Backups get opportunities in Buffs' rout
While West Texas A&M was glad to earn its first victory of the season Saturday, besting Southwestern Oklahoma State, 41-15, in Weatherford, Okla., the Buffs got other things accomplished.
Just about everybody who got on the bus saw action against the Bulldogs. Twenty-six Buffs recorded at least one tackle. Eleven Buffs caught passes. Three quarterbacks played.
"Everybody came through healthy. That's what I'm concerned about," said WT head coach Don Carthel, whose team has battled numerous injuries.
ACU stays at No. 2 in D-II poll
The Abilene Christian University Wildcats held on to the No. 2 spot in the American Football Coaches Association Division II national poll that was released.
The top 10 spots in the poll remained unchanged, with Grand Valley State (4-0) heading the list at No. 1 with 24 first-place votes and 624 points. ACU got 593 points, and North Alabama (4-0) is No. 3 with one first-place vote and 577 points.
Javelinas remain at No. 10 in country
KINGSVILLE — There was no change among the top 10 teams in the American Football Coaches Association NCAA Division II rankings on Monday. That means Texas A&M-Kingsville will take its No. 10 ranking into Saturday night’s Lone Star Conference South Division opener at three-time defending conference champion West Texas A&M. The Javelinas are 4-0 for the first time since 2004 when they last advanced to the Division II playoffs. They picked up win No. 4 last Saturday, defeating Northeastern (Okla.) State 31-14 and will be making their first road trip of the season this weekend to Canyon. The Buffaloes have struggled in their first three ballgames but posted their first win of the season last weekend by beating Southwestern (Okla.) State 41-15.
MSU surges up to No. 17 in the AFCA national poll
Midwestern State rose four spots in the most recent American Football Coaches’ Association Division II Poll released Monday. The Mustangs, now ranked No. 17, are coming off their fourth win of the season after defeating Incarnate Word 49-7 last Saturday in San Antonio. The victory is MSU’s third win by 40-points or more, the second time in school history the program has had as many in a season.
Lone Star Conference Football weekly release (09/21/09)
Lone Star Conference divisional play starts this week with three South and two North match-ups. The South Division won all six Lone Star Conference crossover games last week. The South has been victorious in 16 of 18 games against the North this season.
Four teams - Abilene Christian, Midwestern State, Tarleton State and Texas A&M-Kingsville - remain unbeaten in 2009.
Players of the Week
Adam Farkes, Texas A&M-Commerce, Jr., QB, Boston, Mass./Univ. of Maine
Farkes broke one school record and nearly set two more in his first collegiate start at Texas A&M-Commerce. Farkes set a new single-game record for passing yards as Adam Farkes recorded 447 yards passing, eclipsing the previous marks of 442 held by Buster Faulkner against Northeastern State (2004). He nearly broke the school record with 32 completions (record: 33) on 61 attempts (record: 63). In addition to his passing efforts, he ran the ball in for two touchdowns.
Steven Harris, Southeastern Oklahoma, So., S, Carrollton, Texas/Hebron HS
Harris led all defenders with 13 tackles in Southeastern’s 33-14 loss to No. 2 Abilene Christian. He tallied three solo and 10 assisted and with that total moved into the top 10 in the conference in tackles with 8.2 per game for a total of 33 on the year.
NORTH SPECIAL TEAMS
Joe Kok, Northeastern State, Sr., P, Broken Arrow, Okla./Broken Arrow HS
Kok continued to improve on his average as he booted six punts for a 46.8 yard average with a long of 54 yards. He pinned 10th-ranked Texas A&M-Kingsville inside its own 20 yard line on half of his punts on the night. The preseason All-America honoree leads the LSC in punting and among the nation’s leaders in this statistical category as well.
J.J. Harp, Eastern New Mexico, So., QB, Argyle, Texas/Argyle HS
Harp posted his second consecutive 600-yard passing day, connecting on 46 of his 65 attempts for 602 yards with no sacks or interceptions, to lead the Greyhounds to a 76-56 win over Texas A&M-Commerce. He tossed five touchdown passes as ENMU scored a school single-game record 76 points.
D’Angelo Waites, Angelo State, Sr., LB, Austin, Texas/Lanier HS
Waites led an Angelo State defense that limited East Central to just 172 yards of offense, including just 56 yards on the ground, and collected four sacks in a 29-9 win by the Rams. Waites had a game-high 12 tackles (seven solo), including two stops for a loss. He had 1.5 sacks against the Tigers and had a forced fumble. He is the Rams’ leading tackler on the season with nearly eight stops per game. ASU leads the conference with 14 sacks through four games.
SOUTH SPECIAL TEAMS
Kendrick Johnson, Abilene Christian, Jr., WR, Mexia, Texas/Mexia HS
Johnson returned a punt 72 yards for a touchdown near the end of the first quarter, his second punt return for a touchdown this season (73-yard return vs. Fort Lewis on Sept. 5). ... Johnson joins former Wildcat great V.T. Smith as the only two Wildcats to have two punt returns for touchdowns of at least 70 yards in the same season. ... In 1948, Smith returned a punt 70 yards for a score against Southwestern and had a 71-yard return for a TD against Arkansas.
ACU in third after first day at Territory Classic
The ACU golf team shot a 7-over 295 Monday to finish the first round of the Territory Classic in third place behind St. Edwards (290) and Dallas Baptist (291). Playing at The Territory Golf Course in Duncan, Okla., Cyril Bouniol led ACU, shooting a 1-under 71. That Bouniol in a three-way tie for second, but just a stroke behind leader Santiago Quintero of St. Edward’s.
Mustangs in 6th after day 1 at The Territory Classic
DUNCAN, Okla. — Midwestern State fought through some adverse conditions Monday to place sixth at the first day of The Territory Classic. MSU shot a 301 13-over team score at the Par-72 course.
WT women's golf team tied for ninth
In Ponte Vedra, Fla., the West Texas A&M women's golf team is tied for ninth place after Monday's opening round of the Queens Invitational at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra, Fla.
The Lady Buffs shot 335 to trail first-round co-leaders Belmont Abbey and Ashland University by 24 shots.
Lady Buffs top New Mexico State, 2-0
In Las Cruces, N.M., midfielder Lindsay McHorse only took two shots during the 90 minutes she was on the pitch, but she made both count. McHorse's shots hit the back of the net in the West Texas A&M 2-0 win over New Mexico State on Monday.
The Lady Buffs (6-0-1) took eight shots against the Aggies (3-5-0) in front of 937 fans in Aggie Memorial Stadium, four in each half. The Aggies took 10 total shots. West Texas A&M keeper Kelly Skehan only needed four saves to secure the shutout win.