By BEN JOHNSON
Team Conf. Ovr
W-L W-L PF PA
Washburn 7-0 8-0 375 115
NW Mo. State 7-0 8-0 354 113
Emporia State 7-0 7-0 343 148
Mo. Western 6-1 7-1 338 161
Pittsburg State 6-1 7-1 336 154
Mo. Southern 4-3 5-3 255 212
Central Mo. 3-4 4-4 272 180
Fort Hays State 3-4 4-4 231 281
Neb. Kearney 3-4 3-5 168 241
Lindenwood 2-5 3-5 193 289
SW Baptist 1-6 1-7 175 358
Lincoln 0-7 1-7 187 355
Central Okla. 0-7 0-7 175 382
Northeastern St. 0-7 0-8 90 335
Central Missouri 51, Northeastern State 7
Nebraska Kearney 28, Southwest Baptist 14
Fort Hays State 45, Lincoln 35
Washburn 44, Lindenwood 35
Pittsburg State 34, Missouri Western 14
Northwest Missouri State 43, Missouri Southern 7
Central Missouri at Nebraska Kearney, noon
Emporia State at Missouri Western, 1:30 p.m.
Northwestern Oklahoma at Pittsburg State, 2 p.m.
Lincoln at Central Oklahoma, 2 p.m.
Southwest Baptist at Northeastern State, 2 p.m.
Lindenwood at Missouri Southern, 2 p.m.
South Dakota Mines at Fort Hays State, 2 p.m.
Washburn at Northwest Missouri State, 2:37 p.m.
Week 8 recaps
- Central Missouri 51, Northeastern State 7: LaVance Taylor rushed for 137 yards to lead the charge for the Mules, who racked up 374 yards on the ground. In all, Central Missouri piled up 603 yards of offense while scoring the first 44 points of the game. On defense, the Mules recorded six sacks while posting a season-low in points allowed.
- Nebraska Kearney 28, Southwest Baptist 14: Romero Cotton ran for 148 yards, Luke McNitt added 85 and Kearney’s defense took care of the rest. The Lopers’ defense stymied Southwest Baptist’s offense to the tune of 189 total yards. Kearney led 14-0 before the end of the first quarter, thanks to a touchdown run and a touchdown reception by Cotton. The Bearcats were within 14-7 at halftime, but the Lopers scored 14 unanswered points in the second half to put the game away.
- Fort Hays State 45, Lincoln 35: A pair of 100-yard rushers wasn’t enough for Lincoln, which let a 35-31 lead get away in the fourth quarter. Fort Hays State’s Edward Smith scored on a 1-yard run to put the Tigers in front, 38-35, in the fourth quarter, and Andre Smith logged a 24-yard touchdown run to put the game on ice for Fort Hays State, who was led by quarterback Treveon Albert’s 22-of-34 performance for 294 yards and three touchdowns. For Lincoln, Jacob Morris rushed for 141 yards and two touchdowns, and Morris Henderson added 131 yards and a touchdown.
- Washburn 44, Lindenwood 35: Lindenwood led Washburn 28-24 in the third quarter, but the Ichabods rallied to score 20 of the final 27 points in the game. Washburn went ahead for good on Matt Kobberman’s 15-yard touchdown pass from Mitch Buhler, who passed for 277 yards and five touchdowns while completing 25 of his 39 passes. Lindenwood got to within 37-35 on Sam Sealer’s 17-yard touchdown grab from Dillon Miler with 9:21 left, but that’s all the Lions would get with their final two possessions ending with a turnover on downs and an interception, respectively. For Lindenwood, Miller finished the game 27 of 38 for 327 yards and two touchdowns.
- Pittsburg State 34, Missouri Western 14: In a game that featured only one turnover for both clubs, it was Pittsburg State torching the Griffons’ defense in a battle for second place in the league. Aside from Travis Partridge’s 67-yard touchdown pass to Reggie Jordan in the second quarter, the Gorillas made life miserable for Missouri Western’s offense. Pitt State scored 27 of the first 34 points and was in full control by early in the fourth quarter. The Gorillas amassed 280 rushing yards, led by Jeff Seybold’s 179-yard, three-touchdown effort. On defense, Pittsburg State had seven tackles for losses, four sacks and five pass break-ups.
- Northwest Missouri State 43, Missouri Southern 7: Against the nation’s seventh-best defense, Missouri Southern managed only 221 yards on offense — all on the ground. The Bearcats thoroughly dominated the entire contest, holding Missouri Southern without a touchdown until the 4:02 mark in the fourth period. The Lions only navigated into Northwest Missouri State territory five times out of 12 drives. The Bearcats weren’t stellar on offense but managed a balanced effort (164 rushing yards, 204 passing yards).
