MUSKOGEE, Okla. – Bacone College head football coach Lawrence Livingston announced the addition of Hank Campbell as the new defensive coordinator.
“Coach (Hank) Campbell comes highly recommended,” head coach Lawrence Livingston noted. “But even with all that when we got a chance to meet with him and talk to him he was much more impressive than any of the recommendations.”
“He’s a young coach that has a great passion for the game, great knowledge of the game and we’re extremely excited to him on our staff.”
Campbell enters his 17th year coaching after serving the 2014 season at Langston University as the inside linebackers coach.
Coach Campbell is a graduate from the University of South Carolina where he was a four-year letterman and three-year starter at linebacker for the Gamecocks and Team Captain. He is most noted for his game versus the University of Tennessee, where he made the game-winning tackle on a two-point conversion play on James Stewart.
The defensive coordinator’s past coaching stops include East Tennessee State University where he coached defensive line and outside linebackers; others stops include Battery Creek High School, West Ashley High School and Charleston Collegiate.
MUSKOGEE, Okla. – Langston University was voted as the top team in the 2015 Central States Football League (CSFL) preseason poll, which marks the third consecutive season the Lions have been favored as the No. 1 team in the league’s preseason poll. The poll is comprised of the league’s coaches and sports information directors.
Langston received a total of 60 votes, including 12 first place votes.
Langston was eight points ahead of second-ranked Southwestern Assemblies of God University (Tex.), who received 52 total points and a pair of first place votes. Bacone College sewed up third place with 37 points, as only one point separated Arizona Christian University and Wayland Baptist University (Tex.), who finished in fourth and fifth place, respectively. Lyon College (Ark.) received 19 points to rank them in the sixth spot and Texas College rounded out the poll as the number seven team with 17 points.
During the 2015 season, seven teams will compete for the CSFL title, including three teams from Texas, two schools from Oklahoma and one University out of California. The CSFL is comprised of Arizona Christian University, Bacone College, Langston University, Lyon College (Ark.), Southwestern Assemblies of God University (Tex.), Wayland Baptist University (Tex.), and Texas College.
The 2015 season is the inaugural season for both Arizona Christian University and Lyon College.
MUSKOGEE, Okla. – In 2015 there were 256 collegiate athletes that fulfilled a long life dream and were drafted by a professional team in the National Football League (NFL).
The leap from high school football to the NFL is daunting challenge.
In 2014 the NCAA boasted 128 Division I football schools; under NCAA guidelines they’re allowed 85 full scholarships if they’re not on NCAA probation.
That’s a total of 10,880 student athletes at major universities across the country without factoring in teams that compete at the NCAA DII, NCAA DIII and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) levels.
The leap from an NAIA school to the NFL is near impossible but don’t tell that to former Bacone College defensive lineman Deantre Harlan.
Harlan was rare blend of size and speed at 6’5, 270 pounds and caught the eye of the Baylor Bears coaching staff during his high school days.
His story however took a detour due to his love of basketball.
“Once I left Baylor and attended Oklahoma Wesleyan I put football away,” Harlan said. “It left my mind, it was all basketball so at different times my teammates would tell me I was built like a football player. I would just tell them I put it away, I’m just a basketball player.”
Harlan appeared in 63 games over two seasons and finished with 276 points; he was a key cog off the bench on a squad that finished 59-10 during his time at Oklahoma Wesleyan.
“All the time people would tell me to get back into football, so I began to think about it,” the defensive lineman noted. “So Coach (Donnie) Bostwick ended up leaving and going to Southwestern Assemblies of God so when that happened that changed my decision. I started to looking at playing football and basketball again.”
The hulking defensive lineman turned basketball player began to look around and found his way to former Bacone College men’s basketball assistant and current women’s basketball coach Josh Nichols.
“I knew of Deantre (Harlan) because he was at Oklahoma Wesleyan where my brother-in-law happened to be at,” Nichols said. “When he decided to leave there he started looking at us. He expressed interest in playing football again and the other schools he was looking at didn’t have football, we did.”
Despite being away from football for a handful of years, Harlan instantly found himself thrust back into the action.
“We knew he was big, we knew he was athletic and we knew he could play football. His biggest thing was he could take over a game and free up other linemen or linebackers,” Bacone linebackers coach Robert Daniels noted. “He was an unselfish player, he did everything we asked of him and what was best for the team.”
