NORTHWESTERN FOOTBALL MOVES TO
NINTH IN THE NAIA
cracking the NAIA’s top ten last week, the
Northwestern Oklahoma State football team moved up
another spot this week as the Rangers now hold
down a No. 9 ranking. The Rangers are nine points
behind eighth ranked Lindenwood (Mo.) with 270
Last week Northwestern downed No. 25 Sterling
College (Kan.) 38-14 at Ranger Field.
The Rangers remained ranked No. 8 in the Victory
Sports Network poll.
Northwestern (3-1) will head north to Peru, Neb.
(2-4) to tangle with Peru State in a
non-conference matchup on Saturday, Oct. 11.
RANGERS WHIP NO. 25 WARRIORS 38-14
The 10th ranked Northwestern Oklahoma
State Ranger football team had no trouble with No.
25 Sterling (Kan.) as the Rangers whipped the
Warriors 38-14 at Ranger Field on Saturday.
Northwestern held the Warriors to just 35 total
yards after three quarters of play and led 38-0
before Sterling would score in the fourth quarter.
After a scoreless first quarter, in which the
Rangers ate up more than 10 minutes of clock in
two possessions, Northwestern turned on the jets
in the second quarter.
The Rangers scored on the second play of the
second quarter to lead 7-0 after obtaining the
ball from Lamon Miller’s interception.
Northwestern used eight plays to score with 13:55
left before half.
Just over three minutes later Billy Barefield
upped the score to 14-0 on a 27 yard scamper. Ty
Ray bombed a 52-yard field goal with 4:53 to go,
before Barefield hit Kent McDonald, who was
standing in the end zone, with 33 seconds left for
a 24-0 lead.
Barefield hit Kyle Culwell and McDonald again for
3 and 10 yard receptions, to take the commanding
38-0 lead after three quarters.
Sterling got on the board in the fourth quarter
after an interception and a fumble led to two
The Ranger defense allowed only one yard in the
first quarter, 28 yards in the second and six
yards in the third quarter. Richard Gunnels and
Rocky Lee had six tackles each, while Jon Ballard
had five. In addition to Miller’s interception,
senior Tyler Grey also had one.
Northwestern had 21 first downs in the game and
tallied 331 yards of offense. Barefield completed
16-of-22 passes for 191 yards and three
touchdowns, while Kent McDonald was his main
target with four catches for 69 yards and two
touchdowns. Culwell finished with five catches for
Courtney Jones led the rushers with 53 yards
followed closely by Barefield, who had 45 yards,
and Jared Jackson’s 44 yards.
10th ranked Northwestern (3-1) will
meet Peru State (Neb.) in Peru, Neb. for a 1 p.m.
game on Saturday, Oct. 11.
RANGERS CRACK NAIA TOP TEN
Ranger Football team cracked the NAIA top ten this
week as they moved up two spots, from 12th
to No. 10 in the NAIA Coaching Poll. This has been
the first time since the 2005 preseason rating
that the Rangers have broken into the top ten.
The Rangers moved up in another poll, moving into
No. 8 in the Victory Sports Network poll.
Northwestern (2-1) will host Sterling (Kan.)
College (2-1) at Ranger Field on Saturday, Oct. 4
in a 2 p.m. game.
WILLIAMS NAMED CSFL OFFENSIVE PLAYER
OF THE WEEK
Oklahoma State sophomore wide receiver Korey
Williams was honored by the Central States
Football League as the Offensive Player of the
Week for the week of September 20.
Williams, from New Orleans, La., set two school
passes caught with four and most receiving yards
in a game with 202,
in the Rangers 49-3 win over Southwestern College
He was hit for a 14-yard touchdown reception with
a second to go before the end of the third quarter
to get his record setting catch. Williams broke
the old record of three touchdowns set by four
former Rangers, spanning from 1978 to 2003.
His 202 yards receiving broke the old record of
199 yards which was set in 1978 against East
Central by 2008 Sports Hall of Fame member Brian
Clothier. Williams hauled in six catches with a
long of 65 yards.
