Midwestern State sophomore Dominique Williams garnered Lone Star Conference Special Teams Player of the Honors Monday when league officials announced weekly award winners.
The sophomore from Houston became the first MSU player to return a punt for a touchdown in six seasons as he provided the Mustangs' third touchdown of the opening quarter in a 66-20 win over McMurry (Texas).
Williams took the punt at his own 32 and returned it straight up the middle for a 68-yard TD.
It equaled the fifth-longest punt return in MSU history and was the first scoring punt return since BeeJay Mathis went 70 yards against Northeastern State on Sep. 15, 2007.
It was Williams' second return of 60-or-more yards this season matching the feat of former NAIA All American Henry Johnson who recorded returns of 76 and 68 yards during the 1995 season.
Williams is the LSC leading punt returner boasting 23.0-yard average.
Tarleton State's sophomore wideout Le'Nard Meyers (8 rec., 168 yds, 2 TDs) and senior linebacker Marquis Wadley (15 tackles) were named the league's top offensive and defensive performers leading the Texans to a 31-27 upset win over No. 4 West Texas A&M Saturday night in Stephenville.
Midwestern State plays host to No. 8 West Alabama Saturday night at Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m.
Midwestern State moved ahead one spot to No. 24 in the latest American Football Coaches' Association Top 25 released Monday afternoon.
The Mustangs claimed their fourth straight win taking a 66-20 decision over McMurry Saturday night at Memorial Stadium to improve to 4-1 on the season.
MSU concludes its three-week home stand taking on No. 8 West Alabama Saturday night at Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m.
West Alabama upended No. 1 Valdosta State (Ga.) last Thursday to ignite a tumultuous week for highly ranked teams.
Tarleton State recovered from a 21-point halftime deficit to defeat then-No. 4 West Texas A&M 31-27. The Texans (5-0) jumped ahead seven spots to No. 14, while the Buffs descended 13 places to 17th.
No. 7 Indiana (Pa.) fell 15 spots to No. 22 after taking a 42-16 loss to unranked Slippery Rock (Pa.).
MSU is one of 10 teams from a stacked Super Region Four to receive mention in the poll joining No. 3 Colorado State-Pueblo, No. 14 Tarleton State, No. 17 West Texas A&M, No. 18 Ohio Dominican and No. 21 Indianapolis (Ind.).
Saginaw Valley State (Mich.), Chadron State (Neb.), Ferris State (Mich.) and Colorado Mines are receiving votes.
The Mustangs have received at least one vote in 90 of the last 91 polls dating back to the 2006 season.
Midwestern State junior Derek Oland fired a 4-over-par 76 to lead the Mustangs in first round play at The Territory Classic on Monday.
The teams fought through heavy rains at the start of the round at the par 72, 7,077-yard Territory Golf and Country Club that caused some problems.
"The conditions were not great," said MSU Coach Jeff Ray. "We're a young group and we got a lesson in needing to be mentally tough in bad weather."
Oland's 76 is six strokes off the lead after the first round of the two round tournament. He's tied for 16th individually.
He also paced MSU to a 316 for the first round, placing the Mustangs ninth in the 15 team field.
Senior Julio Gonzales-Galvan added a 77, while sophomore Colton Kowalick supplied a 79. MSU had sophomore Brandon Banks add an 84, while freshman Jared Baker posted an 87.
"We need that good fourth score to score well as a team, and it was a tough day for that," said Ray. "Jeremy (LeGuen) is injured and not playing this week, and we definitely missed him today."
St. Edward's didn't let the weather affect them, recording a solid 4-over 292 as a team, while host Cameron stands in second and third, with the varsity squad tied with the CU JV team at 16-over 304. Abilene Christian is in fourth at 307, followed by Southern Nazarene and West Texas A&M at 309.
Individually, St. Ed's Dillon Van Essen fired a 2-under 70 in the first round for the lead, followed by teammate Andres Rodas at 1-under 71 and ACU's Trey Sullivan at even-par 72.
The final round is Tuesday at The Territory.
Midwestern State junior Brenna Moore sloshed through the rain to fire a 1-under-par 71 to hold the individual lead at the Dallas Baptist Classic.
Moore, who posted her best round of the young season, toured the par 72, 5,879-yard Golf Club of Dallas in fine fashion tying Arkansas Tech's Rebecka Surtevall at 1-under.
Moore leads a group of nine players within a stroke of the top of the leaderboard after the first round of action.
Moore helped pace the Mustangs to sitting fifth in the team standings at 312, just two strokes out of second.
Freshmen Sierra Campbell and Kellie Martin are in a group tied for 16th after a first round 7-over 79. Freshman Hayley Dambold put up and 83, while Knyze Mann added an 88.
Playing as an individual, Caitlan Inman tallied a 94.
St. Edward's, with three players in the top five and a fourth in the top 13, leads the tournament at 297, 13 strokes ahead of Cameron and Arkansas Tech tied for second at 310. Tarleton State is next at 311 with MSU at 312 in fifth among the 15 teams in the competition.
The tournament concludes with a single 18-hole round on Tuesday.