George Toone of UT Tyler and Casey Washmon of Mary Hardin-Baylor named ASC Golfers of the Week
AMERICAN SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE GOLFER OF THE WEEK
Competitions: October 1-3, 2017
MEN’S GOLFER OF THE WEEK: George Toone, Sr., UT-Tyler
The University of Texas at Tyler senior George Toone (Edenbridge, England / Wellington College) won the Gordin Classic in Delaware, Ohio with a 64-77-70=211 (-2). He established a new Patriot low-round record with –7, 64 on Sunday. Toone’s 64 was also a course recorded and helped the top-ranked Patriots win their second tournament in a row. It is the third Golfer of the Week award in his career.
WOMEN’S GOLFER OF THE WEEK: Casey Washmon, Fr., Mary Hardin-Baylor
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor freshman Casey Washmon (Carrollton, Texas / Newman Smith HS) posted a second place finish after recording a 78-76=154 at the Crusader Collegiate Invitational. Her play helped the Cru erase a two-stroke deficit and win the tournament by 15 strokes. It is the second Golfer of the Week award for Washmon this season.
OTHER TOP PERFORMANCES
Hardin-Simmons University junior Luke Smith (Montgomery, Texas / Home School) tied for second with a 74-72=146 at the UMHB Fall Invitational in Belton, Texas.
McMurry University sophomore Michael Hunt (Sweetwater, Texas / Sweetwater HS) finished eighth at the UMHB Invite, firing a 73-75=148.
Mary Hardin-Baylor freshman Nathan Zahn (Houston, Texas / Clear Lake HS) tied for ninth with a 75-74=149 at the UMHB Fall Invitational, tying for ninth.
UT Tyler senior Sam Hill (Orlando, Fla. / The Master’s Academy) placed second by three strokes with a 71-72-71=214 at the Gordin Classic.
Mary Hardin-Baylor junior Cassidy Rawls (Snyder, Texas / Snyder HS) finished a stroke behind Washmon with an 81-74=155 to finish third at the Crusader Invitational. Senior McKenna Ralston (Temple, Texas / Temple HS) and sophomore Tori Gatling (Kingwood, Texas / Kingwood Park HS) tied for fourth with a two-round score of 158.
#1 UMHB vs. #5 HSU Highlights Week 6 in the ASC
RICHARDSON, Texas – Week six of the American Southwest Conference football schedule will feature five league contests on Saturday, including the battle between the #1 and #5 teams in the nation.
Top-ranked University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (4-0, 3-0 ASC) will travel to Abilene, Texas to take on fifth-ranked Hardin-Simmons University (4-0, 3-0 ASC) for a 1 p.m. kickoff. The Cru ranked second in the nation, allowing just 189.8 yards per game, while the Cowboys led the country with 68.0 points and 684.3 yards per game.
Belhaven University (1-3, 0-3 ASC) will face McMurry University (1-4, 1-3 ASC) in Abilene at 12:30 p.m. Louisiana College (1-3, 0-3 ASC) will travel to Texas Lutheran University (2-2, 2-1 ASC) in Seguin, Texas at 6:00 pm.
Sul Ross State University (3-1, 2-1 ASC) will go to Georgetown, Texas for a 6 p.m. start at Southwestern University (2-3, 2-2 ASC). The final contest of the day will feature East Texas Baptist University (3-1, 2-1 ASC) and Howard Payne University (1-3, 1-2 ASC) in Brownwood, Texas.
WEEK 5 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Jaquan Hemphill, RB, Jr., Hardin-Simmons
Hardin-Simmons University junior running back Jaquan Hemphill (Coleman, Texas / Coleman HS) broke or tied 11 Cowboy, ASC or NCAA records with 293 yards rushing and eight total touchdowns in their 80-42 win over East Texas Baptist. The seven touchdowns came on the ground, and he caught a 64-yard pass for a score. It is Hemphill’s second Player of the Week award in his career.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Tevin Jones, LB, Jr., Mary Hardin-Baylor
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor junior linebacker Tevin Jones (Belton, Texas / Belton HS) returned a fumble 93-yards in what proved to be the game-winning touchdown in the Cru’s 44-10 win at Southwestern. Jones also tallied seven tackles and a half-a-tackle for a loss as they held the Pirates to 290 yards.
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Eli Lopez, K, So., Sul Ross State
Sul Ross State University sophomore kicker Eli Lopez (Austin, Texas / Austin) converted a 27-yard field goal as time expired to lift the Lobos to a 34-31 victory at Louisiana College. He also nailed a 29-yard field goal for the first points of the game in the second quarter and went 4-for-4 for extra points.
