The big games of the American conference today
STATE OF NW OKLAHOMA
AT OUACHITA BAPTISTE
O Cliff Harris Stadium, Arkadelphia
RADIO Ouachita radio network: FM-101.1, KDXE (Little Rock), FM-100.9, KESA (Eureka Springs). FM-97.1 KAMD-FM (Camden), AM-1340 / FM-97.9 / FM-105.5 (KZNG, Hot Springs), FM-105.5 KNAS (Nashville), FM-105.3 KQOR (Mena), FM-KFTB 98. ( Pine Bluff), FM-KHGG, 103.5 (Fort Smith), FM-102.1 KILX (De Queen)
OBU RECORDS (3-1, 3-1 GAC); NWOSU (0-4, 0-4)
COACHES Todd Knight: 126-97 in 22 OBU seasons, 154-129-2 in 28 seasons overall; Matt Walter: 20-39 in 6 seasons at NWOSU
SERIES OBU leads 9-3, 7-0 in GAC
LAST WEEK Harding def. OBU 38-21; NWOSU lost to East Central (Okla.) 20-17 in overtime
LAST MEETING Ouachita Baptist won 31-11 at Arkadelphia in 2019
OF NOTE OBU ended their 30-game winning streak at the GAC with their loss to Harding, but the Tigers remain ranked – 19th in the American Football Coaches Association’s Top 25 and 17th in D2football.com’s Top 25. .. OBU took the opening kickoff against Harding and led 81 yards in 9 games to take a 7-0 lead, but that was all the Bisons by then. Senior RB TJ Cole (17-106 on ground) threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Hayden Waller to make it a 24-14 game early in the third quarter. … Sophomore QB Grant Allen (10-14 assists, 88 yards, 1 TD against Harding) is 28 of 47 for 366 yards and 2 TDs. … NWOSU is led by QB Tanner Clarkson (92-149 assists, 1,134, 7). Clarkson’s preferred targets are Gavin Garner (22-359, 3) and Torrence Stevens (25-305, 2).
IN SOUTHERN NAZAREEN
WHEN 1 p.m. Central
O SNU Football Stadium, Bethany, Okla.
RADIO FM-102.3, KCJC, Russellville
RECORD Arkansas Tech (0-4, 0-4 GAC); Southern Nazarene (0-4, 0-4)
COACHES Kyle Shipp: 3-12 in 2nd season at ATU; Dustin Hada: 0-4 in 1st season at the South Nazarene
ATU SERIES son 6-1
LAST WEEK ATU lost to Arkansas-Monticello 27-20; South Nazarene lost to SE Oklahoma 31-10
LAST South Nazarene MEETING def. ATU 41-24 in Bethany, Oklahoma, in 2019.
NOTE Tech QB Jack Lindsey (570 assists, 174 rushing) just had his best statistical game (247 total yards) in the loss to UAM. He threw an interception, and it was costly. The Wonder Boys were at UAM 12 7 behind at the end of the fourth quarter when Greg Hooks intercepted Lindsey and returned him 77 yards for a decisive touchdown. … The Wonder Boys are averaging 18.5 points on offense but are scoring 29 points per game. Tech’s four opponents are 12-4 combined this season. … Senior Caleb Batie (62-189, 2) is ATU’s top runner. Third-year rookie WR Joyrian Chase (14-147, 1) has caught 11 assists in the last two games. … SNU edged unbeaten Southeast Oklahoma 393-257 last week. The Crimson Storms are the last of the GAC in total attack (259.8 ppg) and in scoring (12.2 ppg). Quarterback Jarvis Davis (581 yards total) had 422 passes and rushed for 159.
HARDING AT OKLAHOMA BAPTIST
WHEN 2 p.m. Central
O Crain Family Stadium, Shawnee, Okla.
RADIO FM-95.3, KVHU, Searcy
RECORDS Harding (3-1 3-1 GAC); Harding (2-1, 2-1)
COACHES Paul Simmons: 33-10 in 4 seasons at Harding; Chris Jensen: 33-48 in 8 seasons at OKBU
SERIES Harding leads 5-0
LAST WEEK Harding def. Baptiste Ouachita 38-21; OKBU def. Southwest Oklahoma 31-27
LAST MEETING Harding def. Oklahoma Baptist 50-33 in 2019 in Shawnee, Okla.
NOTE This is a clash of distinctly contrasting styles, with Harding ranking No.1 of 163 Division II teams running (387.2 yards per game), while Oklahoma Baptist (305.8 yards per match) is second in the GAC and 18 in Division II by the way. OKBU senior QB Preston Haire threw for 1,210 yards and completed 67.9% of his passes. He threw more touchdown passes (14) than Harding QB Preston Paden (5-13, 103, 1 TD) attempted. Harding has 7 RBs with at least 90 net yards, led by GAC’s all-time leading forward Cole Chancey (4,089 rushing, 49 TDs over his career). OKBU has 2 of the top 4 receivers in the GAC with Keihlan Harris (41-470, 7) and Josh Cornell (26-308, 3). GAC Offensive Player of the Week RB Tyler Stuever has run 90 times for 529 yards and gives OKBU an attacking balance that Harding lacks.
