Saturday, September 11, 2010

LSC Roundup 9-11

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Javelinas look to continue winning ways - George Vondracek, Corpus Christi Caller Times
ADA, Okla. -- The victory last week, to be sure, was one of the biggest and most exciting in the history of the school, certainly the biggest in Bo Atterberry's three-plus seasons as Texas A&M-Kingsville's coach.

As the Javelinas have learned at various stages in the previous three seasons, however, big and exciting are adjectives that can be supplanted with letdown and disappointing depending on how a team responds the following week.

In the Javelinas' case, how well they can progress from the 16-7 win over then-top-ranked Northwest Missouri State and ensuing postgame ice-water bath they dumped on Atterberry will determine if they can win tonight against East Central (Okla.).

"My first thought was, 'What's the big deal? It's what we came to do, right?' But I understood where they were coming from. It was a big win," Atterberry said. "They were excited but again, I get the sense that we've got high expectations. They were excited about the big win, they were hyped about it, whatever you want to call it.

"But we've got to move on because it's just one win. The score was the score and it's just one win. There's a lot of football to be played," Atterberry said. "You know how it is in this business. You're only as a good as your last game. So you better be prepared, get ready for the next one and try to do it again."

Tigers face another tough test - Bob Forrest, Ada Evening News
Ada — An East Central University football team hasn’t been in front on the scoreboard at the end of any game since Week 8 of the 2008 season. But even though their losing streak is at 14 after last week’s season-opening 45-23 loss at Fort Hays State, the Tigers are definitely ahead of the game heading into Saturday’s (6 p.m.) home opener against fifth-ranked Texas A&M-Kingsville.

For the first time since beating NAIA rival Bacone back in 2005, ECU was competitive in a season opener. Head coach Tim McCarty, seeking to correct many of the shortcomings of last year’s 0-11 squad in one impressive recruiting class, rebuilt his offense this fall, and changes for the better were apparent across the board.

ACU football preview: 'Cats cautious of upstart RiverHawks - Joey Richards, Abilene Reporter News
No. 5 Abilene Christian (1-0, 0-0 LSC) at Northeastern State (1-0, 1-0 LSC)
7 p.m. today, Doc Wadley Stadium, Tahlequah, Okla., KULL 92.5 FM

What’s riding on this game: Both teams go into the Lone Star Conference battle trying to build on big victories last week. ACU, ranked No. 5 in the American Football Coaches Association Division II national poll, is trying to remain among the nation’s elite and seeking a fifth consecutive playoff berth. Northeastern could assert itself as a player in the LSC title chase with a victory and boost its chances of making the playoffs for the first time since 2000. The Wildcats lead the series with the RiverHawks 4-1. This is the last conference meeting between the two teams, since Northeastern leaves the conference after this season and joins the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association for the 2012-13 season.

“I’m very impressed,” ACU coach Chris Thomsen said about the RiverHawks. “First of all, just going into Tarleton and winning is a hard thing to do, as we know. I’m impressed by their offensive scheme. They do a really good job fitting their players to their scheme. They do a lot of different things that keep you off balanced. Their defense is very solid. They play very hard and run to the football really well.”

Mustangs will face attack from the air - J. Scott Russell, Times Record News
It used to be you could play an entire game against Eastern New Mexico without a single pass being thrown from its wishbone formation.

But these days the run is just an afterthought for the Greyhounds.

The 13th-ranked Midwestern State Mustangs must be prepared for a fast-paced air attack when the two teams meet today in a Lone Star Conference crossover game.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Greyhound Stadium in Blackwater Draw, N.M.

The Mustangs (1-0) are coming off a 52-6 spanking of New Mexico Highlands, while the Greyhounds (1-1, 0-1) lost in the final minute to Angelo State, 41-38.

“The pace is going to be a lot faster,” MSU head coach Bill Maskill said. “And the talent is a lot better. They’re averaging 100 plays a game. When you’re going that fast you get tired and forget your assignments and fundamentals. We have a lot of guys who are new and it was good to see what they could do last week when the bullets were flying. But now they have to step their game up a notch.

“They’re a solid football team and coach (Mark) Ribaudo does a real good job with them. And we scored on the last play of the game and I got a lot of e-mails about it. So I’m sure they remember it.”

ASU FOOTBALL: In tall cotton - Nathan Wright, San Angelo Standard Times
SAN ANGELO, Texas — Tonight, the Angelo State University football team will play at a venue no ASU squad has before.

