Pair of Huskies, SFA’s Murray Earn Weekly Football Honors

first_imgOffensive Player of the Week: Bailey Zappe – Jr. – Quarterback – Victoria, TexasSaturday’s win over Texas Southern marked another electric performance for the FCS passing touchdowns leader (21), setting program records for completions (43), attempts (59) and passing touchdowns (7). The quarterback responsible for all six 300-yard passing performances in school history, Zappe threw touchdowns to four different receivers against the Tigers as the Huskies compiled a school-record 749 yards of total offense. This is his second Offensive Player of the Week award of the fall. Murray, a redshirt freshman defensive end, is the Defensive Player of the Week. The ‘Jacks (1-4, 1-1 SLC) spoiled Lamar’s homecoming festivities and picked up the first win of the Colby Carthel era with a 24-17 decision. SFA turns its attention to one of the biggest dates on its schedule – the 94th edition of the Battle of the Piney Woods game against Sam Houston State at 3 p.m. Saturday. Honorable Mention: Scean Mustin, Sam Houston State; Alexis Ramos, Southeastern Louisiana; Tre Richardson, UIW. Honorable Mention: Matt McRobert, Sam Houston State; Max Quick, Stephen F. Austin. Honorable Mention: Taron Jones, Southeastern Louisiana; Nathan Stewart, Sam Houston State. Special Teams Player of the Week: Gino Garcia – Fr. – Kicker – Richardson, TexasGarcia converted two of his three field-goal attempts, with his only miss from 52 yards, to improve to 8-for-10 on the year. The freshman nailed a career-long 54-yarder for HBU’s final points in its 68-31 win over Texas Southern. Garcia was 8-for-9 on extra points, setting a program record for most PATs made. He is 29-for-32 on the year on extra points.center_img Defensive Player of the Week: Amad Murray – R-Fr. – Defensive End – Huntsville, TexasMurray played a vital role in a Stephen F. Austin defense that held Lamar to just three points through the first three quarters of Saturday’s 24-17 win over the Cardinals. The redshirt freshman defensive end tallied two of the ‘Jacks’ four sacks, both of which came on third-downs tops. Murray is the first SFA player this season to record multiple sacks in a game. Zappe is the offensive Player of the Week after tossing a school-record seven touchdown passes, and teammate Garcia, a freshman kicker, is the Special Teams Player of the Week for the second-straight week. The Huskies (4-1, 1-0 SLC) wrapped up the non-conference portion of their schedule with a 68-31 win over crosstown foe Texas Southern on Saturday. HBU returns to league play when it hosts UIW at 6 p.m. CT Saturday. FRISCO, Texas – Houston Baptist’s Bailey Zappe and Gino Garcia, along with Stephen F. Austin’s Amad Murray, earned Southland Football Player of the Week honors, the league announced Monday.  Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more

Referees strike threatens Wednesday hoops games

first_imgWednesdayLady Dolphins vs Nkumba Lady Marines 6pm Tomhawks vs Nkumba Marines 8pmBASKETBALL—The National Basketball League faces further embarrassment and could see Wednesday’s called off as referees continue to sulk and sit out.That last week some coaches and even a player had to step in and volunteer to umpirise games was already laughable enough. Such is the nature of Ugandan sport and its romance with levity one that provoke a brief laughter in a grim landscape.But the situation seems far from over and unless Fuba acts swiftly to sort the pay dispute that has seen referees make the decision not to take to the courts today, fixtures between UPDF Tomhawks and Nkumba Marines (men), and JKL Lady Dolphins and Nkumba Lady Marines could be called off.The behind-the-scenes row brewing between Fuba and referees became known last weekend when a number of referees and umpires boycotted league games, opting to moonglight at a schools tournament.PML Daily has learnt that referees and other officials are demanding salary arrears stretching back to last season. They claim that their patience has been stretched to breaking point, and that Fuba has been taking them for granted.On Sunday, the women’s game between Lioness and Javon Ladies was called off due to absence of referees by 9.30am, a stipulated tip-off time.In efforts prevent fixture pile up due to postponements, national team and City Oilers fitness coaches Ram Nyakana and Raymond Muhumuza, respectively, volunteered to officiate the rest of the day’s game.As the games took their toll on the pair of Nyakana and Muhumuza, Falcon’s Moses Olobo chipped in to officiate the final days’ game that saw Our Saviour beat Nkumba Marines 72-63.“We will have two meetings this week and hope to have the situation resolved,” newly-elected Fuba Vice President Grace Kwizera told the media after last weekends’ uncertainty.Federation of Uganda Basketbal Association claim that its coffers are empty as they  have failed on their attempts to get new league sponsors since their partnership with telecom giants Airtel expired last year.editorial@pmldaily.com Commentslast_img read more