OBU dom­i­nates all-GAC foot­ball team

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its sec­ond Great Amer­i­can Con­fer­ence cham­pi­onship in the last four years, and third over­all, Oua­chita Bap­tist was well rep­re­sented on the all-GAC foot­ball team re­leased Tues­day.

The Tigers led all schools with 17 to­tal se­lec­tions while Todd Knight was named coach of the year for the third time.

OBU wide re­ceivers Al­lie Free­man and Drew Har­ris re­ceived first-team all-GAC hon­ors along with of­fen­sive line­men Cori and Justin Goose­berry.

Har­ris set a con­fer­ence record with 27 to­tal touch­downs, in­clud­ing seven in a 49-42 win over Hen­der­son State on Satur­day, while Free­man hauled in 63 passes for 879 yards and nine touch­downs.

Fin­ish­ing with 67 re­cep­tions for 1,109 yards and 16 touch­downs, Arkansas-Monticello re­ceiver Jalen Tol­liver was named of­fen­sive player of the year. His 16 re­ceiv­ing touch­downs tied for first in Di­vi­sion II.

Pre­sea­son fa­vorite South­ern Arkansas had a league­high seven first-team se­lec­tions, Davon­drick Li­son named de­fen­sive player of the year af­ter lead­ing the con­fer­ence in sacks (7.5) and tack­les for loss (16.5).

Quar­ter­back Bar­rett Ren­ner, run­ning back Michael Nun­nery, re­ceiver Karonce Hig­gins, tight end Tan­ner Hud­son, de­fen­sive tackle Travis Wil­liams and safety El­gin Moore joined Li­son on the first-team for the 7-4 Mu­lerid­ers.

Re­bound­ing from an 0-3 start to fin­ish 8-3 un­der firstyear coach Paul Sim­mons, Hard­ing re­ceived eight all-GAC se­lec­tions. Of­fen­sive line­man Gavin De Los San­tos (Lake Hamil­ton) and line­backer Sam Blanken­ship rep­re­sented the Bisons on the all-GAC first team.

Arkansas Tech re­ceived five first-team se­lec­tions while Hen­der­son State had three. Safety Cua’ Rose was a unan­i­mous se­lec­tion for the 8-3 Won­der­boys, joined on the first-team by full­back Chris East­burn, of­fen­sive line­man Trey Bradley, line­backer KJ Reid and re­turn spe­cial­ist Braden Stringer.

Cen­ter Cory Sti­tle, de­fen­sive end Sam John­son and punter Cody Mick­ell rep­re­sented the 6-5 Red­dies on the all-GAC first-team.

Lead­ing the con­fer­ence with 1,097 rush­ing yards while scor­ing eight touch­downs, East Cen­tral run­ning back On­tario Dou­glas was named the fresh­man of the year. His 1,097 yards ranked sec­ond among all fresh­men in Di­vi­sion II.

OBU quar­ter­back Austin War­ford (Malvern) and run­ning back Kris Oliver (Arkadel­phia) were named to the all-GAC hon­or­able men­tion team. War­ford passed for 2,072 yards and 13 touch­downs, adding 643 yards and six scores on the ground.

Oliver paced the Tigers with 795 rush­ing yards, scor­ing three touch­downs.

OBU and Hard­ing were se­lected for the NCAA Di­vi­sion II play­offs Sun­day af­ter­noon. The No. 5 seed Tigers travel to Fer­ris State in the first round Satur­day while the No. 7 seed Bisons travel to In­di­anapo­lis.

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