Here’s a preview of Saturday’s football games in the NCAA Division II Great American Conference.
Southern Arkansas at Northwestern Oklahoma State, 2 p.m., Alva, OK
Southern Arkansas heads to Alva eyeing its fourth start of 5-1 or better in the last eight years. The Muleriders have won five of six against the Rangers since the two became GAC rivals, but lost in their last trip to Ranger Field. In SAU’s four wins, Muleriders freshman running back KorDavion Washington averaged 107.8 yards per game and scored four touchdowns. In their lone loss, he ran for just 29 yards. The Ranger defense leads the conference with seven fumbles recovered, eight passes intercepted, 15 turnovers forced and a +6 turnover margin.
Arkansas Tech at Southern Nazarene, 1 p.m.
Arkansas Tech will look to end one streak and continue another when it heads to Southern Nazarene. The Wonder Boys, who have dropped their last seven games, have won all six previous contests with the Crimson Storm. In those six meetings, the Wonder Boys have outscored the Crimson Storm by a 267-45 margin and have never allowed more than 14 points in any one game. Last week against Oklahoma Baptist, the Wonder Boys put up season highs in points, first downs and total offense.
Harding at Oklahoma Baptist, 1 p.m.
The conference’s top scoring offense hosts the nation’s top scoring defense when Oklahoma Baptist welcomes Harding. The Bisons also lead the nation in total defense. Oklahoma Baptist quarterback Preston Haire ranks in the top 15 nationally in completions, passing yards, total offense, passing touchdowns and points responsible for. Last year, three Bisons ran for at least 100 yards as they totaled 457 yards on the ground in a 56-7 victory. In his two previous games against Oklahoma Baptist, Harding fullback Cole Chancey has run for 212 yards and scored three touchdowns.
Arkansas-Monticello at Southeastern Oklahoma State, 2 p.m.
Southeastern Oklahoma State will look to extend its win streak in its series with Arkansas-Monticello to six when the Savage Storm hosts the Weevils. In their past four games, the Weevil offense has alternated between 40-point games and shutouts. In his first career start, Weevils quarterback Demilon Brown shared the league’s Player of the Week award after he threw for 258 yards and ran for 155 in a 49-46 win against ECU. He accounted for five touchdowns. The Savage Storm have dropped their first two home games; they have not started 0-3 at home in the GAC era.
Henderson State at Southwestern Oklahoma State, 3 p.m.
Two of the GAC’s most prolific quarterback-wide receiver tandems face off in Weatherford. Henderson State’s Richard Stammetti and L’Liott Curry both rank second in the conference in passing yards and receiving yards per game, respectively. SWOSU quarterback Tyler Marr and receiver Jared Rayburn each rank third in their respective category. The Reddies own a 4-0 record in Weatherford since the two schools became GAC members. SWOSU halted Henderson State’s six-game win streak in the series with a 35-31 come-from-behind victory a season ago.
Ouachita at East Central, 3 p.m.
The battle between the two Tigers features the GAC’s top two leaders in all-purpose yardage. ECU running back Ontario Douglas, the GAC leader in that category, ranks eighth in the nation at 176.0 yards per game. He ranks fifth in the country in rushing yards and second in rushing touchdowns. Ouachita receiver Allie Freeman leads the country with 49 receptions. His quarterback, Brayden Brazeal leads all of the NCAA with a 79.4 completion percentage. He ranks sixth in DII in passing efficiency. ECU quarterback Kenny Hrncir places fifth among DII freshman with 1,118 yards of total offense.
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