Tahlequah Daily Press

September 18, 2013

Inside the MIAA

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

By BEN JOHNSON
Sports Editor

— Team        Conf    Ovr    PF    PA

       W-L    W-L

Emporia St.    2-0    2-0    77    34

Lindenwood    2-0    2-0    59    49

Mo. Southern    2-0    2-0    69    52

Pittsburg St.    2-0    2-0    110    30

Washburn    2-0    2-0    112    30

Mo. Western    1-0    2-0    89    26

NW Mo. St.    1-0    2-0    73    48

Lincoln        0-1    1-1    69    58

SW Baptist    0-1    0-2    64    75

Central Mo.    0-2    0-2    47    54

Central Okla.    0-2    0-2    62    117

Fort Hays St.    0-2    0-2    30    97

Neb. Kearney    0-2    0-2    34    92

Northeastern St.    0-2    0-2    20    62

Week 2

Mo. Southern 17, Northeastern St. 14

Emporia State 34, Neb. Kearney 21

NW Mo. St. 28, Central Mo. 24

Pittsburg St. 65, Central Okla. 24

Washburn 54, Fort Hays St. 17

Lindenwood 35, SW Baptist 27

Lincoln 47, Grambling St. 34

Mo. Western 63, Missouri S&T 3



Week 3

Lindenwood at Central Mo., 1:30 p.m.

Lincoln at Mo. Southern, 2:37 p.m.

Mo. Western at Neb. Kearney, 3 p.m.

Emporia State at Central Okla., 6 p.m.

Washburn at Northeastern St., 6 p.m.

NW Mo. St. at Fort Hays St., 7 p.m.

SW Baptist at Pittsburg St., 7 p.m.



Week 2 recaps

- Missouri Southern 17, Northeastern State 14: An offensive showcase in the first half morphed into a defensive struggle in the final 30 minutes. The difference in the game was a Sean Seefeldt 31-yard field goal that closed out the first half. For NSU, Joel Rockmore ran 145 yards, and linebacker Langston Jones had 21 tackles.

- Emporia State 34, Neb. Kearney 21: The Hornets scored 31 of the first 38 points and carried a 31-7 lead into halftime. Emporia State was nearly unstoppable on offense with Dozie Iwuagwa rushing for 123 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries. Quarterback Brent Wilson got in on the offensive explosion, passing for 297 yards and four touchdowns while completing 23 of 34 passes. Also for the Hornets, Ray Ray Davis and Austin Willis combined for 14 receptions for 230 yards and three touchdowns.

- Northwest Missouri State 28, Central Mo. 24: Brady Bolles’ 9-yard touchdown run with 2:51 remaining lifted the third-ranked Bearcats to a come-from-behind victory. Central Missouri built up a 17-0 lead early on before taking a 17-14 advantage into the halftime locker room. Bolles came on in relief of Northwest Missouri State’s starting quarterback, Trevor Adams, and ran for 82 yards and two scores while passing for 191 yards and a touchdown on 17 of 23 attempts.

- Pittsburg State 65, Central Oklahoma 24: The Gorillas zoomed out to a 20-0 lead and eventually led 34-3 at halftime. Pittsburg State ran for 361 yards, thanks to five players with at least 45 yards on the ground. The Gorillas finished with 599 yards of total offense while scoring touchdowns on nine of their 12 drives in the game.

- Lindenwood 35, Southwest Baptist 27: The Lions outscored Southwest Baptist 21-10 in the second half to move to 2-0. Marvin Byrd led Lindenwood with 130 yards and a touchdown on 29 rushing attempts.

- Washburn 54, Fort Hays State 17: Fort Hays State scored a touchdown to get within 10-7 in the second quarter, but Washburn would score the next 44 points to improve to 2-0. The Ichabods cashed in on four interceptions thrown by Fort Hays State quarterback Treveon Albert.

- Lincoln 47, Grambling State 34: The Blue Tigers opened up to a 23-7 lead and held on in the offensive slugfest. The two teams combined for 1,115 yards of offense.

- Missouri Western 63, Missouri S&T 3: Tra Brown (109 yards, two touchdowns on nine carries) and Raphael Spencer (107 yards and two touchdowns on 11 rushes) tore Missouri S&T up on the ground as the Griffons cruised to 2-0 on the year.