“He’s a great kid, he worked hard at keeping himself in shape being a two-way sport athlete,” Bacone defensive line coach E.J. Valentine added. “He’s very smart, he understands the game and he was the key defensive lineman for us especially during his senior year.”
His impact on the football field was immediately felt in 2012 when the Warriors finished the season 6-3 and ranked as the No. 1 total defense in the NAIA.
In his two years at Bacone, Harlan finished with 72 tackles, 13 sacks and 23 tackles for loss; he was named to the 2013 Central States Football League Honorable Mention team.
On the hardwood, his junior year was cut short due to injury and he only appeared in five games. Harlan returned stronger during the 2013-2014 season and scored 134 points in 14 games.
He posted a season-high of 22 points against the University of the Southwest on January 9, 2014.
Following the close of basketball season in March 2014, the senior defensive lineman worked out for the St. Louis Rams who were interested due to his agile frame and size.
The 2014 NFL draft came and went. Harlan wasn’t worried because he knew his path to the NFL would be through signing an underrated rookie free agent contract.
On May 12, 2014, the St. Louis Rams finalized their rookie free agent contract with Harlan and marked the next step in another chapter.
“At that time I was in Minnesota waiting, I had just finished visiting with the Minnesota Vikings and all I was doing was waiting,” Harlan said. “I kept wondering if they were really going to call me. When they called me, my face dropped because it was a dream come true. All I kept thinking about was God is good.”
Harlan became the first player from Bacone College to sign with an NFL team since joining the NAIA in 2001 and the first NFL player since the late Don Chandler played for the Green Bay Packers in the 1960s.
One hurdle was cleared. Sign with an NFL team. The next hurdle was simply survive against the best competition in the world during training camp.
The former All-CSFL honorable mention selection survived an entire training camp and four NFL preseason games before becoming one of the last players cut on Aug. 30, 2014.
Harlan moved back to Texas and began teaching at Everman ISD but still remained. He received an unexpected call from his agent in October 2014 that his football career wasn’t finished only he wouldn’t be playing in the United States.
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League snatched Harlan up and signed him for the final month of the season.
Fast forward to July 2015 and Harlan knows he has the talent to compete at the highest level. He’s been contacted by 15 NFL teams during the offseason but will once again suit up for the Blue Bombers.
“It’s been a wild year, going from the Rams to the Blue Bombers,” Harlan said. “It’s a different system up in Canada but I’m able to use the stuff I learned at Bacone, at St. Louis and now with Winnipeg. So it’s going to help me in the future become a better football player.”
The Blue Bombers are currently 2-2 through four weeks of the regular season.
MUSKOGEE, Okla. – The Central States Football League announced the All-CSFL selections for the 2014 season with 22 Bacone Warriors receiving honors.
Leading the way was senior linebacker Keshaun Malone who was named the CSFL Defensive Player of the Year in addition to first team All-CSFL; Malone finished the 2014 campaign with 135 total tackles with one sack and five interceptions.
Also receiving first team honors were seniors Damian Johnson and David Chapman along with sophomore Josh Tausaga on offense.
Defensively, Malone and seniors Robert Roberson and Chase Rettig received selections to the first team.
Five Warriors were named to the All-CSFL second team beginning with receiver Larry Stokes, offensive lineman Matt Zepeda, defensive lineman Donyea Hamilton, linebacker Aaron Jones and punter Chad Ducharme.
11 athletes were named All-CSFL honorable mention which includes Jordan Scanlon, Victor Smith, Darrell Harmon, Freddy Wilson, Curtis Brown, Adan Chavez, Abraham Bevel, Enak Matia, James Foote, Cam Onic and Alex Wilson.
The link provided below contains the complete list for the All-CSFL selections.
MUSKOGEE, Okla. – Bacone College Athletic Director Alan Foster announced Wednesday, Nov. 26 head football coach Trevor Rubly will not be retained.
“We want to thank Coach (Trevor) Rubly for his service these past five years,” Foster said. “We certainly wish him and his family all the best in their future endeavors.”
Rubly’s time at Bacone began in 2010 where he served as defensive coordinator before accepting the head coaching position in 2011. His accomplishments included being named the 2013 Central States Football League Co-Champions with Southwestern Assemblies of God and 62 CSFL All-Conference selections.
