WEATHERFORD, Okla. — After nearly two years the Nice American Convention is taking part in soccer once more and Henderson State will lastly return to the sphere when the Reddies journey to Weatherford, Okla., to face Southwestern Oklahoma State tonight.
The Reddies will look to compete for a convention title after they completed the 2019 season with a 9-3 document and their solely two common season losses had been to No. 22 Harding and No. 5 Ouachita Baptist. HSU has not been within the Division II playoffs since 2015, the final time the Reddies received a GAC title.
The Reddies have a stacked offense heading into tonight’s sport in opposition to the Bulldogs. One of many league’s standouts and most spectacular offensive skills on the roster, HSU is returning starter and preseason All-American receiver L’Liott Curry. In 2019, Curry caught 84 passes for 1,167 yards and 14 touchdowns.
The receiving expertise doesn’t cease there. Redshirt senior Chase Lodree caught 40 passes for 666 yards in 2019 en path to Second Crew All-GAC honors.
Curry and Lodree will probably be catching passes from a brand new quarterback this season, senior Adam Morse. Morse transferred from Division I program Lamar in 2019 and received the beginning job in fall camp.
The HSU protection proved a tough hitting power within the 2019 season because the Reddies ranked third in scoring protection solely permitting 19.8 factors per sport. The staff additionally led the league with 14 interceptions and had been fifth in whole protection permitting 360.4 yards per sport.
The Reddies have essential gamers returning on all three ranges of the protection, together with junior linebacker Jake Chatman who led the staff in tackles in 2019 with 62.
HSU is returning all of its starters on particular groups, together with the staff’s return males. Punt returner Braden Boykin led the GAC and completed sixth in Division II with a punt return common of 16.3 yards throughout the 2019 season.
SWOSU ended its three earlier seasons with a 3-8 document. The Bulldogs do have a proficient receiver in Abilene Christian switch Torin Justice, however the Bulldogs averaged solely 20.9 factors and 335.2 yards per sport two years in the past.
Kickoff is ready for six p.m.
NO. 13 TIGERS SET OUT FOR FOURTH CONSECUTIVE TITLE
ARKADELPHIA — The No. 13 Ouachita Baptist soccer staff kicks off its season when Oklahoma Baptist travels to Cliff Harris Stadium as we speak.
With three straight GAC titles, the Tigers are on an excessive scorching streak, having received 27 straight convention video games. OBU completed the 2019 season with an 11-1 document and never surprisingly, the Tigers completed first within the GAC preseason coaches ballot.
OBU is returning 5 All-GAC gamers together with proper deal with Anthony Chairez, defensive finish Dameyun McDonald, kicker Gabe Goodman, linebacker Austin Guymon and tight finish Hunter Swoboda.
Going into their first sport after nearly two years, the Tigers are quite skinny on expertise within the backfield. Junior TJ Cole is the one working again on the roster with a collegiate carry, whereas three freshmen, Isaac Edwards, Xaylon Falls and Kendel Givens will be a part of Cole within the backfield.
The Bison completed the 2019 season with a 7-4 document and had been picked to complete fourth within the league’s preseason ballot.
OBU must be careful for Oklahoma Baptist’s Preston Haire. Haire was the 2019 GAC offensive participant of the yr, main the league in passing yards with 3,041 and landing passes with 26.
Haire will have the ability to goal receiver Josh Cornell who tallied a GAC second greatest 1,054 yards in 2019.
Whereas having a few high-powered offensive weapons, the Bison protection struggled in 2019 permitting the second-most factors per sport within the GAC at 33.1.
Kick off from Cliff Harris is ready for six p.m.
ARKANSAS TECH LOOKS AHEAD TO PROMISING SEASON
RUSSELLVILLE — Seeking to construct on a 3-9 2019 marketing campaign, the Arkansas Tech Surprise Boys begin their season at residence by welcoming Southeastern Oklahoma State to Russellville.
The Surprise Boys began 2019 tough beneath then first-year head coach Kyle Shipp as Tech crawled to an 0-6 begin.
Nevertheless, Shipp began to show issues round, profitable three-straight video games and nearly received 4 on the bounce earlier than narrowly falling 31-30 to East Central.
Arkansas Tech is internet hosting a Savage Storm staff that went 1-10 in 2019. Though SEOSU had a dismal document, the Savage Storm did boast the second-best passing offense within the GAC, averaging 252.5 yards per sport.
The downfall of the Savage Storm offense was its league-worst 123.5 speeding yards per sport, and the staff struggled to attain factors, averaging simply 20 factors per contest.
The Surprise Boys completed eighth within the GAC preseason coaches ballot, and can return 5 starters on the offensive aspect of the ball.
Operating again Caleb Batie, large receiver and All-GAC Honorable Point out Drew Wade and large receiver Trey Smith spotlight three gamers returning for the Surprise Boy offense.
The Tech offense will look to interrupt down a center of the pack Savage Storm protection that allowed 376.7 yards per sport in 2019. The Surprise Boys managed to attain 24.1 factors per sport in 2019 and had been center of the pack in each cross and run offense.
Arkansas Tech returns six starters on the defensive aspect of the ball this season, together with safeties Darryn Cain and Tyrus Fort who mixed for 115 tackles in 2019. Within the final season performed, the Surprise Boys took down the Savage Storm in Russellville 38-20 behind 421 yards of offense.
Wanting on the all-time sequence, Arkansas Tech has dominated SEOSU in Russellville because the Surprise Boys maintain a 9-1-1 document over the Savage Storm at residence.
Kick off from Thone Stadium is ready for six p.m.
MULERIDERS KICK OFF MCCARTY ERA IN ALVA
ALVA, Okla. — Southern Arkansas will kick off the Mike McCarty period tonight in Alva, Okla., because the Muleriders tackle the Northwestern Oklahoma State Rangers.
Since 1911, first-year Mulerider head coaches are 9-10 of their debut with McCarty main the 104th SAU soccer staff. SAU is 15-9 in season openers since changing into part of the NCAA in 1996 with an 8-5 document of openers on the highway. They’re 6-3 to begin their 9 seasons within the GAC, having received 5 of the earlier six.
The Muleriders had been picked fifth within the league’s preseason ballot, the fifth straight season the staff was picked within the high 5.
SAU was fifth in scoring offense in 2019 behind returning senior quarterback Hayden Mallory, who was third in cross yards common with the league’s second-best effectivity ranking. Mallory can have a handful of acquainted faces to focus on with Dekendrick Bender, Desmond Jones, Micah Small and Brock Value all returning. Freshmen Jariq Scales and Blake Could get the nod at tailback.
Brock Floyd supplies stability within the Mulerider secondary with Del Krisoffer Wade and Onyei Orupabo including expertise on the again finish. Veterans Demoni Boyd and Deno Rogers return to assist anchor the line of defense.
Austin Wilkerson returns to deal with SAU’s placekicking responsibilites, having nailed 15 of 16 subject targets and an ideal 44 PATs.
NWOSU comes into tonight’s season opener picked to complete ninth off a 4-7 2019 marketing campaign. The Rangers completed the earlier season with back-to-back wins over Southern Nazarene and SWOSU.
All-GAC honoree Sunday Deng returns to the offensive line for NWOSU.
Kickoff is ready for six p.m. at Ranger Area.
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