Arkansas Beats Tulsa in First Round

Arkansas Ludicrous Speed defeated University of Tulsa Party Fowl 11-3 in the first round of Big D in Little D on Saturday.

The game moved quickly out of reach for Party Fowl as Tulsa was unable to work the disc against the wind. Arkansas took advantage and the first half, 7-0.

In the second half, Arkansas played their bench while Tulsa quit rushing their passes. This turn of events allowed Tulsa to go on a 3-1 run. Tulsa’s offensive prowess was short-lived however, as the game was hard capped at 11-3, with Arkansas scoring the final point.

“It feels good to get the first win of the season,” said Arkansas captain Matt Jackson. “This is the spring season and we need to start the trend of winning now.”



LSU Pulls Away from Auburn in Second Half, Wins

LSU Purple Haze continued their first half issues followed by a sound second half as they pulled out out an 11-7 win against the Auburn Tigers on Sunday.

The game began with an Auburn score, and then some points trading with LSU to make the game 2-2. Purple Haze then grabbed two breaks and opened the lead to 4-2. The Tigers kept plugging along however, and eventually tied the game back at 5-5. LSU scored the final point of the first half, 6-5.

Both teams played a relatively clean second half and neither team had a turnover until the score was 8-7 in LSU’s favor. Despite the mostly error-free play, Auburn’s second half woes continued, as they would fail to score again in the half, and Purple Haze would finish out on a 3-0 run.

GCSU Wins Against Auburn

In the first round of games on Sunday, Georgia College & State defeated Auburn 11-6. Disconnected jumped out to an early lead at 5-2 in the first half, but the Tigers came roaring back to tie the game at five all. GCSU scored the next point to take half.

Auburn would be limited to just one point in the second half to be outscored 5-1. This quick runaway can be attributed to GCSU’s zero turnovers in the latter half.

Mississippi State Wins Showcase Game Against Rival, Ole Miss

In a rare night contest, Mississippi State Dark Horse defeated their rivals, Mississippi Xanadu, 11-8, in the Cowbell Classic Showcase Game Saturday night.

The game had all the pieces for a rivalry: a crowd, lead changes, comebacks, and coaches yelling at the officials.

The game began with Mississippi State scoring the first point after both teams had a pair of turnovers. Mississippi responded by scoring on their next possession and getting a quick break to take the lead, 2-1. State then used some quick strike offense and layout d’s to score three in a row to take the lead back at 4-2.

Ole Miss took a timeout to fix some communication problems, and it appeared to work as they scored on their next possession. However, State scored the next two to take half, 6-3.

After the break, the teams traded points until Ole Miss got a break back to close the gap to one point at 8-7. The rivals would trade two more points to make it 9-8, but Dark Horse would score the next two and finish the game 11-8.

Ole Miss Pours it on in Second Half, Defeats Auburn

In an early season Gulf South Conference game at Cowbell Classic, the Auburn Tigers fell to Ole Miss Xanadu 10-6 in a soft-capped game.

“Auburn is one of our conference rivals,” said Mississippi captain Zach Branson. “We lost to them last year in [the series]. It was good to get the win today.”

Mississippi took an early 2-0 lead and quietly parlayed that into a 5-2 lead. In a hole, the Auburn Tigers rallied and scored the next three to tie the game at five all. Mississippi took a timeout and after a series of layout d’s and dropped passes that accumulated to¬† fourteen combined turnovers, Xanadu punched in a score to take half, 6-5.

The second half started with Xanadu scoring and then the Tigers answering. However, seven turnovers would hobble Auburn, and Mississippi would score the last three to finish off the time-shortened game.

“It was really windy and we are missing a few of our main throwers,” explained Auburn captain Brad Smith. “Plus, we dropped the disc too many times in the second half and gave [the game] away.”

Georgia College & State Handles Rhodes

Georgia College & State Disconnection utilized their handles to great effect against Rhodes Rhodekill as they breezed to a 10-4 win.

The route was on early as Disconnected scored the first three points. Rhodekill was able to get points on the board with two nice hucks. However, Disconnected continued to score, with very few turnovers, even scoring a greatest to take half, 6-2.

“The greatest was awesome,” said Taylor Minch, Georgia College & State’s captain. “T-Lamb was able to do a shuffle jump from in bounds and [push passed] it to our guy.”

The second half was much the same as the first half. Rhodes continued to have trouble with the wind and turnovers and was able to score only one point while Georgia College & State scored four.

“The wind was tough. We don’t have a lot of it in Memphis,” said Rhodes captain Walter Williams.

