Kansas City, Mo. -- Week seven in MIAA football will feature four match-ups of teams with two losses or less, and is highlighted by a top ten tilt at Arrowhead.
Truman at Washburn
Washburn will look to build on a two game winning streak as they welcome Truman to town to begin week seven. The Ichabods are 5-1 this season and leading the league in pass defense and third in total defense. They are led by Mitch Buhler who has thrown for 1,149 yards and 13 touchdowns. Hayden Groves has four scores on the ground this season averaging 50 yards rushing per game. Bryce Atagi has 54 tackles to lead the squad. The Bulldogs are 4-2 and second in the MIAA in interceptions. They are led by Conrad Schottel who is averaging 231 yards passing per game with 12 touchdowns. Dallas Grier is averaging 105 yards receiving per game with four TD’s. On defense Richie Shumacher has 50 tackles and Michale Elliot has a team leading five interceptions.
Central Oklahoma at Central Missouri
Central Missouri will look to rebound from a loss at #1 Pittsburg State as Central Oklahoma comes to town. The Mules are now 4-2 on the year and fourth in the MIAA in passing offense. Colter Smith enters the weekend averaging 272 yards per game through the air with 11 touchdowns. LaVance Taylor has 81 yards rushing per game and seven scores. Patrick Lewis leads the team with 47 tackles. Central Oklahoma is 1-5 on the year and enters the weekend seventh in the league in punting. Joshua Birmingham is averaging 85 yards rushing per game with six scores. Adrian Nelson is averaging 191 yards per game passing with six touchdowns. On defense Devoris Dozier has 45 tackles and one interception.
Missouri Southern at Missouri Western
#4 Missouri Western will look to keep their unbeat season rolling when Missouri Southern comes to town in week seven. The enter the weekend leading the league in rushing offense and are second in scoring defense as they moved to 6-0. They are led by Michael Hill who is averaging 179 yards rushing per game with six touchdowns. Travis Partridge is averaging 178 yards passing and has 16 passing TD’s and five scores on the ground. Marc Harrison leads the team with 31 tackles. Missouri Southern is second in the league in rushing and 4-2 on the season. They are led by Kellen Cox who is averaging 93 yards rushing and 60 yards passing with 10 total touchdowns. Alex Wong has 40 tackles and two fumble recoveries.
Lindenwood at Emporia State
The league’s top two passing offenses will take to the field in Emporia as Lindenwood takes on #21 ESU. The Hornets, who are 6-0 for the first time since 1988, also lead the MIAA in first downs. They are led by Tyler Eckenrode who is averaging 306 yards passing and has 14 touchdowns. Shjuan Richardson is averaging 105 yards receiving with eight scores. MIAA Defensive Player of the Week Ben Carlson has 50 tackles, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries. Lindenwood, who leads the MIAA in passing will enter the game with a 5-1 record. They are led by Ben Gomez who is averaging 282 yards passing per game with 14 touchdowns. Andrew Helmick is averaging 102 yards receiving per game with six touchdowns. Conner Harris leads the Lions with 58 tackles on the year.
Nebraska-Kearney at Lincoln
One team will emerge from the Nebraska-Kearney/Lincoln game with their first MIAA victory of the season. Lincoln enters the weekend led by quarterback tandem Jacob Morris who is averaging 105 yards per game and Lewis Larson, with 91 yards per game through the air and a combined eight touchdowns. O’Hara Fluellen has a team leading 40 tackles with two interceptions. For the Lopers Sean Flanagan has 184 yards per game passing in two games this year with one touchdown and two rushing scores. His brother Tommy Flanagan has one rushing touchdown and two passing scores from the Loper backfield. Sam Kuck leads the team with 55 tackles.
Fort Hays State at Southwest Baptist
Southwest Baptist and Fort Hays State will face off in this week’s MIAA Television Network game of the week. The Bearcats enter the weekend led by Dan Conners who is averaging 147 yards per game passing with five touchdowns. Derwin Lauderdale and Justin Duhaney each have two touchdown catches. On defense Jameson Manuma has 55 tackles, four sacks and one interception. For the Tigers Tarean Austin is averaging 124 yards through the air and 49 yards per game on the ground. He has been involved in 10 total touchdowns for FHSU this season. On the defensive side of the ball Layton Hickel has 54 tackles and Austin Hubert has 50 tackles while Kedron Paul leads the team with two interceptions this season.
Pittsburg State vs. Northwest Missouri
The Fall Classic XI at Arrowhead will once against feature two teams in the top ten as #7 Northwest Missouri hosts #1 Pittsburg State. The #1 Gorillas enter the weekend leading the league in total defense. They are led by Anthony Abenoja who is averaging 277 yards per game passing with nine touchdowns. John Brown is averaging 108 yards per game receiving with four touchdowns. On defense Nate Dreiling leads the team with 47 tackles and two interceptions. The Bearcats enter the weekend leading the league in scoring defense. They are led by MIAA Offensive Athlete of the Week Trevor Adams who is averaging 176 yards per game passing with 11 touchdowns. DJ Gnader is leading the team with 44 tackles and Brandon Dixon has a team leading four interceptions.
Northeastern State is idle
Northeastern State will take a week off from MIAA play as they fell to 0-6 last weekend. They are led by Joel Rockmore who is averaging 96 yards rushing per game with five touchdowns. Johnny Deaton is averaging 207 yards per game passing with six scores. On defense Langston Jones has a team best 64 tackles and Victor Johnson has recorded 61 tackles. Vernon Jones leads the team with four interceptions which he has returned for 49 yards.
BEST OF THE BEST
The MIAA is the best football conference is 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 additonal teams in Central Missouri and Northeastern State, made trips to post season bowls. Only the MIAA has eight total teams ranked between the AFCA and AVCA polls as they show their dominance in volleyball and football.
MIAA BROADCASTING NETWORK
The remaining games to be broadcast on the MIAA Television Network include:
October 13: Fort Hays State at Southwest Baptist, 2:30pm
October 20: Lincoln at Fort Hays State, 2:30pm
October 25: Missouri Western at Emporia State, 6:00 pm
October 27: Missouri Southern at Lindenwood, 2:30pm
November 3: TBA, 2:30pm
November 10: TBA, 2:30pm
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.