AMERICAN SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE FOOTBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Week Two: Games of September 13-14, 2013
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Richard Young, QB, So., Howard Payne
QB Richard Young (Gunter, Texas/Gunter HS) threw for five touchdowns, including two in the pivotal third quarter and another in the fourth, to engineer the Howard Payne 41-27 comeback win at Southwest Assemblies of God. Young threw scoring strikes of five and 67 yards to Colby Mica in the third quarter and found Sayvon Young-Cormier for a 38-yard TD pass early in the fourth quarter. Young completed 24 of 36 passes for 314 yards as HPU totaled 546 yards of offense against the Lions. Through two games, Young has thrown for nine touchdowns with no interceptions.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Deshon Kinsey, LB, Jr., Mary Hardin-Baylor
Linebacker Deshon Kinsey (Woodway, Texas/Mart HS) keyed a Mary Hardin-Baylor defense that combined to hold Kean to 125 total yards in the Cru's 34-7 road win. The junior totaled a team-high 10 tackles – eight solo – with 1.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble.
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Adan Olivares, K, Jr., Louisiana College
Junior kicker Adan Olivares (Gilmer, Texas/Gilmer HS) tied one school record and broke another to help key the Louisiana College 16-12 win over Webber International (Sept. 14). Olivares tied the school record for field goals made in a game with three to keep the Wildcat offense in position a comeback. Olivares also broke his own LC record for longest field goal when he drilled a 49 yarder on the final play of the first half to better his previous record of 47 yards which came against Hardin-Simmons in the 2012 regular season finale.
OTHER TOP PERFORMANCES
OFFENSIVE – RB Toi Glover led the East Texas Baptist ground game against Austin College, rushing for a career-high 159 yards on 29 carries and two touchdowns and adding another score via pass reception in the season-opening victory. … Louisiana College WR Kyle Galyon battled injury to finish with 141 all-purpose yards that included six catches for 92 yards, one of which was a key 22-yard reception late in the fourth quarter to extend the game-winning drive against Weber International. … Mississippi College QB Stacey Dillard completed 16-of-22 passes for 207 yards and a touchdown against Huntingdon. … Hardin-Simmons QB Josh Christian was 25-for-40 for 228 yards and two TD receptions, plus ran for a third score, vs. Linfield. … QB Zach Anderson (12-of-14, 161 yards) accounted for four second half Mary Hardin-Baylor touchdowns, rushing for one score and throwing for three more after coming off the bench to replace injured starter Jake Sims.
DEFENSIVE – LB Jason Disney tallied seven tackles, including a sack, and forced a fumble in the Howard Payne win at Southwest Assemblies of God. … Mississippi College DB Dewayne Lewis recorded nine tackles, including 2.5 for loss, and forced a fumble against Huntingdon. … FS James Place had 11 tackles for Hardin-Simmons in the loss to Linfield. … DL Preston Thibeaux provided Louisiana College with a big pass rush presence, recording a sack and two tackles for loss among nine total tackles against Webber International.
SPECIAL TEAMS – Hardin-Simmons WR/KR Jessie Ramos totaled 221 return yards including 209 yards on seven kickoff returns (long of 64), and 12 yards on a punt returns against Linfield. … Mississippi College DB Adrian Cerrato returned five kickoffs for 116 yards with a long of 37 yards vs. Huntingdon.
AROUND THE ASC / Submitted by ASC Sports Information Staffs
EAST TEXAS BAPTIST (1-0, 0-0) – The Tigers scored 52 points in their season opener vs. Austin College (Sept. 14) – the most point in a any season opening game and just the fourth time since restarting the football program in 2000 that ETBU has posted a win in game one. … Jamaine Sherman caught 12 passes for 175 yards in debut as a wide receiver to list among the ETBU top three in single game records for both categories. … QB Brooks Holder used his first career start to throw for over 300 yards. … Both Romeo Botelua and Drew Benge notched their first-ever career interceptions. … The 611 yards of total offense was just nine yards shy of breaking the single ETBU game record set in 2003. … East Texas Baptist is on the road at a Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference member for a second week, playing at first-year program Southwestern on Saturday (Sept. 21).
