Kansas City, Mo. -- The MIAA teams will face their geographical rival as titles like Turnpike Tussle and Miner's bowl will be played as week 11 rounds out the regular season.
Emporia State at Washburn
#25 Emporia State will look to rebound from back to back losses as they face Washburn in the Turnpike Tussle. Emporia State will bring the league’s best pass offense to town to face WU who has the league’s best pass defense. The Hornets are led by Tyler Eckenrode who is averaging 307 yards per game passing with 20 touchdowns . Shjuan Richardson has caught 74 passes on the season for 1,134 yards and 10 touchdowns. On defense they are led by Ben Carlson who has 91 total tackles, three interceptions and three fumble recoveries. The Ichabods are led by Mitch Buhler who is averaging 173 yards through the air with 16 touchdowns. Hayden Groves has rushed for 767 yards and seven scores. On defense they are led by Bryce Atagi who has 101 tackles and one interception.
Lindenwood at Truman
Lindenwood has assured a winning season their first year as a member of the MIAA as they close out the regular season at Truman. Lindenwood enters the weekend third in the league in passing offense. They are led by MIAA Offensive Athlete of the Week Denodus O’Bryant who is averaging 101 yards per game on the ground and has 12 total touchdowns. Andrew Helmick is averaging 94 yards per game receiving with 11 total scores. On defense Connor Harris has 102 tackles and Pierre Desir has eight interceptions. Truman enters the weekend with the league’s second best kickoff coverage. Conrad Schottel has 1,972 yards passing and 12 touchdowns. Garret White has rushed for nine scores. On defense Michael Elliot leads the team with five picks.
Northeastern State at Central Oklahoma
Northeastern State takes a three-game winning streak into the season finale on the road at Central Oklahoma. The RiverHawks enter the weekend led by Joel Rockmore who is averaging 103 yards per game and has nine touchdowns. Johnny Deaton has thrown for 1,711 yards on the year and nine scores. On defense Langston Jones leads the team with 95 tackles and Vernon Jones has five interceptions. For the Bronchos Joshua Birmingham is averaging 113 yards per game and 6.0 yards per carry with 13 total touchdowns. Adrian Nelson is averaging 193 yards per game through the air with eight TD’s. On defense Devoris Dozier has 72 tackles and one interception.
Lincoln at Southwest Baptist
Southwest Baptist is coming off their second win of the season as they host Lincoln to close out the season. The Bearcats are led by Dan Connors who has 10 passing touchdowns and another two on the ground. Robert McWright has rushed for 277 yards and two touchdowns while ViaVia Manuma has rushed for three touchdowns. On defense Shaquille Shedd has 97 total tackles and Jameson Manuma has 92 tackles. For the Blue Tigers Jacob Morris has thrown for 1,513 yards and 10 scores and rushed for 350 yards and six scores. Maurice Woodard is averaging 10.5 yards per catch and has six touchdown receptions. On defense O’Hara Fluellen leads the team with 65 tackles and four interceptions.
Pittsburg State at Missouri Southern
Pittsburg State will close out the regular season at Missouri Southern in the Miner’s Bowl. Both teams have assured they will finish with a winning season as the league’s second best rushing offense (MSSU) faces the league’s second best total defense (PSU). The Gorillas are led by Anthony Abenoja who is averaging 250 yards per game passing with 15 touchdowns. Briceton Williams is averaging 5.0 yards per carry with nine scores. On defense Nate Dreiling has 74 tackles, four sacks and two interceptions. For the Lions Kellen Cox has 1,001 yards rushing with 13 TD’s. Ne’Ronte Threatt has rushed for 509 yards and seven scores. On defense Alex Wong has 63 tackles and Brandon Williams has 6.5 sacks.
Fort Hays State at Nebraska-Kearney
Nebraska-Kearney will be looking for their fourth straight victory when they face Fort Hays State in the season finale. They are led by Ricky Trinidad who is averaging 129 yards rushing per game with five touchdowns. Matt Berry has rushed for four touchdowns and thrown for another from the quarterback slot. On defense Sam Kuck has 82 tackles and four interceptions. The Tigers are led by Terean Austin who has 10 passing touchdowns and seven touchdowns on the ground. Cornelius Gallon has caught 37 passes for 510 yards and five scores. On defense Layton Hickel has 51 tackles and one interception while Kedron Paul leads the team with three picks.
Missouri Western at Northwest Missouri
The MIAA Television Game of the Week will feature #11 Missouri Western at #4 Northwest Missouri with the conference championship on the line. It will be a battle of the league’s top offense (MWSU) against the league’s top defense (NWMSU) with the winner taking home some MIAA hardware. The Bearcats are led on defense by Nate DeJong with six interceptions and DJ Gnader with 62 tackles. On offense James Franklin and Jordan Simmons have combined for 26 total touchdowns, 21 of which are on the ground. Trevor Adams has thrown for 1,902 yards and 17 scores adding two more on the ground. For the Griffons Michael Hill is averaging 168 yards per game rushing and 14 touchdowns. Travis Patridge has 23 passing touchdowns and has 10 touchdowns on the ground. On defense David Bass has 37 tackles and 9.5 sacks while Michael Jordan has three interceptions, two of which have gone for touchdowns.
Central Missouri is idle
Central Missouri is idle during the final weekend of the regular season. They are currently second in the MIAA in passing offense. They are led by Colter Smith who is averaging 278 yards per game passing with 20 touchdowns. LaVance Taylor is averaging 67 yards per game rushing with eight touchdowns. Patrick Lewis has 73 tackles and one interception.