East Central University’s first football victory of the season on Saturday led to three Tigers earning Lone Star Conference North Player of the Week awards on Monday.

Quarterback Marcus Johnson was named LSC North Co-Offensive Player of the Week. Defensive end Brandon Hopstein was selected Co-Defensive Player of the Week and Tyrone Gibbs picked up a Co-Special Teams Player of the Week award after the Tigers’ thrilling 55-49 overtime win over Northeastern State.

Johnson, a 6-1, 189-pound junior out of Abilene, Texas, broke his own school record by throwing for 426 yards to go along with two touchdowns to Justin Goolsby for 68 and 36 yards. Johnson was 28-of-46 passing (60.8 percent) with one interception.

He shared the offensive award with Central Oklahoma wide receiver Ryan Gallimore.

It was the second time that Johnson nabbed the offensive player of the week award this season.

Hopstein, a 6-2, 250 senior from Seminary, Miss., recorded three tackles for losses of 16 yards, including a quarterback sack and a forced fumble on the same play which led to a recovery and Maurice Lanclos 30-yard return for a TD.

Hopstein shared the award with UCO linebacker K.C. Asiodu.

Gibbs, a 5-9, 160 sophomore from Wylie, Texas, had 163 all-purpose yards as he returned three kickoffs for 112 yards, including one 47-yarder, and had punt return for 10 yards and caught three passes for 41 yards, including a 20-yarder, from his receiver’s spot.

Gibbs shared the special teams award with Southeastern Oklahoma State’s Jerome Hewitt.

ECU, 1-4 overall and 1-0 in the LSC North, goes to nationally-ranked Abilene Christian for a 6 p.m. kickoff on Saturday.



ECU pair tie for 24th

HAMPTON, Ga. — East Central University’s Zac Pool and Blaine Butner tied three others for 24th place as the Tigers were forced to settle for a three-way tie for 11th in the team standings at the Clayton State University (Ga.) State Farm Laker Collegiate Golf Tournament, which wrapped up Tuesday at the par-72 Crystal Lake Country Club.

Pool fired back-to-back 72s on Monday, but cooled off with a 76 on Tuesday to finish at 4-over (220) for the tournament. Butner shot consecutive 75s on Monday and fired a 2-under 70 on Tuesday to tie Pool and a trio of other players.

West Florida captured the team title with a score of 864, followed by North Carolina-Pembroke (870), host Clayton State (871), Georgia College and State University (871), Lander (874), Carson-Newman (880), Georgia Southwestern (881), Florida Institute of Technology (883), Valdosta State (884), Queens University of Charlston (886), ECU (901), Brevard College (901), Montevallo (901) and West Georgia (903).

North Carolina-Pembroke’s Jordan Walor captured medalist honors with a 5-under 211 (70-69-72). He edged out Carson-Newman’s Brad Robinson (68-72-72) by one shot.

Also playing for ECU were: Bryeson Lance (80-73-80) and Brandon Herbison (74-78-81), who tied for 74th place with a 233 and Chad McFadden, who tied for 78th with a 236 (80-80-76).



ECU drops 3-1 volleyball decision to SOSU

ADA — East Central University received 15 kills out of Jacqueline Sparks and 34 assists from Holly Hicks, but it wasn’t enough to overcome Southeastern Oklahoma State as the Savage Storm beat the Lady Tigers 3-1 in a non-conference volleyball match Tuesday night at the Kerr Center.

SOSU took the first two sets by close 25-23 and 26-24 counts before ECU claimed the third set, 25-23. The Savage Storm then won set four by a 25-22 score.

Katy Fields also recorded 11 kills for ECU, which dropped to 5-11 overall. Hicks was credited with five kills on a perfect five dumps for a 1.000 attack percentage.

SOSU, which improved to 11-8, received 47 assists from Lindsay Ellisor. Lunden Azaura finished with 19 kills and Destiny Brown added 12 for the visitors.

The Lady Tigers’ next action is Friday and Saturday in the Washburn University Tournament in Topeka, Kan. ECU faces host Washburn at 11:30 a.m. and Missouri Western State at 7 p.m. on Friday, before taking on Truman State (Mo.) at 9 a.m. and Fort Hays State (Kan.) at 5 p.m. on Saturday.

The next home action for the Lady Tigers will be Lone Star Conference play on Thursday, Oct.9 against Midwestern State at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 11 against Cameron at 2 p.m.