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November 2, 2013

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NSU to start Meaders at quarterback vs. Southwest Baptist

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Southwest Baptist at Northeastern State

When: Saturday at 2 p.m.

Where: Doc Wadley Stadium.

Broadcast: On the radio at KTLQ, AM-1350 and online at goriverhawksgo.com.

Nicknames: NSU RiverHawks; Southwest Baptist Bearcats.

Coaches: NSU - Kenny Evans (sixth season, 20-43); Southwest Baptist - Craig Schuler (first season, 1-7).

Records: NSU 0-8 (0-7 MIAA); Southwest Baptist 1-7 (1-6).

Rankings: Neither team is ranked in Division II.

Series record: NSU leads 2-1.

Last meeting: In 2012, NSU beat Southwest Baptist, 22-17. The RiverHawks, never trailing until the 9:39 mark of the fourth quarter on Derw Lauderdale’s 35-yard touchdown reception, went ahead for good on Joel Rockmore’s 1-yard scoring run with 1:25 left.

Last week: Central Missouri 51, NSU 7; Nebraska Kearney 28, Southwest Baptist 14.

News to know: Cory Meaders will start at quarterback for NSU. ... NSU is likely to start four linebackers — Langston Jones, Kenneth Davis, Jordan Cunningham and Eddie General — this week.

Players to watch

NSU: Kyler Harris (FS).

- The RiverHawks’ redshirt sophomore free safety has fought off nagging injuries to record double-digit tackles in his last four games. Against Central Missouri last week, Harris had a game-high 18 tackles, 13 of which were solo.

Southwest Baptist: Derwyn Lauderdale (WR).

- The Bearcats’ 5-foot-10, 175-pound wide receiver is one of the top pass-catchers in the MIAA. He is third in receptions per game (8.0) and fourth in receiving yards per contest (108.8). Lauderdale has four 100-yard receiving games this season, and last year against NSU he had 16 catches for 125 yards and two scores.

Looking ahead: NSU will play its final road game at Lincoln, and Southwest Baptist will host Central Oklahoma.

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