GAC names Harmon offensive player of week
RUSSELLVILLE — On the strength of a 18-carry, 132-yard, three-touchdown performance, Arkansas Tech senior running back Ketrich Harmon was named Great American Conference Offensive Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday.
In the Wonder Boys’ 49-7 win at Southern Nazarene, Harmon became the first Tech back to rush for over 100 yards since Casey Henderson hit that milestone in the finale of the 2011 season, and led Tech to 277 yards on the ground, the team’s highest performance since the 2009 season at Delta State.
The native of Frankston, Texas, was a tough man to tackle in the Wonder Boys’ win, with all 18 carries going for positive yardage.
Joining Harmon as an honoree this week were Henderson State’s Keaton Stigger (Defense) and Arkansas-Monticello’s Jamie McGee (Special Teams).
The Wonder Boys will return to action this Sept. 28 facing Nicholls State in Thibodaux, La. A 6 p.m. kickoff is scheduled.
Stigger earns national honor
ARKADELPHIA — For the third consecutive week a Henderson State football player earned national honors as Keaton Stigger was named Beyond Sports Network National Player of the Week.
Stigger earned the honor after recording 11 tackles including solo stops and a pair of tackles for lost yardage last week against Southeastern Oklahoma.
More impressive was that Stigger also made an appearance on the offensive side of the football as a fullback.
Playing offense for the first time in his collegiate career, Stigger carried the ball four times and with each attempt he reached pay dirt having three touchdown runs of 2 yards and one of 4 yards.
The senior linebacker from Collierville, Tenn. tied a GAC record for rushing touchdowns in a game held by Henderson’s Kevin Nichols set last year against Ouachita Baptist (Nov. 10, 2012) and Derick Perkins of Southern Nazarene against College of the Faith (Nov. 10, 2012).
The two-time first-team All-GAC selection leads the Reddies with 25 total tackles on the season including 5 tackles for losses.
McGee earns GAC special teams honor
RUSSELLVILLE — Freshman kicker Jamie McGee has been named the Great American Conference Special Teams Player of the Week after tying a GAC and UAM single-game record with three made field goals in this past Saturday’s 22-20 victory over Northwestern Oklahoma State.
McGee hit a 32-yard field goal to open the game’s scoring with 11:35 remaining in first quarter, added a 23-yarder at the 6:15 mark of the third quarter to give UAM a 19-14 lead and connected on what ended up being the game-winningfield goal, a career-high 43-yarder with 10:03 remaining in the fourth quarter to finalize the scoring at 22-20.
His three made field goals tied a UAM single-game record that had been accomplished 10 different times prior to this past Saturday, most recently by Nick Green twice during the 2008 season. The GAC record had been accomplished nine times before last Saturday. Henderson State kicker Charles Gonsalves also connected on three field goals this past Saturday in a 44-35 win over Southeastern Oklahoma State.
McGee currently leads the GAC and ranks seventh in all of NCAA Division II with his average of two field goals made per game. The Lake Charles, La. native has converted on all six field goal attempts this season and is on pace to break the UAM record for field goals in a season, which was set by Kevin Craft in1999 with 15.
Henderson State earns No. 8 ranking
Following its 44-35 victory on the road over Southeastern Oklahoma, Henderson State moved up to No. 8 in the latest American Football Coaches Association Poll.
Henderson State, 3-0 on the season, leads the nation in total offense (681.0 yards per game), passing offense (466.3 yards per game) and scoring (67.0 points per game.
The Reddies will attempt to run their streak to 16 straight regular-season wins dating back to 2011. Henderson State has a 12-1 record all-time Great American Conference record.
Henderson State will next play host to East Central on Saturday with kickoff set for 3 p.m. at Carpenter-Haygood Stadium.