The East Central University football team will welcome Oklahoma Baptist to Koi Ishto Stadium Saturday for its annual Homecoming game. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.
Saturday’s game is just the second in the revamped series with the Bison, after not playing each other since 1940. The teams are knotted at nine games each in the all-time series. The last time the teams met, the Tigers claimed a 41-20 win (Sept. 26, 2015) in Shawnee.
The Bison will arrive at Norris Field with 1-2 record. Oklahoma Baptist opened the season with a 38-7 loss to Harding in Searcy, Arkansas. The Bison edged Arkansas Tech 19-15 in Week 2 in Shawnee before falling to Southeastern 42-22 in last weekend’s home game.
OBU is averaging 16 points per game, while scoring over 80 percent of its points in the first half. The Bison have recorded 945 yards of total offense, with 506 coming in the air and 439 on the ground.
Junior quarterback Dezmond Stegall leads the offense. He has completed 51-of-95 passes for 506 yards and two touchdowns.
John Pettijohn is his top receiver with 13 catches for 119 yards, with Cagney Roberson close behind with nine catches for 133 yards. Isaiah Mallory leads the OBU ground game with 65 attempts for 315 yards and four TDs.
Levi Jennings is the team’s leader on the defensive side of the ball. Jennings has 30 (12-18) total tackles, 3.5 TFL and 2.0 sacks. He has also caused and recovered one fumble and earned a safety.
Former Ada High standout Marwin Dickerson (6-2, 230, sophomore) is listed as a noseguard for the Bison.
The OBU roster also includes four Stratford High School products — linebackers Lane Martin (6-0, 190, freshman) and Landon Anderson (5-11, 215, freshman), defensive lineman Brant Wade (5-8, 220, freshman) and quarterback Matthew Blackburn (6-2, 170, freshman).
After last week’s breakout 131-yard effort, freshman Je’Qualon Wright leads the ECU ground game with 133 yards on 24 attempts. Tre’von Jackson is close behind with 128 yards on 41 attempts. Jackson is listed as the starter against OBU.
Speaking of starters, despite leaving the past two contests with symptoms of a concussion, sophomore quarterback Jackson Lamb is listed as the starting signal caller for the Tigers. Lamb has completed 31-of-45 passes for 346 yards and three touchdowns.
Senior backup Brooks Holder is 30-of-50 for 446 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions.
Senior David Moore is the top receiver for ECU with 13 grabs for 222 yards and three scores. Junior Dezmon Jackson follows with 10 catches for 99 yards.
Defensive leaders for the Tigers are junior linebacker Camnik Campbell with 23 tackles and junior strong safety Vernon Johnson with 17 stops.
Haynes GAC Player
of the Week
Senior Jarod Haynes has been named the Great American Conference Special Teams Player of the Week for Sept. 19 after helping the Tigers claim a 23-6 win at Southern Nazarene.
Haynes converted all three of his field goal attempts against the Crimson Storm. He improved to 6-for-6 on field goal attempts on the year. No player in Division II has made as many field goals without a miss as Haynes, and he is ranked No. 1 in the nation for field goal percentage (1.000) and No. 5 in field goals per game (2.0).
The Allen, Texas, native also punted three times with a 34.0 average. Two of his punts finished inside the 20-yard line, including one at the 8-yard line.
The Tigers will travel to Alva to face Northwestern Oklahoma State in their next outing. Game time is set for 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at Ranger Field.
Back at home
ECU will return home Saturday, Oct. 8, for a 6 p.m. kickoff against Southwestern Oklahoma State.
Note: Ada News sports editor Jeff Cali contributed to this report.