LSU Struggles with Georgia College & State

The LSU Purple Haze got more than they wanted with Georgia College & State Disconnected, but ended up winning, 11-7, during the third round of Cowbell Classic in Starkville, Mississippi Saturday.

LSU began the game by scoring the first two points. The teams would trade the next four points to make it 4-2 in favor of the Haze. Disconnected made some adjustments defensively and made Purple Haze pay for some bad drops by scoring the next three in a row to take a 5-4 lead. The teams would trade the next two points as Disconnected took half.

“We started off down 0-2, but came back strong to take half,” said Disconnected captain John Manget.

The first two points of the second half looked like the game would be a battle to the end as both teams scored downwind, with Georgia College still in front 7-6. However, LSU was able to tighten up their defense and capitalize on a pair of drops in the endzone by Georgia College to score five in a row and win the game.

“It was pretty frustrating in the beginning,” said LSU captain Dylan Shannon. “We came out lackadaisical, but we picked it up in the second half and took care of business.”

“I don’t really know what happened towards the end. They got a couple of points that we just couldn’t complete. Hopefully, we will see them tomorrow and get them next time,” Manget said.

Arkansas Wins Harvest Moon Over Harding

In a game marked by an ever changing wind and many turnovers Arkansas Ludicrous Speed defeated Harding Apocalypse to win the 21st Annual Harvest Moon Ultimate Classic.

Harding scored the first two points of the game, but several unforced errors by Apocalypse allowed Ludicrous Speed to score three in a row to take the lead. The two teams traded points until just before halftime when Arkansas was able to score two quickly and take half, 7-5.

“There were many turnovers by both teams,” said Arkansas captain Matt Jackson. “We just made fewer of them.”

“Arkansas is a very talented, athletic, and quick team. Their tough defense forced us to make too many long throws,” Harding’s senior captain Ryan Rummage added.

After halftime, Arkansas utilized their deeper bench to wear out Harding and pulled away in the second half, 6-3.

“We won that game with our legs,” Jackson said.

Despite losing the game Rummage was still upbeat about how his team performed during the weekend.

“For us to make the finals is a great accomplishment. We played great all tournament long. But in the final, we lost to a team that is more talented and more athletic than us–all the credit goes to Arkansas.” Rummage said.

The championship win by Arkansas is their first ever at Harvest Moon, which is the team’s home tournament.

Arkansas Wins on Ultimate Point. Beats Missouri.

Early on the score between the Arkansas Ludicrous Speed and the Missouri MUtants was not indicative of the closeness of the game. But that all changed in the second half, and despite a five point early game lead in Arkansas’ favor, Missouri was able to close the gap only to lose in a capped game on ultimate point, 10-9.

The first quarter of the game was dominated by questionable throws, layouts, wind gusts, and Missouri getting impatient turnovers after working the disc down field. All those factors combined meant Arkansas found its self ahead, 5-0.

The second quarter of the game was a bit cleaner as Missouri started to find their groove but still found themselves behind 7-4.

“We have been notorious for our slow starts,” lamented Missouri captain Matt Francis. “We did it against SLU yesterday and we did it against Arkansas today.”

The second half was a very different game as the MUtants started to win the jump discs and Ludicrous started to make the impatient throwaways.

“Underclassmen and upperclassmen made some questionable decisions late in the game and as a team we made some bad hucks and silly drops,” said Matt Jackson, Arkansas’ senior captain.

With Missouri rallying the hard cap was blown and the two teams were knotted at nine all. On the ensuing point Arkansas’ Abe Coffin hucked the disc to a wide open Dominik Fischer who completed a one foot pass for the win.

“We came out flat in the beginning of the game. In the second half we switched some things up and we started to get back into the game. We didn’t give up, we battled back, we ended up at universe point, and we lost,” Francis said.

With the win Arkansas moves on to the finals to face Harding for the Harvest Moon championship

Harding Thumps Washington in Harvest Moon Semifinal

Harding Apocalypse jumped out of the gates quickly against Washington University to take half 7-1 and coasted in the second half to beat the Contrabears 13-3.

“[Harding] got a break off initially and kept going right through the half,” said Washington captain Jacob Zax.

In addition to the quick start, the disparity in terms of team size may have also helped Harding.

“We have twenty six guys and being able to have an O-line, D-line, and keep up the sideline intensity worked out well for us,” said Harding’s captain Ryan Rummage.

“They had a big crew, a ton of intensity, and ran with it right until the end of the game,” added Zax.

The win moves Harding into their first ever final at Harvest Moon where they will face the winner of Missouri vs. Arkansas.