Tahlequah Daily Press


September 25, 2013

Inside the MIAA

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


Players of the week

(Weekly honors are from the league)

- Offense - Brent Wilson (Emporia State): The former Ponca City standout set three new MIAA records in the Hornets’ win over Central Oklahoma. Wilson completed 38 of 47 passes for 522 yards and seven touchdowns. He also ran for 49 yards on 11 carries. Wilson rewrote MIAA records for passing yards, touchdown passes and total offense (571 yards). The previous passing mark in the league was held by Truman’s Matt Tisich who passed for 493 yards in 2007.

- Defense - Bryce Atagi (Washburn): The 5-foot-10 senior linebacker from Shawnee, Kan., recorded eight tackles while also logging a 35-yard interception return in the Ichabods easy victory at Northeastern State.

- Special teams - John Brown (Pittsburg State): The Coffeyville Community College transfer returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown to kick-start the Gorillas’ 28-point third quarter against Southwest Baptist over the weekend. Brown finished with 116 return yards, in addition to 171 receiving yards against Southwest Baptist.

Around the league

- Bowie debuts in NFL: Of the three MIAA players selected in the NFL draft in April, Northeastern State’s Michael Bowie received the first minutes of playing time during the regular season. Bowie entered in the Seahawks’ game against Jacksonville last weekend, while Brandon Williams (Missouri Southern) was on the inactive list for the Baltimore Ravens. Former Missouri Western star David Bass, who was drafted by the Oakland Raiders before being released and signed by the Chicago Bears, has yet to play in a game for the Bears yet.

- Hooray for Ray Ray: Emporia State wide receiver Ray Ray Davis set a school record with five touchdown catches in the Hornets’ win over Central Oklahoma. Davis leads the MIAA in receptions per game with 9.7 over three games.

- Just short: Emporia State, while having quarterback Brent Wilson set three conference records, fell just short of setting the school’s record for total offense in a game. The record is 703 yards and Emporia State finished with 699.

- Perfect passer: Missouri Southern is well-known for its triple option-style running game. Yet, it’s the Lions’ quarterback, Jay McDowell, that leads the MIAA in passing efficiency. McDowell has completed 17 of his 21 passes this season for 321 yards and two touchdowns, which has him atop the league with a 240.8 efficiency rating.

- Trio of top throwers: Three weeks into the season, there are already three quarterbacks — Wilson (Emporia State), Hawk (Central Missouri) and Miller (Lindenwood) — who have more than 1,000 yards passing. Wilson leads with 1,120 yards through the air, good enough for a 427.3-yard average per contest.

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  • Keys-Dakota.jpg Playing both sides of the line

    Recently, Keys High School football standout Dakota Matlock was nearly severely injured in a terrifying car wreck.

    Matlock is coming off a stellar gridiron season for Keys High School. On offense, Matlock ran for over 1,000 yards for the Cougars. In his sophomore season, Matlock led Keys in tackles from the safety position.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Bassmaster.jpg Crossing, and fishing, the Delaware

    Bassmaster Elite Series anglers to compete Aug. 7

    BASS has fished out of some legendary venues over the years (including Chicago, Detroit and New Orleans), but never Philadelphia, which is host of the Bassmaster Elite at Delaware River, Aug. 7-10, 2014.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Mison.jpg Mixon’s attorney says incident with woman self-defense

    The attorney for Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon says the incident that left a 20-year-old female OU student with multiple facial fractures was a case of self-defense.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hooper.jpg Sparking the flame

    Sequoyah High School’s Justin Hooper looking to lead this year

    Last season was Justin’s last chance to play alongside Cody at Sequoyah High School.
    Justin had to battle to win the Indians starting tailback. The coaching staff did not know who was going to be the Indians starting running back coming into fall practice.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • NSU-fishing-team.jpg NSU teams compete in fishing tournament

    Three teams from Northeastern State University’s Bass Fishing Team competed in the Fishing League Worldwide College Fishing Tournament on Grand Lake in Grove on Saturday, June 21.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Johnson, East win easily at All-State

    Jake Johnson was able to hold off Lawton MacArthur’s Trent Meisel at the Class 5A state tournament in May. On Monday at the All-State tournament at Cherokee Hills Golf Club, Johnson had it much easier against Meisel.

    July 29, 2014

  • McMillan-blackboard.jpg Hometown brothers team up for RiverHawks football

    Northeastern State’s football program will include a pair of hometown brothers for the 2014 season.
    Mason McMillan returns for his sophomore season, and this year he will be reunited with his younger brother, Kourtland. The brothers graduated from Tahlequah High School – Mason in 2013, followed by Kourtland in 2014. At Tahlequah, Mason and Kourtland shared the gridiron for one season.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Yurcich ready for second season

    With the 2014 season on the brink, Mike Yurcich, Oklahoma State University football offensive coordinator, is ready for his second year at the helm after coaching a powerful offensive squad a year ago.

    July 28, 2014

  • James_Ethan-(12)-vs.#2CC63C.jpg Back on the line

    RiverHawks’ Ethan James returns to the line healthy and ready for 2014

    RiverHawks offensive lineman Ethan James will enter the 2014 season healthy – something the team, and James, were not in 2013.

    July 25, 2014 2 Photos

  • Sooners shifting several positions

    Experience comes from encountering the same things in the same ways over and over again. Oklahoma’s Geneo Grissom and Julian Wilson have that at defensive end and nickleback in bunches.
    However, both will be seeing new things when practice begins. Grissom is moving to outside linebacker. Wilson will be getting a look at cornerback as his senior season begins

    July 25, 2014


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