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Looking at Saturday’s small-college games


Lincoln (0-4 overall, 0-4 MIAA) at Emporia State (4-0, 4-0), 1 p.m. – Emporia State quarterback Tyler Eckenrode leads the MIAA with 1,320 passing yards and 11 touchdowns and is seventh in the nation in total offense at 367.25 yards per game.

The Hornets haven’t started 5-0 since 2003, which was also the last year they won the MIAA. Emporia State’s best start was 8-0 in 1988, something they have a shot at matching if they can beat Lincoln as games against Southwest Baptist, Lindenwood and Truman await.

Fort Hays State (0-4, 0-4) at Truman (3-1, 2-1), 1 p.m. — An unthinkable loss for the Tigers a few years ago is now an upset win to avoid going 0-5. Things couldn’t be worse for second-year coach Chris Brown’s squad.

Southwest Baptist (1-3, 1-3) at No. 20 Washburn (3-1, 3-1), 1 p.m. — Ichabods should bounce back from last week’s loss to Central Oklahoma.

Missouri Southern (3-1, 3-1) at Central Missouri (3-1, 3-1), 1:30 p.m.

Nebraska-Kearney (0-4, 0-4) at Lindenwood (3-1, 3-1), 1:30 p.m.

Northeastern State (0-4, 0-4) at No. 11 Northwest Missouri (3-1, 2-1), 2;30 p.m.

Central Oklahoma (1-3, 1-3) at No. 7 Missouri Western (4-0, 3-0), 6 p.m.


Friends (3-1, 2-0 KCAC) at No. 23 Kansas Wesleyan (3-1, 3-0), 6 p.m. – The Falcons have gone back and forth between quarterbacks this season in sophomore Derek Racette, a dual-threat with 193 rushing yards and 190 passing yards, and senior Jayme Bristow, who has passed for 305 yards. A win by Friends would likely propel them into the NAIA Top 25 and possible sole possession of first place in the KCAC, depending on the outcome of Ottawa’s game at Tabor.

Avila (0-4) at Bethany (2-2, 1-2), 2 p.m. — Into the heart of the season and Junior Allen’s absence is felt.

Saint Mary (0-4, 0-3) at Sterling (0-4, 0-3), 6 p.m. — Saint Mary best 0-4 NAIA team in the country. Seriously. They should pick up their first win right here.

Ottawa (1-2, 1-1) at Tabor (3-1, 2-0), 7 p.m. — Tabor playing inspired football right now, should be an emotional setting for this one in Hillsboro.

Southwestern (2-2, 2-1) at Haskell (0-4), 7 p.m.

McPherson (2-2, 2-1) at Bethel (0-3, 0-2), 7 p.m.

Heart of America

No. 13 Baker (4-1, 3-1 HOA) at No. 11 Midamerica Nazarene (2-1, 2-1), 2 p.m. – MidAmerica Nazarene quarterback Sean Ransburg is coming off a career game against Avila, where he threw for 167 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 105 yards and one touchdown.

Baker defensive backs Emmerson Clarke and Preston Schenck are tied for the league lead with three interceptions each.

Central Methodist (2-2, 2-2) at Lindenwood-Belleville (2-2), 1 pm.

Culver-Stockton (0-4, 0-4) at No. 4 Missouri Valley (4-0. 3-0), 1:30 p.m.

No. 6 Benedictine (4-0, 2-0) at Evangel (2-0, 1-1), 2 p.m.

Avila (0-4, 0-3) at Bethany (2-2), 2 p.m.

Graceland (2-2, 1-1) at Peru State (2-2, 1-2), 2 p.m.


Air Force Prep (0-4) at No. 3 Butler (5-0, 4-0 Jayhawk), 7 p.m. – Based on the NJCAA’s new, computerized ranking system, this is a game that could hurt Butler, win or lose. Because Air Force Prep is not affiliated with the NJCAA, this game won’t count in the rankings and the Grizzlies dropped one spot in the rankings two weeks ago coming off a 77-point win.

Fort Scott (2-3, 2-2) at Garden City (3-1, 2-1), 7 p.m. — Every win is a big step for the Broncbusters, and this is another big test.