WILLIAMS SETS TWO RECORDS, BAREFIELD TIES ONE;
AS NO. 12 RANGERS DEMOLISH MOUNDBUILDERS
Sophomore wide receiver Korey Williams had a
career day as the No. 12 Northwestern Rangers
rolled up Southwestern College (Kan.) 49-3 on
Family Day at Ranger Field. Williams set two
school records; most touchdown passes caught with
four and most receiving yards in a game with 202.
Northwestern had not trouble scoring on the
opening drive, going 72 yards on eight plays
capped by Billy Barefield hitting younger brother
Keith Barefield for an 18-yard touchdown.
Southwestern came right back and ate up just over
eight minutes as they scored on an 18-play,
61-yard drive that ended in a 34-yard field goal
to put the Moundbuilders down 7-3. That would be
the end of the scoring for Southwestern.
Barefield’s first touchdown pass to Williams came
at the two minute mark in the first quarter,
scoring on a 65-yard reception.
Barefield took matters into his own hands, scoring
the third Ranger TD and allowing Northwestern to
go up 21-3 with 11:28 to go in the half as he
scored on a four yard keeper.
The next two touchdowns before the half ended were
Barefield to Williams of the 18 and 58-yard
variety. These two scores gave the Rangers a
commanding 35-3 lead.
Northwestern would score two more times. Williams
was hit for a 14-yard touchdown with a second to
go before the end of the third quarter to get his
record setting catch. Williams broke the old
record of three touchdowns set by four former
Rangers, spanning from 1978 to 2003. Also with
that touchdown reception, Barefield tied the
record for most touchdown passes in a game with
five. He tied Tom Carrol who performed the feat
against Southeastern in 1965.
Vincent Hill added the finishing touches on the
Ranger’s 49-3 win as he scored with 5:51 to go in
Williams’ 202 yards broke the old record of 199
yards which was set in 1978 against East Central
by 2008 Sports Hall of Fame member Brian Clothier.
Williams hauled in six catches with a long of 65
Kyle Culwell added 72 yards receiving while Jared
Jackson led the rushers with 115 yards. Barefield
finished 15-of-21 passing for 308 yards.
Northwestern’s offense racked up 567 yards, 337 of
that which was in the air. The Rangers garnered 30
first downs and averaged 8.5 yards per play.
The Black Cloud defense was a wall, holding
Southwestern to 190 total yards. Freshman
linebacker Rocky Lee led all tacklers with eight
tackles. Jahmar Reynolds picked up seven, while
Kevin McDonald had six. Reynolds added an
interception return for 81 yards, while Lamon
Miller and Tyler Grey also had picks in the game.
Northwestern (2-1) will be idle next week and host
Sterling College (Kan.) on October 4 in a 2 p.m.
game at Ranger Field.
RANGER FOOTBALL MOVES UP IN POLLS;
BAREFIELD NAMED VSN PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Northwestern Oklahoma State University Ranger
Football team moved up a total of nine spots in
two separate polls released Monday. The Rangers
moved up from 15th to 12th
in the NAIA poll, while they jumped to 10th
in the Victory Sports Network poll after a
previous ranking of 16th.
Ranger quarterback Billy Barefield was honored by
Victory Sports Network as the Offensive Player of
the Week after Northwestern knocked off #18 Black
Hills State (S.D.) 10-7.
Barefield ran 23 times for 153 yards and the
Rangers only touchdown in their win over Black
Hills State. Barefield, a senior from Springfield,
Missouri, also added 137 yards through the air on
The Rangers host Southwestern College (Kan.) at
Ranger Field on Saturday, Sept. 20 for a 7 p.m.
NORTHWESTERN KNOCKS OFF #18 BLACK HILLS STATE IN 10-7
Fifteenth ranked Northwestern Oklahoma State (1-1)
came away victorious 10-7 in an NAIA top 20
matchup against non-conference no. 18 Black Hills
State (S.D.) on Saturday, Sept. 13 in Spearfish,
S.D., as Ty Ray’s 25-yard field goal proved to be
the game winner.
