Monday, October 1, 2012

AFCA Poll and LSC Weekly Football Release


With its 37-26 win over Lincoln (Mo.), Emporia State (Kan.) moved its record to 5-0 and jumped into the AFCA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll for the first time since the final poll of 2003. The Hornets come into the poll at No. 25. Fellow Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association member Pittsburg State (Kan.) still sits at No. 1 with 29 first-place votes. Minnesota-Duluth lost to St. Cloud State (Minn.), 51-49, dropping the Bulldogs to No. 10 this week. Moving up to the No. 2 spot is Colorado State-Pueblo, who beat Fort Lewis (Colo.) 50-21. The Thunderwolves are followed by No. 3 Grand Valley State (Mich.), No. 4 Winston-Salem State (N.C.) and No. 5 Missouri Western State.

Two other Top 10 teams fell this week as then-No. 6 California (Pa.) lost 37-34 to West Chester (Pa.), dropping the Vulcans 10 spots to No. 16. Humboldt State (Calif.) got beat by Central Washington, 31-3, dropping the Lumberjacks from No. 9 to No. 24. There is only one Top 25 matchup this week as No. 18 West Alabama plays host to No. 13 Midwestern State (Texas) on a Thursday night contest. Newberry (S.C.) was the only team to fall out of the poll this week. They lost to Mars Hill (N.C.), 35-28. 

2012 American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ Poll – October 1, 2012
Rank School (1st votes) Rec. Pts. Prev. Week Five Next Game
1. Pittsburg St. (Kan.) (29) 4-0 749 1 Idle Oct. 6 vs. Central Missouri
2. Colorado St.-Pueblo 5-0 712 3 D. Fort Lewis (Colo.), 50-21 Oct. 6 vs. Chadron St. (Neb.)
3. Grand Valley St. (Mich.) 5-0 684 4 D. Michigan Tech, 51-43 Oct. 6 vs. Ferris St. (Minn.)
4. Winston-Salem St. (N.C.) (1) 5-0 657 5 D. Bowie St. (Md.), 35-3 Oct. 6 at Johnson C. Smith (N.C.)
5. Missouri Western St. 5-0 627 7 D. Central Oklahoma, 45-23 Oct. 6 at Northeastern St. (Okla.)
6. New Haven (Conn.) 4-0 602 8 Idle Oct. 6 vs. Assumption (Mass.)
7. Bloomsburg (Pa.) 5-0 569 10 D. Gannon (Pa.), 43-24 Oct. 6 at Millersville (Pa.)
8. Northwest Missouri St. 4-1 485 11 D. Northeastern St. (Okla.), 66-6 Oct. 6 at Central Oklahoma
9. Ashland (Ohio) 5-0 467 13 D. Lake Erie (Ohio), 68-21 Oct. 6 at Ohio Dominican
10. Minnesota-Duluth 4-1 445 2 Lost to St. Cloud State (Minn.), 51-49 Oct. 6 vs. Minnesota St.-Moorhead
11. Ouachita Baptist (Ark.) 4-0 443 12 D. Southeastern Oklahoma St., 27-24 Oct. 6 vs. Southwestern Oklahoma St.
12. Minnesota St.-Mankato 5-0 409 15 D. Concordia-St. Paul (Minn.), 30-10 Oct. 6 at Augustana (S.D.)
13. Midwestern St. (Texas) 3-1 377 14 D. Incarnate Word (Texas), 34-7 Oct. 4 at No. 18 West Alabama
14. Henderson St. (Ark.) 5-0 337 17 D. Southwestern Oklahoma St., 50-22 Oct. 6 vs. Arkansas-Monticello
15. Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.) 4-1 271 16 D. Ferris St. (Mich.), 31-24 OT Oct. 6 at Northwood (Mich.)
16t. California (Pa.) 4-1 256 6 Lost to West Chester (Pa.), 37-34 Oct. 6 at Clarion (Pa.)
16t. Shippensburg (Pa.) 5-0 256 21 D. Lock Haven (Pa.), 49-6 Oct. 6 vs. LIU Post (N.Y.)
18. West Alabama 4-1 217 19 D. West Georgia, 24-20 Oct. 4 vs. No. 13 Midwestern St. (Texas)
19. Wayne St. (Mich.) 3-1 201 18 D. Northwood (Mich.), 21-11 Oct. 6 vs. Hillsdale (Mich.)
20. Washburn (Kan.) 4-1 185 20 D. Southwest Baptist (Mo.), 42-14 Oct. 6 at Lincoln (Mo.)
21. West Texas A&M 4-1 140 23 D. Tarleton St. (Texas), 41-21 Oct. 6 at Angelo St. (Texas)
22. Indiana (Pa.) 4-1 124 22 D. Millersville (Pa.), 41-7 Oct. 6 vs. Slippery Rock (Pa.)
23. Sioux Falls (S.D.) 5-0 112 25 D. Southwest Minnesota St., 41-22 Oct. 6 at Winona St. (Minn.)
24. Humboldt St. (Calif.) 4-1 84 9 Lost to Central Washington, 31-3 Oct. 6 vs. Western Oregon
25. Emporia St. (Kan.) 5-0 72 NR D. Lincoln (Mo.), 37-26 Oct. 6 at Southwest Baptist (Mo.)
Dropped Out: Newberry (S.C.) (24)

