Kansas City, Mo. – After 11 weeks of MIAA play Missouri Western has been crowned the league champion as we turn towards postseason.
Fort Hays State 30, Nebraska-Kearney 23
Fort Hays State scored the final three touchdowns of the game and all of the point in the second half to pull out a 30-23 victory. The Tigers got their final score with 6:24 remaining to break a 23-23 tie.
For the Tigers Anthony Sheppard was 19-32 passing for 244 yards and two touchdowns. Shaquille Cooper carried the ball 17 times for 106 yards and two scores. On defense Layton Hickel led the team with 14 total tackles. For the Lopers Matt Berry ran for 141 yards and two touchdowns and also threw for 86 yards. Ricky Trinidad carried the ball 28 times for 134 yards and one touchdown.
Northeastern State 22, Central Oklahoma 20
Northeastern State got a field goal with 1:53 to play to win their season finale 22-20 at Central Oklahoma. The Bronchos would drive into RiverHawk territory with less than a minute to play, but the NSU defense held pat at their own 39 to force a turnover on downs.
For the RiverHawks Joel Rockmore carried the ball 33 times for 202 yards and a touchdown. Johnny Deaton was 12 of 25 through the air and threw for one touchdown. On defense Langston Jones led the team with 13 total tackles. For the Bronchos Adrian Nelson was 18 of 35 for 211 yards and one touchdown. Joshua Birmingham carried the ball 18 times for 53 yards and a score while Nelson added 45 yards and a score on the ground. On defense Thomas Hill had 11 tackles and Turner Troup added ten stops.
Emporia State 55, Washburn 23
Emporia State won the Turnpike Tussle for the first time in eight season’s picking up a 55-23 win over Washburn. The Hornets rolled up 595 yards of total offense and picked off two Washburn passes.
For the Hornets Tyler Eckenrode was 26 of 30 for 364 yards and four touchdowns. He hit tight end Adam Schiltz eight times for 150 yards as four receivers caught touchdown passes. On defense Ben Carlson had 13 total tackles and Kevin Gaddis picked off two Ichabod passes. For WU Hayden Groves carried the ball 26 times for 108 yards and a touchdown. Through the air Joel Piper was 16 of 33 for 183 yards and two touchdowns. On defense Bryce Atagi led the team with 13 total tackles.
Southwest Baptist 43, Lincoln 12
Southwest Baptist scored the first 36 points of the game as they closed out the season with a 43-12 victory at home. SBU racked up 430 yards of total offense and recovered three Blue Tiger fumbles.
For the Bearcats Dan Connors was 17 of 29 for 268 yards and four touchdowns. Justin Duhaney caught seven passes for 185 yards and three scores. For the defense Jameson Manuma and Shaquille Shedd each finished with eight total tackles. Jacob Morris who was 26 of 45 for 205 yards as he hit Maurice Woodard eight times for 73 yards to lead the Blue Tigers. On the ground Donald Malone carried the ball seven times for 20 yards and a touchdown. On defense Josh Smith had six tackles and picked off a Bearcat pass.
Pittsburg State 26, Missouri Southern 14
Trailing 14-10 Pittsburg State scored the games final 16 points to close out the regular season with a 26-14 win at Missouri Southern. The Gorillas racked up 371 yards of total offense and held the Lions to just 253 total yards.
For the Gorillas John Brown, Luke Rampy and Jason Spradling all score touchdowns on the ground as PSU rushed for 299 total yards. Briceton Wilson led the balanced ground attack carrying the ball 14 times for 80 total yards. On defense Nate Dreiling had nine total tackles and forced a fumble. For the Lions Ne’Ronte Threatt carried the ball 11 times for 144 yards and two touchdowns. Kellen Cox passed the ball for 37 yards and carried the ball for 18 in the season finale. On defense Aaron Hall led the way with 11 total tackles as Brandon Williams finished with two sacks.
Lindenwood 38, Truman 13
Lindenwood took an early 14-3 lead and made that hold up as they earned a 38-13 victory on the road. The Lions racked up 539 yards of total offense to move to 8-3 overall on the season.
The Lions were led by Denodus O’Bryant who carried the ball 24 times for 171 yards and two touchdowns. Andrew Helmick caught 10 passes for 213 yards and two touchdowns. On defense Connor Harris added 13 tackles and Pierre Desir picked off a pass. For the Bulldogs Taylor Breen was 8 of 15 passing for 123 yards and a touchdown. Garret White caught three passes for 72 yards and a score. On defense Michael Elliot had 14 total tackles and Robert Gayden picked off two passes.
Missouri Western 21, Northwest Missouri 20
Missouri Western scored with 1:07 to play as the outscored NWMSU 21-3 in the second half to win the MIAA Championship. The Griffons trailed 17-0 at the half, but scored 14 points in the final six minutes to complete the come from behind victory.
For the Griffons Travis Partridge was 19 of 26 for 207 yards and two touchdowns rushing for 25 yards and the game winning score. Michael Hill carried the ball 19 times for 121 yards while Tyron Crockom and Tarrel Downing each caught touchdown passes. On defense Wallace Carter led the team with nine tackles and Shane Simpson added eight stops. For the Bearcats Trevor Adams was 22 of 35 for 232 yards and a touchdown. Jordan Simmons carried the ball 14 times for 54 yars and one touchdown. On defense DJ Gnader had eight tackles and Travis Manning picked off a Griffon pass.