HARDIN-SIMMONS (0-2, 0-0) --- The Cowboys look to get into the win column with a road game at Texas College on Saturday. Kickoff is set for Noon at Rose Stadium in Tyler. … HSU lost a second straight game to a Northwest Conference foe, losing 71-21 to No. 3 Linfield in the 2013 season home-opener. The 71 points are the most allowed in HSU history.
HOWARD PAYNE (1-1, 0-0) --- The Jackets piled-up 546 yards of offense (332 pass, 214 rush) in this week's win at Southwest Assemblies of God. HPU exploded in the second half, scoring three touchdowns in the third quarter and 31 second half points en route to a 41-27 victory. … QB Richard Young connected with WR Colby Mica three times for TD receptions. … RB Zarron Dove carried 29 times for 150 yards and one TD, adding another score via pass reception. Victor Gonzales and Bo Ross led the HPU defense with eight tackles apiece. … HPU hosts Wayland Baptist on Saturday (Sept. 21).
LOUISIANA COLLEGE (2-0, 0-0) --- The Wildcats moved to 2-0 with a dramatic 16-12 win over Webber International. Trailing the Warriors 12-9 with five minutes left, LC went on a 4:30 drive that ended with a Reggie Sims touchdown run with 29 seconds left for the win. … . Senior RB Ryan Montague ran for 58 yards to total 2,017 for his career. Montague is just the second running back in school history to reach the 2,000-yard milestone, joining Wayne Davis. … WR Shedrick Davis became one of the few freshman wide receivers at LC with over 90 yards receiving in a single game. Davis made five catches for 99 yards. … Easton Melancon became the first LC freshman quarterback since Ben McLaughlin (2006 season) to throw for 200 yards in a single game. Melancon finished with 230 yards on 16-of-37 passing. … The Wildcats pass rush continues to be one of the nation's best, as they finished with 4.0 sacks vs. Webber International after finishing with an ASC-record 10.0 sacks in the season-opening win vs. Belhaven (Sept. 7). … Louisiana College travels to Huntingdon College on Saturday for its first road test of the year. Both LC and Huntington are among teams receiving votes in the Sept. 15 D3Football.com Top 25 poll.
MARY HARDIN-BAYLOR (2-0, 0-0) – After opening week one on the West coast at Redlands on Sept. 7, the Cru played week two on the East coast. No. 4 UMHB overcame a sluggish first half to hand Kean (N.J.) a 34-7 loss and extend its regular-season win streak to 36 consecutive games. … UMHB has allowed just 78 total rushing yards through the first two games. … The home portion of the Mary Hardin-Baylor schedule begins in a big way on Saturday (Sept. 21) when the University opens its on-campus stadium hosting No. 5 Wesley College. Special pregame ceremonies at Crusader Stadium begin at 5:30 p.m. with kickoff vs. Wesley at 6:00 p.m. A special fireworks display celebrating the new campus facility will follow the game. ... UMHB remained ranked No. 4 and Wesley No. 5 in the D3Football.com Top 25 released Sunday, Sept. 15.
MISSISSIPPI COLLEGE (0-2, 0-0) – The Choctaws dropped their second straight game with a 35-7 loss to Huntingdon College. WR Alex Archer caught five passes for 89 yards. The Choctaws fumbled seven times, including four that were turned over. Doc Ward led the defense with 10 tackles. … MC will have the bye week September 21 before traveling to play Webber International on September 28.
SUL ROSS STATE (0-2, 0-0) --- After opening with games vs. NCAA Division II opponents (Texas A&M Commerce, Eastern New Mexico), Sul Ross State begins a run of eight straight Division III games with a trip to Trinity University on Saturday. … Keyon Lee posted a game-high 202 all-purpose yards vs. ENMU (Sept. 13) in a game played at AT&T Stadium in Arlington as part of the Lone Star Football Festival. Lee had four carries for 90 yards (one touchdown), five receptions for 36 yards, and five kickoff returns for 76 yards in the 55-24 loss. … Earl Hines made eight solo tackles among his game-high 10 total stops against the Greyhounds. Hines has tallied 23 tackles through the first two games.