Others Receiving Votes: Central Missouri, 69; Harding (Ark.), 57; Hillsdale (Mich.), 45; Central Washington, 38; North Carolina-Pembroke, 11; Miles (Ala.), 10; Shepherd (W.Va.), 9; West Chester (Pa.), 6; Michigan Tech, 5; Newberry (S.C.), 5; Chadron St. (Neb.), 3; St. Cloud State (Minn.), 3; Tuskegee (Ala.), 3; Bentley (Mass.), 2; New Mexico Highlands, 2; Indianapolis (Ind.), 1














LSC Football Weekly Release: WT at ASU in battle of unbeatens
LSC FOOTBALL
Six games are scheduled for this week, with three Lone Star Conference match-ups and three non-conference  GSC-LSC First and Ten Challenge contests.  The Texas A&M-Commerce at Incarnate Word game will be web streamed live on FoxSportsSouthwest.com.  Additionally, the Midwestern State at West Alabama contest will be televised as part of the GSC-TV Live package and available on ESPN3
    
West Texas A&M and Angelo State top the LSC standings after victories over Tarleton State and Eastern New Mexico, respectively, last week.
    
LSC football teams are 21-21 overall this season.  The squads are 2-3 combined versus the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, Great Lakes Valley Conference and Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference teams, which are also in NCAA Super Regional Four.


FIRST DOWN
  • A pair of LSC teams are ranked in AFCA poll (Oct. 1) with No. 13 Midwestern State and No. 21 West Texas A&M.
  • Week four included three 100-yard rushing performances, one 300-yard passing effort along with two 100-yard receiving performances.

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
OFFENSIVE
Khiry Robinson, West Texas A&M University, SR, RB, Temple, Texas, Temple HS

Robinson had a season and career-high 125 yards on the ground on 18 carries in the 41-21 win over Tarleton State. He added a season and career-high six receptions for a season and career-high 90 yards receiving and a touchdown in the game, while returning three punts for 11 yards. Led the team with 226 all-purpose yards. Leads the team with 293 yards on the ground in three games and one touchdown for a 6.1 average. Fifth on the team in receiving yards with 169 and a score, while leading the team in all-purpose yards with 577 for a 192.3 average in just three games.

DEFENSIVE
Danny Mason, Texas A&M University - Commerce, SR, LB, Louisville, Ky., Shawnee HS

Mason played a crucial role in helping A&M-Commerce to a 21-14 overtime win over Texas A&M-Kingsville Saturday night, tallying 13 tackles, including five solo. Mason also had a pass break-up as the Javelinas were driving deep in Lion territory, and helped seal the overtime victory for A&M-Commerce, recording a sack on Javelina quarterback Bryan Ehrlich on A&M-Kingsville’s first play of overtime. The defensive team captain, Mason’s play helped the Lions to their first Chennault Cup victory since 2001 and their first win over a team from the state of Texas since 2008.

SPECIAL TEAMS
Greg Saladino, Midwestern State University, JR, K, Kingwood, Texas, Kingwood HS

Saladino equaled the longest field goal by at Midwestern State kicker at Memorial Stadium in Wichita Falls when he split the uprights from 47-yards, the longest in the Lone Star Conference this season. It was part of his 10 points in the No. 14 Mustangs 34-7 win over Incarnate Word. Saladino also connected on a field goal from 30 yards out and was 4-of-4 in PATs for the game. Saladino improved to 7-of-7 in field goals and 16-of-16 in PATs this season. Saladino leads the LSC in kick scoring with 9.2 points a game, which is second in overall scoring in the conference. He also punted three times with a 34.3 average, with two punts inside the 20 and none returned.

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