Arkansas Ludicrous Speed bested Oklahoma Apes of Wrath 13-11 in a time-capped semi-final game. The game, which was a back-and-forth affair early on, ended in soft cap with Arkansas’ Eric Kearney’s layout catch in the end zone. “I put everything into getting my body underneath the disc. I just wanted to make sure I caught the disc,” Kearney said.
The catch by Kearney stopped a 4-0 run by Oklahoma in the closing minutes of the game. “It is frustrating to lose like that,” said Oklahoma captain Matt Carney. “I feel like the kid who crammed for his test but still came up short. We are going to have to figure out how to pull these close ones off.”
Oklahoma scored the first point of the game off an Arkansas turnover. The two teams then traded points back and forth until, with the score knotted at 4-4, Arkansas’ Abe Coffin caught a Callahan. Ludicrous Speed used that momentum to take the first half 8-5.
The second half started with more point trading, until Oklahoma seemed to find their footing amidst Arkansas’ bench. Despite two timeouts called by Ludicrous Speed to slow down the game, the Apes were able to come back from 12-7 to 12-11 when the soft cap came on.
Arkansas had twelve d’s during the game and Oklahoma had five.
The win advances Arkansas to the finals of Big D in Little D where they will face the Kansas State Huckstables.
Kansas State came out hot and North Texas got burned as the Huckstables beat UNT 15-4. The very beginning of the game started off close, but by half the score was 8-2. While the game outcome was never in doubt after the first few points, North Texas is a much tougher team than the final score indicated. Even near the end of the second half UNT was still contesting jump discs and making the Huckstables work for the last few points.
Arkansas Ludicrous Speed utilized their zone defense to great effect to beat Iowa State ISUC, 15-7. Iowa State scored the first point of the game but would quickly relinquish the lead by letting Arkansas score the next three points. Arkansas would take half 8-4 led by Eric Kearney’s layouts. ISUC had fifteen turnovers in the first half and eight of those were courtesy of Ludicrous Speed’s tenacious defense.
The second half would not be much different from the first as Iowa State tried to make up lost ground by hucking it long. Arkansas would make them pay dearly for that strategy by scoring on almost every turn with only two unforced errors in the second half.