Players of the week
(Weekly honors handed out by the league)
- Offense - Jeff Seybold (Pittsburg State): The junior running back carried the ball a career-high 24 times to post 179 yards and three touchdowns in the Gorillas’ win over Missouri Western. Seybold now leads the MIAA in touchdowns scored (16).
- Defense - Josh Powell (Central Missouri): The 6-foot-3 freshman defensive end was a menace in Northeastern State’s backfield all day, racking up three sacks to lead the Mules to a seven-sack effort.
- Special teams - Zach Gebhardt (Central Missouri): The senior kicker for the Mules scored 15 points in a blowout against Northeastern State. Gebhardt made field goals of 33, 30 and 34 yards while also booting six extra points.
Around the league
- Bearcats top region rankings: The NCAA posted the first round of region rankings on Monday, and Northwest Missouri State found itself atop the poll in Region Three. Behind the Bearcats is Minnesota State-Mankato, Minnesota Duluth, St. Cloud State and Henderson State to round out the top five. Pittsburg State is in the No. 6 spot, making the Gorillas the final team to make the Division II playoff field if the season were to end today. Other MIAA teams in the top 10 are: Missouri Western (No. 7), Washburn (No. 8) and Emporia State (No. 9).
- Clark collecting yardage: Central Oklahoma’s Marquez Clark is second in the nation in all-purpose yardage. The junior wide receiver for the Bronchos is averaging 238.1 yards per contest, which has him behind West Chester’s Rondell White, who has an average of 251.6. Clark is leading the MIAA in receptions per game with 8.3.
- Top tacklers: Northeastern State has two of the top three tacklers in the MIAA. Linebacker Langston Jones leads the league with 13.9 per game, and safety Kyler Harris is posting 10.3 a contest.
- Eight and oh: Washburn’s 8-0 start is the program’s first since 1907. That season, the Ichabods played only eight games.
1. Northwest Missouri State: The Bearcats are just toying with opponents now. Since playing a close game with Central Missouri in Week 2, Northwest Missouri State’s defense has tightened the clamps and is turning back virtually anyone that has been in its way.
2. Pittsburg State: The Gorillas solidified its status as the league’s second-best team with a beatdown of Missouri Western. And it’s pretty smooth sailing the rest of the season for Tim Beck and Co.
3. Missouri Western: Getting manhandled by Pittsburg State is not a good way to show you belong in the national playoff picture.
4. Emporia State: Time to see what the Hornets can do against actual quality opponents. With Missouri Western, Northwest Missouri State and Washburn ahead, it’ll show just how good quarterback Brent Wilson really is.
5. Washburn: Much like Emporia, the road through the rest of the regular season is treacherous.
6. Missouri Southern: The Lions are battling with Central Missouri and Fort Hays State as the best team in the second tier of clubs in the league.
7. Central Missouri: The Mules did whatever they wanted against Northeastern State over the weekend.
8. Fort Hays State: The Tigers’ offense is clicking now.
9. Nebraska Kearney: Three wins in their last four games has the Lopers feeling good.
10. Lindenwood: The Lions were gift-wrapped an easy schedule this season. Their record says otherwise.
11. Lincoln: Only one this year, but hey, at least Morris Henderson is fun to watch.
12. Southwest Baptist: A total of five rushing yards against Kearney. How does that even happen?
13. Central Oklahoma: The Bronchos didn’t lose last week. They were idle.
14. Northeastern State: Things are spiraling out of control for the worst offensive team in the league.
They said it (point / counterpoint)
“We just lined up in our original block, and I got a good jump on it. I didn’t realize the ball was right next to me. I just picked it up and tried to take it back as fast as I could...all I saw was green so I just took off with it.” -- Pittsburg State safety Jason Peete of his blocked field goal and subsequent 56-yard return for a touchdown to give the Gorillas a 20-7 lead over Missouri Western.
“They were offsides. It swung the game. I’ve watched the video, so I know that for sure.” -- Missouri Western head coach Jerry Partridge of Pittsburg State’s field goal block.
Game of the week
Washburn at Northwest Missouri State
Washburn’s run of powder-puff opponents is over; it’s time to see what the Ichabods are made of. Last week, Washburn nearly ruined its season by losing to Lindenwood, but that can be chalked up to looking ahead to this week’s game. The Ichabods are posting 47.3 points per game, but they’ll be going against a defense that is incredibly stingy and is allowing 15.1 points per contest. Washburn ranks No. 1 scoring defense in the MIAA, but that credit goes more to its opponents. Prediction: Northwest Missouri State 27, Washburn 10.