Tarleton State football heads into its final week of the regular season facing a must-win game against North Alabama at 2 p.m. Saturday in Stephenville.
The Texans (7-2) are sixth in the Super Region 4 rankings and need to be in the top six to qualify for the NCAA Division II playoffs.
“We just need to finish the deal,” Tarleton coach Cary Fowler said. “We are in a position that I am happy we are in, coming down to the last game and playoff hopes still alive.”
North Alabama (7-2) is 7-1 all-time against the Lone Star Conference, with its loss coming last season against the Texans.
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North Alabama has claimed at least a share of the Gulf South Conference championship and is third in Super Region 2.
“We have to seize the opportunity of playing against one of the top teams in the nation,” Fowler said. “They have done a nice job of throwing the ball, but everything that they do comes off of their running game. On offense, we have to be able to take care of the football and limit their opportunities.”
Texan Tip-Off Classic
The Tarleton State men’s basketball team welcomes three teams to Wisdom Gym in a two-day tournament that begins Friday night.
The Texans (1-0) face St. Edward’s at 7 p.m. Friday and host Bloomfield at 7 p.m. Saturday. LSC foe Texas A&M-Commerce faces Bloomfield and St. Edwards in earlier matchups.
Davene Carter led Tarleton with a double-double in a season-opening 118-54 win over Southwestern Adventist last Saturday.
The Texas Wesleyan volleyball team enters the Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament as the third seed after finishing the season at 18-17.
The Rams face sixth-seeded Southwestern Assemblies of God (15-15) in the opening round at 10 a.m. Friday.
Texas Wesleyan’s men’s basketball team (3-1) concludes a five-game homestand on Saturday against unbeaten MidAmerica Nazarene University (5-0) of Olathe, Kan.