ASC IN THE POLLS
Mary Hardin-Baylor remained at #1 in the D3football.com and AFCA Top 25 Polls after their 44-10 win at Southwestern. Hardin-Simmons moved up a spot to #5 in both polls after an 80-42 victory over East Texas Baptist. Sul Ross State received six votes in the D3football.com poll and one in the AFCA after defeating Louisiana College 34-31 on a last-second field goal.
Hardin-Simmons lead the nation in scoring offense (68.0) and total offense per game (684.3). Junior running back Jaquan Hemphill (Coleman, Texas / Coleman) leads all of the DIII with 11.19 yards per carrying, is second with 19.5 points per game and fifth with 165.0 rushing yards per contest.
Mary Hardin-Baylor has been a force on defense, averaging 6.8 points allowed per game. The Cru lead the country with 10.8 tackles for a loss per game and is second with 189.8 defensive yards allowed.
East Texas Baptist senior linebacker Ty Parsons (Rowlett, Texas / Dallas Christian) is second in the country with 15.0 tackles per game. Senior receiver Xavier Gray (Denton, Texas / Denton Ryan) is second with 34.14 yards per reception. The Tigers lead Division III with 420.8 passing yards per game.
D3FOOTBALL.COM TEAM OF THE WEEK
Hardin-Simmons junior running back Jaquan Hemphill (Coleman, Texas / Coleman HS) and Louisiana College senior wide receiver Shedrick Davis (Baton Rouge, La. / Central HS) both named to the D3football.com Team of the Week. Hemphill broke or tied 11 Cowboy, ASC or NCAA records with 293 yards rushing and eight total touchdowns in their 80-42 win over East Texas Baptist. Seven touchdowns came on the ground, and he caught a 64-yard pass for a score. Davis caught nine passes for 189 yards and two touchdowns, including a 76-yard score, in the Wildcats’ 34-31 loss to Sul Ross State. It is the second time Davis made the Team of the Week in his career.
FREDENBURG REACHES 200 WINS
Mary Hardin-Baylor head coach Pete Fredenburg picked up his 200th career win on Sept. 30. He is now 200-38 and is the only head coach in Cru history. For Fredenburg, 130 of those wins have come in ASC play, and 32 more have come in NCAA postseason competition.
HAWKINS AND PARSONS SELECTED AS CAMPBELL TROPHY SEMIFINALISTS
Hardin-Simmons senior safety Matthew Hawkins (Aledo, Texas / Aledo) and East Texas Baptist senior linebacker Ty Parsons (Rowlett, Texas / Dallas Christian) both selected as semifinalists for the National Football Foundation William V. Campbell Trophy which recognizes the best football scholar-athlete in the nation. They are among 181 nominees across all divisions of college football. Nominees must be a senior or graduate student with at least a 3.2-grade point average, outstanding football ability, and demonstration of leadership and citizenship. November 1 is the announcement date for the finalists.
ASC FOOTBALL IN THE NFL
The American Southwest Conference is responsible for two of the seven former NCAA Division III student-athletes that made initial 53-man rosters in the National Football League. Jerrell Freeman from UMHB is an ASC Hall of Honor inductee and has been in the NFL since 2012. He is beginning his second season with the Chicago Bears and recorded ten tackles in their opening game against the Atlanta Falcons and is now on the reserve/injured list. Louisiana College offensive tackle Jeremy Vujnovich has started four games for the Indianapolis Colts this season.
ASC EXPANDS TO 10 TEAMS
Southwestern and Texas Lutheran begin their first year with the ASC as football affiliate members after competing in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference. The additions signal a return to a 10-team football alignment for the first time since 2005 and make the ASC the 10th NCAA Division III conference with at least ten football teams.
MARY HARDIN-BAYLOR PRESEASON FAVORITE TO WIN ASC
Mary Hardin-Baylor has been picked to win the 2017 American Southwest Conference football title after a vote of the league’s head coaches, sports information directors, and media members, the ASC office announced August 18. Cru junior quarterback/wide receiver T.J. Josey was selected as the Preseason Offensive Player of the Year. UMHB senior defensive tackle Haston Adams was the Defensive Player of the Year, and Hardin-Simmons senior return specialist Alex Bell was the Special Teams selection.
ASC PRESEASON ALL-AMERICANS
Four student-athletes from two ASC member institutions were named D3football.com Preseason All-Americans. Selected to the First Team at defensive tackle was Mary Hardin-Baylor’s, Haston Adams. Hardin-Simmons tallied three selections – return specialist Alex Bell on the First Team, junior wide receiver Reese Childress on the Second Team and sophomore offensive tackle Jonathan Castaneda on the Second Team.
