Tahlequah Daily Press

October 2, 2013

Inside the MIAA

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

Sports Editor

— Conference standings

Team    Conf. Ovr

W-L    W-L    PF    PA

Emporia St.    4-0    4-0    186    96

Pittsburg St.    4-0    4-0    228    75

Washburn    4-0    4-0    188    52

Mo. Western    3-0    4-0    172    66

NW Mo. St.    3-0    4-0    175    115

Mo. Southern    3-1    3-1    161    100

Lindenwood    2-1    3-1    114    106

Central Mo.    1-2    2-2    138    105

SW Baptist    1-2    1-3    109    167

Lincoln        0-3    1-3    117    176

Central Okla.    0-4    0-4    119    199

Fort Hays St.    0-4    0-4    65    198

Neb. Kearney    0-4    0-4    60    176

Northeastern St.  0-4    0-4    47    155

Week 4

Emporia State 45, Northeastern State 24

Northwest Missouri State 53, Nebraska Kearney 7

Pittsburg State 59, Lincoln 38

Washburn 28, Central Oklahoma 19

Southwest Baptist 38, Missouri Southern 33

Missouri Western 52, Fort Hays State 21

Central Missouri 44, Truman 23

Lindenwood 27, Missouri S&T 10

Week 5

Northwest Missouri State at Northeastern State, 2 p.m.

Washburn at Southwest Baptist, 2 p.m.

Abilene Christian at Pittsburg State, 2 p.m.

Emporia State at Lincoln, 2 p.m.

Lindenwood at Nebraska Kearney, 2:37 p.m.

Central Missouri at Missouri Southern, 6 p.m.

Missouri Western at Central Oklahoma, 6 p.m.

William Jewell at Fort Hays State, 7 p.m.

Week 4 recaps

- Emporia State 45, Northeastern State 24: No. 24 Emporia State continued to ride the hot hand of quarterback Brent Wilson, who passed for 410 yards and five touchdowns while completing 27 of his 41 pass attempts. Austin Willis caught nine passes for 152 yards and two scores for the Hornets, who broke a 14-14 tie on a 60-yard touchdown reception by Kavaski Ervin in the second quarter and went on to score 31 of the next 34 points in the game.

- Northwest Missouri State 53, Nebraska Kearney 7: Kearney’s lone touchdown came on Tyke Kozeal’s 74-yard interception return in the first quarter. The Lopers cut the Bearcats’ lead to 13-7 at the time, but those were the only points that Kearney would score. The Lopers turned the ball over four times, and No. 3 Northwest Missouri State rolled up 510 yards of total offense.

- Pittsburg State 59, Lincoln 38: No. 12 Pittsburg State was unstoppable on offense, amassing a staggering 787 yards of total offense against the Blue Tigers. The Gorillas opened to a 21-0 lead and never looked back, thanks to wide receiver John Brown and quarterback Anthony Abenoja. Brown caught nine passes for 237 yards and four touchdowns, and Abenoja passed for 442 yards and five touchdowns while completing 28 of 36 pass attempts.

- Washburn 28, Central Oklahoma 19: The Bronchos got to within two (21-19) of No. 18 Washburn in the fourth quarter, but a 5-yard touchdown by Vershon Moore with 8:30 left gave Washburn all it would need to win. It was Washburn’s second year in a row to struggle with the Bronchos, who blew out the Ichabods in 2012.

- Southwest Baptist 38, Missouri Southern 33: Missouri Southern raced out to a 27-7 lead midway through the second quarter, but Southwest Baptist responded with 31 unanswered points. Southwest Baptist quarterback Willie Tindal finished 22 of 32 for 399 yards and three touchdowns. The Bearcats went ahead 28-27 on John Colliver’s extra point following Nathan Mourik’s 50-yard touchdown reception from Tindal with 14:53 left in the game. Missouri Southern’s Chris Barnwell scored from four yards on with 1:03 left, but Lions were unable to convert on the subsequent onside kick.

- Missouri Western 52, Fort Hays State 21: Fort Hays State led on Edward Smith’s 6-yard touchdown catch from Treveon Albert, but Missouri Western went on to score 42 of the next 49 points. The sixth-ranked Griffons took advantage of four Fort Hays State turnovers.

- Central Missouri 44, Truman 23: A four-point game early in the fourth quarter turned into a blowout with the Mules scoring 23 unanswered points in a little less than 12 minutes. It all started when Central Missouri recorded a safety with 12 minutes left in the fourth quarter. Truman was set to punt the ball away but the snap went over Will Mondragon’s head, and Truman recovered the ball in the end zone, giving two points to Central Missouri, who would score touchdowns on each of its next three drives.

- Lindenwood 27, Missouri S&T 10: The Lions, after nursing a 17-10 lead, built a comfortable lead on Marvin Byrd’s 3-yard touchdown run with 8:34 left in the game. Lindenwood was also the beneficiary of Missouri S&T quarterback Reed Brown throwing five interceptions. Lindenwood ended up with six Missouri S&T turnovers.

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.

They said it

 “Rick Hunley, our special teams coordinator, called it. He told me that it was there. It was a heck of a call. We got the momentum when that happened. They left it open, and we were just glad we were on the right end of it.” -- Southwest Baptist head coach Craig Schuler on the Bearcats' punt block, which set up a touchdown that gave Southwest Baptist a 38-27 lead with 7:18 to play.

Game of the week

Abilene Christian at Pittsburg State

The MIAA likes to proclaim its dominance among Division II football. Well, here’s a good way to prove it. The Gorillas can help further the MIAA’s stance if they can take down a former Lone Star Conference stalwart turned Division I program. Abilene Christian is no stranger to MIAA teams after playoff matchups in years past. Should be worthy contest at Carnie Smith Stadium.