By BEN JOHNSON
Team Conf. Ovr
W-L W-L PF PA
Emporia St. 6-0 6-0 291 127
Washburn 6-0 6-0 290 80
Mo. Western 5-0 6-0 289 106
NW Mo. St. 5-0 6-0 287 91
Pittsburg St. 5-0 6-0 287 116
Mo. Southern 4-1 5-1 227 134
Lindenwood 2-3 3-3 137 193
Central Mo. 1-4 2-4 173 157
Fort Hays St. 1-4 2-4 130 232
SW Baptist 1-4 1-5 147 274
Neb. Kearney 1-4 1-5 116 213
Lincoln 0-5 1-5 138 286
Central Okla. 0-6 0-6 159 334
Northeastern St. 0-6 0-6 69 249
Missouri Western 54, Northeastern State 10
Northwest Missouri State 72, Central Oklahoma 10
Pittsburg State 31, Central Missouri 21
Fort Hays State 31, Lindenwood 17
Emporia State 63, Southwest Baptist 17
Central Arkansas 31, Nebraska Kearney 0
Washburn 58, Lincoln 7
Missouri Southern 45, S.D. School of Mines 20
Fort Valley State at Washburn, 6 p.m.
Lincoln at Nebraska Kearney, 1 p.m.
Central Missouri at Central Oklahoma, 1 p.m.
Emporia State at Lindenwood, 1:30 p.m.
Southwest Baptist at Fort Hays State, 2 p.m.
Eastern New Mexico at Northeastern State, 2 p.m.
Pittsburg State vs. Northwest Missouri State, 3 p.m. in Kansas City
Missouri Western at Missouri Southern, 6 p.m.
Week 6 recaps
- Missouri Western 54, Northeastern State 10: NSU tied the game at 7 on Terrance Dixon’s 25-yard run with 11:29 left in the first quarter. Then the floodgates opened and the Griffons scored four touchdowns before the end of the first period.
- Northwest Missouri State 72, Central Oklahoma 10: The Bearcats sprinted out to a 28-0 lead through 15 minutes of action. Northwest Missouri State racked up 687 yards of total offense, including 246 yards through the air by quarterback Trevor Adams, who completed 18 of 21 passes while also tossing three touchdowns.
- Pittsburg State 31, Central Missouri 21: Conner Combs caught a 1-yard touchdown pass from Anthony Abenoja with six seconds left in the second quarter and the Gorillas went ahead 21-14 and would never trail from that point on. Central Missouri got to within seven early in the fourth quarter, but that’s as close as it would get. Abenoja passed for 290 yards and Pittsburg State wide receiver John Brown caught 12 passes for 199 yards and two touchdowns.
- Fort Hays State 31, Lindenwood 17: The Tigers led 24-0 at halftime only to see Lindenwood get within 24-17 with 14:24 left in the game. Fort Hays State had a pair of 100-yard rushers in Andre Smith (138 yards and one touchdown on 26 carries) and Treveon Albert (125 yards on 19 carries).
- Emporia State 63, Southwest Baptist 17: After racing out to a 28-0 lead, the Hornets coasted to an easy win. Emporia State amassed an eye-popping 747 yards of total offense, including quarterback Brent Wilson who had 385 yards and three touchdowns while completing 19 of 25 passes. Ray Ray Davis was the recipient of seven of Wilson’s passes for 166 yards and two scores.
- Central Arkansas 31, Nebraska Kearney 0: The Lopers were limited to 169 yards of total offense against the Division I opponent. Both teams combined for 17 punts.
- Washburn 58, Lincoln 7: The Ichabods scored the first 51 points of the game, highlighted by three touchdown runs by Vershon Moore.
- Missouri Southern 45, S.D. School of Mines 20: Michael Nelson had 103 yards and one touchdown on the ground to lead the Lions’ ground attack, which totaled 430 yards on 62 carries. Nelson set the tone with his 76-yard touchdown run only 42 seconds into the contest.
Players of the week
(Weekly honors are from the league)
- Offense - John Brown (Pittsburg State) - Brown earned weekly honors from the league yet again for his 199-yard performance against Central Missouri. The senior from Homestead, Fla., had two touchdowns on 12 catches.
- Defense - Nate Dreiling (Pittsburg State) - Dreiling didn’t waste any time making an impact against Central Missouri last week. The senior linebacker from Hutchinson, Kan., hauled in an interception on the game’s first offensive play, which led to the Gorillas’ first touchdown of the game. Dreiling also finished with eight tackles in the game.
- Special Teams - Cameron Owens (Fort Hays State) - The senior punter from Topeka, Kan., averaged 51.2 yards per punt against Lindenwood. He punted three times inside Lindenwood’s 20-yard line, and he also had a 65-yard punt in the game.
1. Northwest Missouri State: The Bearcats have been rolling as of late, outscoring opponents 214-43 in their last four games. Now comes a test this week at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City when the Bearcats take on Pittsburg State in the annual Fall Classic.
2. Missouri Western: Much like Northwest Missouri State, the Griffons have enjoyed a soft schedule as of late. Now the heat gets turned up starting this week with a road test at Missouri Southern — who the Griffons lost to at home last year.
3. Pittsburg State: The Gorillas’ offense has been churning at maximum efficiency this season, but can Pittsburg State’s defense rise up and stop Northwest Missouri State this weekend?
4. Washburn: The Ichabods aren’t flashy or dazzling, but they keep on winning — and convincingly. Washburn is outscoring opponents 48.3 to 13.3 this season.
5. Emporia State: Much like a poor man’s Pittsburg State, the Hornets can score at will. But it’ll be up to the defense to stop opponents when the time comes.
6. Missouri Southern: No surprise, the Lions lead the league in rushing offense with 377.2 yards per game. Now, can the Lions join the upper echelon of teams in the league and beat Missouri Western this weekend?
7. Central Missouri: Narrow losses to all the top three teams in the league will have the Mules wondering what could have been at the end of the year.
8. Fort Hays State: Four embarrassing losses to begin the season have segued into two satisfying victories for the Tigers.
9. Lindenwood: Perhaps we should have seen the writing on the wall with the Lions barely beating Southwest Baptist and Lincoln early in the season.
10. Nebraska Kearney: The Lopers have five winnable games to end the season.
11. Lincoln: The win over Grambling State seems like such a long time ago.
12. Southwest Baptist: This club actually beat Missouri Southern a couple of weeks ago. How? Still not quite sure about that.
13. Central Oklahoma: The state of Oklahoma is 0-12 in MIAA play. At least the Bronchos have showed some life in a couple of performances.
14. Northeastern State: Eastern New Mexico ventures to Tahlequah this week, begging the question: Will anyone attend this game since it’s Fall Break?
They said it
“Towards the beginning of the season, I thought I was allergic to the end zone. I couldn’t quite find it. I’m starting to get back in a groove a little bit. It just feels good to finally get everybody rolling at the same time and firing on all cylinders.” -- Emporia State running back Dozie Iwuagwa, who had 73 yards and two touchdowns in the Hornets’ win over Southwest Baptist.
Game of the week
Pittsburg State vs. Northwest Missouri State
Finally, a big game in MIAA play. The first six weeks seemed to feature so-so matches, but now the heat gets turned up at the Truman Sports Complex in Kansas City. The winner of this game has to feel good about winning the league and making the Division II playoffs. The loser leaves the intersection of Interstate-70 and Blue Ridge Cutoff with some doubt. Meanwhile, in Joplin, Mo., Missouri Western and Missouri Southern are playing in another solid matchup — but not quite to the degree of Pitt State and the Bearcats.