GAME DAY: Texans can secure winning season with homecoming victory

Tarleton State running back Daniel McCants is one of the most electrifying return specialists in all of NCAA Division II football. || Courtesy Tarleton Athletics Communications

Editor’s note: Here is a look at the Tarleton State – Western Oregon matchup from the office of Tarleton Athletic Communications. The Flash Today will have its own close up look at both teams before the homecoming contest kicks of at Memorial Stadium.

It’s homecoming week at Tarleton State University and the Texans are back at Memorial Stadium for a 6 p.m. kickoff in a Super Region IV showdown against Western Oregon.

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A complete broadcast of today’s game can be seen on the Tarleton Sports Network presented by the North Texas Ford Dealers. Byron Anderson, Brad Keith, and J.P. Stingley have the call on the flagship station of Tarleton Athletics – KTRL 90.5 FM in Stephenville – and worldwide at Live Stats and a video stream can be found on the football schedule of

Tarleton is 5-3 on the season and 4-2 in the Lone Star Conference and are looking to continue the momentum from a 41-34 win over Texas A&M-Kingsville on ESPN3 last weekend. Tarleton is averaging 29.6 points per game on 351.8 yards of offense. Quarterback Zed Woerner has thrown for 1,659 yards and 14 touchdowns in eight games.Jeff Thomas leads the Texan receivers with 639 yards on 42 catches with five touchdowns, while Del’Michael High has 568 yards on 38 catches with three scores. Xavier Turner leads the team with 430 rushing yards and five touchdowns on the ground. Defensively, the Texans give up an average of 26.4 points on 428.6 yards per game. Basil Jackson leads the team in tackles with 82.


Western Oregon comes into this week’s game with a 2-6 overall mark, including a 1-5 record in Great Northwest Athletic Conference play. Under 13th year head coach Arne Ferguson, the Wolves are averaging 33.2 points per game on 380.9 yards of total offense per game over the first eight contests. Nick Duckworth is the Wolves’ top passer with 1,794 yards and 16 touchdowns while Paul Revis leads the team with 910 yards receiving. Taylor Poyadue leads the rushing game with 295 yards on 54 carries and one touchdown. Defensively, Bo Highburger leads the Wolves with 48.5 tackles.

This is the first-ever meeting between Tarleton and Western Oregon. Western Oregon is a member of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference and is in Monmouth, Oregon. With a new NCAA realignment, this game now qualifies as an in-region contest for the Texans.

Tarleton will return to Lone Star Conference action next Saturday as the Texans travel to Wichita Falls for a 2 p.m. showdown with Midwestern State.

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