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.