MCMURRY’S WRIGHT ON FRED MITCHELL WATCH LIST
Named to the 2017 Fred Mitchell Outstanding Place-Kicker Award Kick-Off Watch List was sophomore kicker Tanner Wright from McMurry. He is one of 36 kickers on the list from NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Division II, Division III, NAIA and NJCAA schools. Wright was a Second Team All-Conference and All-NCCAA First Team selection as a freshman as he went 8-for-10 on field goals and averaged 58.3 yards per kick on kickoffs.
WEEK 4 SCORES
Sept. 30 – Texas Lutheran 30, McMurry 21 (Abilene, Texas)
Sept. 30 – #1 Mary Hardin-Baylor 44, Southwestern 10 (Georgetown, Texas)
Sept. 30 – Sul Ross State 34, Louisiana College 31 (Pineville, La.)
Sept. 30 – Howard Payne 45, Belhaven 37 (Jackson, Miss.)
Sept. 30 – #5 Hardin-Simmons 80, East Texas Baptist 42 (Marshall, Texas)
Week 6 Schedule/Gameday Information
Oct. 7 – Belhaven (1-3, 0-3 ASC) at McMurry (1-4, 1-3 ASC) Abilene, Texas 12:30 p.m.
Location: Wilford Moore Stadium
Media: Live stats/video/radio
Series Record: McMurry leads 2-0
Last Meeting: Oct. 15, 2016 – McMurry 56, Belhaven 7
Belhaven – Hal Mumme – 6-28 (0-3 ASC) at BU (4th season)/141-147-1 overall (26th season)
McMurry – Lance Hinson – 11-23 (5-14 ASC) (4th season) at MCM/48-76 overall (13th season)
Oct. 7 – #1 Mary Hardin-Baylor (4-0, 3-0 ASC) at #5 Hardin-Simmons (4-0, 3-0 ASC) Abilene, Texas 1:00 p.m.
Location: Shelton Stadium
Media: Live stats/video/radio
Series Record: Mary Hardin-Baylor leads 17-6
Last Meeting: Oct. 22, 2016 – Mary Hardin-Baylor 20, Hardin-Simmons 15
Mary Hardin-Baylor – Pete Fredenburg – 200-38 (130-16 ASC) (20th season)
Hardin-Simmons – Jesse Burleson – 44-21 (26-14 ASC) (7th season)
Oct. 7 – Louisiana College (1-3, 0-3 ASC) at Texas Lutheran (1-3, 1-2 ASC) Seguin, Texas 6:00 p.m.
Location: Bulldog Stadium
Media: Live stats/video/radio
Series Record: Tied 8-8
Last Meeting: Sept. 17, 2016 – Louisiana College 58, Texas Lutheran 28
Louisiana College – Justin Charles – 1-3 (0-3 ASC) (1st season)
Texas Lutheran – Carl Gustafson – 1-3 (1-2 ASC) (1st season)
Oct. 7 – Sul Ross State (3-1, 2-1 ASC) at Southwestern (2-3, 2-2 ASC) Georgetown, Texas 6:00 p.m.
Location: Birkelbach Field
Media: Live stats/video/radio
Series Record: Southwestern leads 1-0
Last Meeting: Sept. 13, 2014 – Southwestern 27, Sul Ross State 20
Sul Ross State – John Pearce – 14-20 (8-11 ASC) (4th season)
Southwestern – Joe Austin – 12-32 (2-2 ASC) (5th season) at SU/29-54 overall (9th season)
Oct. 7 – East Texas Baptist (3-1, 2-1 ASC) at Howard Payne (1-3, 1-2 ASC) Brownwood, Texas 7:00 p.m.
Location: Gordon Wood Stadium
Media: Live stats/video/radio
Series Record: East Texas Baptist leads 10-8
Last Meeting: Oct. 22, 2016 – East Texas Baptist 76, Howard Payne 14
East Texas Baptist – Scott Highsmith – 3-1 (2-1 ASC) (1st season)
Howard Payne – Braxton Harris – 1-3 (1-2 ASC) (1st season)
Week 6 Schedule
Oct. 14 Howard Payne at #1 Mary Hardin-Baylor Belton, Texas 1 p.m.
Oct. 14 Texas Lutheran at East Texas Baptist Marshall, Texas 2:00 p.m.
Oct. 14 Southwestern at Belhaven Jackson, Miss. 6 p.m.
Oct. 14 #5 Hardin-Simmons at Sul Ross State Alpine, Texas 6 p.m.
Oct. 14 McMurry at Louisiana College Pineville, La. 6 p.m.
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