Players of the Week
Nabil El-Amin, Texas A&M-Commerce, Sr., Running Back, Rochester, N.Y./SUNY-Alfred
El-Amin rushed for a career-high 194 yards and scored twice in the Lions' 27-15 win over East Central in the inaugural Harvey Martin Classic. It was his third multi-touchdown game of his career and first in 2008.
Brandon Noohi, Central Oklahoma, Jr., Quarterback, Oklahoma City, Okla./Mount St. Mary
Noohi led UCO to its fourth straight win, sparking a second-half comeback that carried the Bronchos to a 23-16 win at Southwestern Oklahoma. The junior quarterback completed 27-of-42 passes for 267 yards and two touchdowns while adding a two-yard TD run. He was 16-of-22 for 203 yards and both TDs in the second half as UCO overcame a 6-0 deficit, hitting a 56-yard scoring pass with 2:24 remaining to break a 16-16 tie.
Bernard Daniel, Southeastern Oklahoma, Jr., Safety, Carrollton, Texas/Hebron
Daniel helped Southeastern get back in the win column with a 35-0 defeat of Angelo State. He helped guide a defense that pitched a shutout for the first time since 2006. Daniel had six tackles, five of which were solo. He also added an interception, a forced fumble and a pair of fumble recoveries.
North Special Teams
Chad McIntosh, Southwestern Oklahoma, Jr., K/P, Grand Prairie , Texas/Grand Prairie
McIntosh handled both kicking and punting chores for Southwestern Oklahoma in its 23-16 loss against Central Oklahoma. McIntosh had nine punts for an average of 42.6 yards, including a season-long kick of 62 yards. He was three-for-three on field goals from distances of 22, 29 and 47. His 47-yarder came as time expired in the first half to give the Bulldogs a 6-0 lead at the break.
Bernard Scott, Abilene Christian, Sr., Running Back, Vernon, Texas/Wichita Falls
Scott broke his own LSC single-game record for all-purpose yards Saturday night in the third-ranked Wildcats' 52-35 win over fourth-ranked West Texas A&M. Scott posted 408 all-purpose yards in the game, breaking his record of 383 yards that he posted last year in the Wildcats' playoff loss at Chadron State. Scott ran for 268 yards and two touchdowns and had 141 yards and one touchdown receiving as the Wildcats improved to 7-0 on the season with the victory. Scott had 185 yards and two touchdowns on the ground in the second half and 64 receiving yards in the final 30 minutes. He had a 47-yard touchdown run on fourth-and-one early in the third quarter that pushed ACU's lead back to 24 points, and his 65-yard touchdown run with less than six minutes to play sealed the Wildcats' victory.
Craig Harris, Abilene Christian, Jr., Cornerback, Bellville, Texas/Bellville
Harris was a big part of a clutch ACU defensive effort that forced West Texas A&M quarterback Keith Null into three interceptions and had five total takeaways Saturday night in the third-ranked Wildcats' 52-35 win over fourth-ranked WTAMU. Harris finished with six tackles (6 solo), two interceptions (for 27 yards in returns) and one forced fumble He had an interception near the end of the first half that kept the Buffs out of the end zone, but it was his interception with 7:18 left in the game that helped the Wildcats seal the game. With the Buffs trailing 38-28, they faced third-and-six at the ACU 49 when Null threw deep to the post for his all-America receiver, Charly Martin. Harris, however, went over the top of Martin to intercept the pass at the ACU 2-yard line. He returned the ball 15 yards to the ACU 17, and three plays later Bernard Scott went 65 yards for a touchdown to push ACU's lead to 52-35.
South Special Teams
Nick Williams, Angelo State, Fr., Returner/Cornerback, Moore, Okla./Edmond Memorial
Williams was bright spot for the Rams as he averaged 55 yards per kickoff return, including a career-long 78-yard return in the third quarter. On the season, Williams is averaging 40.4 yards per kickoff return, giving the Rams a solid one-two punt on special teams, along with Garrett Tidwell.