Young, a sophomore linebacker, is the Defensive Player of the Week and teammate Gino Garcia, a freshman kicker, is the Special Teams Player of the Week. The Huskies defeated Northwestern State, 48-21, snapping a 19-game conference losing streak. HBU wraps up its non-conference slate against Texas Southern at 6 p.m. Saturday in Houston. FRISCO, Texas – Sam Houston State quarterback Eric Schmid and Houston Baptist’s Brennan Young and Gino Garcia earned Southland Football Player of the Week honors, the league announced Monday. All weekly awards are presented by MidSouth Bank. Schmid was named Offensive Player of the Week after compiling 531 yards through the air, the second-most passing yards in a single game by a Bearkat. SHSU opened Southland Conference play on the right foot with a 45-6 win over in-state foe UIW and look to improve to 2-0 in league action on the road against McNeese at 6 p.m. Saturday. Special Teams Player of the Week: Gino Garcia – Fr. – Kicker – Richardson, TexasGarcia split the uprights eight times in Saturday’s win, converting all six extra points and booting field goals of 33 and 51 yards, a career-long and the sixth-longest in school history. His 33-yarder in the second quarter pushed the Huskies’ lead to 24-0 going into the break. Honorable Mention: Carlos Blackman, Central Arkansas; Julien Gums, Nicholls; Chason Virgil, Southeastern Louisiana. Offensive Player of the Week: Eric Schmid – R-So. – Quarterback – The Woodlands, TexasSchmid connected on 29 of his 44 pass attempts for five touchdowns and a career-high 531 yards, becoming just the sixth Bearkat to eclipse the 500-yard mark. At the halfway point in the game, he had already racked up 371 yards and four scores, leading SHSU to a 31-0 advantage. All five touchdown strikes went for 20 yards or more, and three were from at least 49 yards out. Defensive Player of the Week: Brennan Young – So. – Linebacker – Conroe, TexasYoung tallied nine tackles, including three solo stops, and picked off two passes in the Huskies’ 48-21 win over Northwestern State. With the Demons down at HBU’s two-yard line, he took a Shelton Eppler pass back 48 yards to midfield and kept NSU off the board. Young’s second pick also came with the Demons threatening in the red zone and marked just the second multi-interception game in program history. Honorable Mention: Austin Dunlap, Southeastern Louisiana; Bailey Giffen, Lamar; Storm Ruiz, Stephen F. Austin; David Stone, Abilene Christian. Honorable Mention: Hunter Brown, Sam Houston State; Josh Carr Jr., Southeastern Louisiana; Jeremiah Chambers, Abilene Christian; Laryon James, Nicholls. 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.
LAWSUITS: The bishop is still facing contempt charges for sending a key witness out of the country. By Gillian Flaccus THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange said Friday that it will pay nearly $7 million to settle four sexual abuse lawsuits, including one for which the bishop faces contempt of court proceedings for sending a monsignor out of the country before he could testify. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityThe cases were the first to be filed since 2004, when the diocese reached a record-breaking $100 million settlement with about 90 plaintiffs. The four lawsuits, the first of which was to go to trial Oct. 15, involved allegations against three lay teachers at Mater Dei High School and Santa Margarita High School, as well as a lay musician at a neighborhood parish. “I’m sorry that any of this happened and that even one person was abused,” Bishop Tod D. Brown said in a phone interview with The Associated Press. “We’ve taken every possible position that we can to make sure this doesn’t happen again, and I hope it doesn’t.” Sarah Gray, one of the plaintiffs, said she was pleased to have a settlement but still had to work on personal healing. “I really wanted to go to trial, and at the same time, I think, the settlement really accords the same amount of accountability to the diocese,” said Gray, who alleged she was sexually molested by her choir teachers in the late 1990s at Mater Dei. The diocese will pay $6.685 million to the four plaintiffs, making an average payout of $1.7 million per person. The case against a coach at Mater Dei had put Brown in the unusual position of having to sit for a contempt of court hearing, scheduled for Tuesday. If the hearing goes forward and Brown is found to be in contempt, he could face sanctions from a verbal reprimand to jail time. Defense lawyers said they had not reached the settlement to avoid Brown’s contempt of court hearing for sending a key witness to Canada for medical treatment. Brown will insist on going forward with the hearing Tuesday to clear his name, said Peter Callahan, the bishop’s attorney. “The bishop wants to go; he wants to clear his name from these accusations,” Callahan said. “The story is going to be that we settled to avoid the contempt charge, and that’s just a darn untruth.” Orange County Superior Court Judge Gail Andler this week ordered a hearing to determine whether Brown should be held in contempt for sending a high-ranking church official to Canada for medical treatment before he could complete his deposition in the case. Brown denied Friday that he sent Msgr. John Urell away to keep evidence out of the court’s hands.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!