After Black Hills State scored first with 7:58 to
go in the first quarter, Northwestern fought back
with just 21 seconds to go before the half, as
Billy Barefield capped a 12-play, 64-yard drive with
an 18-yard touchdown run evening the score to 7-7
going into the half.
The Ranger defense held the Yellow Jackets
scoreless for the remainder of the game and
Northwestern was able to seal the victory on Ray’s
25-yard field goal with 5:20 to go in the game.
Barefield did it all for the Rangers, totaling 290
yards of the team’s 441 yards, rushing for 153
yards on 23 attempts and passing for 137 yards,
completing 12-of-15 passes for 137 yards.
Courtney Jones ran for 76 yards on 17 carries
while Jared Jackson ran the ball 16 times for 62
yards. Korey Williams led the receiving corp with
77 yards on five receptions, while Jackson had two
catches for 26 yards and Keith Barefield Jr. added
20 yards on two receptions.
As a team, Northwestern rushed for 302 yards and
received 139 yards in the air. The Ranger defense
held the Yellow Jackets to just 163 yards, 87 of
which were passing.
Individually, Lantz Mathers led the way on the
defensive side with nine tackles, including eight
solo stops and two sacks for 14 lost yards. Rocky
Lee followed with six tackles, while Kevin
McDonald had five. Jahmar Reynolds added an
interception for seven yards.
The Rangers (1-1) host Southwestern College (Kan.)
in a non-conference matchup when they return home
to Ranger Field on Saturday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m.
RANGERS DROP OPENER TO RIVAL
In its first game of the 2008 football season, 15th
ranked Northwestern Oklahoma State University fell
29-15 at Ranger Field to longtime rival NCAA
Southwestern Oklahoma State University.
The Rangers opened the game up with a commanding
drive that ate up over six minutes and took
Northwestern 65 yards on 13 plays. Northwestern
converted six first downs on the opening stanza,
before Southwestern picked off Barefield’s pass in
the end zone with the Rangers sitting on a
Southwestern answered with its opening drive,
converting on a 19-yard field goal to open the
scoring at 3-0. Two more Bulldog field goals
followed in SWOSU’s next two possessions. Those
possessions were gained on a punt and after a
NWOSU fumble. With the 40-yard and 26-yard field
goals by Spenser Daniel, the Bulldogs led 9-0 at
the seven minute mark in the second quarter.
The Bulldogs extended the score to 16-0 with just
nine seconds before half when tight end Joe Sawyer
caught a 3-yard pass in traffic, capping a 6-play,
Northwestern recovered a fumble on the Ranger
45-yard line, leading to the Rangers’ first score
of the contest. Barefield finished the four play
drive with a 46-yard keeper to bring the Rangers
within nine, down 16-7.
Southwestern scored soon into the fourth quarter
as the Bulldogs got loose for a 30-yard pass
reception with 12:16 to go in the game, putting
SWOSU ahead 22-7.
The Rangers didn’t lose their fight, as they
responded two drives later to put together a
70-yard drive that ended in a Cotton Green 4-yard
pass completion, with Northwestern pulling within
a touchdown, down 22-15 with 4:25 to go.
Sawyer again came up big for Southwestern, as he
put the game out of reach on a 61-yard touchdown
reception on second down.
With the Bulldogs up 29-15, Northwestern couldn’t
get anything going on its final two drives to end
Senior quarterback Billy Barefield threw for 147
yards, completing 15-of-24 passes, and also was
the leading rusher for the Rangers with 83 yards.
Courtney Jones ran 16 times for 46 yards, while
Cotton Green and Korey Williams each hauled in six
passes for 51 and 44 yards, respectively.
Defensively, freshman linebacker Rocky Lee led in
tackles with 13, including eight solo stops. Lamon
Miller and Bradley Hartfield had seven tackles
each. Lantz Mathers created pressure in the SWOSU
backfield with six tackles, including five for
loss and three sacks for 28 yards. He also had two
pass break ups.
