Looking at Saturday’s small-college football games

GCCC QUARTERBACK NICK MARSHALL

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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.

MIAA

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.

KCAC

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.