, Port Arthur, Texas


November 1, 2012

DAVID COLEMAN: How area players fared in college games



Ryan Grant, Tulane, WR (West Brook): Grant had six catches for 184 yards and two TDs in the 55-45 victory over Alabama-Birmingham. The senior leads the Green Wave with 37 catches for 658 yards and two TDs this season.

Adrian Guillory, Lamar, DB (Central): Guillory had three tackles in the 56-7 loss to Sam Houston State, giving him 32 tackles this season.

Zack Hollier, Grand View, LB (West Brook): Hollier had one tackle in the 23-16 victory over No. 17 St. Francis, giving him 29 tackles this season.

Ortavious Hypolite, Stephen F. Austin, DB (West Orange-Stark): Hypolite had three tackles, inlcuding one for a loss, in the 35-24 loss to McNeese State, giving him 10 tackles this season.

Keenan Holman, Southern Methodist, WR (Central): Holman had three catches for 37 yards in the 44-13 homecoming victory over Memphis. The junior has 23 catches for 298 yards this season.

Willie Jefferson, Stephen F. Austin, DE (Ozen): Jefferson had two tackles, both for a loss, one sack and a forced fumble in the 35-24 loss to McNeese State. The senior has 27 tackles, four sacks, two PBUs, five quarterback hits and three forced fumbles this season.

Marcus Malbrough, Lamar, DL (West Brook): Malbrough had one tackle for a loss in the 56-7 loss to Sam Houston State, giving him 15 tackles this season.

Shane McCardell, Mississippi State, DE (West Brook): McCardell had three tackles in the 38-7 loss to No. 1 Alabama, giving him eight tackles this season.

Christine Michael, Texas A&M, RB (West Brook): Michael had eight carries for 75 yards and a touchdown in the 63-21 victory over Auburn. The senior has 58 carries for 271 yards and six TDs this season.

Mark Murrill, Lamar, DT (Lumberton): Murrill had three tackles and a quarterback hit in the 56-7 loss to Sam Houston State, giving him 30 tackles this season.

Keith O'Neal, Missouri Valley College, RB (Central): O’Neal had two carries for 2 yards in the 67-13 victory over Peru State.

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    (To contact Chester Moore, e-mail him at You can hear him on “Moore Outdoors” Fridays from 6-7 p.m. on Newstalk AM 560 KLVI or online at or watch him on “God’ Outdoors with Chester Moore” Saturdays at 10 a.m. on

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