The Ranger offense put up 279 yards and held
Southwestern to 362 total yards, 256 of it which
were in the air. Northwestern committed three
turnovers while the opposition was guilty of two
Northwestern (0-1) will be idle next week before
taking on No. 18 Black Hills State University
(S.D.) on September 13 at 1 p.m. in Spearfish,
TAILGATE FOR FIRST
NORTHWESTERN FOOTBALL GAME PLANNED
Alumni Association has scheduled a free tailgate
party for Northwestern’s home and season opening
football game against the Southwestern Oklahoma
State University Bulldogs. The tailgate will begin
at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 28 on the second
tier of Ranger Field in Alva.
The tailgate party is free for anyone attending
the football game. The Rowdy Rangers will be
cooking hot dogs and hamburgers and there will
appearances by the Ranger Cheerleaders, band, and
special guest, Rowdy the Ranger.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. with the tailgate
coming to a close a 7:30 p.m. Everyone is
encouraged to come out and watch the historic
Northwestern versus Southwestern rivalry.
For more information contact Lizabeth Richey,
Alumni director, at (580) 327-8593 or
firstname.lastname@example.org or the website at
ALUMNI BUS TRIP TO SOUTH DAKOTA
The Alumni Association fan bus trip scheduled to
watch the Rangers take on Black Hills State
University in South Dakota September 12-15 has
been canceled. The Alumni Association was not able
to sell enough seats to make the trip happen.
Anybody who still plans to attend the game and
needs a place to stay needs to contact Lizabeth
Richey by 5 p.m. on Monday, August 18. The Alumni
Association currently has a block of rooms
reserved in South Dakota but if nobody is
interested these rooms will be released.
For more information check the Northwestern
Foundation Web site at
www.nwfoundation.com or contact Lizabeth
Richey, Alumni director, at (580) 327-8593 or
NORTHWESTERN FOOTBALL RANKED 15TH
IN 2008 NAIA COACHES PRESEASON POLL
addition to being selected to win the Central
States Football League, the Northwestern Oklahoma
State University Ranger Football Team has been
chosen as the 15th team in the NAIA,
according to the NAIA Coaches Preseason Poll
released on August 11.
The poll was voted upon by a panel
of head coaches representing each of the
conferences and independents. The first regular
season Top 25 poll will be announced on Sept. 15.
Carroll (Mont.) College starts the 2008 season at
No. 1 in the NAIA Football Top 25 Preseason
Coaches' Poll. After winning the 2007
Championship, the Fighting Saints have been tops
in the last three polls (2007 postseason, 2008
spring, 2008 preseason). Carroll, which finished
15-0 last year, received all 15 of the possible
first-place votes. Carroll narrowly grabbed the
first spot over No. 2 Sioux Falls (S.D.), a team
it defeated 17-9 in the title game which snapped
USF's 27-game winning streak.
Northwestern kicks off the 2008 football season at
Ranger Field on Thursday, August 28 with a
re-match against long-time rival Southwestern
Oklahoma State University. Kickoff is scheduled
for 7 p.m.
NORTHWESTERN FOOTBALL MEDIA/FAN
DAY SET FOR AUGUST 16
Oklahoma State University's annual Football
Media/Fan Day activities have been set for
Saturday, August 16 at Ranger Field in Alva. This
event allows fans and members of the media to meet
and greet with returning and new Ranger players
Players and coaches will pose for the official
team photo at 6:00 p.m., followed by individual
photos. Media and fan interaction will follow.
Northwestern opens the 2008 football season at
Ranger Field on Thursday, August 28 at 7 p.m.
against long-time rival Southwestern Oklahoma
State University. The Rangers will take a week off
and follow with their furthest trip of the season
to Spearfish, S.D. for a 1 p.m. kickoff with Black
Hills State University on Saturday, September 13.
TIM ALBIN AND 1999 FOOTBALL TEAM
SELECTED FOR SPORTS HALL OF FAME
Northwestern Oklahoma State University Sports Hall
of Fame Selection Committee announced today that
they have selected Tim Albin and the 1999 NAIA
National Championship Football Team to be honored
in ceremonies held on Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009.
