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October 2, 2013

Inside the MIAA

A weekly look inside the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association.

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Players of the week

(Weekly honors are from the league)

- Offense - John Brown (Pittsburg State): Now Pittsburg State’s all-time leading receiver, Brown put on a show against Lincoln over the weekend. Brown caught nine passes for 237 yards and four touchdowns in the Gorillas’ win over Lincoln.

- Defense - Matt Longacre (Northwest Missouri State): The 6-foot-3 junior defensive end had a 17-yard fumble recovery return for a touchdown in the Bearcats’ win over Nebraska Kearney. He also had four tackles, two tackles for loss and a half sack.

- Special Teams - Dominic Thomas (Missouri Western): Thomas logged a 96-yard kickoff return for a touchdown — the first for Missouri Western since Oct. 8, 2011.

Around the league

- John Brown became Pittsburg State’s all-time leading receiver on Saturday, passing Harlon Hill Trophy recipient Ronnie West with 2,722 receiving yards in his career. Brown is now also tied for the school record in touchdown catches with 27.

- Only four games into the season, Emporia State quarterback Brent Wilson has 19 touchdowns, which is good enough for fourth in a single season by a Hornet QB. Wilson is currently tied with Sean Ponder on the school’s all-time, single-season list, and he trails Tyler Eckenrode by 10 touchdowns, after Eckenrode set the school mark with 29 TD passes in 2012.

- Pittsburg State is leading the MIAA in total offense. The Gorillas are averging 607.5 yards of offense per game, while also posting an average of eight yards per play.

Power rankings

1. Northwest Missouri State: Over the weekend, the St. Joseph News-Press described the Bearcats’ early-season schedule as “cupcake filled.” That’s pretty spot on. Bearcats should easily be 6-0 when it’s time to take on Pittsburg State in Kansas City, Mo., on Oct. 19.

2. Pittsburg State: Anthony Abenoja, Jeff Seybold and John Brown are a three-headed monster for the Gorillas on offense. Oh, and the league’s best defense isn’t bad, either.

3. Missouri Western: The Griffons just keep taking care of business. The Griffons’ first real test could be on Oct. 19 in Joplin, Mo., against Missouri Southern.

4. Emporia State: Brent Wilson and his arsenals of weapons at wide receiver make the Hornets a nightmare for any secondary.

5. Washburn: The Ichabods slide down a spot, only because they lose the quarterback battle with Wilson and Emporia State. Also, Washburn struggled for most of the game against Central Oklahoma.

6. Central Missouri: Left for dead after two season-opening losses to Northwest Missouri State and Missouri Western, the Mules are slowly but surely creeping their way up the league rankings.

7. Lindenwood: A win is a win, but beating only beating Missouri S&T by 17 is not exactly a banner day at the office.

8. Southwest Baptist: Apparently Southwest Baptist was embarrassed after its poor showing in a blowout loss at Pittsburg State. A nice way to bounce back is by beating Missouri Southern at home.

9. Missouri Southern: A late touchdown is all the Lions could muster in the second half against Southwest Baptist. Missouri Southern can’t fall behind late in games and expect to win.

10. Central Oklahoma: The Bronchos seem to have Washburn figured out, even though they lost in Topeka, Kan., last weekend.

11. Lincoln: Scoring 38 points against Pittsburg State is no small task. The Blue Tigers just couldn’t keep up with the Gorillas.

12. Northeastern State: The RiverHawks’ offense came alive, thanks to Terrance Dixon last weekend. If he can continue to run effectively and quarterback Thor Long can be efficient in the passing game, the RiverHawks could have some wins in store later in the year.

13. Nebraska Kearney: The Lopers follow up a competitive game against Missouri Western with a clunker at Northwest Missouri State. Such an up-and-down club right now.

14. Fort Hays State: The Tigers allowing close to 50 points per game. That is not good.

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