Tahlequah Daily Press


September 18, 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 — Morris Henderson (Lincoln): The 5-foot-9 senior tailback from Jacksonville, Fla., ran for 137 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries. He also had a kickoff return for a touchdown while amassing 325 all-purpose yards against Grambling State.

- Defense — Langston Jones (Northeastern State): The senior linebacker from Whitesboro, Texas, recorded a career-high 21 tackles in the RiverHawks’ loss to Missouri Southern.

- Special Teams — Julio Segura (Lincoln): The junior punter from Los Angeles averaged 30.5 yards on four punts, including three that pinned Grambling State inside its own 20-yard line.

Around the league -- notes

- Northwest Missouri State quarterback Trevor Adams was replaced by Brady Boles in the Bearcats’ win over Central Missouri. Adams is expected to start at quarterback for Northwest Missouri State at Fort Hays State this weekend.

- Pittsburg State linebacker Nate Dreiling had 10 tackles in the Gorillas’ win over Central Oklahoma. He now has more than 400 career tackles and is in second place on the school’s all-time tackle list.

- Central Missouri wide receiver Ronrei Lloyd caught eight passes for 131 yards and two touchdowns in the Mules’ loss to Northwest Missouri State.

- Lindenwood’s Pierre Desir had an interception in the Lions’ win over Southwest Baptist, moving him into a tie for third all-time in the MIAA with 22 career picks.

- Central Oklahoma running back Josh Birmingham logged another solid outing against Pittsburg State. The senior from Luther had 152 yards and two touchdowns on 17 rushing attempts, making him the league’s leading rusher at 160.5 yards per contest. He also had five catches for 40 yards in the Bronchos losing effort.

Power rankings

1. Northwest Missouri State: Trailing Central Missouri late in the game, the Bearcats never hit the panic button and remained unbeaten. There are question marks with this team, but so far so good.

2. Pittsburg State: Either Pitt State’s offense is off the charts, or Central Oklahoma and Northeastern State both have atrocious defenses. All are possibilities, but as of right now, the Gorillas’ offense is a well-oiled machine.

3. Missouri Western: We know the Griffons are pretty darn good. Whipping the pants off Missouri S&T was pretty much a scrimmage in front of 6,000-plus.

4. Washburn: The Ichabods lead the league in scoring offense (56 points a game), and they’re tied for second in scoring defense (15 points allowed per game). That’s always a solid combination.

5. Emporia State: Who needs Tyler Eckenrode? Brent Wilson has proven to be a capable quarterback for the Hornets.

6. Central Missouri: The Mules have to be disgusted with themselves right now. Wins against Missouri Western and Northwest Missouri State eluded them in the first two weeks by a combined seven points. Have to think there were some positives in there somewhere.

7. Lindenwood: The Lions have played with fire, winning close games over Lincoln and Southwest Baptist. Yet, 2-0 is 2-0.

8. Missouri Southern: The Lions have shown they can win high-scoring or low-scoring affairs. Just have to avoid falling behind with the triple option.

9. Southwest Baptist: Certainly not a great team, but it does have the capability of scaring several teams along the way.

10. Lincoln: A win is a win, even if it came over a Grambling State team that went 1-10 in 2012.

11. Northeastern State: The RiverHawks’ defense finally showed up in the second half against Missouri Southern. Too bad the offense disappeared.

12. Central Oklahoma: If you enjoy watching opposing teams score a lot of points, you should buy Bronchos season tickets. UCO has been gashed for 58.5 points per game.

13. Nebraska Kearney: There’s not much to like about the Lopers. They have a hard time scoring and struggle to stifle other offenses.

14. Fort Hays State: The Tigers are abysmal on defense and slightly better than terrible on offense. Northwest Missouri State comes calling this weekend, so that doesn’t bode well, either.

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