Kansas City, Mo. -- After a very wet week of football in week seven, the MIAA squads will look for drier ground as they roll into week eight.
#18 Washburn at Lindenwood
#18 Washburn will face the league’s top passing offense when Lindenwood comes to town to open week eight. The Ichabods enter the weekend leading the league in passing defense. They are led by quarterback Mitch Buhler who is averaging 199 yards passing per game and has thrown 15 touchdown passes. Hayden Groves has rushed for five touchdowns and Kameron Stewart has rushed for three scores. On defense Bryce Atagi has 67 tackles including eight stops for a loss. Lindenwood will hope for the return of Ben Gomez who is averaging 282 yards passing and has 14 touchdowns. Andrew Helmick is averaging 96 yards receiving per game and has six scores. On defense Conner Harris leads the team with 69 tackles and Pierre Desir has six interceptions.
Southwest Baptist at Nebraska-Kearney
Southwest Baptist will look to bounce back from an overtime loss to Fort Hays State while Nebraska-Kearney will continue to seek their first MIAA victory. The Lopers enter the weekend fourth in overall rushing offense. They are led on the ground by Ricky Trinidad who is averaging 82 yards per game and Tommy Flanagan who is averaging 45 yards per game. Justin Drudik was the teams fifth quarterback of the season throwing for 300 yards last weekend. On defense Sam Kuck leads the team with 61 tackles. For the Bearcats, who are fourth in the league in punt return average, Dan Connors has thrown for 1,133 yards and seven touchdowns. Derwyn Lauderdale has 41 catches for three scores. Shaquille Shedd has a team leading 68 tackles.
#5 Northwest Missouri at Missouri Southern
#5 Northwest Missouri will look to build off a win over #1 Pittsburg State just as Missouri Southern will look to move up after a win over #4 Missouri Western. The Bearcats enter the weekend leading the MIAA in scoring offense and defense. They are led by Trevor Adams who has thrown for 1,248 yards and 13 touchdowns. Tyler Shaw has seven touchdown catches while Jordan Simmons has caught five scores. DJ Gnader has 52 tackles and Brandon Dixon has four picks. MSSU is second in the league in rushing offense and third in rushing defense. They are led by Kellen Cox who has scored 11 total touchdowns, rushing and passing on the season. Ne’Ronte Threatt now has four rushing scores for the Lions. On defense Brandon Williams has 44 tackles and 4.5 sacks.
#16 Missouri Western at #7 Pittsburg State
Both teams enter the weekend after suffering their first loss of the season and both teams will look to bounce back. Pittsburg State enters the weekend leading the league in total defense. On defense they are led by Nate Dreiling with 47 tackles and two interceptions. On offense Anthony Abenoja is averaging 277 yards per game passing with 12 touchdowns. John Brown has six receiving touchdowns and is averaging 291 all-purpose yards. Missouri Western is leading the MIAA in rushing offense entering the weekend. They are led by Michael Hill who is averaging 161 yards per game on the ground with six scores. Travis Partridge has thrown 17 touchdowns and rushed for six scores on the season. On defense Ben Pister has 32 tackles and 5.5 sacks, David Bass leads the team with six sacks.
Central Missouri at Northeastern State
Central Missouri will welcome Northeastern State to town in week eight, as the RiverHawks are in search of their first win. The Mules enter the weekend fourth in the league in passing offense. They are led by MIAA Offensive Athlete of the Week Colter Smith who is averaging 280 yards per game through the air with 14 touchdowns. Ronrei Lloyd is averaging 96 yards receiving per game with six scores. On defense Patrick Lewis is leading the team with 50 total tackles. The RiverHawks enter the weekend seventh in the MIAA in pass defense. They are led by Vernon Jones who has four interceptions on the year. On offense Joel Rockmore is averaging 96 yards per game on the ground with five scores. Johnny Deaton has thrown for 1,247 yards and six touchdowns.
#18 Emporia State at Truman
Emporia State will take the only undefeated record in the MIAA on the road against Truman. ESU enters the weekend third in the league in total offense and fourth in total defense. They are led by Tyler Eckenrode who is averaging 299 yards per game passing and has thrown 15 touchdown passes. Shjuan Richardson has 48 receptions for 756 yards and eight scores. On defense Ben Carlson has 55 tackles, two interceptions and two fumbles recoveries. Truman enters the weekend fifth in the league in interceptions. They are led by Michael Elliot who has five picks on the season. On offense Conrad Schottel is averaging 223 yards passing per game with 12 touchdowns. Dallas Grier is averaging 96 yards per game receiving with four touchdown catches.
Lincoln at Fort Hays State
In the MIAA Television Network Game of the Week Lincoln will look to build on their first MIAA win since 1988. They enter the weekend sixth in the MIAA in interceptions. They are led by Markuice Savage who picked off three passes last weekend. On offense Jacob Morris is averaging 133 yards per game passing with seven touchdowns. Maurice Woodard has 38 catches for 497 yards and five scores. The Tigers enter the weekend third in the league in kickoff returns. They are led on offense by Tarean Austin who has eight passing touchdowns and six scores on the ground. Cornelius Gallon has 20 catches for 302 yards and four scores. On defense Layton Hickel leads the team with 60 total tackles on the season.
Central Oklahoma is idle
Central Oklahoma will take a week off after falling to 1-6 last weekend with a loss at Central Missouri. They are led offensively by Joshua Birmingham who enters the weekend averaging 82 yards per game on the ground and has seven touchdowns. Ethan Sharp played quarterback in last week’s game throwing for 327 yards and one touchdown. They are led by Devoris Dozier on defense who has 56 total tackles and Herbert Byrd who has five sacks on the year.
BEST OF THE BEST
The MIAA is the best football conference in the nation as they are the only league with five teams ranked in the top 25 of the American Football Coaches Association poll. They had five current members make the NCAA Division II National Playoffs last year in Northwest Missouri, Nebraska-Kearney, Washburn, Pittsburg State and Missouri Western. Two additional teams in Central Missouri and Northeastern State, made trips to post season bowls. Only the MIAA has nine total teams ranked between the AFCA and AVCA polls as they show their dominance in volleyball and football.
MIAA BROADCASTING NETWORK
The remaing games to be broadcast on the MIAA Television Network include:
October 20: Lincoln at Fort Hays State, 2:30 pm
October 25: Missouri Western at Emporia State, 6:00 pm
October 27: Missouri Southern at Lindenwood, 2:30 pm
November 3: TBA, 2:30 pm
November 10: TBA, 2:30 pm
MIAA FOOTBALL ON AMERICA ONE
All MIAA conference football games and select non-conference games can be watched on-line on America One Sports , the exclusive home for broadband broadcasts of all MIAA athletics. To access the broadcasts please select the America One Sports link available on each MIAA school’s website or at themiaa.com.