Tahlequah Daily Press

September 11, 2013

Inside the MIAA

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

By BEN JOHNSON
Sports Editor

MIAA standings

Team        Conf    Ovr    PF    PA

        W-L    W-L


Emporia State    1-0    1-0    

Lindenwood    1-0    1-0

Mo. Southern    1-0    1-0    

Mo. Western    1-0    1-0

Pittsburg State    1-0    1-0    

Washburn    1-0    1-0

NW Mo. State    0-0    1-0    

SW Baptist    0-0    0-1    

Central Mo.    0-1    0-1    

Central Okla.    0-1    0-1    

Fort Hays State    0-1    0-1    

Lincoln        0-1    0-1    

Neb. Kearney    0-1    0-1    

Northeastern St.    0-1    0-1    

Week 1

Mo. Southern 52, Central Okla. 38

Washburn 58, Neb. Kearney 13

Mo. Western 26, Central Mo. 23

NW Mo. State 45, Saginaw Valley State 24

Emporia State 43, Fort Hays State 13

Lindenwood 24, Lincoln 22

Pittsburg State 45, Northeastern St. 6

Truman 40, SW Baptist 37

Week 2

Neb. Kearney at Emporia State

Mo. Southern at Northeastern St.

Central Mo. at NW Mo. State

Pittsburg State at Central Okla.

Fort Hays State at Washburn

Lindenwood at SW Baptist

Grambling State vs. Lincoln (in Kansas City, Mo.)

Missouri S&T at Mo. Western



Week 1 recaps

• Pittsburg State 45, Northeastern State 6:
The Gorillas scored 45 unanswered points to start the game, thanks in large part to 582 yards of total offense. Running back Jeff Seybold ran for 132 yards and a touchdown on six carries, and Pittsburg State quarterback Anthony Abenoja threw for three touchdowns while also running for a score in the fourth quarter.

• Missouri Southern 52, Central Oklahoma 38: A typically run-first team, Missouri Southern used a balanced offensive effort (241 rushing yards, 232 passing yards) to turn back the Bronchos, who did get 169 yards and four touchdowns on the ground from tailback Josh Birmingham. Also, the Lions capitalized on three UCO turnovers.

• Washburn 58, Nebraska Kearney 13: Kearney was within 10-6 early in the second quarter, but Washburn responded with 41 straight points to put the game on ice. Willie Williams had two interceptions for Washburn, who capitalized on seven turnovers by the Lopers.

• Missouri Western 26, Central Missouri 23: There were three lead changes in the fourth quarter, with Missouri Western going ahead for good on Reggie Jordan’s 5-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Travis Partridge with 14 seconds left. Partridge passed for 198 yards and three touchdowns while also racking up 57 yards on the ground.

• Northwest Missouri State 45, Saginaw Valley State 24: The third-ranked Bearcats used 181 rushing yards and 285 passing yards form Trevor Adams to win the top-25 showdown against No. 18 Saginaw Valley.

• Emporia State 43, Fort Hays State 13: Brent Wilson, a former Ponca City quarterback, led the Hornets with 301 yards and three touchdowns through the air. He also had 74 yards and two touchdowns on 13 rushes.

• Lindenwood 24, Lincoln 22: The Lions were squarely in control, leading Lincoln 24-3 in the third quarter. Lincoln, however, rallied and got to within two with 18 seconds left. The Blue Tigers, though, couldn’t recover the ensuing onside kick. Lindenwood quarterback Dillon Miller finished 34 of 52 for 363 yards and two scores.

• Truman 40, Southwest Baptist 37: Truman won the battle of former conference foes with a 39-yard field goal by Derek Koon with six minutes left in the game. The two teams combined for 918 yards of total offense.



Players of the week

(Weekly honors are passed out by the league)

• Offense — Anthony Abenoja (Pittsburg State): The junior signal caller accounted for four touchdowns in the Gorilla’s win over Northeastern State. He completed 18 of 24 passes for 228 yards while also amassing 86 rushing yards.

• Defense — Brandon Dixon (Northwest Missouri State): The senior defensive back from Pompano Beach, Fla., had three tackles and one pass breakup against Saginaw Valley State. Dixon also returned a fumble 70 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter.

• Special teams — Justin Linn (Washburn): The Abilene, Kan., native was three for three on field-goal attempts. He also made all seven of his point-after tries. His 51-yard field goal was one yard shy of the school record.



Power rankings

1. Northwest Missouri State: The Bearcats all but steamrolled Saginaw Valley State — another ranked team — in Week 1. Trevor Adams completed 75 percent of his passes and was nearly flawless for Northwest Missouri State. The Bearcats have to avoid any missteps before Pittsburg State, Missouri Southern, Washburn, Emporia State and Missouri Western await to close out their season.

2. Pittsburg State: The Gorillas were a well-oiled machine in their opener against Northeastern State. Quarterback Anthony Abenoja looked crisp, John Brown could be the best player in the league and the defense was stout. After a “down” year in 2012, the Gorillas should be a major player in the league’s final standings this year.

3. Missouri Western: A win at Central Missouri to start the year is certainly noteworthy. Many expect Central Missouri to be stronger this year, so winning in Warrensburg, Mo., was no small feat.

4. Washburn: If the Ichabods can force seven turnovers every week, well, then you have to like their chances to win.

5. Emporia State: Losing quarterback Tyler Eckenrode to graduation was tough, but former Ponca City standout Brent Wilson showed he’s up to the task of taking over under center.

6. Lindenwood: The Lions escaped a near catastrophe against Lincoln. Yet, a win is a win.

7. Missouri Southern: The triple option was in full force in the Lions’ opener against Central Oklahoma. Missouri Southern couldn’t stop UCO running back Josh Birmingham, but then again, it didn’t need to.

8. Central Missouri: Perhaps too far of a drop down the list after the setback against Missouri Western, but a couple of wins will vault the Mules back up in the top half of the league.

9. Southwest Baptist: The Bearcats land at No. 9 merely because they were at least within a couple plays of winning in the first week of the season.

10. Central Oklahoma: The Bronchos’ defense was atrocious against Missouri Southern, but at least they scored 38 points in defeat.

11. Fort Hays State: The Tigers watched as Emporia State broke in a new quarterback. And Fort Hays State was powerless in stopping the Hornets.

12. Northeastern State: Nothing went right for the RiverHawks in Pittsburg, Kan., but fortunately for NSU, Nebraska Kearney was even more dreadful.

13. Nebraska Kearney: The Lopers turned the ball over seven times in the opening week. That’s really all you need to know.

14. Lincoln: The Blue Tigers were nearly able to upend Lindenwood, but at the end of the day, it was just another loss for lowly Lincoln.



They said it

“Summer time, we go and we take a couple of months off and you lose everything and it showed. It comes back to making sure that they are here this summer and doing everything possible to make themselves a better football player.” -- Fort Hays State head coach Chris Brown.



Game of the week

Central Missouri at NW Missouri St.

A relatively weak slate of games offers up a Show Me State battle that Northwest Missouri State should be a little leery of after a win over a top-25 club in the first week of the season.