IN THE STATE OF SE OKLAHOMA
WHEN 2 p.m.
O Paul Laird Field, Durant, Okla.
RADIO Henderson State: Network 1 Sports FM-KYXK, FM-KVRC, FM-KDEL
RECORDS Henderson State (4-0, 4-0 GAC); SEOSU (4-0, 4-0)
COACHES Scott Maxfield: 111-57 in 16 seasons at Henderson State, 140-68 in 20 seasons overall; Tyler Fenwick: 5-10 in 2 seasons at SEO, 42-39 in 8 seasons in total
SERIES Henderson State leads 24-6, and 9-0 against SEO in GAC game
LAST WEEK Henderson State def. South Arkansas 56-49; Def. South Nazarene SEO 31-10
LAST MEETING Henderson State def. SE Oklahoma 41-27 in 2019 in Durant, Oklahoma.
PLEASE NOTE The winner of this match will be alone at the top of the GAC standings with a 5-0 record. … Henderson, No. 13 in the latest AFCA Top 25 poll, leads Division II in scores (50.0 points per game) and is second in total offense (528.2 points per game). The Reddies lead the GAC in revenue margin (+1.25), revenue earned (12), are No. 2 in the GAC and Division II in early trials (118) and rank No. GAC # 1 and Division II # 2 in red zone scoring. Kicker Temo Martinez was named GAC Special Teams Player of the Week after scoring 8 of 8 extra points and hitting a kickoff the Reddies recovered in a 35-point second quarter against the South of Arkansas. … SEO is led by QB Daulton Hatley (984 assists, 8 TDs, 2 INTs), WR Braxton Kincade (17-211, 4) and RB CJ Shavers (44-283 on ground, 1 TD).
IN THE CENTRAL EAST (OKLA.)
WHEN 2 p.m. Central
O Koi Ishto Stadium in Ada, Okla
RADIO SAU: FM-99.1 KVMZ, Magnolia
RECORDS SAU (2-2, 2-2 GAC); ECOU (3-1, 3-1)
COACHES Mike McCarty: 2-2 in 1 season at SAU; Al Johnson: (9-17) in 3 seasons at the ECU
SERIES SAU leads 14-7, 7-2 in GAC
LAST WEEK South Arkansas lost to Henderson State 56-49; ECU def. NWOSU 20-17 in OT
LAST MEETING SAU beat ECU 24-23 in Ada, Oklahoma, in 2019.
NOTE SAU gained 577 yards and intercepted 4 Henderson State assists, but the Muleriders themselves made 4 turnovers in a loss to the Reddies. The Muleriders also lost possession of a dog kick that allowed Henderson State to complete a 35-point second quarter. Senior quarterback Hayden Mallory (1,084 assists, 12 touchdowns, 5 INT) is leading an offense that averages 33.2 points and 438.2 yards per game. Freshman Jariq Scales (88-544, 4) leads the GAC in a rush and WR Micah Small (35-389 on reception, 6) is third in the GAC in catches and receiving yards. … ECU is 11th out of 12 GAC teams in terms of score (18.2 points per game), 12th out of 12 in possession time (26:03) but second in the GAC in terms of defensive score (17 points per game) ) and total defense (310.0 points per game). The. The Tigers’ offense revolves around QB Kenny Hrncir (716 assists, 6 TDs) and RB Ontario Douglas (391 downs, 2 TDs).
STATE OF SW OKLAHOMA
WHEN 2 p.m.
O Willis “Convoy” Stade Leslie Cotton Boll
RADIO 93.7-FM KHBM, Monticello
UAM RECORDS (2-2, 2-2 GAC); SWOSU (0-4, 0-4)
COACHES Hud Jackson: 36-67 in 10 seasons at UAM; Chet Pobolish: 6-20 in 3 seasons at SWOSU
SWOSU SERIES son 5-4
LAST WEEK UAM def. Arkansas Tech 27-20; SWOSU lost to Oklahoma Baptist 31-27
LAST UAM MEETING def. SWOSU 41-9 in 2019 in Monticello
NOTE Osceola freshman DB Gregg Hooks intercepted a pass from Arkansas Tech and sent it back 77 yards for a touchdown with 3:28 left to go last Saturday to secure the Boll Weevils victory. UAM won despite committing 16 penalties for 152 yards. The Boll Weevils did it behind the play of double-threat QB Demilon Brown, who had 161 yards and rushed for 113 yards and 2 touchdowns. Brown, a sophomore from Rivercrest, is fourth in the GAC in total offense (295.0 YPg). He rushed for 5 scores and threw 6 touchdown passes. QB SWOSU Tanner Griffin (1,007 assists, 8 TDs) is the GAC’s 4th in passing yards, but did not play in last week’s 31-27 loss to Oklahoma Baptist in Weatherford, Okla. Griffin substitute Jalil Kilpatrick had 229 yards and 3 touchdowns. and rushed for a touchdown. Kirkpatrick is a transfer from the state of Indiana. … SWOSU is winless, but the Bulldogs lost to four teams with a combined 13-3 GAC record.