Tuesday, October 9, 2012

LSC Roundup 10-9

ASU CROSS COUNTRY: Blue and Gold invite precursor to the LSC meet - Charles Bryce, San Angelo Standard Times












LSC FOOTBALL
This week features four Lone Star Conference games including Abilene Christian at West Texas A&M, which will be web streamed live on FoxSportsSouthwest.com.  The Buffs top the conference at 4-0, followed by Midwestern State and Angelo State, who play this week in Wichita Falls, Texas.
    
At the halfway point of the 10-game GSC-LSC First and Ten Challenge, the Gulf South Conference leads the series 3-2, with visiting teams prevailing in each game so far.  The average score has been 31-27.
    
LSC football teams are 25-26 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.



PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
OFFENSIVE
Keidrick Jackson, Midwestern State University, JR, RB, Arlington, Texas, Bowie HS

Jackson, the leader in rushing and scoring in the Lone Star Conference, set a new personal high as he recorded the seventh best rushing game in Midwestern history with 193 yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries to lead the Mustangs to a 42-27 win at then 18th ranked West Alabama in the GSC-LSC First and Ten Challenge. Jackson’s 193 yards against the NCAA Division II’s seventh ranked defense marked his third consecutive 150-plus rushing game. Jackson, who now has 2,087 yards in his career, became the fifth 2,000-yard rusher in MSU history and ranks fifth all-time at Midwestern. His three touchdown runs – all in the second half – keyed a 28-3 second half run by MSU. His final score was a tackle-breaking bounce out on fourth-and-one that gave MSU an eight-point lead in the fourth quarter. Jackson ranks second in NCAA Division II in scoring with 13.2 points a game.

DEFENSIVE
Curtis Slater, West Texas A&M University, JR, CB, Houston, Texas, Cy-Ridge HS

Slater had two interceptions including a 85-yard pick six as Angelo State was knocking at the door midway through the third quarter down 18-3. The pick six made it 25-3 and pretty much sealed the victory. On the ensuing ASU possession, Slater came up with his second pick of the game returning it 39 yards setting up a field goal for a 28-3 lead. It was the first pick six touchdown since Caleb Randolph returned an interception 97 yards last season versus Incarnate Word. It is the first two interception game for a player since Randolph had two versus Texas A&M-Commerce (Nov. 12) last season. It was Slater’s first interception return for a touchdown of his career and his second touchdown overall. He had four total tackles with three solo stops and one tackle for loss as the Buffalo Defense held ASU to just 49 yards rushing on 25 carries. Also, Slater’s pick six came in the red zone as WT held ASU to a 1 for 4 performance with two missed field goals and the Slater interception inside the 20.

SPECIAL TEAMS
Cade Stone, Abilene Christian University, FR, PR/KR, North Richland Hills, Texas, Fort Worth Christian HS

Stone set the tone early for the Wildcats in their 59-17 win over Eastern New Mexico by returning the game’s opening kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown. ... The touchdown return was Stone’s first collegiate touchdown. ... The 92-yard return was ACU’s first kickoff return for a touchdown since Nov. 14, 2009, when Dennis Campbell returned the opening kickoff 97 yards against Midwestern State in a first-round NCAA Division II playoff game in Wichita Falls. ... The return is the 13th-longest kickoff return in school history and 12th-longest kickoff return for a touchdown in school history.




AFCA Poll



Harding Enters Division II Poll for First Time Since 2005
With its 23-20 win over Southern Arkansas, Harding (Ark.) moved its record to 5-0 and jumped into the AFCA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll for the first time since September 20, 2005, at No. 23. Pittsburg State (Kan.) still sits at No. 1 with 29 first-place votes after a 30-21 victory over Central Missouri.

Colorado State-Pueblo still sits No. 2, but a loss by then-No. 3 Grand Valley State (Mich.) causes some change with the rest of the Top 5. Winston-Salem State (N.C.) moves up to No. 3, followed by No. 4 Missouri Western State and No. 5 New Haven (Conn.).

Grand Valley State (Mich.) fell 11 spots to No. 14 after its 40-24 loss to Ferris State (Mich.). West Alabama, Sioux Falls (S.D.) and Humboldt State (Calif.) all fell out of the poll this week after losses, causing two more teams to join Harding (Ark.) as newcomers this week. North Carolina-Pembroke enters the poll at No. 24 after a 20-10 victory over Tusculum (Tenn.), moving its record to 5-1. The last time the Braves were in the Top 25 was October 4, 2010. Shepherd (W.Va.) is the final newcomer this week. The Rams re-enter the poll at No. 25 after a five week layoff. They beat West Virginia Wesleyan, 37-6, to move their record to 5-1.

