No. 8 Lions head to No. 7 Central Washington for NCAA Division II Super Region Four Semifinal
by JOSH MANCK, Texas A&M-Commerce
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No. 8 Lions head to No. 7 Central Washington for NCAA Division II Super Region Four Semifinal – LINK

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COMMERCE - The No. 8 Texas A&M University-Commerce Lions' football team takes the second-longest road trip in program history on a holiday weekend for the NCAA Division II Super Regional Semifinal round of the playoffs at No. 7 Central Washington.

WHO: Texas A&M University-Commerce at Central Washington University

WHERE: Ellensburg, Wash. | Tomlinson Stadium

WHEN: Noon PST (2 p.m. CST) on Saturday, November 25

RECORDS: A&M-Commerce is 10-1 overall. Central Washington is 11-0 overall.

RANKINGS: A&M-Commerce is ranked No. 8 in the AFCA Coaches' Poll and the D2Football.com Media Poll. Central Washington is ranked No. 7 in the AFCA Coaches' Poll and No. 10 in the D2Football.com Media Poll.

SEEDINGS: A&M-Commerce is the fifth seed in Super Region Four and defeated fourth seed Winona State in the regional quarterfinal, 20-6. Central Washington is the top seed in Super Region Four and had a bye in the first round. The winner of this game advances to the regional final to play the victor of the matchup between second seed Minnesota State-Mankato and third seed Midwestern State.

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LIONS WIN ON THE ROAD, ADVANCE AGAIN

• The Lions' 20-6 win at Winona State was their first playoff victory on the road since a 1990 first round victory at Grand Valley State.

• A&M-Commerce has advanced to the second round of the Division II playoffs for the fourth time in its five appearances in the tournament.

• This marks the seventh time in program history that the Lions have won five or more true road games (non-neutral), including a six-win road season in 2016. The Lions also had six road wins in 1951, 1953, and 1980. The Lions had five road wins in 1957 and 1990. 

• Each of those seasons with the exception of 1951 concluded with a postseason appearance.

 

STILL PUSHING #ToTheTop

• The Lions ended the regular season at No. 8 in the nation in both the AFCA and D2Football.com polls.

• A&M-Commerce has been ranked in 38 straight AFCA polls, dating back to the 2015 preseason poll. 

• This is A&M-Commerce's 44th all-time appearance in the AFCA poll since its inception in 2000.

• Central Washington is the fourth nationally-ranked team the Lions have faced this season, all inside the top 12.

•A&M-Commerce is the fourth nationally-ranked team the Wildcats have faced, none inside the top 15,

 

CARTHEL 5TH IN SCHOOL HISTORY IN WINS

• Head coach Colby Carthel now ranks fifth in A&M-Commerce history in coaching wins with 44 wins.

• However, he will be in fifth for a while, as his 44 wins are still 19 behind J.V. Sikes' 63 wins in fourth place.

1

Ernest Hawkins

1964-85

132-92-6

2

Eddie Vowell

1986-98

74-71-1 

3

Bob Berry

1935-41, 46-50

72-34-8

4

J.V. Sikes

1954-63

63-34-4

5

Colby Carthel

2013-pres.

44-15

6

M.A. Smith

1951-53

30-2-1

 

WASHINGTON IS FAR AWAY TM

• Travel notes are always fun in the playoffs, and the Lions got a doozy this week, with the third-longest possible road trip in Division II football from Commerce.

• When Portland State was still in Division II, that playoff game was 2,068 miles away. 

• Using Google Maps, Ellensburg is 2,035 miles from Commerce. That is direct driving with no trip through the SeaTac Airport.

• The only farther possible trips in Division II football for the Lions would be Simon Fraser (Burnaby, British Columbia - 2,271 miles) and Western Oregon (Monmouth, Ore. - 2,127 miles).

• A trip to Humboldt State in Arcata, Calif., is somehow one mile shorter than a trip to Ellensburg.

Site

Years

Miles One-Way

Portland, Ore.

