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CSFL juggernaut awaits Indians

October 15, 2005

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— Not a single member of the five-year-old Central States Football League has defeated Northwestern Oklahoma State in football.

That includes Haskell Indian Nations University, the Rangers' homecoming foe today.

"It's a big chance for us to make a statement," HINU coach Eric Brock said. "It's a chance to make some memories by doing something no one in the conference has done."

Kickoff will be at 4 p.m. at Ranger Stadium.

Haskell hasn't come close to defeating Northwestern, ranked No. 21 in this week's NAIA poll, in the five previous meetings. The Fightin' Indians have been shut out three times and surrendered an average of 52.7 points a game.

Also working against the Indians is a four-game losing streak and the fact quarterback Kaleb Harris will not play. Harris, a sophomore from Claremore, Okla., has been nursing knee and ankle injuries for the last three weeks.

"We're going to hold him out," Brock said. "We're going to give him two weeks off so he'll be completely healthy."

Sophomore Jody Franklin will take over at quarterback. Brock said he would shift wide receiver Cody Wilson behind center if Franklin goes down.

Haskell (2-4) still boasts a strong defense. Even though the Indians have dropped four in a row, they have the top-rated defense in the CSFL and surrender just 207.8 yards per game.

"When you're playing well on defense, there's always a chance," Brock said. "You can get an interception or a fumble and make something happen."

Haskell's homecoming will be Oct. 22. The Indians will play host to Southwestern Assemblies of God U. at 2 p.m. at Haskell Stadium.

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