When you are early in the football season, you always wonder which week will see the standing shaken up the most. For the Lone Star conference it was week six, last weekend. Three teams, Texas A&M Commerce, Midwestern State, and Tarleton State all entered the weekend unbeaten in conference play. Only one would emerge unscathed as two of those teams played each other and a huge upset significantly damaged the second team’s postseason chances.

Commerce and Midwestern State met in Wichita Falls where a fourth-quarter comeback that saw Commerce score 21 points but fell just short. Midwestern took the contest 47 to 42 to remain undefeated overall and in conference play with a 4-0 and a 3-0 respective record. Commerce drops from the ranks of the unbeaten with a 4-0 and a 2-1 record. The win leaves Midwestern alone atop the conference rankings, while Commerce drops to fourth.

Tarleton State was the other unbeaten conference team entering weekend play and most observers felt they would remain that way facing Western New Mexico. But the Mustangs got a 38-25 win for their first victory of the season. Tarleton drops to 3-1 and is in third place alone just a half game ahead of Commerce. WNMU improves to 1-3 and is tied with three other teams at the bottom of the conference standings.

Eastern New Mexico University held off UT Permian Basin for a 20-17 home victory. The Greyhounds’ third victory in a row voted them into second place in the conference standings at 4-1.

The only other game on the schedule saw Texas A&M Kingsville pound West Texas A&M, 37-9. Both teams are now 1-3 in conference play. Angelo State University was idled this week. Angelo State is 1-2 in conference play.

The biggest game in the conference this weekend sees Eastern New Mexico University travel to Stephensville, Texas to take on Tarleton State University. A win by Eastern would likely bring the conference championship race to a two team race with Midwestern state. A Tarleton State win would keep their regular-season championship aspirations alive. Midwestern state travels to Angelo State University as they try to remain undefeated.

Commerce will host the Mustangs of Western New Mexico University as they also hope to stay relevant in the conference race. UT Permian basin University will host Kingsville and West Texas will go out of conference to take on Adams State University at home.

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