1995 (NCAA)

2,068

Ellensburg, Wash.

2017 (NCAA)

2,035

Davis, Calif.

1999

1,771

Big Rapids, Mich.

2015 (NCAA)

1,109

Orlando, Fla.

1952, 1953, 1957, 1958 (Tangerine)

1,062

Fargo, N.D.

1997

1,060

Allendale, Mich.

1990, 2016 (NCAA)

1,047

 

AGAINST THE GNAC

• This will be a short note. The GNAC was initiated in 2001 and the Lions have never played any present or past member in football action.

• Since rejoining Division II for the 1998 season, the Wildcats have played LSC foes seven times, with a 2-5 record and a 1-1 playoff mark. 

 

GO WEST, YOUNG MAN

• This will be the Lions' fourth all-time game against a team from the Pacific time zone.

• The Lions dropped the 1995 playoff game at Portland State and went 0-2 in a home-and-home series with UC Davis, playing the Aggies in Davis in 1999.

 

WHAT'S THIS STUFF?

• With the proliferation of artificial surfaces at all levels of football, the Lions rarely play on a natural surface anymore. Western New Mexico's Ben Altamirano Field is the only grass surface remaining in the Lone Star Conference, with the opening of Eastern New Mexico's Greyhound Stadium in 2016.

• Central Washington's Tomlinson Stadium has a natural surface, surrounded by a track.

• The last non-conference game the Lions played on a grass field was the 2011 trip to Upper Iowa to start that season. Somehow, this is the second straight week that the Peacocks from Fayette, Iowa, have worked their way into the game notes.

 

SENIORS BREAK SCHOOL RECORD

• With the win at Tarleton, the senior class broke the school record for wins in a four-year period. The previous record stood since the Tangerine Bowl runs of the early 1950s. 

• That record extended with the win at Winona State to 38 games won in a four year span.

Years 

Record

2014-17

38-10

1951-54

36-5-2

2013-16

35-14

1957-60

34-7

1972-75

32-13-1

1936-39

31-8

1990-93

31-16-1

 

THREE-HEADED MONSTER

• As you will read below, Luis Perez is very good at throwing the football to his teammates, who in turn, are quite adept at finding the endzone.

• Two Lion receivers tied for third in the Lone Star Conference in terms of receiving touchdowns, with another in fourth.

• Darrion Landry, and Buck Wilson each have nine receiving touchdowns this season. D'Arthur Cowan is right behind them with eight. All eight of Cowan's touchdown receptions have come in LSC play.

 

PEREZ' OUTSTANDING SEASON AND CAREER LEAD TO HARLON HILL NOMINATION

• Lion quarterback Luis Perez earned his second consecutive nomination for the Harlon Hill Trophy on Monday. 

• He was named the Lone Star Conference Offensive Player of the Year. He also earned First Team All-Lone Star Conference honors for the second consecutive season.

• A Lion quarterback has earned first team all-LSC honors a total of 17 times since the league's formation in 1931.

• He became the Lions' fourth quarterback to repeat as a first team all-LSC selection, joining Bobby Bounds (1990-91), LSC Hall of Honor member Wade Wilson (1979-80), and R.A. Hitt (1933-34), who was the second-ever all-LSC quarterback.

LION FIRST TEAM ALL-LSC QUARTERBACKS

2016, 2017

Luis Perez

1996

Cole Cayce

1990, 1991

Bobby Bounds

1982

Kyle Mackey

1979, 1980

Wade Wilson

1977

Terry Skinner

1972

Will Cureton

1960

James Williams

1959

Sam McCord

1954

Bobby Fox

1953

Jim Gray

1948

Bobby Griffin

1933, 1934

R.A. Hitt

 

SUPER REGION FOUR HARLON HILL TROPHY NOMINEES

Player

Pos

Ht

Wt

Cl

School

Dennis Gardeck

LB

6-0

230

SR

Sioux Falls

Ja'Quan Gardner

RB

5-7

205

SR

Humboldt State

Chad Hovasse

WR

6-1

215

JR

Adams State

Cameron Mayberry

RB

5-11

200

SO

Colorado Mines 

Luis Perez

QB

6-3

220

SR

A&M-Commerce

Layton Rabb

QB

6-5

225

JR

Midwestern State

Paul Revis

WR

5-9

175

SR

Western Oregon

Shane Zylstra

WR

6-4

215

SO

Minnesota State 

 

• Perez' passing average has vaulted him to the top of the Division II ranks. He is one of nine passers in Division II averaging over 300 yards passing per game.

