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first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Houston Baptist’s Bailey Zappe and Andre Walker, along with Central Arkansas’ Hayden Ray, earned Southland Football Player of the Week honors, the league announced Monday. All weekly awards are presented by MidSouth Bank. Honorable Mention: Isaac Adeyemi-Berglund, Southeastern Louisiana; Darion Dunn, McNeese; Nathan Grant, Central Arkansas; Eli Jones, Stephen F. Austin; Allen Pittman, Nicholls. Zappe, a junior quarterback, is the Offensive Player of the Week and teammate Walker, a senior defensive end, secured defensive honors. Junior kicker Ray secured Special Teams Player of the Week laurels. Ray enjoyed a perfect outing with three field goals in as many attempts and chipped in both his extra-point attempts, the last of which was the deciding point in the Bears’ 31-30 win over Abilene Christian. UCA completed its third double-digit fourth-quarter comeback, putting up 22 on the scoreboard in the final period. Honorable Mention: Gamar Girdy Brito, Houston Baptist; Matt McRobert, Sam Houston State; Max Quick, Stephen F. Austin; Blair Zepeda, Abilene Christian. Defensive Player of the Week: Andre Walker – Sr. – Defensive End – Slidell, La.Walker tallied a school-record four sacks, one shy of the Southland Conference record, for 27 yards lost. He totaled six tackles, including four solo stops. Walker recorded back-to-back sacks to force a Coyote punt in the second quarter, and HBU marched down the field to tie the game 17-17 on the ensuing series. His final sack dropped Austin Simmons for a 10-yard loss before pressuring Simmons to throw the game-sealing interception on the next play. Offensive Player of the Week: Bailey Zappe – Jr. – Quarterback – Victoria, TexasZappe racked up the 10th-most passing yards in Southland Conference history (513), broke his own school record for completions (41) and tied the program’s top mark with five touchdowns. The league leader in passing yards (1,062) and touchdowns (10) led the Huskies down the field for the game-winning touchdown, going 5-for-5 with 64 yards. Honorable Mention: Carlos Blackman, Central Arkansas; Chase Fourcade, Nicholls; Tracy James, Abilene Christian. Special Teams Player of the Week: Hayden Ray – Jr. – Kicker – Bryant, Ark.Ray was flawless for the Bears in their Southland Conference opener, hitting field goals of 21, 37 and 23 yards while knocking both of his extra points through the uprights. The final boot gave UCA a 31-30 lead with 90 seconds remaining as the Bears completed their third fourth-quarter comeback in as many games this season. The Huskies snapped a 20-game losing streak against FCS opponents with a 53-52 road win over South Dakota, setting or matching seven school records in the process. Zappe went 5-for-5 to march HBU down the field for the decisive touchdown, and Walker helped halt the Coyotes’ ensuing drive with one of his career-high four sacks. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more

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