PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Layton Rabb, Midwestern State University, SR, Accounting, QB, Llano, Texas, Llano HS
Rabb threw for 334 yards and three touchdowns to lead 10th-ranked Midwestern State to a 38-17 win over No. 2 West Florida Saturday night at Memorial Stadium. The senior from Llano completed 14 of his last 17 passes for 179 and three TDs to pace the MSU Texas offense to four second-half touchdowns as the erased an 11-point halftime deficit to outscore the Argonauts 35-3 in the second half. Rabb connected with Michael Berry (1) and Xavier Land (15) for scores in the third quarter, then hit Anthony Tennison for a 17-yard score TD to give the Mustangs a 24-17 lead with 9:18 to play. Rabb tops the nation with eight touchdown passes through the first two weeks, while leading the LSC pass efficiency (199.0) and passing yards (607).
Paul Manus, Midwestern State University, SR, Business/Marketing, LB, Claremont, Calif., Claremont HS (College of the Seqouias)
Manus keyed a strong Midwestern State defense by intercepting two passes while making seven tackles in a 38-17 win over No. 2 West Florida Saturday night at Memorial Stadium. The senior from Claremont, Calif. iced the game with a 59-yard interception return for a touchdown staking MSU Texas to a three-touchdown lead with 2:53 to play. Manus also stood tall stopping West Florida’s fake punt attempt by tackling Asante Griffin five yards short of the first down on 4th-and-9 on the UWF 46-yard line. The Mustangs cashed in the short field to take a 31-17 lead following a 2-yard run by Adrian Seales with 3:52 to play. Manus added an interception in the end zone on the Argonauts final offensive play of the game.
Larry Johnson, Angelo State University, JR, Finance, PR/KR, Fort Worth, Texas, Arlington Heights HS
Johnson broke off an 88-yard kickoff return for a touchdown on Saturday against Abilene Christian in the second quarter. Johnson’s return sparked a 24-0 run by the Rams who would lead at halftime but dropped their first game of the season against the Wildcats. Johnson caught the kickoff at the 12-yard line, found room in the middle of the field behind his blockers and then raced down the home sideline at Wildcat Field for the first ASU touchdown of the day. It was his first kickoff return for a touchdown in his career and the first special teams touchdown of the season for ASU.
S-3 Layton Rabb, Midwestern State
S-10 Layton Rabb, Midwestern State (2)
S-3 Hunter Kyle, Angelo State
S-10 Paul Manus, Midwestern State
S-3 Kristov Martinez, Texas A&M-Commerce
S-10 Larry Johnson, Angelo State