*Defense delivered last Saturday for Northeastern A&M in its 26-24 victory over Navarro (Texas) that decided the Southwest Junior College Football Conference regular-season champion. Navarro was in the red zone four times in the first half but managed just one field goal. NEO (8-1) will host Tyler (Texas) in the SJCF postseason semifinals; Tyler handed the Golden Norse its only loss this season, a wild 65-59 double-overtime decision on Sept. 27.
*Southern Nazarene junior Blake Cavill helped make up for the absence of injured star linebacker Michael Hicks last Saturday at Southwestern State. Cavill, also a linebacker, returned an interception 87 yards in the third quarter; in the fourth quarter, he ran back a fumble 45 yards for a touchdown. On the interception return, Cavill was chased down at the Southwestern State 5 by wide receiver Timmy Winans. But the Crimson Storm failed to score after a 15-yard personal foul penalty and four other plays resulted in minus-15 yards.
Hicks, who was The Oklahoman's Defensive Player of the Year in 2011, will miss the remainder of the season with a torn MCL.
*East Central linebacker Tyler McGrew was named Great American Conference Defensive Player of the Week. The senior collected a dozen tackles and returned an interception 23 yards during the Tigers' 37-27 upset of No. 20-ranked Ouachita Baptist (Ark.). The former All-District receiver at Bixby High School also threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Cody Nall on a fake field goal in the first quarter that gave ECU a 6-0 lead. Brian Gonzalez' point-after kick was blocked, but he rebounded with three field goals, including a career-long 47-yarder.
*Brittney Roberts joined the 100-win club as a wrestler for the Oklahoma City University women's team. Roberts, a three-time All-American, reached the century mark while winning the 155-pound championship last weekend at the CanAm Open in Jamestown, N.D. Roberts hopes to become flight nurse after college.
*Bo Bond transferred to Rogers State from Northeastern A&M, where he captained the men's basketball team as a sophomore. He averaged 12.7 points last season. Rogers State looked forward to having Bond contribute this season, but the 6-foot-4 forward suffered a knee injury in practice and is out for the season.
Bond “was someone we were counting on, and he just had a bad run of luck,” Rogers State coach Justin Barkley said.
Rogers State has made the NAIA Championships' quarterfinals the last two seasons. The Hillcats will go for a sixth consecutive 20-win season behind three returning starters, including leading scorer, senior Donald Williams, who averaged 14.6 points.