No. 13 Hutchinson (2-1, 2-0) at Highland (1-3, 1-2), 1 p.m. — Highland, in my opinion, is the most improved team in the Jayhawk.

Independence (2-3, 0-3) at Dodge City (0-5, 0-4), 7 p.m. — Somebody has to win.

Looking at Saturday’s small-college football games

Saturday’s small-college football games (Sept. 22)


Emporia State (3-0, 3-0 MIAA) at Northeastern State (0-3, 0-3), 6 p.m. – The Hornets lead the league in scoring, passing and total offense and quarterback Tyler Eckenrode averages 363 passing yards and has 10 touchdowns. A win here could be what Emporia State needs to break into the NCAA Division II Top 25, where it has been receiving votes the last two weeks. .

No. 9 Washburn (3-0, 3-0) at Central Oklahoma (0-3, 0-3), 2:37 p.m. — Check out that game time it cracks me up.

No. 12 Northwest Missouri (2-1, 1-1) at Nebraska-Kearney (0-3, 0-3), 4 p.m.

Southwest Baptist (0-3, 0-3) at Missouri Southern (3-0, 3-0), 6 p.m.

Lincoln (0-3, 0-3) at No. 1 Pittsburg State (3-0, 3-0), 7 p.m. — Easy win for Gorillas here before a brutal, three-game stretch against Central Missouri, NW Missouri and a possible Top 10 battle against Missouri Western in Pittsburg on Oct. 20

No. 7 Missouri Western (3-0, 2-0) at Fort Hays State (0-3, 0-3), 7 p.m. — Things aren’t getting any easier for the Tigers.


No. 24 Kansas Wesleyan (2-1, 2-0) at Bethany (2-1, 1-1), 7 p.m. – This is the 100th meeting for these teams in perhaps the best rivalry in the KCAC. The two teams played for the first time on Nov. 13, 1893, a game the Coyotes won 38-0. Bethany won 15 straight games between 1987-2000. Kansas Wesleyan is led by 6-foot-2, 240-pound junior linebacker Brady Harwell, who averages 10.3 tackles.

Friends (2-1, 1-0) at McPherson (2-1, 1-0), 1 p.m. — Huge game as far as the KCAC standings go – Friends is coming off a big win over Southern Nazarene last week. Friends senior defensive end Dexter Davis is an early candidate for national defensive player of the year honors – he’s already got 9 sacks in three games.

Tabor (2-1, 1-0) at Saint Mary (0-3, 0-2), 1:30 p.m.

Sterling (0-3, 0-2) at Southwestern (1-2, 1-1), 6 p.m.

Heart of America

No. 5 Missouri Valley ( 3-0, 2-0) at No. 9 Baker (4-0, 3-0), 6 p.m. – USC transfer Dillon Baxter doesn’t have a 100-yard rushing game, but Baxter (274 yards) and Baker freshman Jermaine Broomfield (249 yards) are third and fourth in the HOA in rushing.

No. 13 MidAmerica Nazarene (1-1, 1-1) at Avila (0-3, 0-2), noon

Peru State (2-1, 1-1) at No. 6 Benedictine (3-0, 1-0) 1 p.m.


No. 3 Butler (4-0, 3-0) at Highland (1-2, 1-1), 1 p.m. – Butler beat Independence by 77 points last Saturday and dropped one spot in the NJCAA Top 20. The Grizzlies need to keep winning big to keep traction in the polls, but they face a Highland defense that is second in the Jayhawk in scoring defense at 24.6 points.

Dodge City (0-4, 0-3) at Fort Scott (1-3, 1-2), 1 p.m.

Garden City (2-1) at Air Force Prep (0-3), 2 p.m.

Independence (0-3, 0-2) at Coffeyville (2-2, 1-1), 7 p.m.

Looking at Saturday’s small-college football games


No. 1 Pittsburg State (2-0, 2-0 MIAA) at Southwest Baptist (0-2, 0-2), 1 p.m. – The Gorillas have already racked up five interceptions and Kansas transfer Keeston Terry, a junior safety, is providing dividends with 13 tackles and one interception. On offense, Pitt State is averaging 193 yards on the ground and have split carries between seniors Briceton Wilson and Jason Spradling.