• He is the only quarterback in the top 10 of this ranking to still be playing in the Division II playoffs after Shepherd and Bowie State were bounced in the first round.

• The next closest in yards per game remaining in the playoffs is Midwestern State's Layton Rabb in 15th at 284.9 ypg.

Rk

Team

Cl.

Gms

A-C-I

TD

Yds

Avg

1

Luis Perez, A&M-Commerce

Sr.

11

426-305-6

38

3,737

339.7

2

Connor Jessop, Shepherd

Sr.

11

394-249-9

40

3,532

321.1

3

Tanner Garry, Slippery Rock

Sr.

11

437-268-9

32

3,522

320.2

4

Amir Hall, Bowie St.

Jr.

11

381-249-4

41

3,519

319.9

5

Grant Russell, Ohio Dominican

Sr.

10

305-221-3

30

3,182

318.2

6

Brook Bolles, Central Mo.

Jr.

11

396-223-12

21

3,485

316.8

7

Nick Rooney, Adams St.

Jr.

10

441-271-10

29

3,153

315.3

8

Y. Gavalas, LIU Post

Sr.

10

363-257-8

37

3,087

308.7

9

Javia Hall, Western N.M.

Sr.

10

458-255-12

24

3,006

300.6

10

Chas Stallard, Central Okla.

Sr.

11

361-238-6

28

3,209

291.7

 

• He did not play high school football, and was a competitive bowler, with 12 perfect 300 games to his name.

• He now has 14 games of 300-plus passing yards in his career, including nine straight games.

• He has not thrown an interception in 254 attempts. If the opposition does not pick him off in his next 26 passes, he will surpass a Division II record that has stood since 1996 by  New Haven's Jesse Showerda (280).

SINGLE SEASON PASSING TOUCHDOWN LEADERS

1.

38

Luis Perez

2017

2.

32

Luis Perez

2016

3.

31

Tyrik Rollison

2014

4.

30

Harrison Stewart

2015

5.

22

James Gray

1952

 

• Perez only needs 28 yards passing to become the school's single season passing yardage leader.

SINGLE SEASON PASSING YARDAGE LEADERS

1.

3,764

Tyrik Rollison

2014

2.

3,737

Luis Perez

2017

3.

3,326

Luis Perez

2016

4.

3,173

Harrison Stewart

2015

5.

2,861

Buster Faulkner

2004

 

• Perez is also the Lion career leader in three major passing categories.

CAREER PASSING YARDAGE LEADERS

1.

7,063

Luis Perez

2016-pres. 

2.

5,955

Bob Bounds

1987-91

3.

5,800

Kyle Mackey

1980-83

4.

5,635

Terry Skinner

1973-77

5.

5,362

Tyrik Rollison

2013-14

 

CAREER PASSING COMPLETION LEADERS

1.

549

Luis Perez (549-815-11)

2016-pres. 

2.

375

Bob Bounds (375-706-36)

1987-91

3.

372

Kyle Mackey (372-751-44)

1980-83

4.

367

Terry Skinner (367-813-45)

1973-77

5.

353

Adam Farkes (353-700-30)

2009-10

 

CAREER PASSING TOUCHDOWN LEADERS

1.

70

Luis Perez

2016-pres. 

2.

51

James Gray

1951-53

3.

48

Harrison Stewart

2013-15

4.

43

Jim Dietz

1967-70

 

43

Tyrik Rollison

2013-14

 

• He ranks first in Division II and ninth in all of the NCAA in career passing yards per game.