It is a storied stadium in college football, the site of a yearly bowl game featuring highly ranked teams and the annual Texas-Oklahoma Red River battle.

Tonight, the Rams will play at the Cotton Bowl against Texas A&M-Commerce in the Harvey Martin Classic, a new tradition instituted by TAMUC three years ago in memory of the former Lions and Dallas Cowboys football player.

The experience alone surely will be one the ASU players never forget.

“It’s a historic place in the state of Texas,” ASU Athletic Director Kathleen Brasfield said. “For our players and our fans and our band and everybody, it’s great.”

Squads topple ranked foes - Nathan Wright, San Angelo Standard Times
SAN ANGELO, Texas — Last weekend’s Lone Star Conference schedule included three games between nationally-ranked LSC schools and ranked schools from other conferences.

The LSC came out of the weekend with a 2-1 record in those contests.

Last Thursday, No. 6 Texas A&M-Kingsville upset then-No. 1-ranked Northwest Missouri State while No. 9 West Texas A&M fell to now-No. 1 Grand Valley State 34-31.

Then Saturday, No. 5 Abilene Christian defeated No. 15 Washburn 34-26. These rankings are from this week’s American Football Coaches Association Division II poll.

Against Washburn, Wildcats sophomore Mitchell Gale completed 24-of-30 passes for three scores without an interception as he led the Wildcats to their third-straight season-opening victory over a team from the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association.

Abilene Christian scored 17 straight points in the first half to take a 17-6 lead and never trailed.

“It’s an exciting win for us, mainly because we have such tremendous respect for Coach (Craig) Schurig and his program,” ACU coach Chris Thomsen told the Abilene Reporter-News. “We feel fortunate to come up here and get a win. It means a lot for our team to start the season like that.”

WT needs game to move past team tragedy - David Henry, Amarillo Globe News
Watching game tape of last season's 41-15 win against Southwestern Oklahoma State wasn't easy for the West Texas A&M Buffs this week.

Among the many Buffs who saw action in that game was sophomore tight end Kendrick Cutsinger.

"That brought back a lot of memories," said WT offensive coordinator Mike Nesbitt. "There was Cutty."

In a span of about 48 hours last week, the Buffs lost a football game and - more significantly - a member of their family.

On Sept. 2, the Buffs opened the season with a tough 34-31 loss to Grand Valley State, a win that lifted the Lakers to the No. 1 ranking a few days later. What made the loss especially difficult to swallow for the Buffs was that they basically played the Lakers even - and arguably should have won - if not for their own mistakes.

The next day, Cutsinger, who did not make the trip to Grand Valley State, was killed in a car accident in Llano County.

The likeable Cutsinger, from Austin, was one of the more popular WT players.

"Cutty" was one of those rare people who liked everyone, a rarity these days - and for that reason everyone liked him.

"He was immensely popular. He was just one of those guys that never met a stranger," Nesbitt said. "He got along with every type of person. It didn't matter where they were from - black or white, rich or poor - everyone could get along with Kendrick Cutsinger."

Coach Speak - Amarillo Globe News
SW Okla. State head coach Dan Cocannouer

In his second season as head coact at SWOSU, 1-11. Lone win last season was a 14-13 victory over East Central.

A former Bulldogs player, Cocannouer was a senior on the SWOSU squad that won a school-record 11 games and finished as the NAIA national runner-up in 1977.

Cocannouer's team forced four turnovers but managed only 177 total yards in a 27-7 loss to Emporia State on Aug. 26.

"Very few people are giving us much of a chance at winning this game, but our kids don't believe that and our coaches are not preparing in that manner. We're motivated and look forward to facing the challenge that West Texas A&M represents."

Getting Personal With ... (Colby Carthel) - Amarillo Globe News
Biggest rival in high school? "It used to be Dimmitt. Nowadays probably Muleshoe."

Toughest opponent in high school? "Donny King of River Road. For three years they beat us by one point, and he was always making plays."

Any prediction on the Chieftains vs. the Mules (Oct. 15)? "Chieftains in a landslide. No offense to (Muleshoe) Coach (David) Wood. He's a good friend of mine."

Best football defense on any level? "Back in the day, Daingerfield (High). (The 1983 state champions outscored opponents, 631-8.)

