GREAT AMERICAN CONFERENCE FOOTBALL WEEK THREE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – The Great American Conference announced the league’s Players of the Week for the third week of the football season. Southern Arkansas’ Karonce Higgins claimed the Offensive accolade, Ouachita’s Airric Parker garnered the Defensive honor and Henderson State’s Angel Esparza earned the Special Teams award.
GAC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Karonce Higgins, Southern Arkansas, WR, Sr., Searcy, Arkansas
Higgins totaled 13 receptions for 237 yards and two touchdowns in SAU's 32-16 road win at Southwestern Oklahoma State. The 237 receiving yards represent the high in Division II thus far this season and ranked as the third-highest total in GAC history. Through three games, his 420 receiving yards leads Division II.
GAC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Airric Parker, Ouachita, DB, Sr., San Diego, California
Parker racked up 12 tackles and scored a touchdown on an interception in the Tigers’ 32-16 win at Southeastern Oklahoma State. Late in the first quarter, he caught an Austin Skinner attempt in the end zone for a score. He added a tackle for loss and three pass break ups as the Tigers improved to 3-0 for the first time since 2014.
GAC SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Angel Esparza, Henderson State, P, Jr., Duarte, California
Esparza had a terrific night against Northwestern Oklahoma State as he averaged 39.8 yards on 10 punts, with a long of 65 yards. He had five punts downed inside the 20-yard line. He also made a great defensive play in the second quarter, when he tackled the Ranger punt returner to keep a touchdown off the board.
Brayden Brazeal, QB, Ouachita (136 rushing yards, 108 passing yards); Carter Burcham, QB, Arkansas Tech (244 yards total offense, 3 TDs); John Murray, WR, Henderson State (9 catches, 176 yards); Tristan Tucker, RB, Harding (10 rushes, 118 yards); Jacob Peyton, RB, Northwestern Oklahoma State (171 yards, most by a Ranger in their DII era)
Malik Brown, S, Henderson State (7 tackles, 1.0tackles for loss); Jimmie Pace, Sr., LB, Northwestern Oklahoma State (7 tackles, 2 sacks); KJ Reid, LB, Arkansas Tech (13 tackles, sack); Andre Shelton, DL, East Central (10 tackles, forced fumble); Anthony Washington, DL, Southern Arkansas (6 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss);Brandon Young, LB, Arkansas-Monticello (3.5 tackles for loss, 2 sacks)
Joel Carlos, P/K, Southeastern Oklahoma State (3-for-3 FG, 36.0 yards/punt); Jackson Preston, P/K, East Central (43.0 yards/punt, long of 66); Cameron Scott, P/K, Harding (41.0 yards/punt); Jordan White, P, Southern Arkansas (41.8 yards/punt, two inside the 20)