cass pitts parra earn lsc player of the week awards

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Cass, Pitts, Parra earn LSC Player of the Week Awards

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Courtesy of Lone Star Conference Athletic Communications
LSC FOOTBALL
Texas A&M-Commerce claimed its 22nd Lone Star Conference Championship with a perfect 6-0 record in league play.  The Lions are back-to-back champions for the first time since the 1958-59 seasons.
    With one week of LSC action remaining, the Lions have clinched the No. 1 seed for the two-week conference playoff.  Midwestern State is No. 2 and Texas A&M-Kingsville is the seventh seed with the rest of the field to be determined afterSaturday’s games.
    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 31-23 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 scored three touchdowns and set career-highs with 28 carries and 188 rushing yards against an Angelo State team which led the Lone Star Conference in total defense. His performance paced the Hounds to a single-game record 583 rushing yards, just three away from the league’s record set in 1978. He scored the team’s first two touchdowns and broke a 71-yard sprint in the fourth quarter for his final score of the day. He carried the ball five times on third down and converted for a first down four times.
 
DEFENSIVE
Cole Pitts, Texas A&M University – Commerce, SR, LB, Alvin, Texas, Alvin HS
Pitts led the Lions defense with nine total tackles in the Lone Star Conference Championship clinching win over Midwestern State, 27-14. The senior added an interception, a forced fumble and a pass break up in the Lions defensive effort. On the game, A&M-Commerce forced six turnovers and held MSU to 315 total yards in the win.  Pitts’ pick came in the second quarter and led to a Lions touchdown which gave the Lions a 21-0 lead right before the half.
SPECIAL TEAMS
Felipe Parra, West Texas A&M University, JR, P, Center, Texas, Center HS
Parra had a career night for the Buffs in a 24-14 win at Texas A&M-Kingsville on Saturday.  He had four punts for a 48.2 average, including a career-long 76 yard punt turning field position late in the game with the 76-yarder getting the Buffs out of deep in their own end pinning the Javelinas at their own seven.  He had two punts inside the 20 and on touchback.  The 76-yarder was the longest since Kevin Van Voris had a 72-yarder at Midwestern State on Nov. 16, 2013.

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