Albin, originally from Woodward, was a player and
coach for the Rangers. He was a first-team
All-Oklahoma Intercollegiate Conference selection
as a wide receiver for three seasons and was the
Rangers’ first player to earn All-District IX
three times. He racked up 1,811 yards on 109
receptions from 1985-88.
After a coaching stint at Northeastern Oklahoma
State University, Albin returned to Northwestern
in 1994, when he served as the offensive
coordinator. Albin was named the head coach in
1997 and served in that capacity through the 1999
Albin turned out a 25-8 record in his three years
as the head coach of the Rangers and was named the
1999 NAIA Football Coach of the Year by Rawlings
and American Football Coach Magazine as he coached
Northwestern to an undefeated 13-0 record.
Currently Albin is in his fourth season as the
offensive coordinator at the University of Ohio.
The 1999 NAIA Championship Football Team won the
school’s first NAIA National Championship, as they
did so in a 34-26 win over Georgetown College
(Ga.) on December 18, 1999 at Jim Carroll Stadium
in Savannah, Tenn. Despite trailing 20-0 at the
half, Northwestern put up 34 unanswered points to
come from behind and take the win.
Six players from the squad earned NAIA
All-American honors. The team was ranked first in
the nation in rushing offense with 325.6 yards per
game and second in total defense (219.0 yds./game)
and rushing defense (37.5 yds./game).
Northwestern’s perfect 13-0 record proved to be
the best in school history.
Albin and the team will be honored at a luncheon
at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 14, and will be
formally inducted at halftime of the Ranger men’s
basketball game with Lubbock Christian University
The luncheon is open to the public, but
reservations are required. The cost is $20 per
person and reservations need to be made with the
Alumni Association Office, (580) 327-8593 by Jan.
10. The event will be held in the University
Players, coaches and trainers from the 1999 team
should immediately contact Lizabeth Richey in the
Alumni Association office at
email@example.com or (580) 327-8594.
More information about the event will be released
closer to the induction.
RANGERS HEAD 2008 CSFL PRESEASON
Northwestern Oklahoma State University Rangers are
favored as the top team in the 2008 Central States
Football League according to a preseason poll of
the league’s coaches, sports information directors
and selected members of the media.
Northwestern received eight of 12 first place
votes and a majority of 35 total votes. Langston
followed in second place and received 29 total
votes and two first place votes. Southern Nazarene
was one of two other teams to get a first place
bid and finished in third place with 26 votes,
three behind Langston. Bacone College and Texas
College rounded out the poll receiving a four and
five ranking, respectively. Bacone College
received 19 votes, while Texas College garnered 16
votes, along with a first place vote.
the 2008 season, five teams will compete for the
crown and have full membership. Southwestern
Assemblies of God University re-joins the league,
but will be exempt from competing for a conference
title. Teams include: Bacone College, Langston
University, Northwestern Oklahoma State
University, Southern Nazarene, Southwestern
Assemblies of God University and Texas College.
Northwestern won the league last season, while
Texas College and Southern Nazarene were crowned
as co-champions in 2006. Texas College and
Langston University finished as co-champions in
2005. Northwestern Oklahoma State won the CSFL
title from 1999-2004.
RANGER FOOTBALL ADDS ASSISTANT COACHES
Oklahoma State University head football coach
Keith Barefield recently announced the hiring
of David Poinsett as Assistant Head
Coach/Offensive Line Coach and Chad Adams as
Northwestern Oklahoma State University head
football coach Keith Barefield recently announced
the hiring of David Poinsett as Assistant Head
Coach/Offensive Line Coach and Chad Adams as
Poinsett has spent the last three years in the
business sector and will return to coaching with
more than 20 years experience, including
collegiate and professional experience.
Poinsett served two terms as a coach for the Macon
Knights of the Arena Football League 2. During the
2005 and 2006 seasons, he was the assistant coach
and in his first tenure in 2004, he was employed
as the Offensive Coordinator. In between the Macon
Knights, Poinsett was an assistant coach at
Arkansas Tech University from 2004-05.
