Nate Guillory and Lantz Mathers highlighted Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s list of players on the 2009 Central States Football League All-Conference list, while being named Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year, respectively. In addition to the two, the Rangers had eight players on the first-team and seven were named to second-team honors.
Mathers, in his third season as a Ranger, earned the Defensive Player Year title. The senior defensive end from New Orleans racked up a team-high 63 tackles, including a team-leading 43 solo tackles. He had 31.5 tackles for loss of 118 yards, 7.5 sacks for 43 yards, two pass breakups, four fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles and a pair of blocked kicks. Last season, Mathers was named to the AFCA All-American list as a defensive lineman.
Guillory, a junior running back from Houston, Tex., set two single season records while being named the conference’s Offensive Player of the Year. He set a new record for most rushing yards in a season with 1,679 yards while also setting a new record for most rushing attempts in a season with 236 rushes. He averaged 167.9 yards per game and 7.1 yards per carry. Guillory scored 18 rushing touchdowns and one receiving, while leading the Rangers in scoring 114 points. He racked up 212.9 all purpose yards per game to lead Northwestern.
Joining Guillory on the first-team offense are: junior receiver Korey Williams and offensive linemen Cale Fischer and Kyle Koricanek.
Williams, from New Orleans, caught 60 passes for 810 yards and averaged 81 yards per game. He found the end zone six times and was the leader in catches. Fischer, a Guymon native, and Koricanek, from Guthrie, both ended their four-year careers on the offensive line.
In addition to Mathers, the Rangers had three players recognized on the first-team defense. Defensive lineman Kevin McDonald, linebacker Rocky Lee and defensive back Jerrad Ware were all named to the squad.
McDonald, a senior from Guthrie, picked up 27 tackles while having eight tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and forced two fumbles.
Lee, hailing from Jonesboro, Ga., was third on the team in tackles with 41 stops. The junior linebacker had 10.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and three pass breakups.
From Savannah, Ga., Ware, a junior, ranked fifth in tackles for the Rangers with 34 stops. He had four tackles for loss, two interceptions, two breakups and two fumble recoveries.
Freshman quarterback Kyle Jech was joined by Courtney Jones, Keith Barefield Jr., and Matt Brand on the second-team offense list.
Jech, from nearby Kingfisher, completed 147-of-259 passes for 1804 yards. He had an efficiency rating of 134, while throwing 18 TD passes. Jech rushed for 115 yards to total 1,919 yards of total offense.
Junior running back Courtney Jones from Pensacola, Fla., was second on the team in rushing with 371 yards on 52 carries. He scored five times and averaged 74 yards per game.
Keith Barefield Jr., a sophomore from Victoria, Tex., scored twice and picked up 183 yards on 20 catches as a tight end.
A native of Alex, Matt Brand was named to his third all-conference list, this time as a second-team offensive lineman.
Justin Fulmer, Richard Gunnels and Nate Barbee were named to the list as second-team defensive performers.
Fulmer, a sophomore from Sterlington, La., ranked fourth in tackles with 38. He posted 12 tackles for loss of 54 yards, had 4.5 sacks, two blocked kicks, a forced fumble and a pass breakup.
A junior from Lovelady, Tex., Gunnels had 34 tackles to put him in a tie for fifth place in tackles with 34. Gunnels had 5.5 tackles for loss, a sack and three pass breakups.
Barbee, from Royse City, Tex., came in second on the team in total tackles with 44. The sophomore had 33 solo tackles, seven tackles for loss, a sack, four pass breakups and a forced fumble.
The Rangers also had seven athletes on the honorable mention squad, including: running back Clayton Smith, wide receiver Kent McDonald, offensive lineman Adam Aguirre, linebacker Alton Wallace, defensive back Ryan Hester, kickoff return specialist Nate Guillory and punt return specialist Mike Hill.
Northwestern had 11 student athletes on the All-Conference Academic team including: Keith Barefield, Jr., Matt Brand, Geoff Elliott, Brad Gordon, Dalton Holliman, Taylor Hooper, Kyle Jech, Kyle Koricanek, Matt Lebeda, Jonathan Washington, and Korey Williams.
Tue, November 24, 2009
by Ryan Hintergardt