FRISCO, Texas – Sam Houston State’s Kyran Jackson is the Southland Conference Offensive Player of the Week, Abilene Christian’s Jeremiah Chambers is the Defensive Player of the Week, while Lamar’s Caleb Abron is the Special Teams Player of the Week. The league made the announcement Monday. All weekly awards are presented by MidSouth Bank. Jackson is the first Bearkat in history to have both 100 yards rushing and 100 yards receiving in a single game and is the first Southland player to do so since McNeese’s Toddrick Pendland accomplished the feat in the Cowboys’ road upset of Appalachian State in 2009. Jackson is one of just two players in the FCS to achieve the 100/100 feat this season, joined by Robert Morris’ Terrence Stephens Jr. who also did so this past weeked against Duquesne. The Wildcats’ win was their first over a Top-25 team since a 37-35 win over then-No. 25 Stephen F. Austin in 2014. Defensive Players of the Week: Jeremiah Chambers, Abilene Christian – Jr. – Linebacker – Austin, TexasChambers posted his fourth double-digit tackle total of the season as he finished with 14 tackles (8 solo) in the Wildcats’ win over 11th-ranked Nicholls. The Fort Worth product’s 28-yard touchdown run in the third quarter gave the Bearkats the lead for good. He also had a 56-yard catch in the fourth quarter, marking the longest play from scrimmage for the Kats this year. Honorable Mention: Darrel Colbert, Lamar; Darren Johnson, Southeastern Louisiana Honorable Mention: Matt Cummins, Central Arkansas; Storm Ruiz, Stephen F. Austin; Devonte Williams, Southeastern Louisiana Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots. The junior linebacker’s efforts helped hold the Colonels’ offense — ranked third in the league entering the game — to 388 yards, 12 points and just one touchdown. Offensive Player of the Week: Kyran Jackson, Sam Houston State – So. – Running Back – Fort Worth, TexasJackson became the first Southland Conference player since 2009 to rush for more than 100 yards and have at least 100 yards receiving in the same game. The sophomore ran 23 times for 152 yards and a score, while also hauling in four passes for 116 yards, totaling 268 all-purpose yards. The Bearkats (4-2, 3-1 SLC) posted a 42-28 at Northwestern State on Oct. 13 to remain in the thick of the Southland championship race. Sam Houston stays on the road this weekend with a Saturday afternoon date at Lamar. The Wildcats (3-4, 2-3 SLC) pulled off the 44-34 upset victory over No. 11 Nicholls. ACU will travel to Southeastern Louisiana for a Saturday matchup. Meanwhile, Lamar (2-4, 1-3 SLC) handed Incarnate Word its first conference loss, 27-21, by way of a blocked field goal that was returned for a touchdown to claim the home win. Honorable Mention: Derick Roberson, Sam Houston; Chris Terrell, Central Arkansas Special Teams Player of the Week: Caleb Abrom, Lamar – Jr. – Defensive Back – DeSoto, TexasWith the game knotted at 21 with 12 seconds remaining, Incarnate Word lined up for the game-winning field goal. After calling three consecutive timeouts, Lamar blocked the kick which was scooped up by Abrom and returned 66 yards for the game-deciding touchdown. The 27-21 decisions was the Cardinals first Southland victory of the season and handed UIW its first conference loss of the year. The return helped end LU’s four-game skid. Chambers keyed a defense that pitched a second-half shutout and came up with two fourth-down stops late in the final quarter that kept the Colonels from cutting into ACU’s lead.
The Legend of Zorrodir Martin Campbellout nowIn 1998, The Mask of Zorro, alsodirected by Martin Cambell,was released to general acclaim.A rousing, swashbuckling adventurewith a healthy dose of humour,it made a sequel entirely predictable.Sadly, predictable is certainlythe watchword for this latest offeringfrom the conveyor-belt that isHollywood. The film, essentially aninferior photocopy of the original,is not terrible, but it is terribly mediocre.The sultry spark of the first filmhas vanished, replaced by lazy actingand an even lazier script. Thestory, little more than a series of frequentlyillogical plot devices, opensin 1850 as California votes on joiningthe Union. Zorro is enduringsomewhat less than marital bliss,with his devotion to work resultingin estrangement from his beautifulwife. This potentially emotional storylineis instead played for laughs,as Zorro strives to win Elena backfrom a villain so bland I’ve alreadyforgotten his name. Naturally, healso has to save America.The Legend of Zorro is sporadicallyfunny, but the broad slapstickmerely contributes to its uneventone, as it tries (and fails) to find abalance between grit and sanitisedfamily fare. The introduction of aZorro Junior to the forefront of theaction was always going to be intenselyirritating. One also wonderswhy the skilful swordsman Zorronever actually kills anyone with hissword.Nevertheless, the blockbusterdoes have its moments, and it occasionallyfeels like a better story islurking just out of reach. A mealtimescene proves surprisingly macabreand the rousing fighting ofthe climax is undeniably exciting.On a different front, real emotionis felt when Zorro’s identity is revealed,yet the chief effect of this isto highlight the sterility of the restof the affair.It is a depressing thought that sausagefactory of Hollywood cannotmuster the courage to experimentwith fresh material. Recycling is agood thing when it comes to litter,but not when cinema is concerned.The word ‘sequel’ may arouse producersin Bel-Air, but for me it hasall the excitement of toast.There are exceptions, of course,that prove this rule. This film,as you may have guessed, is notone of them. No amount of scenery,swords, special effects or even(gasp) Antonio Banderas can hidethe unerring feeling that The Legendof Zorro has nothing new tosay. Far from being a legend, thisfilm proved difficult to rememberlong enough to write a review.ARCHIVE: 3rd week MT 2005