Rookies to the rescue
When West Texas A&M head coach Don Carthel visited the home of Kyle Voss in Belton last year on a recruiting trip, he told the then-high school senior it was possible he would be redshirted. Voss responded by pounding his fist on a table, proclaiming that he would prove his ability to start as a freshman at WT.
It's a good thing the Buffs have plenty of youngsters with that type of attitude because they have needed every one of them. Racked by injuries - four of WT's top seven offensive linemen and at least four of the team's top seven linebackers have gone down - the Buffs have been forced to get younger.
Hill brothers exude family pride
Last Saturday should have been a red-letter day in the Hill household. Unfortunately, a herd of Rams and a flock of Ducks messed everything up. So, Micah Hill, a senior cornerback at Midwestern State, and Josh Hill, a red-shirt freshman cornerback at California, will have to try to set things straight this week.
Family pride is at stake.
“I told him: if we lose, you aren’t supposed to do the same thing,” said Micah Hill, who had a career-high nine tackles and broke up a pass as the Mustangs fell to Angelo State and dropped to No. 23 in the Division II poll. “At least one of our teams needs to win. I probably played my best game and we lost. I’d rather not have any stats and have the team win.”
ASU MIDWEEK: Greyhounds' Harp playing a sweet tune this season
SAN ANGELO, Texas — Four Lone Star Conference South Division football teams are ranked in the American Football Coaches Association Division II poll this week. Another team is just outside the Top 25, receiving votes in the poll. None of those five teams is the one team in the division that is leading the nation in total offense and is second in the country in scoring offense.
Not Abilene Christian, which is No. 2 in the country and is averaging 403.8 yards and 34.8 points per game. Not No. 9 Texas A&M-Kingsville, which is averaging 471.1 yards and 33.4 points per game. Not even No. 11 Tarleton State, which is averaging 390.2 yards and 38.6 points per game.
The best offense in the country belongs to Eastern New Mexico, which brings a 2-3 overall record into its homecoming game against Angelo State on Saturday.
Up to speed
PORTALES — J.J. Harp fell in love with the quarterback position when he was just a little kid in Texas. Lately, it’s looking like the feeling is mutual. The Eastern New Mexico University sophomore has made a name for himself not just in Portales or the Lone Star Conference. The leader of the Greyhounds’ “Air Attack” offense has smashed team and Division II records, and ENMU has the country’s top offense, regardless of division, at 595.6 yards per game.
Harp, the 6-3, 185-pound gunslinger from Argyle, Texas, is responsible for 518.8 of those yards on average.
“My dad told me I wanted to be quarterback, and as a little kid, you want to do what your dad says,” Harp said. “I fell in love with it, getting the ball on every play.”
Calfee making his way in the minors
SAN ANGELO, Texas — In his three seasons at Angelo State University, Clay Calfee set numerous team and a few Lone Star Conference records.
That got him drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Now Calfee is working his way through the minor league system, a journey highlighted by an appearance in a major league spring training game last March.
Calfee is currently back in San Angelo finishing up school. He will graduate from ASU in December. He also participated in ASU baseball’s alumni game, edging out former teammate Drew Caraway in a home run contest.
Buffs down ENMU, 3-0
The No. 22 West Texas A&M men's soccer team earned its first Lone Star Conference victory, defeating Eastern New Mexico, 3-0, on Wednesday at The Pitch on WT's campus.