Small college notes: Tarleton State finally at home, hosts unbeaten West Texas A&M

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The only undefeated teams in the Lone Star Conference square off at 7 p.m. Saturday in Stephenville as No. 21 Tarleton State plays host to No. 4 West Texas A&M.

The Texans (4-0, 3-0 LSC) are playing their first home game of the season, and Tarleton State coach Cary Fowler hopes it is the tipping point to give the Texans an advantage.

“Playing at home is the key,” Fowler said. “We have played six out of seven on the road and that makes it tough. Being able to play back in our stadium is big. We will have our Texanality.”

The “Texanality” is not only the home crowd but his players’ familiarity in what will be a loud atmosphere.

West Texas A&M (5-0, 2-0) brings in the highest-scoring offense in the LSC. The Buffaloes have scored 57 points per game, including more than 60 in each of their past three games.

“What makes a great defense is a great offense,” Fowler said. “We run a high-tempo offense that can throw and run the ball. We have to take care of the football and not give them extra opportunities.”

The two-quarterback system should return this week as Aaron Doyle returns from injury. Jake Fenske used the opportunity to move up the leader board in the conference. He is third in the LSC with more than 187 passing yards per game.

“Fenske can go in there and get it done,” Fowler said. “But the offensive production hasn’t been where it should have been.”

West Texas A&M leads the series 13-9, winning eight consecutive over Tarleton dating to 2005.

TexAnns honored

Tarleton State’s Danielle Barker was named the Lone Star Conference Co-Setter of the Week.

She has picked up at least 40 assists in her past four games and sits third in the conference, averaging more than 10 per set.

Tarleton State was 1-1 during the week of play, falling to No. 11 West Texas A&M 3-1 and sweeping Eastern New Mexico. Tarleton travels to No. 7 Angelo State on Saturday.

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