Fort Hays State (0-2, 0-2) at No. 13 Northwest Missouri (1-1, 1-0), 1 p.m. – The Tigers are in the middle of a brutal stretch against three straight ranked opponents. Fort Hays lost to No. 9 Washburn last Saturday and now have to make the six-hour drive to Maryville, Mo., with the Bearcats fresh off a loss to Central Missouri.

Other games

Central Oklahoma (0-2, 0-2) at Emporia State (2-0, 2-0), 1 p.m. — I’m not kidding – win here and the Hornets could be 7-0 before you know it. One of the easiest schedules in the MIAA.

Missouri Southern (2-0, 2-0) at Lincoln (0-2, 0-2), 2 p.m.

Northeastern State (0-2, 0-2) at No. 9 Washburn (2-0, 2-0), 2 p.m. — Ichabods have transitioned into the post-Dane Simoneau era well.

Nebraska-Kearney (0-2, 0-2) at No. 8 Missouri Western (2-0, 1-0), 6 p.m.

Central Missouri (1-1, 1-1) at Lindenwood (2-0, 2-0), 6 p.m.

Northwestern Oklahoma (0-2) at Truman (2-0), 7 p.m.


Southwestern (1-1, 1-0 KCAC) at McPherson (1-1, 1-0), 7 p.m. – McPherson quarterback Jake Snodgrass, a Derby product, is averaging 261 passing yards passing and 52 rushing yards. A win by the Bulldogs could propel them into the NAIA Top 25 headed into a Sept. 22 matchup with Friends in McPherson.

Other games

Saint Mary (0-2, 0-1) at Ottawa (0-2, 0-1), 6 p.m. — Not thinking the Braves are going to start KCAC play 0-2.

Kansas Wesleyan (1-1, 1-0) at Sterling (0-2, 0-1), 6 p.m. – What has happened to the Warriors the last couple of years?

Bethany (1-1, 0-1) atBethel  (0-2, 0-1), 6 p.m. –

Haskell (0-2) at Tabor (1-1), 7 p.m.

Southern Nazarene (0-2) at Friends (1-1), 7 p.m.

Jayhawk Conference

No. 2 Butler (3-0, 2-0) at Independence (2-1, 0-1), 1 p.m. – Butler sophomore middle linebacker Blake Bean, from Kapaun Mount Carmel, is third in the Jayhawk with 12 tackles per game.

Other games

Coffeyville (1-2, 0-1) at Fort Scott (1-2, 1-1), 1 p.m. — This isn’t a gimme for the Red Ravens. The Greyhounds are 8-12 in the two-plus seasons since going 11-1 and playing for the national title in 2009.

Dodge City (0-3, 0-2) at No. 14 Hutchinson (2-1, 2-0), 7 p.m. — Blue Dragons need to start playing defense.

Saturday’s small-college football scores (9/8)



No. 14 Hutchinson 63, No. 19 Garden City 49 FINAL

Coffeyville 29, Air Force Prep 23 FINAL 

No. 2 Butler 60, Fort Scott 14 FINAL

Independence 27, Arkansas Baptist 20 FINAL

Highland 32, Dodge City 10 FINAL


No. 1 Pittsburg State 34, C. Oklahoma 19 FINAL

No. 15 Washburn 45, Fort Hays State 20 FINAL

Central Missouri 31, No. 3 NW Missouri 21 FINAL WOW

Emporia State 58, Nebraska-Kearney 35 FINAL, HORNETS IMPROVE TO 2-0


Friends 36, Saint Mary 14 FINAL

Southwestern 27, Bethel 13 FINAL

Tabor 12, Sterling 7 FINAL

Kansas Wesleyan 31, No. 11 Ottawa 28 FINAL

McPherson 14, No. 24 Bethany 0 FINAL


Looking at Saturday’s small-college football games



No. 14 Hutchinson (1-1, 1-0) at No. 19 Garden City (2-0, 1-0), 7 p.m. – This is high stakes for both teams early in the season – if Garden City wins they’ve got a clear path to an undefeated showdown with Butler in El Dorado on October 6. A loss for Hutchinson puts the Blue Dragons out of the national-title hunt.
Garden City quarterback Nick Marshall is averaging 198 yards passing and 113 rushing yards per game. He and running back Jamal Tyler (246 rushing yards, four touchdowns) should test a Hutchinson defense that just gave up 617 yards in a 54-34 loss to No. 12 Navarro.

