MIAA Football See's Several Close Contests In Week Six

By: MIAA, posted by Kinch O'Kelley
By: MIAA, posted by Kinch O'Kelley

Kansas City, Mo. -- Four games were decided by ten points or less as week six rolled through for MIAA football.

Northwest Missouri 70, Central Oklahoma 7
Northwest Missouri scored a touchdown on offense, defense and special teams as they rolled to a 70-7 victory on the road at Central Oklahoma. NWMSU held the Bronchos to just 264 yards of total offense.

NWMSU’s Trevor Adams was 10 for 12 for 248 yards and five touchdowns, hitting Tyler Shaw four times for 175 yards and three touchdowns. The Bearcats rushed for 227 yards as three different rushers scored touchdowns. Nate Delong returned an interception 49 yards for a score. For UCO Adrian Nelson had 119 yards passing for one touchdown and carried the ball 13 times for for 73 yards. On defense for the Bronchos Tyler Netwon had nine tackles and forced a fumble.

Emporia State 19, Southwest Baptist 15
Playing much of the first half without quarterback Tyler Eckenrode ESU fell behind 15-0 at the half at Southwest Baptist. Eckenrode would lead the team to 19 unanswered points in the second half to escape with a 19-15 victory.

Eckenrode finished the game 17 of 29 for 322 yards and three touchdowns, two of which were for over 40 yards. Four Hornets had catches for 30 or more yards as Ray Ray Davis caught three passes for 85 yards to lead the team. Ben Carlson led the team with ten tackles and one sack. SBU opened the game with Chris Muhammad returning the kickoff for 97 yards and their first touchdown. Dan Conner threw for 173 yards and rushed for one score.

Pittsburg State 30, Central Missouri 21
Central Missouri would take their first lead of the ballgame at 21-17 in the fourth quarter, but the next 13 points would belong to Pittsburg State in the 30-21 victory. PSU overcame three turnovers utilizing 539 yards of total offense to pull out the win late in the game.

For the Gorillas Anthony Abenoja was 23 of 38 for 336 yards and two touchdowns. John Brown had nine catches for 157 yards and Luke Rampy caught nine balls for 144 yards. Nate Dreiling led the team with 6.5 tackles including one quarterback sack. For the Mules Colter Smith was 16 of 32 to 256 yards and ran for two touchdowns. Levance Taylor rushed 16 times for 69 yards and a touchdown. Brett Ginn and Patrick Lewis each had seven tackles to lead the squad.

Washburn 51, Lincoln 18
Lincoln would get things as close as 16-11 in the third quarter before Washburn turned things on and pulled out a 51-18 victory. Statistically the game stood fairly even as WU outgained LU only 371-349 and each team WU won the turnover battle 3-2 in the game.

For the Ichabods Mitch Buhler threw for 124 yards and three scores while Joel Piper added 120 yards and a touchdown. Hayden Groves, Brit Dewey and Mark Fancher all ran for touchdowns. On defense Ryan Macken lead the team with 14 tackles and Willie Williams had 11 stops and an interception. For the Blue Tigers Jacob Morris threw for 142 yards and a touchdown and added one score on the ground. Lewis Larson also added 100 yards passing to the Lincoln air attack. O’Hara Fluellen led the team with eight tackles and an interception.

Missouri Southern 47, South Dakota Mines 20
Missouri Southern racked up 421 yards of offense on the ground as they rolled to a 47-20 homecoming win over South Dakota Mines. Trailing 47-7 South Dakota Mines scored 13 points in the final six minutes to cut the Lions leads to 27 points.

Jay McDowell had nine carries for 106 yards including an 80 yard score. Kellen Cox added 90 yards rushing and two touchdowns as Travis Hurd and Ne’Ront Threatt also added rushing scores. Gaitlin Ridgway had nine tackles, recovered a fumble and returned an interception for a touchdown.

Missouri Western 45, Northeastern State 31
The Griffons would jump out to a 14-3 lead in the first ten minutes of the game and then hold on a for a 45-31 victory on the road at Northeastern State. The game saw over 902 yards of total offense and 409 yards on the ground.

For Missouri Western Michael Hill rushed for 195 yards and a touchdown. Travis Partridge threw for four touchdowns and added another score on the ground. Ben Pister had seven tackles 4.5 of which were for a loss. For the RiverHawks, Joel Rockmore ran for 131 yards on 20 carries for a career high three touchdowns. Dallas McCutcheon threw for 60 yards and the lone RiverHawk score through the air. Terrence Leach had 14 total tackles while Victor Johnson added 13 stops.

Truman 16, Nebraska-Kearney 7
On a chilly day in Kearney, Neb. Truman took advantage of three UNK turnovers to earn the 16-7 road victory. All the scoring came in the first half as Truman used three 50+ yard drives to get the three scores.

For the Bulldogs Conrad Schottel threw for 273 yards and two scores. Dallas Grier caught 11 passes for 178 yards and one touchdown. Richie Schumacher had 12 tackles and a forced and recovered fumble and Michael Elliot added an interception. For the Lopers Sean Flanagan was 13 of 23 for 201 yards and Ricky Trinidad had 110 yards on the ground. Stephan Rush had three carries for five yards, but had UNK’s lone score in the ballgame. On defense Pete Kropp and Kellen Werner each had 11 tackles to lead their squad.

Lindenwood 20, Fort Hays State 17
Lindenwood came from behind in the fourth quarter to earn a 20-17 win on the road at Fort Hays State. FHSU led at the half and throughout the fourth quarter before a score with 7:14 to play gave the Lions the lead.

LWU starting quarterback Ben Gomez left the game in the first quarter, his replacement Taylor Jasin was 24 of 39 for 285 yards and one touchdown. Adrew Helmick caught five passes for 99 yards and a touchdown. On defense Conner Harris had 11.5 tackles and Pierre Desir had two interceptions. For the Tigers Tarean Austin was 16 of 23 for 174 yards and a touchdown, also rushing for one score. Treveon Albert had 23 carries for 106 yards while Austin rushed for 76 yards. On defense AJ Woodall had nine tackles and Kedron Paul picked off a pass.

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