For four years, 2001-04, Poinsett was the head
coach at Copiah-Lincoln Community College in
Wesson, Miss. He also was an offensive line coach
at two other colleges, including Mars Hill College
(N.C.) for five seasons (1997-01) and from 1996-97
at Newberry College (S.C.).
A 1989 graduate of the University of South
Carolina, Poinsett was named the team’s Lineman of
the Year during the 1987 season as well as being a
member of South Carolina’s All-Decade team of the
He served as a student assistant at South Carolina
during the 1988 season and followed in 1989 as a
graduate assistant at Youngstown State University.
Throughout his coaching career, Poinsett has been
an AFCA District III Representative, a member of
the Division II Assistant Football Coaches
Committee and has been an active AFCA member from
Poinsett received his bachelor’s degree in history
and his master’s degree in social studies from
South Carolina in 1995.
Adams, who has spent the last two seasons as a
defensive line coach, special teams coordinator
and recruiting coordinator at Fort Scott (Kan.)
Community College, joins the staff as the
Before arriving at Fort Scott, Adams coached the
outside linebackers and strong safeties at Central
Missouri State University during the 2005 season.
In 2004, Adams was the defensive line coach at
Coffeyville Community College under head coach and
former Ranger, Rion Rhoades.
Adams spent 2003 as a student assistant coach at
Northwestern Oklahoma State and coached the
defensive line. He helped the Rangers to their
third appearance in the NAIA National Championship
game in just five years.
Prior to coming to Alva, Adams
attended Fort Hays State University, where he
played defensive end for a season and was an
offensive lineman for three. He was a student
assistant working with the defensive ends in
2001-02 and earned a bachelor’s degree in health
and physical education from Fort Hays.
Adams received his master’s degree
in education from Northwestern in May of 2004.
The two coaches will officially begin their duties
on August 1.
ALUMNI ASSOCIATION PLANS FAN BUS TO
RANGER FOOTBALL GAME IN SOUTH DAKOTA
Northwestern Oklahoma State University Alumni
Association is taking reservations from Ranger
football fans to ride a chartered bus to the
Saturday, September 13, regular season
football game against Black Hills State
University in Spearfish, S.D.
The Northwestern Oklahoma State University Alumni
Association is taking reservations from Ranger
football fans to ride a chartered bus to the
Saturday, September 13, regular season football
game against Black Hills State University in
Alumni director Lizabeth Richey said that on
Friday, September 12, the bus will begin loading
on the east side of Ranger Field at 4:30 a.m. with
departure from Alva scheduled for 5 a.m. The bus
will arrive at Mount Rushmore around 6 p.m. for an
hour of exploration at the national monument. We
will arrive in Deadwood, S.D. around 8 p.m. and
stay the night at the First Gold Gaming Hotel.
Entertainment for the evening will be at the
leisure of the passenger. The hotel will give $10
of promotional money to be spent at the hotel.
The Deadwood Jam, a two
day musical extravaganza, featuring some of the
best country, rock, reggae and blues music all on
one stage in historic Deadwood, will be taking
place. To check out who will be playing and when,
go to the Deadwood Web site at
discounted ticket price of $15 is offered. If you
would like to go then you need to specify when you
Complimentary continental breakfast is available
at the hotel and we will be leaving for Spearfish,
S.D. at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 13. The
Black Hills State Alumni Association has invited
the group to a tailgate before the game. Cost is
$10 for all-you-can-eat brats, burgers and drinks.
Kickoff for the game will be 1 p.m.
Arrival back in Alva is estimated at 6 a.m. on
Sunday, September 14.
Various meal and rest stops will be made to and
from South Dakota.
Cost for this trip is $209 per seat and only 54
seats are available. This includes bus trip and
hotel expenses. The rooms are non-smoking, double
occupancy with two beds. A single room is
available for an additional fee.
