By BEN JOHNSON
Team Conf. Ovr
W-L W-L PF PA
NW Mo. St. 8-0 9-0 406 134
Emporia St. 8-0 8-0 378 178
Washburn 7-1 8-1 396 167
Pittsburg St. 6-1 8-1 406 154
Mo. Western 6-2 7-2 368 196
Mo. Southern 4-3 5-3 255 212
Central Mo. 4-4 5-4 328 180
Fort Hays St. 3-4 5-4 294 298
Neb. Kearney 3-5 3-6 168 297
Lindenwood 2-5 3-5 193 289
Central Okla. 1-7 1-7 224 424
SW Baptist 1-7 1-8 178 389
Northeastern St. 1-7 1-8 121 338
Lincoln 0-8 1-8 229 404
Northeastern State 31, Southwest Baptist 3
Central Missouri 56, Nebraska Kearney 0
Fort Hays State 63, South Dakota Mines 17
Pittsburg State 70, Northwestern Oklahoma 0
Northwest Missouri State 52, Washburn 21
Emporia State 35, Missouri Western 30
Central Oklahoma 49, Lincoln 42
Lindenwood at Missouri Southern, ppd.
South Dakota Mines at Nebraska Kearney, noon
Northwest Missouri State at Emporia State, 1 p.m.
Missouri Western at Washburn, 1 p.m.
Central Oklahoma at Southwest Baptist, 1 p.m.
Fort Hays State at Central Missouri, 1:30 p.m.
Northeastern State at Lincoln, 2 p.m.
Lindenwood-Belleville at Missouri Southern, 2 p.m.
Pittsburg State at Lindenwood, 2:37 p.m.
Week 9 recaps
- Northeastern State 31, Southwest Baptist 3: Hey, NSU is now 1-0 when leading at halftime this season. The RiverHawks led wire to wire, thanks to Steven Hopper’s 228-yard, three-touchdown day on 25 rushing attempts. Southwest Baptist failed in key situations, going two for 16 on third-down conversions and one for three on red zone chances.
- Central Missouri 56, Nebraska Kearney 0: Quarterback Hayden Hawk picked apart Kearney’s defense, going 23 of 26 for 328 yards and four touchdowns for the Mules. Kearney made it to Central Missouri’s 29-yard line on its opening drive and never made it back across the Mules’ 30 the rest of the day.
- Fort Hays State 63, South Dakota Mines 17: Hays raced out to a 21-3 lead by the end of the first quarter and never looked back. The Tigers, who had 537 yards on offense, were led by quarterback Treveon Albert, who passed for 247 yards and two touchdowns. FHSU wide receiver Keaton Callins racked up 169 all-purpose yards, thanks to 109 yards on six receptions and 60-yard punt return for a touchdown in the first quarter.
- Pittsburg State 70, Northwestern Oklahoma 0: The Gorillas needed only 28 plays on offense to score eight touchdowns in the first half. Jeff Seybold ran 10 times for 125 yards and three scores for Pittsburg State, which was playing its fourth-string quarterback, Todd Freeman, in the fourth quarter.
- Northwest Missouri State 52, Washburn 21: Washburn’s eight-game unbeaten streak came crashing down in a hurry. Northwest Missouri State led 35-7 with 1:50 left in the opening half. Against the conference’s top scoring defense, the Bearcats piled up 481 yards on offense.
- Emporia State 35, Missouri Western 30: The Hornets led 21-0 before the midway point of the first quarter, but Missouri Western came storming back to claim a 24-21 edge with 11:01 left in the fourth quarter. Then Emporia State scored two consecutive touchdowns, both on 1-yard passes from Brent Wilson — one to Kavaski Ervin and the other to Ray Ray Davis. The Griffons shot themselves in the foot by turning the ball over six times, which led to 21 points on the other end.
- Central Oklahoma 49, Lincoln 42: The Bronchos led wire to wire in a game that featured 922 yards of total offense. Pacing the Bronchos was Josh Birmingham with 130 yards and four touchdowns on 29 carries, and Marquez Clark with nine catches for 165 yards, on top of a 55-yard punt return for a touchdown.
- Lindenwood at Missouri Southern, ppd.: Missouri Southern canceled all homecoming activities in Joplin, Mo., including the Lions’ home football game, after assistant coach Derek Moore was shot and killed outside of a movie theater on Friday night.
