allen, Brock and co. will keep the Texan RBs in check, while Harris/Null will put up solid passing numbers. The wildcard is Flemming - with him the Buffs win 38-24, without him, it will be much more of a struggle, but the Buffs should still win 28-24 (though one big play away from a close loss).

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Abilene Christian at Midwestern State

Ready for a shootout? If not, then this is not the game for you. The first of this week's Big Games features the top two offenses in the LSC. ACU has the #1 offense, scoring 46.8 pts per game and piling up 543 yds, while the Mustangs are a close 2nd at 44.8 pts and 539 yds. While skill players such as Daniel Polk, Billy Malone, Bernard Scott, Johnny Knox, Del Juan Lee, Marcus Mathis, Joe Chatman and Jerale Badon get the headlines, the offensive lines are just as important. Advantage none.

This game will be decided by the defense. Not a shut down defense, but an opportunistic one that gets the most stops and/or turnovers.

The ACU defense seems to be getting worse as the season progresses and there are a couple of possible reasons:

First - They are wearing down. Look at the first 6 weeks, and then the past 4 weeks.

  • Scoring from 16.3 to 40.8 (from 3rd to 7th in LSC)
  • Run D from 144 to 156 (from 10th to 8th)
  • Pass D from 162 to 373 (from 2nd to 11th)
  • Total D from 306 to 530 (from 4th to 8th)

The same thing happened last year.

  • Scoring from 9.8 to 36.8 (from 1st to 6th in LSC)
  • Run D from 111 to 154 (from 3rd to 7th)
  • Pass D from 129 to 277 (from 1st to 8th)
  • Total D from 240 to 431 (from 1st to 7th)

Second, they are playing better offenses. Either way, it does not bode well for the ACU defense.

The Midwestern State defense leads the LSC in yards allowed and scoring. Some cracks appeared in the WTAM and Tarleton games, but they have held up much better than the Wildcats. Then again, the ACU offense is likely to be the best they have faced all season. The Mustangs need to control the ACU rushing game. The Wildcats have been held to under 100 yds rushing 3 times this year - losses to ACU and WT, and the blowout win over NSU where Scott played sparingly.

Midwestern currently holds a 3 game winning streak over ACU, winning by an average score of 37-26. They've been able to run the ball very well (269 yds per game) and pass well enough (168 yds per game). With the way the Wildcat defense has played lately, those numbers should be eclipsed, possibly by a wide margin. ACU, meanwhile has struggled running the ball (58 yds per game) and has had to rely almost totally on the passing game (308 yds per game).

Prediction: Midwestern State has yet to defeat a team with a winning record, falling short against the only two they faced. Abilene Christian bounced back from a tough loss to WT to outlast Tarleton in an offensive explosion. As good as their offense has been, there defense has been almost as bad recently. I think that will catch up with them this week and Midwestern State wins 42-35.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Former A&M-Commerce DL Dwight White named to Pittsburgh Steelers All-Time Team


Former Lions defensive lineman Dwight White was one of 33 players named to the Pittsburgh Steelers All-Time Team introduced at halftime of Monday’s game between the Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens.

White won four letters for the Lions (‘67-70) and then joined the Steelers for the ‘71 season. As a Lion, White was Honorable Mention All-America and first-team All-Lone Star Conference as a senior. He was second-team All-Texas as a senior and was second-team All-LSC as a junior. White was the Lions Most Valuable Defensive Lineman in ‘70 and was one of three team captains that season.

White earned four Super Bowl championship rings as a member of the Steelers Steel Curtain Defense. The bio of Dwight White on the Steelers’ web site reads, “It will go down as one of the most courageous efforts on a football field in NFL history. After arriving in New Orleans a week before Super Bowl IX, Dwight White was diagnosed with severe pneumonia complicated by pleurisy, a lung infection. White spent the week in a hospital being pumped with antibiotics and losing 18 pounds, but he showed up on a wet, 46-degree day and played virtually the whole game. Seven of the Vikings’ first eight running plays attacked the right side of the Steelers defense, and White made three tackles for a grand total of no yards gained. The Vikings finished with 17 yards on 21 rushing plays, and White scored the game’s first points when he covered Fran Tarkenton in the end zone for a safety. Nicknamed “Mad Dog” for his intensity, White was voted to two Pro Bowls (after the 1973 and 1974 seasons), and his 46 sacks is seventh in team history. From 1972-75, White had 33.5 sacks and he capped that era with three sacks against Dallas in Super Bowl X..”

The naming of the Steelers All-Time team is a part of the team’s 75th Season Celebration. The players were honored at a team gala Sunday night at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center and then recognized during the halftime activities of the Monday night’s game in which the team wore their throwback uniforms for the second and final time this season. The Steelers were formed in 1933.

Monday, November 5, 2007

This Week's Predictions

Eastern New Mexico at Panhandle State
Why? ENMU runs, runs, and gets Ramos some more playing time in this garbage game. ENMU 42-7.