“We are confident in our ability to land another quality head coach for the Bacone football program,” Foster added. “Until we complete the search process assistant coach Lawrence Livingston will serve as the interim head coach.”
Livingston is in his first year as the offensive line coach but brings 30 years of coaching experience including stops at Albany State, UTEP, Texas A&M and Washington State.
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – In their final matchup of the season the Bacone Warriors came up short 27-14 to the No. 17 Langston Lions on Saturday, Nov. 8.
The Lions jumped out on top when Chace Green intercepted Warrior quarterback Omar Kharroub and returned the interception 40 yards for a touchdown.
Bacone answered with a 48-yard touchdown run by Keshaun Malone and moved in front 8-6 with 5:26 remaining in the first quarter.
Mark Wright put Langston ahead with a one-yard touchdown run to cap a 10-play, 75-yard drive to make it 13-8 entering the second quarter.
With 12:17 in the second quarter Malone hit pay dirt from four yards out to push Bacone to a 14-13 lead.
The advantage didn’t last long as Wright scored on a four-yard run to give the Lions a 20-14 halftime lead.
Both squads remained scoreless until the fourth quarter when Green returned a fumble 68 yards to give Langston the 27-14 victory.
Kharroub finished nine-for-15 for 56 yards, Malone racked up 68 yards on 12 carries with two scores.
Aaron Jones led Bacone in tackles with 11; Malone and Alex Wilson finished with nine tackles.
Bacone concludes the year at 3-8 overall and 1-4 in the Central States Football League.
MUSKOGEE, Okla. – Keshaun Malone picked up his fourth Central States Football League Defensive Player of the Week award for his efforts on Saturday, Nov. 8.
Malone was one tackle shy of his career high, picking up 16 total stops as Bacone fell 26-7 to Oklahoma Baptist. The senior linebacker had six solo tackles and posted 10 assisted tackles.
The senior linebacker currently ranks fourth in the NAIA in total tackles per game.
SHAWNEE, Okla. – The Bacone Warriors were unable to get rolling offensively and fell short 26-7 to Oklahoma Baptist on Saturday, Nov. 8 to fall to 3-7 on the season.
After a scoreless first quarter the Warriors got off on the right foot when Omar Kharroub hit David Chapman for an 82-yard touchdown bomb.
The Bison tied the game in the third quarter on a one-yard run by Dawson Myers that capped a 12-play, 63-yard drive.
Oklahoma Baptist recovered the ensuing onside kick and on the first play from scrimmage Blake Woodard hit Derek Serowski for a 35-yard touchdown to pull ahead 13-7.
OBU tacked on two more scores in the fourth quarter in the 26-7 victory over the Warriors.
Kharroub finished the day 13-for-27 for 145 yards and one touchdown; Damian Johnson led the ground game with 46 yards on 19 carries.
David Chapman registered 106 yards on three catches with one score.
Keshaun Malone led Bacone in tackles with 16; Alex Wilson was second with 13.
Bacone (3-7, 1-3) wraps up the regular season versus Langston on Saturday, Nov. 15 at 2 p.m. The game will be played at Douglas High School in Oklahoma City, Okla.
MUSKOGEE, Okla. – Three turnovers paved the way for Southwestern Assemblies of God to knock off the Bacone Warriors 28-7 on Saturday, Nov. 1.
On the Warriors second drive of the game, tailback Damian Johnson sprinted up the middle for an 83-yard touchdown run for a 7-0 lead in the first quarter.
After holding Bacone on fourth down, the Lions marched 77 yards on seven plays to tie the game on a 40-yard run by James Hopkins.
Victor Smith turned the ball over on the following drive and the Lions regained possession at the Bacone 33-yard line.
Eight plays later SAGU moved in front when Troy Griffin punched it into the end zone from one yard out.
Later, Hopkins scored on a four-yard run and C.J. Collins hit Dylan Moore for a 28-yard touchdown to eventually defeat the Warriors 28-7.
Johnson finished with 185 yards on 24 carries and Smith tallied 59 yards on 12 carries. Omar Kharroub complete five-of-10 passes for 39 yards and one interception.
Keshaun Malone led Bacone in tackles with nine; Jeremy Sims and Robert Roberson both logged two sacks.
Bacone (3-6, 1-2) travels to play at Oklahoma Baptist on Saturday, Nov. 8.