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NORTHWESTERN FOOTBALL MOVES TO NINTH IN THE NAIA

After 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 points.

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.

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RANGERS WHIP NO. 25 WARRIORS 38-14

ALVA, Okla. – 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 Warrior touchdowns.

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 40 yards.

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

The 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

Northwestern 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 records, most touchdown passes caught with four and most receiving yards in a game with 202, in the Rangers 49-3 win over Southwestern College (Kan.).

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

ALVA, Okla. – 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 the game.

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 yards.

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

The 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 12-15 passing.

The Rangers host Southwestern College (Kan.) at Ranger Field on Saturday, Sept. 20 for a 7 p.m. game.


NORTHWESTERN KNOCKS OFF #18 BLACK HILLS STATE IN 10-7 ROAD WIN

SPEARFISH, S.D. – 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 SOUTHWESTERN

ALVA, Okla. – 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 second-and-goal.

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, 33-yard drive.

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 the game.

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 fumbles.       

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, S.D.


TAILGATE FOR FIRST NORTHWESTERN FOOTBALL GAME PLANNED

The 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 lrrichey@nwosu.edu or the website at www.nwfoundation.com.

ALUMNI BUS TRIP TO SOUTH DAKOTA CANCELED

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 lrrichey@nwosu.edu.


NORTHWESTERN FOOTBALL RANKED 15TH
IN 2008 NAIA COACHES PRESEASON POLL

In 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

Northwestern 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 and coaches.

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

The 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 championship season.

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 that afternoon.

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 Cafeteria.

Players, coaches and trainers from the 1999 team should immediately contact Lizabeth Richey in the Alumni Association office at lrrichey@nwosu.edu or (580) 327-8594.

More information about the event will be released closer to the induction.


RANGERS HEAD 2008 CSFL PRESEASON POLL

Central States Football League WebsiteThe 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.

For 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

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 Defensive Coordinator

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 Defensive Coordinator.

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 1980’s.

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 1996-present.

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 defensive coordinator.

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

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 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 Spearfish, S.D.

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 www.deadwood.org/DeadwoodEvents/DeadwoodJam. A discounted ticket price of $15 is offered. If you would like to go then you need to specify when you RSVP.  

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 or e-mailing nwalumni@nwosu.edu. 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 gate.


31 TEAMS COMPETE IN RANGER FOOTBALL GOLF TOURNAMENT

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:  

Morning:

1st Place (57) – Mike Mitchel, Jay Mitchel, David Brenner, Dalen McVay, Steve Ford, Detrick Whitehead

*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

Afternoon:

*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, Jay Mitchel,
David Brenner, Dalen McVay, Steve Ford, Detrick Whitehead
 
 

Afternoon flight winners include: Brian Clothier,
Tom Gregory, Marty Province, Shane Pingry
 

RANGER FOOTBALL RANKED 17TH IN 2008 NAIA SPRING POLL

In 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


NORTHWESTERN RELEASES 2008 FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

The 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 October 18.

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 season.

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.

Date Opponent Site Time
August 28 Southwestern Oklahoma State University Alva 7 p.m.
September 13 Black Hills State University Spearfish, S.D. 1 p.m.
September 20 Southwestern College (Kan.) Alva 7 p.m.
October 4 Sterling College (Kan.) Alva 2 p.m.
October 11 Peru State College (Neb.) Peru, Neb. 1 p.m.
October 18 Oklahoma Panhandle State University Alva 2 p.m.
October 25 *Langston University Langston 2 p.m.
November 1 *Southern Nazarene University - Homecoming Alva 4 p.m.
November 15 *Texas College Alva 2 p.m.
November 22 NAIA Championship Series TBA TBA