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Big games set for this week in Lone Star Conference
Updated: October 19, 2015
Courtesy of Lone Star Conference
The key Lone Star Conference game this week will take place in Commerce, Texas, as Texas A&M-Commerce hosts Midwestern State. A win by the Lions clinches a perfect run through the league and the outright title, while a victory by the Mustangs keeps them unbeaten with one more LSC game next week.
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 27-20 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
Quade Coward, Midwestern State University, JR, QB, Cleburne, Texas, Cleburne HS
Coward accounted for a career-high 358 yards of total offense to lead No. 11 Midwestern State to a 35-10 win over No. 10 Humboldt State (Calif.) Saturday night at Memorial Stadium as the Mustangs improved to 7-0 for the second time in school history. The junior from Cleburne completed 16-of-28 passes for a career-best 292 yards and four touchdowns including a pair of strikes to Arsenio Phillips (25, 26) and others to Tyrique Edwards (8) and Levy Wilson (24). Coward also led the team in rushing for the second time this season going for 66 yards on five carries while leading the Mustangs to 528 yards of total offense.
Dominique Rouse, Midwestern State University, SR, CB, Apopka, Fla., Winter Park HS (Eastern Michigan)
Rouse led a dominating defensive performance as 11th-ranked Midwestern State rolled to a 35-10 win over No. 10-ranked Humboldt State (Calif.) Saturday night at Memorial Stadium as the Mustangs improved to 7-0 for the second time in school history. The 5-10, 180-pound senior cornerback matched a season high with seven tackles with an interception and three pass breakups. His second quarter pick was just the second thrown by Humboldt State quarterback Robert Webber, who came in with the 14th-best pass efficiency rating in NCAA Division II. The Mustangs limited the nation’s top scoring offense to 10 points — 40 points below its average and to a single field goal over the last 54:57 while shutting out the Lumberjacks in the second half.
Davarus Shores, Texas A&M University – Commerce, SR, Coverage, Mesquite, Texas, Mesquite HS
Shores provided the Lions with a turning point in the game for the second straight game. The reigning LSC Special Teams Player of the Week broke through the line in the second quarter of a 14-10 game to block a West Texas A&M punt deep inside their own territory. After his punt block, the Lions score on a halfback pass to take a 21-10 lead and command of the game. Shores also accounted for six tackles on defense in the game including a tackle for loss. The senior has blocked a punt in back-to-back games after providing what held up to be the game-winning punt block and score versus Angelo State. Shores now has blocked seven kicks in his Lions career.
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