Coffeyville (0-2, 0-1) at Air Force Prep (0-2), 2 p.m. – An 0-3 start would be disastrous for first-year coach Aaron Flores.

Fort Scott (1-1, 1-0) at No. 2 Butler (2-0, 1-0), 7 p.m. – Butler has absolutely steamrolled its first two opponents and a big reason has been sophomore QB Billy Cosh, who transferred from James Madison. Don’t expect much different here.

Other games

Arkansas Baptist (0-2) at Independence (0-2, 0-1), 1 p.m.

Highland (0-2, 0-1) at Dodge City (0-2, 0-1), 7 p.m.


Central Oklahoma (0-1, 0-1) at No. 1 Pittsburg State(1-0, 1-0), 6 p.m. – Pittsburg State junior wide receiver/return specialist John Brown showed why he is one of the most dynamic players in the nation in the Gorillas’ 41-20 win at Northeastern State last Saturday. Brown, 5-foot-11 and 171 pounds, racked up 270 all-purpose yards, including nine catches for 140 yards and two touchdowns.

No. 15 Washburn (1-0, 0-0) at Fort Hays State (0-1, 0-1), 7 p.m. – Chris Brown’s second season as Fort Hays State’s coach got off to a rocky start last week with a loss to Emporia State, but the Tigers get a big opportunity to get back on track against a nationally-ranked opponent.

Other games

No. 3 Northwest Missouri (1-0, 0-0) at Central Missouri (0-1, 0-1), 1:30 p.m.

Emporia State (1-0, 1-0) at Nebraska-Kearney (0-1, 0-1), 2 p.m.

Southwest Baptist (0-1, 0-1) at Lindenwood (1-0, 1-0), 6 p.m.

Northeastern State (0-1, 0-1) at Missouri Southern (1-0, 1-0), 6 p.m.

William Jewell (0-1) at No. 14 Missouri Western (1-0, 1-0), 6 p.m.

Lincoln (0-1, 0-1) at Truman (1-0, 1-0), 7 p.m.


Saint Mary (0-1, 0-0) at Friends (0-1, 0-0), 7 p.m. – Evangel’s Andrew Brimhall picked apart the Friends secondary for 336 yards and three touchdowns in the Falcons’ 27-14 loss last Saturday at Springfield, Mo. That’s not a good sign with Saint Mary’s pass-happy offense and All-KCAC quarterback Mike Keese coming to town.

Other games

Bethel (0-1, 0-0) at Southwestern (0-1, 0-0), 6 p.m.

Sterling (0-1, 0-0) at Tabor (0-1, 0-0), 7 p.m.

No. 11 Ottawa (0-1, 0-0) at Kansas Wesleyan (0-1, 0-0), 7 p.m.

McPherson (0-1, 0-0) at No. 24 Bethany (1-0, 0-0), 7 p.m.

Mailbag: Why does the KCAC struggle in football?

