From the Great American Conference
There will only be one unbeaten team when it comes to overall record after the third week of the 2011 football season comes to a close. Arkansas-Monticello (2-0) and Ouachita Baptist (1-0) meet in the Boomtown Classic in addition to two other conference games and three non-conference contests.
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
9/15: Shepherd Tech at Harding, 7 p.m.
9/17: * Southeastern Oklahoma State at Southern Arkansas, 6 p.m.
9/17: * Southwestern Oklahoma State at Henderson State, 6 p.m.
9/17: * Arkansas-Monticello vs. Ouachita Baptist, 7 p.m. (Boomtown Classic in El Dorado, Ark.)
9/17: Northeastern State at East Central, 6 p.m.
9/17: Delta State at Arkansas Tech, 6 p.m.
BATTLE OF UNBEATENS AT BOOMTOWN CLASSIC
After this weekend, there will only be one undefeated team, in regards to overall record, in the Great American Conference. The two unbeaten teams in the league face off this weekend at the Boomtown Classic in El Dorado. Arkansas-Monticello will look to go 3-0 on the season and at the Boomtown Classic with wins over Southern Arkansas that past two years in El Dorado. The stadium and city remain the same, but UAM's opponent in the event is now Ouachita Baptist, which started its 2011 season on a positive note with a 31-18 conference win over East Central last weekend in Arkadelphia. OBU holds the all-time series lead 37-32-1. UAM won last year's match up 37-31 in Arkadelphia.
STORM HEADED TO MAGNOLIA
The Southeastern Oklahoma State Savage Storm is headed to Magnolia, Ark. this Saturday for GAC contest against the Muleriders of Southern Arkansas. Both teams recorded a win this past Saturday. The Muleriders improved to 1-1 in the league with a 31-22 win over Southwestern Oklahoma State, while the Savage Storm opened its 2011 campaign with a 30-23 non-conference victory over Central Oklahoma at home. The last time these two squads met was in 2000, when SAU picked up a 28-15 win. The Muleriders hold the all-time series lead 18-14-3. The series dates to 1952.
REDDIES SET TO CHRISTEN NEW FIELD AGAINST BULLDOGS
The Henderson State Reddies will play on their new field turf for the first time this Saturday when they host Southwestern Oklahoma State in a GAC contest. Both squads are 1-1 overall. HSU's win came in last weekend 35-21 win over Harding in a battle of the preseason favorites. SWOSU is coming off a 31-22 loss to Southern Arkansas after beating NW Okla. St. 31-28 in Week 1. The Reddies have a 26-15-1 all-time record in home openers. The all-time record between the two squads is even at 1-1. The last meeting resulted in a 23-16 win for the Reddies. The Bulldogs won 24-0 the year before.
Harding kicks off this week's slate of non-conference contests with a Thursday night home game against Shepherd Tech, an independent member of the ACCA (Association of Christian College Athletics). There are two non-conference games on Saturday with Arkansas Tech hosting Delta State and East Central hosting Northeastern State.
JOHNSON CARRIES SAU, EARNS OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Southern Arkansas junior running back Mark Johnson was named the Great American Conference Offensive Player of the Week for his efforts in SAU's 31-22 conference road win over Southwestern Oklahoma State this past Saturday. The Longview, Texas native carried the ball 20 times for 127 yards in the win for an average of 6.3 yards per rush. Johnson crossed the goal line with 5:28 remaining in the third quarter on a 18-yard scamper to give the Muleriders a 17-16 lead, and later cushioned that lead with a four-yard touchdown run at the 10:46 mark of the fourth quarter to put SAU on top 24-16.
STIGGER'S DEFENSIVE TD LIFTS REDDIES
Henderson State sophomore linebacker Keaton Stigger was named the Great American Conference Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts in HSU's 35-21 conference road win over Harding this past Saturday. The Collierville, Tenn. native totaled nine tackles in the win, but his performance was highlighted by a 16-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown as time expired in the first half to give the Reddies a 20-14 lead going into the locker room. That score was one of two HSU fumble returns for touchdowns in the contest.
DENZER BOOMS 72-YD PUNT, NAMED SPECIAL TEAMS POW
Arkansas Tech senior punter Jake Denzer has been named the Great American Conference Special Teams Player of the Week for his efforts in ATU's 31-20 non-conference road win over Southwest Baptist this past Saturday. The Elkins, Ark. native recorded six punts for a total of 246 yards in the win, including a 72-yard punt and two punts downed inside the SBU 20-yard line. The 72-yard punt was the longest for the Wonder Boys since the 2007 season.
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
9/10: * Ouachita Baptist 31, East Central 18
9/10: * Henderson State 35, Harding 21
9/10: * Southern Arkansas 31, Southwestern Oklahoma State 22
9/10: Arkansas-Monticello 41, Texas College 0
9/10: Southeastern Oklahoma State 30, Central Oklahoma 23
9/10: Arkansas Tech 31, Southwest Baptist 20
NEXT WEEK'S SCHEDULE
9/22: Ouachita Baptist at Texas A&M-Commerce, 7 p.m.
9/24: * Southeastern Oklahoma State at East Central, 6 p.m.
9/24: Delta State at Henderson State, 3 p.m.
9/24: West Alabama at Arkansas Tech, 6 p.m.
9/24: Arkansas-Monticello at West Georgia, 6 p.m.
9/24: Harding at North Alabama, 6 p.m.
9/24: Central Oklahoma at Southwestern Oklahoma State, 6 p.m.
9/24: Southern Arkansas at Valdosta State, 6 p.m.