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Messenger Sports Briefs for October 27

Messenger Sports Briefs for October 27

UT Martin gridders
in tie for 1st place

UT Martin has moved into first place in the Ohio Valley Conference football standings with a league record of 5-1 and an overall record of 6-2.
The Skyhawks defeated No. 20 Jacksonville State 31-30 on Thursday night in front of a national television audience on ESPNU. The win combined with Tennessee State’s overtime loss to Southeast Missouri State Saturday helped the Skyhawks jump into a tie for first place.
Tennessee State and Eastern Kentucky round out the top three teams in the OVC. All three teams have one loss this season.
The Skyhawks will not play this week. The team returns to action Nov. 8 at Auburn.

Community can meet
UTM ballers tonight

Community members are encouraged to come out and meet the UT Martin men’s and women’s basketball teams tonight at the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center.
The “Court Party” begins at 5:30 with Skyhawk Talk, the weekly radio show hosted by Chris Brinkley, the voice of the Skyhawks. Brinkley will broadcast live from Pat Head Summitt Court.
A pot-luck dinner is set for 6:30 this evening in the Elam Center. The public is welcome to bring a dish and enjoy the fellowship with members of the Skyhawk basketball teams.
Action gets under way at 7:30 p.m. with a three-point shooting, hot-shot competition and a slam-dunk contest featuring the Skyhawks and members of the UT Martin student body.
Immediately following the contests, the Skyhawk women’s and men’s teams will play two 10-minute scrimmages.
All activities are free and open to the general public. Season basketball tickets also will be on sale throughout the evening. To purchase season basketball tickets or for more information call the Skyhawk Ticket Office at 881-7207.

Austin Peay, SEMO
sweep OVC honors

Making his first start of the season, Austin Peay quarterback Trent Caffee completed 14-of-20 passes for 217 yards and four touchdowns en route to the Ohio Valley Conference’s Offensive Player of the Week award.
Otherwise, Governors’ freshman running back Ryan White earned the league’s top newcomer award after he came off the bench and carried the pigskin 22 times for 185 yards in his team’s 31-28 edging of Tennessee Tech.
On defense, Southeast Missouri’s Nick Stauffer was named the OVC’s top defensive performer for the week after he recorded a career-high 21 tackles, including 14 solo stops in his team’s 27-20 overtime victory over No. 19 Tennessee State.
His SEMO teammate Doug Spada averaged 40 yards a punt en route to the Specialist of the Week award.

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