Southeastern Oklahoma at East Central
The season cannot end soon enough for SEO. Ranked in the AFCA top 25 and predicted to win the LSC North, the Savage Storm suffered through a very disappointing season. Ineligible players and injuries contributed to the 3-6 record, but they still had to expect to beat NSU last week. ECU has been a disappointment as well, winning only 2 games and close only twice more, suffering a major 4th quarter collapse last week. With SEO's QB issues, I'll go with ECU in a close one 24-21.

Northeastern State at Central Oklahoma
NSU took advantage of 5 SEO turnovers to upset the Savage Storm 24-14, while UCO was blanked at WT 31-0. The Bronchos had won 3 of 4 prior to that game, and with a win would clinch at least a tie for the LSC North. Ben Birmingham is just 53 yards short of 1,000 for the season, and he should have it with room to spare. The Riverhawks have scored more than 13 pts just 3 times this season, and that plays into the Bronchos strength. UCO 17-7.

Texas A&M Commerce at Southwestern Oklahoma
The Lions are enjoying a 4 game winning streak, and are on the verge of a winning season. The winning streak coincides with the running game coming around (176 per game over that period) led by Nabil El-Amin (493 yds and 4 TDs). Steve Day has taken over as QB for the Bulldogs, and has 623 yds and 6 TDs over the last 3 games. SWO has won 2 of their last 3, and are in a position to share the LSC North crown. Wouldn't everyone like to see a 5-way tie for the title? I don't think the Lions do, they win 24-21.

Angelo State at Texas A&M-Kingsville
Without Daniel Thomas, the Rams offense has really slowed down. The running game could see some daylight this week, as the Javelinas defense has given up 300+ yds the last 3 games. The Javelina offense is beginning to click, going over 400 yds the past 2 games, including a season high 480 at Abilene last Saturday. Homefield is the difference for this one, TAMK 31-24.

We'll look at the big games as the week goes on....

11/3 Predictions Recap

Last Week (5-1)
Season (27-9)

Northeastern State 24 Southeastern Oklahoma 14 (Prediction SEO 28-21)
Game was 17-14 with under 12 minutes to go, but the Riverhawks marched down 76 yards to score the final TD, then held SEO two more times for the win. SEO turn the ball over 5 times.

Abilene Christian 59 Texas A&M-Kingsville 31 (38-14)
Game was 28-24 at the 12:03 mark of the 3rd quarter, and TAMK had a 325-313 edge in offense. From that point on it was all ACU, 31-7 on the scoreboard and 362-155 in yardage. ACU's 8 TD drives were all 60+ yds and took a total of 13:10 - Kingsville's 4 TD drives were quick too, 5:56 total, but not as long, 213 yards.

Midwestern State 63 Eastern New Mexico 7 (42-21, or 49-7 if Benton didn't play)
Benton did play, but was held to 47 yards and 0 TDs. Daniel Polk came out earlier than usual, with just over 3 minutes to go in the third, and MSU up 42-7. Still had 248 yds and 3 TDs passing, and 52 yards rushing.

West Texas A&M 31 Central Oklahoma 0 (35-10)
Redshirt freshman Taylor Harris threw for 401 yds and 3 TDs, with Charly Martin getting 2 TDs among his 5 receptions for 112 yds. WT RB Keithon Flemming left the game with an injury, the extent of which is unclear at this time.

Southwestern Oklahoma 24 East Central 18 (28-24)
The Bulldogs had to rally for 21 points in the fourth quarter to edge out the Tigers. Through 3 quarters, ECU had an 18-3 lead, outgaining the Bulldogs by a 350-130 margin - in the fourth it was 21-0 SWO, with a 197-104 yds advantage. ECU had an excellent shot with 5:32 to go, returning a kickoff to the SWO 35, but after picking up a first down on the Bulldog 20, turned the ball over on downs.

Tarleton State Angelo State (42-21)
Tarleton had 6 scoring drives, all of which were at least 52 yards, compared to 2 for Angelo State. Sampson, Smith and Evans combined for a modest 133 yds on 29 carries, but Grantham was on fire with 331 yds passing.

