Today’s GAC games

Posted: October 28, 2017 at 3:15 a.m.

ARKANSAS-MONTICELLO

AT OUACHITA BAPTIST

WHEN 1 p.m.

WHERE Cliff Harris Stadium, Arkadelphia RADIO KHBM-FM, 93.7 in Monticello; KHTE-FM, 96.5 in Little Rock; KUOA-AM, 1290 and FM, 97.7 in Siloam Springs; KAMD-FM, 97.1 in Camden; KZNG-AM, 1340 and FM, 105.5 in Hot Springs; KNAS-FM, 105.5 in Nashville; KQOR-FM, 105.3 in Mena

INTERNET uamsports.com; obutigers.com

RECORDS Arkansas-Monticello 5-3 in Great American Conference; Ouachita Baptist 6-2 in GAC

COACHES Hud Jackson (24-49 in sixth season at UAM and overall); Todd Knight (97-93 in 19th season at Ouachita Baptist, 125-125-2 in 25th season overall) SERIES Ouachita Baptist leads 42-33-1 LAST MEETING Arkansas-Monticello won 34-26 last season

COMMENTS Ouachita Baptist is part of a four-way tie for the lead in the Great American Conference, and a victory over Arkansas-Monticello helps the Tigers keep pace for their first title since 2014. … UAM senior receiver Jalen Tolliver led the team in receiving with 3 catches for 41 yards in a 35-23 victory over Southern Nazarene last week. Tolliver is tied for fourth in NCAA Division II with 10 touchdown receptions. … OBU ranks eighth in the GAC in total defense

(401.8 yards allowed per game) and will be tasked with stopping the GAC’s top offense in UAM (472.8 yards per game). … The UAM pass rush is third in the GAC with 16 sacks, and junior linebacker Anthony Walker is tied for second in the conference with 5 sacks.

HARDING AT SOUTHEASTERN

OKLAHOMA STATE

WHEN 2 p.m. Central

WHERE Paul Laird Field, Durant, Okla. RADIO KVHU-FM, 95.3 in Searcy

INTERNET hardingsports.com

RECORDS Harding 5-3 in Great American Conference; SE Okla. State 6-2 in GAC COACHES Paul Simmons (5-3 in first season at Harding and overall); Bo Atterberry (26-16 in fourth season at SE Okla. State, 67-44 in 10 seasons overall) SERIES Harding leads 21-7

LAST MEETING Harding won 63-17 last season

COMMENTS After starting the season 0-3, Harding is now one game behind a four-way tie for the lead in the Great American Conference. … The Bisons went 11-0 in the GAC last season to win their first GAC title and finished 13-1. … Harding junior linebacker Sam Blankenship was named the GAC Defensive Player of the Week after leading the team with 12 tackles and a forced fumble in a 42-0 victory over SW Okla. State last week. … SE Okla. State has lost two consecutive games since it started the season 6-0, and quarterback Austin Skinner threw two interceptions in a 49-19 loss to Southern Arkansas last week. … SE Okla. State has the GAC’s fifth-ranked rush defense (173.9 yards allowed per game) and will face Harding’s top rushing offense in NCAA Division II (333 yards per game).

SOUTHERN ARKANSAS

AT HENDERSON STATE

WHEN 2 p.m.

WHERE Ruggles Field at Carpenter-Hay-good Stadium, Arkadelphia

RADIO KVMZ-FM, 99.1 in Magnolia; KYXK-FM, 106.9 in Arkadelphia

INTERNET muleriderathletics.com; hsusports.com

RECORDS Southern Arkansas 6-2 in Great American Conference; Henderson State 4-4 in GAC

COACHES Bill Keopple (49-43 in eight seasons at Southern Arkansas and overall); Scott Maxfield (92-47 in 13th season at Henderson State, 121-59 in 16 seasons overall)

SERIES Henderson State leads 44-33-1 LAST MEETING Southern Arkansas won 50-24 last season

COMMENTS Southern Arkansas is in a four-way tie for first place in the Great American Conference. … The last time a game between SAU and Henderson State influenced the GAC title, Henderson beat SAU 44-36 on its way to an undefeated GAC championship in 2012. SAU would have tied for the title with a victory. … SAU has the most sacks (20) and has given up the least sacks (2) in the GAC. … SAU junior defensive lineman Davondrick Lison leads the conference with 7 sacks. … Henderson State has not lost four games in a season since the GAC was formed in 2011. The Reddies have not lost more than four games since they went 3-7 in 2009. … Reddies junior defensive back Sheldon Watson leads the GAC with four interceptions.

ARKANSAS TECH

AT EAST CENTRAL (OKLA.)

WHEN 4 p.m. Central

WHERE Koi Ishto Stadium, Ada, Okla. RADIO KCJC-FM, 102.3 in Russellville INTERNET arkansastechsports.com

RECORDS Arkansas Tech 6-2 in Great American Conference; East Central 2-6 in GAC

COACHES Raymond Monica (29-24 in five seasons at Tech, 74-58 in 12 seasons overall); Tim McCarty (48-62 in 11 seasons at East Central, 68-88 in 15 seasons overall)

SERIES East Central leads 11-8

LAST MEETING Arkansas Tech won 55-14 last season

COMMENTS Arkansas Tech junior wide receiver Tevin McKenzie was named the Great American Conference Offensive Player of the Week, and senior running back Braden Stringer was named Special Teams Player of the Week after the Wonder Boys’ 66-10 victory over NW Okla. State last week. McKenzie caught three touchdowns and Stringer had a punt return touchdown of 77 yards. … East Central freshman running back Ontario Douglas leads the GAC with 806 rushing yards and 7 touchdowns, and he will face Tech’s third-ranked rush defense in the conference (144.5 yards allowed per game). … Tech’s scoring offense (43 points per game) is tops in the GAC and ranks eighth in NCAA Division II. It will face East Central’s defense, which ranks second to last in the conference in points allowed (37.2 per game).