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ARKADELPHIA, Ark. When Ouachita Baptist and Ferris State meet on the gridiron in front of a sold out crowd at Cliff Harris Stadium on Saturday afternoon, it will be a clash between the top two teams in Super Region III.

When Ouachita (12-0) and Ferris State (13-0) kick-off tomorrow afternoon it will have been exactly 377 days since the two teams first played each other. Last season Ferris State had the home field advantage and won 24-19. The Tigers know that they let the game slip away from them last season after they turned the ball over four times.

Fast-forward to the 2018 season and the high powered Ferris State offenses led by Harlon Hill Finalist Jayru Campbell will face-off against the nation's top scoring defense. Ouachita this season has held opponents to just 9.4 points per contest. The Tigers have yet to allow multiple touchdowns at home this season and it has been nearly two months since the Tigers last gave up multiple touchdowns in a game.

An even more staggering statistic to look at is the Tigers have outscored opponents 218-32 inside Cliff Harris Stadium this season. Since 2014, Ouachita holds a 24-5 record at home since the start of the 2014 season. Ferris State over that same time span has gone 27-3 on the road.

Keandre Evans (Junction City, Ark.) and Airric Parker (San Diego, Calif.) will have a defensive unit that has intercepted 19 passes on the year and an additional 49 pass break ups ready to play against the Bulldogs tomorrow afternoon. Campbell enters the game having accounted for 44 scores on the season and the Ferris State offense did not miss a beat last weekend, racking up 608 yards of total offense in a win over Northwest Missouri State.

Ouachita redshirt freshman quarterback Brayden Brazeal (England, Ark.) will look to build upon his performance from last weekend against Indianapolis. Brazeal completed 14-of-19 passes for 162 yards and a pair of scores in the playoff victory. The running game will once again help keep the pressure of Brazeal.

The Tigers so far this season are averaging 277 yards per contest. Senior running back Kris Oliver (Arkadelphia, Ark.) leads the three headed monster at running back. Oliver has rushed for 960 yards this season and eight scores in the process. Shun'cee Thomas (Bossier City, La.) has come in as the change of pace back for most of the season and has eclipsed the 800 yard rushing mark in the process. Brockton Brown (Sheridan, Ark.) has come in as the closer for the Tigers deep in the redzone. The junior running back has rushed for 629 yards and leads the team with 16 touchdowns on the season.

Drew Harris (Benton, Ark.), Allie Freeman (Little Rock, Ark.) and La'Darius McElroy (Ashdown, Ark.) have emerged over the past few weeks out of the receiving core. Freeman currently leads the team in receptions (44) and total yards (445). McElroy has become to target in the redzone with his 6'6 frame, he currently leads the team with a trio of touchdown catches. Harris is a true utility player that can lineup anywhere on the field and he has shown that in the past few games after injuries plagued the senior for much of the year.

On special teams, look for Jake Ford (Australia) and Cole Antley (Atlanta, Ga.) to have another good showing. Ford currently averages 40 yards per punt, he has had four punts over 50 yards, 19 punts have been fair caught and 25 have landed inside the 20-yardline. Antley has become one of the most reliable kickers in the nation going 11-12 on the season. On kickoffs, Antley has averaged 60 yards per kick with 23 falling in the endzone for touchbacks.

Whichever team comes away with the victory tomorrow afternoon they will have a solid case to host one of the two national semifinal rounds next weekend. Ouachita and Ferris state will kickoff at 1 p.m. central time at Cliff Harris Stadium. Coverage on the Tiger Sports Network will begin at 12 p.m. central. Live stats and video links can be found on as well as post game recap. For all the latest and up-to-date information on the Ouachita football team be sure to follow along on the official Ouachita athletics and Ouachita football social media accounts.


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