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Archive for Saturday, October 7, 2000

Footballs should fly in Haskell contest

October 7, 2000

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Pigs can't fly, but pigskins can and most likely will when Haskell Indian Nations University tangles with Langston University in football today.

LU and HINU boast the top two passing quarterbacks in the Central States Football League.

Kickoff will be at 1 p.m. at Haskell Stadium.

Langston senior quarterback Archie Craft leads the CSFL in passing at 181.3 yards per game. Haskell junior Brandon Watson is second at 174.6.

"Their quarterback is very quick. He's a very good scrambler," Haskell coach Gary Tanner said of Craft. "They have a lot of team speed. Their people are faster than Southern Nazarene's."

Haskell will be trying to bounce back from a 24-3 loss to Southern Nazarene last Saturday in Bethany, Okla. The Fightin' Indians didn't score until the fourth quarter despite dominating the clock.

"We controlled the ball most of the game," Tanner said. "We ran 79 plays. That's a school record, we think. We just could not score. We were stunned how we controlled the ball and didn't score."

Langston, 2-2, is the only member of the CSFL that hasn't played a league game yet. One of the Lions' victories was a 16-6 decision against Southern Nazarene.

Haskell is 1-0 in the new conference, but the victory came against winless Southwestern Assemblies of God University.

Haskell, 2-3, will play four of its last five games against CSFL schools, including Northwestern Oklahoma State, the No. 1-ranked team in this week's NAIA poll.

Haskell's main offensive threat this season has been Watson throwing to junior receiver Sonny Duncan who leads the CSFL with 28 receptions and six touchdowns.

Langston, located in Langston, Okla., has two receivers ranked in the league's top five Horace Gordon (19 catches) and Eric Harris (13 receptions).

Tanner told his players on Wednesday night that this would be his last season as the Indians' coach.

"I'm not going to be a lame-duck coach," Tanner said. "We don't want it to be a distraction. The players are here to play football, and I'm here to coach."

Haskell will go back on the road next weekend. The Indians will play Peru (Neb.) State at 6 p.m. a week from today in Nebraska City.

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