, 2022-11-06 07:09:22,
The Ouachita Baptist Tigers keep rolling.
The nationally ranked Tigers (9-0) were set to travel to Durant, Okla., on Saturday to face Southeastern Oklahoma State. OBU is currently ranked No. 4 in the American Football Coaches Association DII Coaches Poll.
OBU’s experienced offensive line includes two River Valley prodcuts — Zac Henson of Alma and Hunter Jackson of Ozark. Recently, the team churned out enough offense to grind out a 28-18 win over East Central on Senior Day.
OBU’s average margin of victory this season is 29.7 points per game, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a target on the Tigers’ backs.
“We’re very sell-aware about our potential, but potential goes nowhere without hard work,” Jackson said. “It’s been a lot of fun.”
Jackson and fellow lineman Peyton Stafford are in their sixth season. Anthony Chairez and Nathan Turner are fifth-year players.
“We have a lot of good camaraderie with this group,” Jackson said.
Henson was a former tight end in high school, who upon the suggestion of his former offensive line coach, was encouraged to play tackle. He took the bait and ran with it.
During the 2019 season, when Henson was called to help with “heavy packages” as a blocking fullback, he sought the advice of former Tiger lineman Cori Gooseberry.
“He really taught me a lot about technique,” Henson said. “Once you get to college, it’s a lot of technique. In high school, you are bigger and you can get away without a lot of technique.”
Henson appeared in all 11 games for the Tigers in 2021, helping the Tigers rank fourth in the nation in rushing yards. They were third in the nation for the fewest sacks allowed last season.
Henson also made the Dean’s List in 2021.
Following Saturday’s game in Durant, the Tigers return home to play Henderson State in the annual Battle of the Ravine in Arkadelphia.
Ennis boots perfection
Grant Ennis (Greenwood) made all four of his PAT kicks in Harding University’s 28-7 win over Northwestern Oklahoma, extending Harding’s overall and Great American Conference record to 7-2.
Ennis is now 40-of-41 in PAT kicks and second in team scoring (54) behind running back Will Fitzhugh’s 54 points (nine touchdowns). For his career, Ennis is now 152-of-158 in PAT attempts. He had a touchback in the Oct. 29 game to give him 13 for the season.
Harding’s Scott Cameron had 16 touchbacks in all of 2021.
The Bison (7-2) traveled to Weatherford on Saturday to face the Southwestern Oklahoma State Bulldogs. The team will conclude the regular season on…
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