I get some pretty good questions from our readers via e-mail. When it allows, I’d like to start sharing some with you.
Let’s start with this one:
It seems like KCAC schools rarely, if ever, defeat other NAIA schools from similar conferences e.g. Heart of America, either during nonconference play and especially in the postseason NAIA football playoffs? Why is the caliber of football different (in the KCAC) than other surrounding conferences, including some of those schools in Kansas? Kansas JUCO football is as good as any nationally? Division 2 football is also great in Kansas. 
Clifford S. Depew
That is a really great question and one I have wondered about myself for some time.
The biggest thing I’ve found is that there are too many teams, too close to each other, competing for the same players.
With 10 schools within 3 hours of each other — and eight of them within an hour of each other — there is a major congestion of campuses and, in some cases, not much to distinguish one campus from the next. Aside from Friends and KWU, the schools are generally in very rural areas that can lessen their appeal to college kids … not to mention 7 of the 10 schools have an enrollment under 1,000.
At Baker, Benedictine or Mid-America Nazarene – all HOA schools – they can offer an enclosed atmosphere on campus, if that’s what you want as a student, but then you also have access to a larger metropolitan area.
It also seems like junior colleges, more than the Division II’s, impact the quality of football at the KCAC schools. The eight in-state jucos need to fill their rosters with 45 Kansas kids and out of high school, most of the time, these kids are the same ones that the KCAC schools recruit. The amount of money you can save getting your first two years of college done at a juco, where they pay tuition and books, is staggering compared to how much those same two years will cost you at a KCAC school.
In the state of Kansas, where the schools traditionally need to get the majority of their players from in order to be successful, there is a lot of high-school football talent. But there is not an infinite number and it gets diluted very quickly with over 20 schools trying to fill their rosters.

KCAC stunner: Kansas Wesleyan women’s hoops coach Gordon Reimer resigns


Some stunning news out of the KCAC – Kansas Wesleyan women’s basketball coach Gordon Reimer abruptly resigned on Tuesday because of family issues.


Longtime KCAC guru Bob Davidson of the Salina Journal broke the story yesterday. Reimer has been one of the top NAIA coaches in the country the last four years – the Coyotes have shared two KCAC titles with Sterling (’09, ’11) and went to the NAIA national tournament three straight years – 09-10-11.

Looking around the MIAA, Jayhawk and KCAC


Happenings from around the state’s small-college conferences:


-Fort Hays State senior defensive lineman Aaron Burton played well in a season-opening loss to Emporia State. Here’s an article on Burton from Conor Nicholl of the Hays Daily News. The Tigers get a shot at redemption on Saturday when they host No. 15 Washburn, where FHSU coach Chris Brown was a coordinator at before he came to Hays.

-It’s no surprise that Emporia State’s volleyball team is off to a 4-0 start and in first place in the MIAA. The team that is a surprise at 4-0 is Fort Hays State, which is off to its best start since 2004.


-Bethany’s football team was the lone winner out of the KCAC in openers – here’s my story from and in Wednesday’s Eagle. Bethany sophomore defensive end Steven Williams (8 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, 1 sack) was named KCAC defensive player of the week.

-McPherson goalie and Wichita native Taylor Parrott was named the KCAC defensive player of the week after shutting out York in the second half and overtime of the Bulldogs’ 2-1 win. McPherson trailed 1-0 before rallying.


-Butler football opened up $12 million BG Products Veterans Sports Complex with a 28-10 win over No. 5 Navarro in front of over 6,000. Here’s the story from The Wichita Eagle’s Jeff Lutz, who was in El Dorado.

-Top-ranked Cowley volleyball started the season 6-0, but has been off since Aug. 28 and have a big Jayhawk East test on Wednesday at Coffeyville. The Red Ravens are 6-1.

Saturday’s small-college football scores

I will update with scores as they come in. – TA

Jayhawk Conference

No. 2 Butler 28, No. 5 Blinn 10 FINAL Great win.

No. 12 Navarro 54, No. 10 Hutchinson 34 FINAL Bad loss.

Northeastern Oklahoma 36, Highland 12 FINAL

Garden City 24, Cisco 19 FINAL

No. 7 Trinity Valley 35, No. 17 Coffeyville 7 FINAL

Kilgore 26, Dodge City 15 FINAL

No. 16 Tyler 35, Fort Scott 7 FINAL

Independence 42, SE Texas Prep 21 FINAL



Evangel 27, Friends 14 FINAL

Missouri Valley 27, McPherson 13 FINAL

No. 24 Bethany 13, SW Assemblies of God 12 FINAL Only win for KCAC in season’s first week. Brutal.

No. 14 William Penn 54, Bethel 0 FINAL

No. 22 Cumberland 31, Kansas Wesleyan 10 FINAL

No. 11 Benedictine 59, Sterling 6 FINAL

Nebraska Wesleyan 25, Saint Mary 20 FINAL