LSC FOOTBALL UPDATE: 10.12.15
Updated: October 12, 2015
RICHARDSON, TX – Midwestern State and Texas A&M-Commerce remain tied atop the Lone Star Conference standings with perfect 4-0 league marks. This week’s league action includes A&M-C at West Texas A&M, Eastern New Mexico at Tarleton State, and Texas A&M-Kingsville at Angelo State. MSU hosts Humboldt State in non-conference play.
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 23-17 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
Vincent Johnson, Midwestern State University, FR, RB, Lubbock, Texas, Monterey HS
Johnson rushed for a career-high 190 yards and two touchdowns to lead 12th-ranked Midwestern State to a 24-17 win over West Texas A&M Saturday night at Memorial Stadium. The true freshman from Lubbock put the game away with an 84-yard scoring dash with 9:21 to play in the fourth quarter. Johnson’s rushing performance was the 11th best in program history and his 84-yard touchdown run was the sixth longest. Johnson leads the Mustangs with 467 yards and five touchdowns on the ground this season.
Harold Wills, Midwestern State University, SR, DE, Gainesville, Texas, Gainesville HS
Wills made a career-high 11 tackles with two sacks and two forced fumbles from his defensive end position to lead 12th-ranked Midwestern State to a 24-17 win over West Texas A&M Saturday night at Memorial Stadium. The senior from Gainesville stripped WT quarterback Ethan Brinkley on the first series of the game then his strip of Buff running back Geremy Aldridge-Mitchell right before the end of the first half resulted in a touchdown to give the Mustangs a 14-3 halftime advantage.
Davarus Shores, Texas A&M University – Commerce, JR, Coverage, Mesquite, Texas, Mesquite HS
Shores provided the game-winning punt block for the Lions in the third quarter. Shores broke through the line and blocked the punt which was picked up by Dionte Taylor for a touchdown. The score stood as the game winner in the No. 15 Lions 38-35 win over No. 16 Angelo State.