State college football: Southern Nazarene's Michael Hicks leads by example

by Scott Munn Published: October 20, 2012
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*Southwestern State running back Aaron Wilson set a Great American Conference single-game record with 290 yards rushing last weekend against Arkansas Tech. Wilson scored two touchdowns during the eight-point loss. The native Kansan ran for 145 yards over eight games last season in a reserve role.

*Deonte Mack of Southern Nazarene was named Great American Conference Special Teams Player of the Week. The junior out of Southeast High returned kicks, for the first time this season, against Kansas Wesleyan. Mack averaged 30 yards on three returns; he ran back one kick 57 yards for a touchdown. He is just the third player in SNU history to return a kickoff for a TD.

*Oklahoma Baptist had its second intrasquad scrimmage of the fall, and the offense rolled up 622 yards and four touchdowns on 132 snaps. But, the Bison defense forced seven turnovers, including four interceptions. Defensive backs Roman Gray and Jess Sapp each intercepted two passes. Linebacker Levi Jennings added nine tackles and a fumble recovery. Brett Tiger, though listed as a wide receiver, picked up a fumble and ran it back 47 yards for a touchdown.

“I think there were some good things, but we're four weeks in and we're at a point where you wonder if we're making any progress,” OBU coach Chris Jensen said in a statement. “There were a few plays where it looked like we were making improvements and some where it looked like we weren't. We really, really need to get better.”

The Bison will have its last intrasquad scrimmage Nov. 3, and then begins a regular college football program routine of winter conditioning, spring practice, summer conditioning and fall camp.

*Two consecutive weeks the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association has chosen a quarterback as its Offensive Player of the Week. It's also two consecutive weeks a QB earned the honor after playing Central Oklahoma. This week, Colter Smith of Central Missouri was selected after throwing for 329 yards and three touchdowns. Two weeks ago, Trevor Adams of Northwest Missouri State was chosen after throwing for 248 yards and five TDs. Each quarterback led their respective teams to blowout wins.


by Scott Munn
Sports Assistant Editor
Scott Munn joined The Oklahoman/Oklahoma City Times sports staffs in October 1982. He spent a year as a formcharter, three years on the desk and 16 as a reporter. Scott has spent the last nine years as an evening assistant sports editor. Scott's...
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SATURDAY'S PREDICTIONS

*Bacone 35, TEXAS COLLEGE 12, 2 p.m.

*Central Missouri 28, NORTHEASTERN STATE 14, 2 p.m.

*Northeastern A&M 41, CISCO (Texas) 7, 2 p.m.

*NORTHWESTERN STATE 17, Panhandle State 10, 2 p.m.

*SOUTHERN ARKANSAS 33, Southern Nazarene 17, 2 p.m.

*HENDERSON STATE 38, East Central 10, 3 p.m.

*SOUTHEASTERN STATE 24, Southwestern State 15, 3 p.m.

*Bye Week: Central Oklahoma, Langston

*Last week's predictions record: 5-2 (.714)

*Season's predictions record: 48-12 (.800)

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