Regional Rankings

  1. 100% Chadron State (10-0) - host Adams State (2-8). Top spot all but locked up.
  2. 100 % Northwest Missouri (8-1) - host Missouri Southern (6-4). Would a WTAM win knock them down to #3?
  3. 100% West Texas A&M (10-0) - at Tarleton State (9-1). Could deny the Texans a playoff spot again.
  4. 95% Missouri Western (8-2) - at Truman State (5-5). Would a loss to Truman knock them out?
  5. 80% Abilene Christian (8-2) - at Midwestern State (8-2) Have lost 3 in a row to MSU.
  6. 60% Mesa State (9-1) - at New Mexico Highlands (4-5). Does Tarleton jump over them with a win?
  7. 38% Tarleton State (9-1) - host WTAM (10-0). Mesa jumped Tarleton w/a win over a 6-3 team, so the Texans should jump back over them with a win over a 10-0 team.
  8. 1% Washburn (7-3) - at SBU (0-10) - Schedule hit w/SBU, but playoffs still ever so slightly possible w/ a slew of upsets.
  9. 1% Pittsburg State (7-3) - host Emporia State (3-7) - If Abilene, Mesa, Tarleton, and Washburn lose.....maybe.....maybe not.
  10. 25% Midwestern State (8-2) - host Abilene Christian (8-2). Mustangs wins are against teams with a combined 22-55 record (none with winning record), while two losses against teams with 19-1 record. Even with a win, might not move up enough.
  11. Central Missouri (6-4) - host Fort Hays (4-6). No chance.
  12. Colorado Mines (6-4) - host Western State (1-9). No chance.

UCO self-imposed penalties

Central Oklahoma self-imposes probation, scholarship reductions

EDMOND, Okla. -- An NCAA investigation into allegations that Central Oklahoma paid athletes to attend remedial classes at another school and provided various extra benefits has led the university to self-impose a three-year probation, forfeit scholarships and limit recruiting.

The NCAA says Division II Central Oklahoma paid more than 80 athletes to attend remedial classes at Rose State College in Midwest City, and provided free housing, food, transportation and use of facilities to football players who were not full-time students.

"I am personally committed to the principle of institutional control and am disappointed with what occurred in our football program two years ago," university President Roger Webb said in a statement Friday. "I remain steadfast in my commitment to ensure that all employees of the University of Central Oklahoma understand and support the serious nature of NCAA compliance."

The university said it would forfeit two full football scholarships, limit the number of transfer students recruited and reduce the Bronchos' maximum number of football players from about 100 to 90 per year.

University spokesman Charlie Johnson said Saturday the actual response to the NCAA was being screened for privacy restrictions and would be released when that process was completed.

However, the statement indicated that Central Oklahoma's response to an NCAA notice of allegations "acknowledges that there were mistakes made within the football program, in particular in the area of oversight and monitoring of the program."

Central Oklahoma received an NCAA notice of inquiry in October 2006 after allegations arose of possible rules violations. Earlier this year, head coach Chuck Langston served a two-week suspension, which caused him to miss the Bronchos' season-opening upset of nationally ranked Abilene Christian (Texas).

The 34-year-old Langston, a former starting center for Oklahoma, is in his fifth season as Central Oklahoma's head coach. The Bronchos are 29-22 during his tenure but haven't had a winning season since 2004. Central Oklahoma, a member of the Lone Star Conference, is 4-4 this season with two games remaining.

The university said in August, when it announced Langston's suspension, that he also will not be allowed to conduct off-campus recruiting activities for one year.

The university also moved an additional employee into the compliance office to develop a monitoring process for recruiting and intends to develop and implement an NCAA rules education process.

Friday, November 2, 2007

NABC/Division II Pre-Season Coaches Poll (Oct. 31, 2007)

NABC/Division II Pre-Season Coaches Poll (Oct. 31, 2007)

Record Points Pvs*

1. Winona State (8) 35-1 200 1

2. Bentley 32-1 184 2

3. Grand Valley State 29-5 181 7

4. Northwest Missouri State 24-7 148 17

5. Findlay 29-2 142 3

6. Augusta State 24-7 138 18

7. South Dakota 23-7 137 24

8. Wingate 25-9 131 NR

9. Humboldt State 26-4 120 4

10. Southern Indiana 29-6 119 10

11. Virginia Union 23-6 115 16

12. Barton 31-5 110 15

13. Metropolitan State 28-4 83 5

14. Alderson-Broaddus 24-6 79 23

15. West Virginia State 26-7 77 NR

16. Alaska-Anchorage 19-9 70 NR

17. Rollins 25-7 61 20

18. Montevallo 28-6 57 13

19. Central Oklahoma 20-8 53 NR

20. St. Rose 22-10 47 NR

21. Christian Brothers 21-7 41 NR

22. Drury 21-9 33 NR

23. Emporia State 21-8 32 NR

24. Henderson State 23-9 30 NR

25. Brigham Young-Hawaii 20-8 24 NR

Others receiving votes: California (Pa.) 21, West Texas A&M 21, North Alabama 18, Seattle Pacific 18, Cal State-San Bernardino 17, Benedict 11, Cal Poly Pomona 11, Seattle 9, Wisconsin-Parkside 9, Pace 8, Northern Kentucky 6, Northern State 5, Philadelphia 5, Harding 4, Southwest Minnesota State 4, Armstrong Atlantic State 3, Clayton State 3, Pittsburgh-Johnstown 3, St. Mary's 3, Eckerd 2, Millersville 2, Ashland 1, Grand Canyon 1, St. Cloud State 1, Tarleton State 1.

Records are from 2006-07 season.

*Final ranking from last season

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