Players of the week

(Weekly honors are from the league)

- Offense — Morris Henderson (Lincoln): The 5-foot-9 senior tailback from Jacksonville, Fla., ran for 137 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries. He also had a kickoff return for a touchdown while amassing 325 all-purpose yards against Grambling State.

- Defense — Langston Jones (Northeastern State): The senior linebacker from Whitesboro, Texas, recorded a career-high 21 tackles in the RiverHawks’ loss to Missouri Southern.

- Special Teams — Julio Segura (Lincoln): The junior punter from Los Angeles averaged 30.5 yards on four punts, including three that pinned Grambling State inside its own 20-yard line.



Around the league -- notes

- Northwest Missouri State quarterback Trevor Adams was replaced by Brady Boles in the Bearcats’ win over Central Missouri. Adams is expected to start at quarterback for Northwest Missouri State at Fort Hays State this weekend.

- Pittsburg State linebacker Nate Dreiling had 10 tackles in the Gorillas’ win over Central Oklahoma. He now has more than 400 career tackles and is in second place on the school’s all-time tackle list.

- Central Missouri wide receiver Ronrei Lloyd caught eight passes for 131 yards and two touchdowns in the Mules’ loss to Northwest Missouri State.

- Lindenwood’s Pierre Desir had an interception in the Lions’ win over Southwest Baptist, moving him into a tie for third all-time in the MIAA with 22 career picks.

- Central Oklahoma running back Josh Birmingham logged another solid outing against Pittsburg State. The senior from Luther had 152 yards and two touchdowns on 17 rushing attempts, making him the league’s leading rusher at 160.5 yards per contest. He also had five catches for 40 yards in the Bronchos losing effort.



Power rankings

1. Northwest Missouri State: Trailing Central Missouri late in the game, the Bearcats never hit the panic button and remained unbeaten. There are question marks with this team, but so far so good.

2. Pittsburg State: Either Pitt State’s offense is off the charts, or Central Oklahoma and Northeastern State both have atrocious defenses. All are possibilities, but as of right now, the Gorillas’ offense is a well-oiled machine.

3. Missouri Western: We know the Griffons are pretty darn good. Whipping the pants off Missouri S&T was pretty much a scrimmage in front of 6,000-plus.

4. Washburn: The Ichabods lead the league in scoring offense (56 points a game), and they’re tied for second in scoring defense (15 points allowed per game). That’s always a solid combination.

5. Emporia State: Who needs Tyler Eckenrode? Brent Wilson has proven to be a capable quarterback for the Hornets.

6. Central Missouri: The Mules have to be disgusted with themselves right now. Wins against Missouri Western and Northwest Missouri State eluded them in the first two weeks by a combined seven points. Have to think there were some positives in there somewhere.

7. Lindenwood: The Lions have played with fire, winning close games over Lincoln and Southwest Baptist. Yet, 2-0 is 2-0.

8. Missouri Southern: The Lions have shown they can win high-scoring or low-scoring affairs. Just have to avoid falling behind with the triple option.

9. Southwest Baptist: Certainly not a great team, but it does have the capability of scaring several teams along the way.

10. Lincoln: A win is a win, even if it came over a Grambling State team that went 1-10 in 2012.

11. Northeastern State: The RiverHawks’ defense finally showed up in the second half against Missouri Southern. Too bad the offense disappeared.

12. Central Oklahoma: If you enjoy watching opposing teams score a lot of points, you should buy Bronchos season tickets. UCO has been gashed for 58.5 points per game.

13. Nebraska Kearney: There’s not much to like about the Lopers. They have a hard time scoring and struggle to stifle other offenses.

14. Fort Hays State: The Tigers are abysmal on defense and slightly better than terrible on offense. Northwest Missouri State comes calling this weekend, so that doesn’t bode well, either.



They said it

“It can be one point or 100 points, it doesn’t matter. Winning is precious. ...We knew we were going to be coming into a snake pit, and we’re lucky to get out of here with the win.” -- Missouri Southern head coach Daryl Daye said following the Lions’ 17-14 win over Northeastern State.



Game of the week

Lindenwood at Central Missouri

It’s one of six games that features an 2-0 team vs. an 0-2 squad. Yet, it doesn’t really feel like Central Missouri is 0-2 after close losses to Northwest Missouri State and Mo. Western. Winner of this game has to feel good going forward.