Players of the week
(Weekly honors handed out by the league)
- Offense - Trevor Adams (Northwest Missouri State): The Bearcats’ quarterback completed 23 of 27 passes for 306 yards and three touchdowns against Washburn.
- Defense - Kenny Allen (Central Oklahoma): Despite his team giving up 42 points, the Perkins native recorded 14 tackles, five tackles for loss, two sacks and a fumble recovery.
- Special Teams - Keaton Callins (Fort Hays State): The former Guthrie standout had a punt return for a touchdown against South Dakota School of Mines. The touchdown on the punt return was Callins’ first of the season.
Around the league
- Pittsburg State’s John Brown ascended to No. 8 on the MIAA’s all-time receiving yards list with his 132-yard performance on Saturday. Brown now has 174 reception for 3,136 yards, which is only 98 yards behind Emporia State’s Lester McCoy for seventh. Brown is only 322 yards behind Truman State’s Andrew Blakley for fourth.
- Emporia State’s win over Missouri Western was the Hornets’ first win over a ranked opponent since 2003.
- Emporia State quarterback Brent Wilson, a former Ponca City standout, passed Tyler Eckenrode for touchdown passes in a season. Wilson now has 30 on the season.
- The MIAA has three quarterbacks in the top four of the country in passing efficiency. Adams of Northwest Missouri State leads the country at 195.1. Wilson (184.5) is third and Pittsburg State’s Anthony Abenoja (180.7) is fourth.
- UCO’s Marquez Clark now only trails West Chester’s Rondell White by 1.1 yards per game in the all-purpose category. Clark had 284 yards against Lincoln and is now averaging 243.9 all-purpose yards per contest.
1. Northwest Missouri State: The Bearcats just keep mowing down opponents and proving they deserve to be the No. 1 team in Region 3 of the Division II playoff field.
2. Pittsburg State: The Gorillas could have deployed the junior varsity squad against Northwest Oklahoma while still posting, perhaps, a 50-point rout.
3. Emporia State: OK, Hornets, you’re well on your way to the playoffs if you keep forcing six turnovers a game. Things get tough this week against Northwest Missouri State, though.
4. Missouri Western: The Griffons were stellar on defense last year with guys like Ben Pister and David Bass. This year, not so much.
5. Washburn: Never bought into the Washburn hype. Buhler is an OK quarterback, and he’s certainly not Adams, Wilson or Abenoja.
6. Central Missouri: The Mules have moved on to the easy part of their schedule and their scores are proving it.
7. Missouri Southern: Just a horrific ordeal in Joplin, Mo. Safe to say the rest of the league will be pulling for the Lions and their personnel in the final week of the season.
8. Fort Hays State: An 0-4 start to the season has evaporated, and the Tigers are now above .500.
9. Nebraska Kearney: Perhaps the wins over Lincoln and Southwest Baptist were fools gold.
10. Lindenwood: The Lions endured an unexpected bye week. Now they return to the field against Pitt State.
11. Central Oklahoma: The Bronchos continue to give up points in bunches. Just so happens they managed to outscore their opponent last week.
12. Northeastern State: The RiverHawks no longer have to worry about going winless this season. Big sigh of relief was exhaled in Tahlequah over the weekend.
13. Lincoln: That win over Grambling State continues to fade further in the rear view mirror.
14. Southwest Baptist: The Bearcats’ offense has come to a screeching halt without quarterback Willie Tindal.
They said it
- “We’ve had days to mourn, but now it’s time to celebrate him.” -- Missouri Southern head coach Daryl Daye on the death of assistant coach Derek Moore.
- “We belong here. We belong. We had a lot of adversity hit us today. ...We were doing it out there ,too, with freshmen and redshirt freshmen and a true sophomore quarterback. It’s just an overall great team win.” — Emporia State head coach Garin Higgins after the Hornets’ win over Missouri Western.
Game of the week
Northwest Missouri State at Emporia State
The Hornets cleared their first late-season hurdle in Missouri Western. But this week will likely be the biggest challenge of them all. This one will feature the MIAA’s best scoring offense (Emporia State at 47.2) vs. the league’s best scoring defense (the Bearcats at 14.9). If the Hornets can win this, the MIAA could be sending three teams to the national playoffs. Prediction: Northwest Missouri State 38, Emporia State 20.