Rk

Team

Div

Cl.

Gms

A-C-I

Yds

TD

Yds/Gm

1

Luke Falk , Washington St.

FBS

Sr.

42

2,000-1,367-36

14,117

118

336.1

2

Mason Rudolph , Oklahoma St.

FBS

Sr.

40

1,372-863-26

12,829

88

320.7

3

Josh Rosen , UCLA

FBS

Jr.

29

1,151-698-26

9,100

57

313.8

4

Devlin Hodges , Samford

FCS

Jr.

32

1,280-883-24

9,905

78

309.5

5

Baker Mayfield , Oklahoma

FBS

Sr.

45

1,422-974-29

13,796

122

306.6

6

Gage Gubrud , Eastern Wash.

FCS

Jr.

28

1,005-654-27

8,568

74

306.0

7

Chase Burton , Franklin

D-III

Sr.

38

1,255-842-20

11,579

121

304.7

8

Riley Ferguson , Memphis

FBS

Sr.

23

829-519-18

6,899

61

300.0

9

Luis Perez , A&M-Commerce

D-II

Sr.

24

815-549-11

7,063

70

294.3

10

Ryan Sample , Benedictine (IL)

D-III

Sr.

30

1,133-647-34

8,806

82

293.5

 

KICKIN' IT WITH KRISTOV

• Kicker Kristov Martinez was named the Lone Star Conference's first team All-Conference kicker.

• He became the all-time leading scorer with an LSC Player of the Week effort in the regular season finale at Tarleton. 

• He scored 15 points in that game and has scored 10 points or more in five games this season. The four field goals at Tarleton tied a school single game record.

• He has scored 96 points this season. The late Saul Martinez scored 134 points in 2014 to set the school single season record.

•Martinez was also an LSC All-Academic selection for the second consecutive season. He is majoring in management.

CAREER SCORING LEADERS

1.

297

Kristov Martinez (162 PAT, 45 FG)

2015-pres. 

2.

281

Billy Watkins (134 PAT, 49 FG)

1990-93

3.

224

David Dell (104 PAT, 40 FG)

1995-98

4.

222

Aundra Thompson (37 TD)

1972-75

5.

219

Saul Martinez (126 PAT, 31 FG)

2013-14

 

CAREER PATs MADE LEADERS

1.

162

Kristov Martinez (160-167)

2015-pres. 

2.

134

Billy Watkins (134-143)

1990-93

3.

126

Saul Martinez (126-130)

2013-14

4.

121

Leonard Allen (121-134)

1973-76

5.

105

Kevin Garman (105-113)

1981-84

 

CAREER FIELD GOALS MADE LEADERS

1.

49

Billy Watkins (49-84)

1990-93

2.

45

Kristov Martinez (45-61)

2015-pres. 

3.

40

David Dell (40-61)

1995-98

4.

31

Saul Martinez (31-38)

2013-14

5.

29

Ha'a Bento (29-44)

2004-05

 

29

Leonard Allen (29-52)

1973-76

 

FIREWORKS AFTER A SCORE

• The Lions have excelled on kickoffs, both when kicking the ball away, and when receiving the kickoff.

• The Lions rank 1st nationally in kickoff return defense, allowing 12.08 yards per return.

• A&M-Commerce is 3rd in the nation in kickoff return average at 27.65 yards per return.

 

WILSON TAKES IT TO THE HOUSE

• Buck Wilson was named the first team all-LSC kick return man. He returned a first quarter kickoff for a 100  yard touchdown against West Texas A&M, earning LSC Special Teams Player of the Week honors.

• He is the fourth Lion on record with a 100-yard touchdown. He is the 25th player in LSC history with a 100-yard kickoff return. He is the seventh player in Division II this season with a 100-yard kickoff return.

