Texarkana standouts making impact on DII, III college football teams

In this photo combination, Arkansas University of Monticello wide receiver Isaiah Cross, right, who graduated from Liberty-Eylau, poses for a photo. Pleasant Grove graduate and Ouachita Baptist University running back TJ Cole looks downfield during the 2021 season. Both Cross and Cole have started the 2022 season on a high note. (Photos courtesy of Arkansas University of Monticello and Ouachita Baptist University)

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. -- For a program that has a lot of winning tradition, it's no surprise that some records remain intact for long periods of time.

After 120 wins over the past 16 seasons, one of those records was finally broken last week when head coach Scott Maxfield became the winningest coach in Reddies history after a 37-27 victory over Arkansas-Monticello.

Maxfield surpassed Sporty Carpenter, who died in 1990 and was inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame posthumously in 2002. He had won five Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference titles with Henderson State from 1971-1989, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Seven Texarkana region players are on Henderson State's roster.

Defensive back Derriun Thompson, wide receivers Jeffery Williams Jr., and Jacaylon Zachery, and kicker Luis Rabadan represent Prescott, Arkansas, while linebacker Jordan White, offensive lineman Robert Dunham and running back Keyshawn Stewart suit up for the Reddies as Nashville, Arkansas, graduates.

Maxfield will look to extend his win record as Henderson State (3-0) takes on Southern Arkansas University (1-2) on Saturday in Magnolia, Arkansas. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.

The Muleriders have three Texarkana standouts -- tight ends Kendall Reid and Nate Mennie of Texas High and defensive back Keilin Benton of Pleasant Grove.

Other Division II-III games to watch:

Ouachita Baptist University vs. Harding

Ouachita Baptist (3-0) is unbeaten so far this season and it's no surprise with Pleasant Grove graduate TJ Cole at running back.

Cole has been an automatic first down every time he touches the ball, rushing for 489 yards on 46 attempts -- 10.6 average -- and five touchdowns for the Tigers. He is averaging 163 yards rushing each game.

Prescott graduate Jacobi Nolen, who plays linebacker, enters the contest with 10 tackles and one fumble recovery. Teammate jason Jackson, a defensive back from DeKalb, Texas, has two tackles.

Whitt Sparks, another DeKalb native, and Gaylon Williams are offensive lineman for the Tigers and Omarion Dickens of Prescott, Arkansas, is playing defensive back.

Harding (3-0) also comes into the contest unbeaten and has cruised in all three of its matchups.

Texarkana, Texas' Chauncey Martin is one of the Bisons' running backs and has rushed for 44 yards on just five tries. Pleasant Grove's Austin Toler, who is an offensive lineman, and defensive back Reese Elrod are also on the roster.

University of Arkansas at Monticello vs Arkansas Tech

UA-Monticello (2-1) gave Henderson State (3-0) a run last week, but fell short to the Reddies, 37-27. This week, it will look to get back into the win column.

Former Liberty-Eylau wide receiver Isaiah Cross caught three passes for 79 yards and a touchdown in the loss. For the season, he has eight catches, 214 yards -- 26.75 average -- and one score.

Keyvuntae Featherson, a Texas High graduate who plays defensive back, has one tackle for the Boll Weevils.

Hunger Grims of Prescott, Arkansas, is an offensive lineman on the roster.

Texas High has two players representing Texarkana, Texas, on Arkansas Tech: defensive backs Matt Arnold and Jaden Duhart. Arnold has nine tackles so far while Duhart has three.

UA-Monticello holds an all-time 6-5 record against the Wonder Boys.

East Texas Baptist University at Howard Payne

East Texas Baptist University (1-1) is looking to avenge last year's loss when they travel to Brownwood, Texas, on Saturday to take on Howard Payne University.

Atlanta, Texas, graduate and tight end Cade Fant caught two passes for 17 yards and a touchdown in last week's win over McMurry. ETBU also has defensive back Elias Gawreih, a former Genoa Central standout, on the roster.

The Tigers have a 13-8 record against HPU.

Hendrix College vs Trinity

Hendrix (1-2) comes into this weekend looking to even its overall record against Trinity (Texas) after the Tigers came away with a 62-13 win and take a 2-3 edge in the matchup.

The Warriors have three Texarkana region players playing on defense, with defensive back Tate Hooper of Ashdown, Arkansas, linebacker Connor Samples of Atlanta, Texas and defensive back Kearon Brown of Hope, Arkansas.

On offense, Foreman graduate Quincy Johnson suits up for the Warriors at wide receiver.

Hooper leads the area players on the team with six tackles and has a pass breakup. Brown has three tackles and Samples has recorded two tackles.

Northeastern State University at Lincoln University

Northeastern State (0-3) is looking to get into the win column this week against Lincoln University of Missouri, a team they defeated 49-48 last season.

Former Arkansas High defensive standouts Christian Torres and Rickie Williams are both on the roster.

NSU and Lincoln are 2-2 head-on.

Oklahoma Baptist University at Southwestern Oklahoma State University

Oklahoma Baptist University (1-2) will travel to Shawnee, Oklahoma, to take on Southwestern.

The Bison won the last matchup, 31-27.

Johnny Murphy, a 6-2, 300-pound offensive lineman, suits up for the Bison and is an Arkansas High graduate.

Southern Nazarene University at Southeastern Oklahoma State

Southern Nazarene (0-3) is looking for its first win and will travel to Durant, Oklahoma, to face off against Southeastern Oklahoma State.

Pleasant Grove graduate Cameron Wells has recorded seven tackles, two pass breakups and has blocked a kick so far this season for the Storm.

Texas High's Riley Russell (quarterback) and defensive back Tyriq Robinson and Hooks' Necoma Sanders are on the Southeastern Oklahoma State roster.

The series is knotted at one, with SEOS winning, 31-10, in 2021.