If You Go - Amarillo Globe News
Maroon and White Zone - Amarillo Globe News
Starting Lineups - Amarillo Globe News
Schedule - Amarillo Globe News

Keller Central ex focused on, off field at Texas A&M-Commerce - John Henry, Fort Worth Telegram
If it's true that a man needs to be constantly busy with his thoughts if anything is to be accomplished, then Taylor Fore is well on his way.

He's constantly on the go as a wide receiver on the Texas A&M-Commerce football team, a student of kinesiology who has his nose in his books and... as the university's student body president.

The junior from Keller Central is in Dallas to play in the Lions' game against Angelo State in the Harvey Martin Classic at 5 p.m. today at the Cotton Bowl. He is the model for the completely engaged college student-athlete.

Fore, a senior in the classroom, got a taste of student government last year as president of the student-athlete advisory committee.

"I discovered how much I liked it and found it was something I wanted to do," said Fore, who has been active in the Commerce community as a coach of youth baseball and basketball teams. "I campaigned in the spring and luckily the students voted me in.

"I wanted to take the team mind-set to student government. To me student government is a team, and I'm just leading that team."

No. 13 Mustangs set to test Hounds - Dave Wagner, Clovis News Journal
PORTALES — Midwestern State got off to a flying start last weekend, pounding host New Mexico Highlands 52-6 in a game that really wasn’t that close.

The rout moved the Mustangs from 17th to 13th in this week’s NCAA Division II rankings. Still, Midwestern State coach Bill Maskill said he isn’t sure what to make of it.

“We’ve never scored 52 points out of the box,” said Maskill, in his ninth year as MSU’s coach. “I think our program has strengths and weaknesses, like everybody else.

“We’ve got some good athletes; we just have high expectations.”

The Mustangs play their second consecutive game in New Mexico today, facing Eastern New Mexico University in a 6 p.m. Lone Star Conference crossover contest at Blackwater Draw.

Like many coaches, Maskill maintains he doesn’t put much stock in rankings.

“That doesn’t mean anything,” he said. “It’s good talk for alumni and boosters.”

ENMU coach Mark Ribaudo knows his team, which came within seconds of its first road win over an LSC South foe since 2005 in last week’s 41-38 loss at Angelo State, will have its work cut out.

“It’s definitely going to be a challenge,” Ribaudo said. “(But) I think we’re a better team than we were last year. We’re a team people are going to have to contend with.

“It’s the third game (of the season); we’re still pretty fresh and fairly healthy. Our offense is doing well (97 points in two games), and I really believe our defense is playing well too.”

State college football game of the day: Tarleton State at Central Oklahoma - David Stanley Ford, The Oklahoman
Tarleton St. at Central Oklahoma
→When: 7 p.m. Saturday

→Where: Wantland Stadium, Edmond

→Tickets: Available at stadium box office. $8 general admission, $14 reserved. This is Heroes Day at Wantland Stadium. Military, police, fire and medical personnel are admitted free of charge with identification card.

→Records: Central Oklahoma is 0-1, losing its season opener 31-20 on Aug. 28 vs. Pittsburg State (Kan.). Tarleton State is 0-1 after dropping its opener 31-23 to Northeastern Oklahoma State on Sept. 2.

→Rankings: Central Oklahoma is unranked. Tarleton State is unranked, though it was No. 18 in the NCAA Division II preseason poll.

→Scouting report: UCO leads the all-time series 5-4. ... Tarleton State had 463 total yards in its loss to Northeastern State. Keep an eye on Texans wide receiver Jeken Frye. The 5-foot-10, 160-pound sophomore made 11 catches for 215 yards and two touchdowns vs. Northeastern State. Frye is a transfer from Texas-El Paso. ... UCO is scheduled to return to wearing blue helmets tonight. The team wore white throwbacks with bucking broncho decals vs. Pittsburg State. The white helmets, like those worn by UCO teams in the 1980s, were given to football alums.

Oklahoma scene: UCO basketball player named preseason All-American - David Stanley Ford, The Oklahoman
UCO's Williams named preseason All-American

Dauntae Williams of Central Oklahoma was named to the NCAA Division II Preseason All-America Basketball Team by The Sporting News magazine. The 6-foot-4 senior guard averaged 19.9 points and 7.8 rebounds last season.

Williams, a Missouri City, Texas, native, was the Lone Star Conference North division Player of the Year last season. The National Association of Basketball Coaches selected Williams as a first-team All-American.

He also averaged 5.4 assists and 2.4 steals. Williams shot 56.9 percent from the field while helping UCO finish 22-7 last season.

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