Bob Sloan

vs. Midwestern State, 1950

Marvin Brown

vs. Midwestern State, 1951

Gary Berry

vs. Sam Houston State, 1958

Buck Wilson

at West Texas A&M, 2017

• Wilson averages 31.7 yards per kickoff return on 11 returns. The NCAA requires returners to have 1.2 returns per game to qualify for the statistical rankings. Wilson averages 1.0 returns per game.

• If he met the return quantity qualification, Wilson would rank fourth in the nation in kick return yardage.

 

MACHORRO NAMED O-LINEMAN OF THE YEAR

• All-American tackle Jared Machorro was named the Lone Star Conference Offensive Lineman of the Year.

• The senior was named first team all-LSC after leading the offensive line to a dominant season that saw the Lions qualify for the NCAA Division II playoffs for the third consecutive season. 

• This is the second consective season he has earned first team all-LSC honors. 

• Machorro is the sixth Lion to win Offensive Lineman of the Year honors since the award was instituted in 1985, and the first A&M-Commerce player to do in a single-division LSC.

• He also ranks 11th in the LSC in average punt yardage at 35.5 yards per  punt.

• That's just awesome.

• Actual punter Tristan Perry ranks fourth in the conference with a 39.6 yard punting average.  He was named all-LSC honorable mention.

 

HOBBS EARNS TOP HONORS

• Tight end (or A in the Lions' system) Vincent Hobbs caught both important touchdown passes from Luis Perez in the first quarter of the first round playoff victory at Winona State.

• He was named first team all-Lone Star Conference when the league honors were released last week.

• He is the first Lion tight end to be named first team all-conference since Corey Goodall in 2006. 

• The short list of Lion tight ends named first team all-conference include Gary Compton (1988 & 1990), Javier Cardenas (1983 & 1984), Dudley Slice (1972), and Tom Black (1967).

 

ON THE SCOREBOARD

• Both of the teams in today's matchup excel in both scoring offense and scoring defense.

• The Lions rank 8th nationally in scoring defense at 14.1 points per game, and will go up against CWU's offense ranked 12th nationally at 40.2 points per game.

• The Lion offense ranks 20th nationally in scoring at 38.5 points per game, and the Wildcat defense allows 16.1 points per game to rank 16th nationally.

 

PASS PROTECTION WILL BE KEY

• The CWU defense has been monstrous in getting to the quarterback this season, earning 58 sacks in 11 games for a 5.27 average - by far the national leader.

• No other team has 45 total or 4.3 average sacks.

• Award winners on the Lion offensive line who will need to be prepared include LSC Offensive Lineman of the Year and first team all-LSC tackle Jared Machorro, second team all-LSC guard Poet Thomas, and second team all-LSC center Jon Aguilar.

 

ALL-LEAGUE HONORS, THEN A PICK

• Middle linebacker Brucks Saathoff earned first team all-Lone Star Conference honors on Friday after he led the Lions in the regular season with 59 stops including three tackles for loss and two sacks. He forced a fumble, had a pass breakup, and five quarterback hurries. 

• He had a season-high 12 tackles in the win at West Texas A&M, winning LSC Defensive Player of the Week honors.

• After earning all-Conference honors, Saathoff was the defensive leader for the Lions at Winona State with a key goal line interception, as well as eight tackles and a tackle for loss.

 

LIONS ALL-TIME IN THE POSTSEASON

Jan 1, 1953

vs. Tennessee Tech

W 33-0

Tangerine Bowl

Orlando

Jan 1, 1954

vs. Arkansas State

T 7-7

Tangerine Bowl

Orlando

Jan 1, 1958

vs. Mississippi Southern

W 10-9

Tangerine Bowl

Orlando

Dec 31, 1958

vs. Missouri Valley

W 26-7

Tangerine Bowl

Orlando

Nov 25, 1972

Central State (Okla.)

W 54-0

NAIA Semifinal

Commerce

Dec 9, 1972

Carson-Newman

W 21-18

NAIA Champion Bowl

Commerce

Dec 6, 1980

at Central Arkansas

W 27-21

NAIA Quarterfinal

Conway, Ark.