Reservations may be made by calling (580) 327-8593
firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline, with a $50
deposit, is 5 p.m., Thursday, July 24 and final
payment is due by 5 p.m. on Friday, August 15.
Tickets for the game, meals, and incidentals are
not included in the bus fare. Tickets for the game
are $7 and will be available for purchase at the
31 TEAMS COMPETE IN RANGER FOOTBALL GOLF
More than 130 golfers divided between 31 teams
took place in the 12th Annual Ranger
Football Golf Tournament at the Alva Golf and
Country Club on Saturday, May 31. Two flights were
used, a morning flight beginning at 7 a.m. and a
12:30 afternoon flight. Thirteen teams competed in
the morning flight, with 18 taking the course.
First, second and third place teams for both
flights are as follows:
1st Place (57) – Mike Mitchel, Jay
Mitchel, David Brenner, Dalen McVay, Steve Ford,
*2nd Place (62) – Mike Garrison, Jay
Garrison, Don Sweat, Jim York
*3rd Place (62) – Mickey Hadwiger, Jack
Hammontree, J.J. Lane, Jason Gaisford
* - scorecard playoff
*1st Place (56) – Brian Clothier, Tom
Gregory, Marty Province, Shane Pingry
*2nd Place (56) – Jerry Garrison, Cory
Garrison, Roy Harper, Chris Jones
3rd Place (61) – Slade Young, Corey
Miller, Todd Peach, Bobby Hayes
* - scorecard playoff
Morning flight winners include: Mike Mitchel,
David Brenner, Dalen McVay, Steve Ford,
flight winners include:
Tom Gregory, Marty Province, Shane Pingry
RANGER FOOTBALL RANKED 17TH IN
2008 NAIA SPRING POLL
the second annual National Association of
Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Football Top 25
Spring Coaches’ Poll, the Northwestern Oklahoma
State Ranger Football team is ranked 17th
after receiving 151 votes. The poll was voted upon
by a 17 member-panel of head coaches representing
each of the conferences and independents.
Northwestern finished up the 2007 football season
with an 8-4 record and made it to the first round
of the NAIA Championship Series. The Rangers were
ranked 18th in the final 2008 poll.
Northwestern opens the 2008 football season
against long-time rival Southwestern Oklahoma
State University at Ranger Field on Thursday,
August 28. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
2008 NAIA Football Top 25 Spring Coaches' Poll
RELEASES 2008 FOOTBALL
Northwestern Oklahoma State Ranger football team
has a full 10-game schedule set for the upcoming
2008 football season. The Rangers, under the
direction of second-year coach Keith Barefield,
open the football season with long-time in-state
rival Southwestern Oklahoma on Thursday, August 28
at 7 p.m. at Ranger Field.
Northwetern will be idle for a week before heading
to Black Hills State University in Spearfish, S.D.
for a 1 p.m. game on September 13, then return the
following week for a September 20 home matchup
with Southwestern College (Kan.).
After another idle week, the Rangers will then
play on seven consecutive Saturdays to close the
season. They will host Sterling College (Kan.) on
October 4 and then travel to Peru State College
(Neb.) in Peru, Neb. on the following Saturday.
Northwestern will return home against NCAA
Division II Oklahoma Panhandle State University on
Northwestern will begin Central States Conference
Play on October 25, as they travel to Langston
University for a 2 p.m. kickoff.
The final three weeks will conclude CSFL play as
NWOSU hosts Southern Nazarene for 4 p.m.
homecoming contest on November 1. The final road
game will be at Bacone College for a November 8
game and then the season will conclude the
following week, November 15, as the Rangers host
Texas College in the final game of the regular
Northwestern, who has won eight Central States
Football League titles, posted an 8-4 record and
made it to the first round of the NAIA
Championship Series. Sixteen teams make up the
NAIA Championship series, beginning November 22.
Fans and supporters can catch the Rangers this
spring, as they host their annual spring game on
Thursday, April 17 at 3:30 p.m. at Ranger Field.
Southwestern Oklahoma State University
Southwestern College (Kan.)
Panhandle State University
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