UCA-Sam Houston set for wild-card TV game

The Sam Houston at Central Arkansas football game Nov. 23 has been selected as the wild card telecast on the Southland Conference Television Network.

The game between last year’s co-champions will kick off at 3 p.m. and be available across the more than 20 affiliates of the sixth-year network as well as ESPN GamePlan and ESPN3. The 8-2 Bearkats are trying to secure their seventh all-time playoff appearance and for the third consecutive season after reaching the championship game each of the last two years.

The conference also has made plans to televise the McNeese State game at Lamar Saturday, Nov. 23 at 6 p.m. on ESPN GamePlan and ESPN3. The Cowboys enter this weekend tied for second place with Sam Houston at 4-1 in league play and are 8-2 overall. McNeese, which still has hopes for a share of the league title, is eyeing its 15th overall playoff appearance and first since 2009.

Bears place 7 on all-decade team

Seven former University of Central Arkansas Bears were named to the Southland Conference 2000s All-Decade Football Team on Wednesday.

The UCA honorees include: tight end Marquez Branson (2007-08); quarterback Nathan Brown (2006-08); defensive back Pieri Feazell (2008-09); offensive lineman Lane Friewald (2006-09); offensive lineman Jeremy Ford (2006-08); running back Brent Grimes (2006-09), and defensive end Larry Hart (2008-09).

Branson was a two-time All-SLC selection and a first-team All-American in 2008 by The Sports Network. Branson was also named to the Sporting News Fabulous 50 in 2008 and was selected for the Texas vs. The Nation Bowl. Branson is third in UCA history in single-season touchdown receptions with 11.

Brown, the most decorated player in UCA history, was the 2007 SLC Offensive Player of the Year and the 2009 Player of the Year. He led the league in passing and total offense in 2007 and was a first-team All-American by The Sporting News. Brown was named to The Sporting News Fabulous 50 and was selected for the East-West Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl. He was also a Payton Award finalist in 2008.

Feazell, from Mount Olive, Miss., was a two-time first-team All-SLC safety. Friewald, from Little Rock, was on the All-SLC team three times. Ford, from Bastrop, La., was a four-year starter and two-time All-SLC selection as an offensive lineman.

Grimes, from Baton Rouge, was one of the most productive running backs in UCA history, earning All-SLC honors three times and setting the school career record with 50 rushing touchdowns. Grimes is also second in single-season touchdowns, second in rushing touchdowns and fourth in career rushing yards. He rushed for 1,222 yards as a senior in 2009.

Hart, from Madison, Miss., and Holmes Community College, was UCA’s highest NFL draftee in history, going in the fifth round (pick No. 143) in 2009. Hart was the SLC Defensive Player of the Year in 2009 and was a two-time All-SLC selection as well as an AP FCS All-American and The Sporting News All-American. Hart was a Buchanan Award finalist and was selected for the Texas vs. The Nation Bowl.

A total of 106 former players make up the 2000s All-Decade Team, including honorees from each of the 10 institutions that were football members at during the period.

CCS girls win 2 games

SHERWOOD — The Conway Christian Girls Basketball teams took a pair of wins from Abundant Life Tuesday night.

The Lady Eagles (1-1)won the junior high game, 49-16, and the Lady Eagles (1-0) opened their senior high season with a 66-21 win. 

In the junior Girls game, CCS used aggressive defense to build a 22-10 lead at the half. Twelve players scored for Conway Christian. Freshman Adrianna Ferrand led the way with eight points and eight rebounds. Freshman Rhaegan Linn added six points and four steals.

"I was really pleased with the way we came out and played after a tough loss to start the season," said coach Jeremy Carson. "We did a much better job of taking care of the ball and we forced more turnovers. We also shot much better in this game." 

CCS’ senior girls raced to a 21-5 lead at the end of the first period. Mary-Morgan Ellis led the Lady Eagles scoring attack with 23 points and eight rebounds, while Lyndi Dather added 19 points and six rebounds. Katie Jo Henley also chipped in eight points. 

"I challenged my team to play sharp in this opener," said Carson. "We set goals for our performance and met every one of them. I’m really proud of the discipline we showed on offense. We took care of the ball, took good shots, and really moved well." 

The Lady Eagles will return to action next Friday night in Memphis when they take on Pangburn in an exhibition game at the FedEx Forum. For ticket information, contact the CCS athletic department.