C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart Of Texas Bowl

LSC Football Weekly Update: 10.5.15

RICHARDSON, TX – Midwestern State and Texas A&M-Commerce are at the top of the Lone Star Conference standings behind perfect 3-0 league marks.  This week MSU hosts West Texas A&M, while A&M-C welcomes Angelo State.
    The Lions and Rams match-up is the NCAA Division II Football Game of the Week and will be produced and broadcasted by ESPN3.  ESPN3 is ESPN’s live multi-screen sports network, a destination that delivers thousands of exclusive sports events annually.  It is accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and streamed on televisions through Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.  The network is currently available to more than 99 million homes at no additional cost to fans who receive their high-speed Internet connection or video subscription from an affiliated service provider.
    After playing six conference games apiece over the first nine weeks of an 11-week regular season, the league’s football teams will split into two brackets to conduct a two-week conference playoff.  The conference champion and playoff seeding will be determined by regular season results.
    The top four teams (No. 4 at No. 1 and No. 3 at No. 2) comprise the championship bracket with Week 10 winners playing for the playoff title in Week 11, whereas Week 10 losers will meet for third place. The other half of the bracket includes the remaining three teams and Oklahoma Panhandle State with No. 5 at OPSU and No. 7 at No. 6 in Week 10.  The 7-6 winner plays at No. 5 for fifth-place in Week 11, while the 6-7 loser hosts OPSU.
    LSC football teams are 19-14 overall this season.  The squads are 9-1 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
Kamal Cass, Eastern New Mexico University, SR, RB, Clovis, N.M., Clovis HS
Cass turned in a career performance on Saturday to lead the Eastern New Mexico University football team to a 56-31 win over Texas A&M-Kingsville. His 26 carries, 164 yards, and four touchdowns all were career bests. The senior’s one-yard plunge on Eastern’s first possession and followed two six-yard touchdowns and a 55-breakaway scoring run.
DEFENSIVE
Calvin Stewart, Midwestern State University, SR, LB, Rialto, Calif., Carter HS (Chaffey CC)
Stewart delivered a career performance in his first start of the season while helping No. 20 Midwestern State to a 29-20 upset of sixth-ranked Angelo State Saturday night at LeGrand Stadium. The Rialto, Calif. native made 12 tackles including 0.5 for loss, scored a defensive touchdown and nearly had another against the top-ranked offense in NCAA Division II. Stewart chased down a fumble in the end zone in the first quarter to give MSU the first score of the game in the first quarter, then made the put away interception with 3:33 to play but was unable to tightrope the sidelines before stepping out at the Angelo State 27-yard line.
SPECIAL TEAMS
Sir’Vell Ford, Midwestern State University, R-FR, Coverage, Rosenberg, Texas, Lamar Consolidated
Ford proved to be johnny-on-the-spot in Midwestern State’s 29-20 upset of No. 6-ranked Angelo State Saturday night at LeGrand Stadium. The redshirt-freshman from Rosenberg jumped on a fumble on an ASU kickoff return with 2:39 to go in the third quarter, which resulted in a field goal to give MSU its first lead of the second half at 16-13. Ford then scooped up Michael Gerst’s blocked punt and raced 12 yards for touchdown a little over a minute later to extend Midwestern’s advantage.
The complete release is attached along with the NCAA ranking summary for the Lone Star Conference.  Statistics are available here: http://lonestarconference.org/stats.aspx?path=football&year=2015

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