Saturday, August 26, 2017

LSC Football Roundup - 8-26

Kale Steed, 

The West Texas A&M football team under first-year head coach Hunter Hughes wraps up fall camp with their final scrimmage set for 8:30 a.m. today on Happy State Bank Field at Kimbrough Memorial Stadium.

Unlike last Saturday’s first scrimmage, fans will see more of a controlled scrimmage. There will be live action, however, expect to see more special teams and game situation scenarios.

“I want to see how are kicking game goes,” Hughes said. “I want to see how we substitute in and out. This will be more of a dress rehearsal for the season opener. They’ll be some contact, but not like we have been. It will be quick whistles, and you won’t see 12 play drives. There will be more situation type stuff.”

The Buffs open the season hosting No. 13-ranked Azusa Pacific at 6 p.m. Sept. 2.

Andy Newberry, Times Record News

Bill Maskill has been winning football games at Midwestern State since 2002. And it’s not just 18-22 year-old men that he gets to buy into Midwestern State, a team atmosphere and Wichita Falls.

Maskill coaches his coaches and sells them on the big picture. He doesn’t have to demand loyalty. He earns it by creating a culture of unity.

I posed the questions to coordinators Rich Renner and Adam Austin about why they’re still here in Wichita Falls? The answers came back to people here in Wichita Falls, starting with man in the head coach’s office. Renner is in his 10th season as defensive coordinator and 12th year on this staff. Renner could be a head coach., no doubt about it. He’s bright with a never-ending desire to learn something new every day. I’m not sure he’s ever met a stranger.

Andy Newberry, Times Record News

It may have felt to Midwestern State coach Bill Maskill like his Mustangs started practice just yesterday, but Friday instead marked the beginning of game week.

MSU, 8-3 last season and 18-5 over the past two years, will open the 2017 season at home Thursday against Quincy University (5-6).

The Mustangs had a intrasquad scrimmage Thursday night at Memorial Stadium where they tried to simulate game-like conditions as best they could. That included a nifty completion with a catch and tip-toe just inside the sideline to set up a last-second field goal. With the Mustangs in so many close games the past few seasons, that kind of detail work has usually paid off. Maskill hopes this camp with no two-a-days has gotten the team ready.

“We got a long ways to go,” Maskill said. “Coming under the lights for the first time (Thursday) the speed really showed up. We looked a lot faster tonight than what we are in practice. We’re getting our legs back a little bit.”

The Flash Today

Tarleton State is one week from kicking off its 2017 NCAA Division II football season, with the season opner starting at 2 p.m. next Saturday at Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi.

The Texans were just 5-6 last season, but this time around, head coach Todd Whitten has had a full year of leading his staff through a rigrorous recruiting process that has brought a boat load of fresh talent to Stephenville. The 2017 recruiting class was still growing last Monday when offensive linean Cody Hayes, who began his college career at Texas Tech and has since played a season at Navarro College in Corsicana, officially became a Texan.

Among the new Texans are 22 college transfers – mostly moving up from junior college to a four-year university. The Flash Today has collected links to theri Hudl highlight videos so you can take a peek for yourself at just what Whitten and staff have been adding. Each player’s name is a hyper link that when clicked takes you to their Hudl page.

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