Dec 13, 1980

Elon

L 6-14

NAIA Semifinal

Commerce

Nov 17, 1990

at Grand Valley State

W 20-14

DII First Rd

Allendale, Mich.

Nov 24, 1990

at Pittsburg State

L 28-60

DII Quarterfinal

Pittsburg, Kan.

Nov 23, 1991

Grand Valley State

W 36-15

DII First Rd

Commerce

Nov 30, 1991

at Pittsburg State

L 28-38

DII Quarterfinal

Pittsburg, Kan.

Nov 18, 1995

at Portland State

L 35-56

DII First Rd

Portland, Ore.

Dec 13, 2013

vs. Harding

L 3-44

Live United Bowl

Texarkana, Ark.

Dec 6, 2014

vs. East Central

W 72-21

Heart of Texas Bowl

Copperas Cove

Nov 21, 2015

at Ferris State

L 30-48

DII Regional Qtr

Big Rapids, Mich.

Nov 19, 2016

Colorado Mesa

W 34-23

DII Regional Qtr

Commerce

Nov 26, 2016

at Grand Valley State

L 32-55

DII Regional Semi

Allendale, Mich.

Nov 18, 2017

at Winona State

W 20-6

DII Regional Qtr

Winona, Minn.

Nov 25, 2017

at Central Washington

-

DII Regional Semi

Ellensburg, Wash.

 

BIG MIKE MAKES BIG PLAYS

• Defensive end Michael Onuoha caught eyes all season as a disruptive force in the Lion front.

• He had 35 tackles with six tackles for loss and two sacks, along with five quarterback hurries. He had a season-high seven tackles at Midwestern State. That included an important tackle for loss to force a turnover on downs in a comeback effort.

• At Winona State, Onuoha was constantly putting pressure on Warrior quarterback Derek Beenken and came away with a strip sack, and two tackles for loss in a four tackle effort while WSU only ran 61 plays.

 

VERSATILE STERLING-LOWE

• Cornerback Yusef Sterling-Lowe was named first team all-Lone Star Conference after a highly successful season in both run and pass defense.

• He was named the LSC Defensive Player of the Week with two interceptions at A&M-Kingsville. 

• He had 27 regular season tackles as a cornerback with a season-best eight stops against Eastern New Mexico.

•At Winona, he had a key pass breakup.

 

ALSO ON THE HONORS LIST

• Other players earning all-LSC honors were wide receivers Darrion Landry and Buck Wilson, defensive tackle D.D. Fletcher, outside linebacker Kieston Carter, safeties Chris Smith and Alex Shillow, and long snapper Austin Jordan on the second team.

• Earning all-LSC honorable mention were wide receiver D'Arthur Cowan, running back Carandal Hale, return specialist Shawn Hooks, defensive tackle Peyton Searcy, inside linebacker Neema Behbahani, outside linebacker Travon Blanchard, cornerback Darent White, and punter Tristan Perry.

• Garrett Blubaugh joined Martinez on the LSC All-Academic team.

 

COMMON OPPONENTS

• The two teams in today's game share two common opponents, having both played A&M-Kingsville and North Alabama.

 

vs TAMUK

vs UNA

A&M-Commerce

W 38-7 (A, Wk4)

W 8-7 (A, Wk1)

Central Washington

W 34-10 (A, Wk1)

W 17-10 (H, Wk8)

 

ON THIS DAY IN ET/A&M-COMMERCE FOOTBALL HISTORY (2-1)

• 1920 - The Lions drop their season finale at Sam Houston St. 12-7.

• 1954 - ET takes down Sul Ross 27-6 at home to claim the Lions' fourth consecutive LSC title in J.V. Sikes' first season.

• 1972 - The Lions roll top-ranked Central State (Okla.) 54-0 in the NAIA National Semifinal in Commerce. ET collected 519 yards of total offense in a game that saw eight NAIA playoff records broken or tied. Lion tailback Kenneth Parks scored three touchdowns and rushed for 246 yards on 31 carries. 



 

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