2012 American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ Poll – October 8, 2012
Rank School (1st votes) Rec. Pts. Prev. Week Six Next Game
1. Pittsburg St. (Kan.) (29) 5-0 749 1 D. Central Missouri, 30-21 Oct. 13 vs. No. 7 Northwest Missouri St.
2. Colorado St.-Pueblo 6-0 708 2 D. Chadron St. (Neb.), 45-38 OT Oct. 13 at Colorado School of Mines
3. Winston-Salem St. (N.C.) (1) 6-0 681 4 D. Johnson C. Smith (N.C.), 63-7 Oct. 13 vs. St. Augustine’s (N.C.)
4. Missouri Western St. 6-0 658 5 D. Northeastern St. (Okla.), 45-31 Oct. 13 vs. Missouri Southern St.
5. New Haven (Conn.) 5-0 632 6 D. Assumption (Mass.), 65-7 Oct. 13 at Bentley (Mass.)
6. Bloomsburg (Pa.) 6-0 600 7 D. Millersville (Pa.), 38-14 Oct. 13 vs. East Stroudsburg (Pa.)
7. Northwest Missouri St. 5-1 540 8 D. Central Oklahoma, 70-7 Oct. 13 vs. No. 1 Pittsburg St. (Kan.)
8. Ashland (Ohio) 6-0 538 9 D. Ohio Dominican, 44-21 Oct. 13 vs. Walsh (Ohio)
9. Minnesota-Duluth 5-1 472 10 D. Minnesota St.-Moorhead, 45-14 Oct. 13 at Minot St. (N.D.)
10. Minnesota St.-Mankato 6-0 458 12 D. Augustana (S.D.), 52-14 Oct. 13 vs. Southwest Minnesota St.
11. Ouachita Baptist (Ark.) 5-0 456 11 D. Southwestern Oklahoma St., 33-12 Oct. 13 at Arkansas-Monticello
12. Henderson St. (Ark.) 6-0 388 14 D. Arkansas-Monticello, 71-0 Oct. 13 at No. 23 Harding (Ark.)
13. Midwestern St. (Texas) 4-1 370 13 D. No. 18 West Alabama, 42-27 Oct. 13 vs. Angelo St. (Texas)
14. Grand Valley St. (Mich.) 5-1 335 3 Lost to Ferris St. (Minn.), 40-24 Oct. 13 at Northern Michigan
15. California (Pa.) 5-1 296 16t D. Clarion (Pa.), 41-22 Oct. 13 vs. Lock Haven (Pa.)
16. Shippensburg (Pa.) 6-0 293 16t D. LIU Post (N.Y.), 36-20 Oct. 13 at Kutztown (Pa.)
17. Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.) 5-1 286 15 D. Northwood (Mich.), 28-20 Oct. 11 vs. No. 18 Wayne St. (Mich.)
18. Wayne St. (Mich.) 4-1 247 19 D. Hillsdale (Mich.), 24-21 Oct. 11 at No. 17 Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.)
19. Washburn (Kan.) 5-1 209 20 D. Lincoln (Mo.), 51-18 Oct. 13 vs. Truman St. (Mo.)
20. West Texas A&M 5-1 197 21 D. Angelo St. (Texas), 35-9 Oct. 13 vs. Abilene Christian (Texas)
21. Emporia St. (Kan.) 6-0 162 25 D. Southwest Baptist (Mo.), 19-15 Oct. 13 vs. Lindenwood (Mo.)
22. Indiana (Pa.) 5-1 153 22 D. Slippery Rock (Pa.), 33-16 Oct. 13 at Edinboro (Pa.)
23. Harding (Ark.) 5-0 132 NR D. Southern Arkansas, 23-20 Oct. 13 vs. No. 12 Henderson St. (Ark.)
24. North Carolina-Pembroke 5-1 39 NR D. Tusculum (Tenn.), 20-10 Oct. 13 vs. Charleston (W.Va.)
25. Shepherd (W.Va.) 5-1 24 NR D. West Virginia Wesleyan, 37-6 Oct. 13 at West Liberty (W.Va.)
Dropped Out: West Alabama (18), Sioux Falls (S.D.) (23), Humboldt St. (Calif.) (24)

Others Receiving Votes: Bentley (Mass.), 20; Miles (Ala.), 17; Michigan Tech, 16; West Alabama, 16; Indianapolis (Ind.), 14; Sioux Falls (S.D.), 13; New Mexico Highlands, 8; North Alabama, 6; Tuskegee (Ala.), 5; Hillsdale (Mich.), 4; St. Cloud State (Minn.), 3; Southern Arkansas, 3; American International (Mass.), 2.

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