CFA weekend schedule includes games in five states

The College Football America Yearbook will be on the road as usual with a full slate of high school and college games in Arkansas, Kansas, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Tennessee.

Keevan Lucas
Tulsa wide receiver Keevan Lucas is a Biletnikoff Award candidate, and the main scoring threat among the Golden Hurricane’s deep arsenal of receivers. (CFA Photo by Kendall Webb)

West Creek (Clarksville, TN) at Rossview (Clarksville, TN)
TSSAA (Tennessee High School Football)
8 p.m. ET Thursday, October 8, 2015
Clarksville, Tennessee

We’ve got some more Thursday night high school action this week, as we get things kicked off in Clarksville, Tennessee, with CFA Publisher Kendall Webb paying a visit to the West Creek (Clarksville, TN) Coyotes at the Rossview (Clarksville, TN) Hawks. At 4-3, the hosts are the overwhelming favorites as the Coyotes are one of the lowest-ranked teams in Tennessee still seeking their first victory at 0-7. It isn’t likely to come against the Hawks.

PUBLISHER’S PICK: Rossview (Clarksville, TN)

Pearl River at Mississippi Gulf Coast
NJCAA (Mississippi Junior College Football)
8 p.m. ET Thursday, October 8, 2015
Perkinston, Mississippi

Meanwhile a little further south, our Associate Publisher Chuck Cox is en route to New Orleans, and tonight he’ll head on over to Perkinston, Mississippi, for some NJCAA junior college action. It’s potentially a good one, too, as No. 7 Mississippi Gulf Coast (5-1) hosts their archrivals from Pearl River. Even though the visitors are only 2-4, they took a major step forward with one of the biggest wins in school history last Saturday when they took down the nation’s No. 1-ranked team Copiah-Lincoln in a shocking 17-9 upset.

It was a tough Saturday all the way around for Co-Lin as news of 2014 quarterback Daniel Fitzwater’s death was passed along to the team after the game with some reports indicating it may have even been spreading through the team during the game. Either way, Pearl River showed it has the talent and resolve to stick with the nation’s top team, and Gulf Coast’s nine-game winning streak in this series could be in jeopardy if their rivals show up playing their best game.

PUBLISHER’S PICK: Mississippi Gulf Coast

Christian Brothers (St. Louis, MO) at Christian Brothers (Memphis, TN)
TSSAA (Tennessee High School
8 p.m. ET Friday, October 9, 2015
Memphis, Tennessee

Friday night you’ll find Publisher Webb in Memphis, Tennessee, where the Christian Brothers (St. Louis, MO) Cadets will visit their namesake rivals from Memphis – the Christian Brothers (Memphis, TN) Purple Wave – in a game that should be pretty competitive.

The visitors from St. Louis, however, are regarded as a national powerhouse at the moment, ranked No. 1 in the Show Me State and in the Top 50 overall nationally. Certainly the talent would appear to tip in their favor with three of Missouri’s top-ranked FBS prospects taking the field including running back Tre Bryant, a 3-star recruit committed to Kansas State. He’s joined by fellow 3-stars Roddrick Bryant at wide receiver and athlete Lamar Anderson both of whom remain uncommitted. It should be enough firepower to get them past the Purple Wave who are ranked No. 12 in Tennessee.

PUBLISHER’S PICK: Christian Brothers (St. Louis, MO)

Arizona Christian at Langston
3 p.m. ET Saturday, October 10, 2015
Langston, Oklahoma

This mid-afternoon NAIA matchup with Publisher Webb scheduled to be on hand is Langston’s league opener in the Central States Football League, and it’s hard to know what to expect from the visiting Arizona Christian Firestorm which made a huge splash in its league debut last weekend. The Firestorm went on the road and upset Wayland Baptist 36-24 to get the win in their first conference game ever in just their second year as a program.

Langston is probably the top program in the CSFL, but they can’t let any preseason hype lull them to sleep. Arizona Christian showed they have some young athletes capable of competing at this level, and at 2-2, the host Lions are hardly without their flaws having giving up at least 29 points in three of their four contests to date. This could get interesting in Langston.


Oklahoma Baptist at Southern Arkansas
3:30 p.m. ET Saturday, October 10, 2015
Magnolia, Arkansas

CFA Editor-in-Chief Matthew Postins enters the fray this weekend with a trip to Magnolia, Arkansas, and he could be in for quite a treat.

The Southern Arkansas Muleriders are only 3-2, but they know how to light up a scoreboard and they should have plenty of opportunities against the 1-4 Oklahoma Baptist Bison. The Muleriders average – average – 529 yards per game, and redshirt freshman quarterback Barrett Renner has thrown 15 touchdowns spread among nine different receivers with only three interceptions.

Oklahoma Baptist showed the ability to put up some points last week, too, in a 56-28 win over Arkansas-Monticello. Keeping pace with the Muleriders in Magnolia, however, could prove to be beyond the reach of the third-year program.

PUBLISHER’S PICK: Southern Arkansas

ULM at Tulsa
6 p.m. ET Saturday, October 10, 2015
Tulsa, Oklahoma

Up in Tulsa, Publisher Webb will pay a visit to Skelly Field at H.A. Chapman Stadium where the Tulsa Golden Hurricane will host the ULM Warhawks.

We mentioned Daniel Fitzwater’s death, and it also plays a role here as Fitzwater signed with ULM after leaving Copiah-Lincoln. He was injured in the preseason and was sitting out the 2015 season, but he figured into the Warhawks future plans. ULM head coach Todd Berry addressed the situation in his weekly press conference Wednesday, and described having to tell the team during the pregame meal last week against Georgia Southern.

With Fitzwater’s memorial service held on Wednesday and the cause of death still unknown, the Warhawks are still struggling to put the loss into perspective while continuing to prepare for the game with Tulsa. The Golden Hurricane are definitely the better team and playing at home only strengthens the advantage, but teams often pull together during the darkest moments and find motivation in personal loss or tragedy. They’ll have to contain two Biletnikoff Award candidates in Keyarris Garrett (33 receptions, 539 yards, 1 TD) and Keevan Lucas (26 receptions, 409 yards, 5 TD’s), but if they do, they’ve got a chance in Tulsa.


Bethel (KS) JV at Coffeyville
2 p.m. ET Sunday, October 11, 2015
Coffeyville, Kansas

The Fitzwater thread then plays a minor role here as well. Publisher Webb will head up to Coffeyville Sunday morning where the No. 1-ranked Coffeyville CC Red Ravens will host the Bethel (KS) junior varsity in an official junior college contest.

Coffeyville moved up to the top spot after Pearl River’s big win over Copiah-Lincoln, and they shouldn’t have any problem with the Threshers JV squad.