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Oklahoma Panhandle State defensive lineman Gary Hendricks was one of the Aggies who played well in the tough 17-16 loss to Southern Nazarene on Saturday.Larry Wiggins Photo
**For Immediate Release**
Aggies Come Up Short, 17-16
by Scott Puryear of Aggie Sports, 09/12/05

Goodwell, OK - Oklahoma Panhandle State and Southern Nazarene are a pair of evenly matched college football teams who make up a strong Oklahoma intra-state rivalry. They met again on Saturday and Southern Nazarene came away with a hard fought 17-16 victory.

The Crimson Storm’s excellent kicker, Chris Borah, opened the scoring with a 29 yard field gold to put Southern Nazarene ahead 3-0 with eight minutes left in the opening quarter.

Still in the first quarter, the Aggie’s gifted running back, David Daniels, sailed in on a 45 yard sprint to put the Aggies in the lead with just over two minutes left. The Hal Rogers extra point made it 7-3.

With but five seconds gone in the second period, Darryl Mapp’s 16 yard scoring run and Borah’s PAT put the Crimson Storm back in front at 10-7.

With just 14 seconds remaining in the first half, Southern Nazarene’s Jordan Bley hauled in a five yard scoring pass from Tyler Schneider and another Borah extra point put the Crimson Storm ahead 17-7 as the teams went to intermission.

The halftime ceremony included recognition of former OPSU All-Americans Ivan Simmons (’55), Junior Wolf (’59), David Flowers (‘79), Joe Stepp (’94) and current Aggie Jeborric Evans (’04). Wolf, who is retired and lives in Oregon, had also addressed the team prior to the game.

The Aggies came out for the second half prepared for a dogfight, and that’s exactly what it was as the Aggie “D” was determined to stand tall.

With six minutes left in the third quarter, and after a Southern Nazarene turnover, Aggie quarterback Brandon Warner plunged for a one-yard touchdown. Rogers’ conversion got the Aggies within three points at 17-14.

With just a minute left in the third period, an exceptionally strong OPSU defensive stand forced the Crimson Storm to punt from their end zone. An errant snap went high and the Aggies were awarded a safety to make the score 17-16.

In the fourth quarter, the OPSU defense continued to play well, however, and though the Aggie “O” threatened, they could not get on the board. Eventually, Southern Nazarene let the clock run out as they notched the 17-16 victory.

Warner led the Aggies in passing with five completions in ten attempts for 60 yards, one of them a 35-yarder to Shane Black. Daniels led Aggie runners with 83 yards in 11 carries.

On defense, Gary Hendricks (an All-Independent Football Alliance performer last year) was tough “in the pit” and had nine tackles for the Aggies, including two tackles for losses as well as a quarterback sack. Rugged linebackers Ranoaldo Davis, Clifford Dean and LaKendrick Bevil also performed well for OPSU. Davis had eight tackles (including a sack) and Dean and Bevil each had seven stops. Davis also had an interception (he returned for four yards), as did Andre Gumbs (who had a nice 23 yard return). Marcus Dudley also had a sack for OPSU.

OPSU head coach Kyle Davis said that he saw several positive things the team will continue to build on. The first year mentor was pleased with his defense and the hard running of Daniels.

OPSU fell to 0-3 and Southern Nazarene now stands at 1-2 on the season. Next Saturday, the Aggies will be on the road, facing Wayne State in Wayne, Nebraska.





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