NAIA Football Weekly Report – No. 7
NAIA Game of the Week
No. 15 St. Francis (Ill.) (4-2, 2-0 MSFAW) at. No. 5 William Penn (Iowa) (5-0, 2-0 MSFAW)
Saturday, Oct. 6 | 1 p.m. CDT | Oskaloosa, Iowa | Lacey Complex Stadium
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• A pair of Mid-States Football Association Midwest League powers collide when No. 15 St. Francis (Ill.) travels to No. 5 William Penn (Iowa) for a key division contest on Saturday. The Saints and Statesmen, who are both 2-0 in conference play, enter the weekend tied for second place in the conference, one-half game behind No. 14 Grand View (3-0).
• Saturday marks the 11th meeting between the two sides with William Penn owning a 9-1 advantage in the all-time series, including a 5-0 mark in Oskaloosa. St. Francis claimed its only victory in the series last season, 36-35.
• Last season, William Penn raced out to a 27-7 lead through two quarters of play. However, three second half touchdown passes by St. Francis quarterback E.J. White, including an eight-yard connection with Desmond Page with 0:13 remaining in the fourth quarter, and a two-yard scamper by Garen Demery fueled the Saints come-from-behind victory. William Penn scored its only second-half touchdown on a 15-yard blocked punt return and had a potential game-winning 52-yard field goal fall short as time expired. St. Francis outgained the Statesmen, 434-345, with 304 yards coming through the air.
• William Penn, who is off to a 5-0 start for the third-straight season, enters the matchup fresh off a 27-3 victory against Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) last Saturday. Against Olivet Nazarene, the Statesmen started slowly, mustering only a 45-yard Marcus Kerrigan field goal in the opening 30 minutes. However, William Penn's offense came alive in the second half with 24 unanswered points en route to the win. The Statesmen presented a run-heavy attack with 250 of its 359 total yards coming on the ground.
• Strong defense is the name of the game for the Statesmen, who boast the NAIA's second ranked pass defense per game (118.0), while ranking third in total defense per game (227.0) and scoring defense per game (8.0). William Penn's defense also ranks in the top 20 nationally in opponent fourth down conversion percentage (0.0 percent), pass defense efficiency (79.8), opponent first downs (68) and rushing defense per game (109.0).
• Linebacker Brock Perry leads a dominant linebacker corps with 42 tackles (18 solo), while fellow linebacker Scott Adams is second with 38 tackles (21 solo). Defensive end Nick DiMarco is the team leader with 3.5 sacks.
• William Penn, who has outscored its opponents 199-40 this season, is yet to allow a touchdown in the third quarter (53-0).
• Offensively, the Statesmen showcase a ground-and-pound offense that leads the NAIA at 346 rushing yards per game. In total, William Penn boasts 1,973 yards of total offense with 1,730 yards - nearly 88 percent - coming on the ground.
• Fullback Evan Ressler paces the offense with 369 rushing yards and seven touchdowns on 80 carries. Ressler has only one negative run this season and set a career-high with 136 yards on Aug. 25 against USCAA member Iowa Wesleyan. A close second belongs to quarterback Taylor Parsons, who has carried the ball 68 times for 339 yards and four touchdowns.
• St. Francis, who is making its second appearance in the NAIA Football Game of the Week, comes into the weekend riding a three-game win streak with victories against Olivet Nazarene (Ill.), 19-16, on Sept. 15, Iowa Wesleyan, 52-13, on Sept. 22 and Waldorf (Iowa), 52-6, on Sept. 29.
• Against Waldorf, the Saints tallied 488 yards of total offense, eclipsing the 400-yard mark for the fourth time this season. Defensively, St. Francis forced four Waldorf turnovers and held the Warriors to only 129 yards of total offense.
• In contrast to William Penn, St. Francis boasts one of the nation's most powerful passing attacks, ranking fifth in total pass offense (1,669) and ninth in pass offense per game (278.2).
• White continues to establish himself as one of the top quarterbacks in the NAIA. White enters the week as the NAIA leader in total offense with 2,036 yards, while ranking second in total offense per game (339.3) and total passing (1,669) and sixth in passing yards per game (278.2). During the Saints' three-game win streak, White is 74-for-110 (67.3 percent) for 772 yards and eight touchdowns. Historically, White needs only 410 yards to become St. Francis' all-time passing leader, replacing Brian VanderLuitgaren who threw for 6,582 yards from 1994-97. In addition to passing, White leads the team with 367 rushing yards on 62 carries.
• Wide receiver Desmond Page has emerged as the Saints' top receiver with 39 catches for 579 yards, which both rank fourth in the NAIA. His five receiving touchdowns is tied for the team lead with tight end Dustin Greenwell. Page set a career-high with 188 receiving yards against Concordia (Mich.) on Aug. 25.
• Defensively, St. Francis is 12th in pass defense per game (156.2), 21st in total defense per game (306.3) and 22nd in scoring defense per game (19.2).
• Linebacker Jamal Graham leads the team with 61 tackles (33 solo), including a team-high 8.5 tackles-for-loss. He also paces the squad with two interceptions.
• The NAIA Football Game of the Week is selected by fans via the official NAIA Facebook page - Play NAIA. Game of the Week voting will begin on Monday evenings after the Top 25 announcement with the winner posted Wednesday morning. Click HERE to visit the Play NAIA Facebook page.
Note: Portions of this information was provided by the William Penn and St. Francis Sports Information Departments
This Week Around the Top 25
• This week (Oct. 1 - 7) features 19 Top 25 squads in action, in addition to the two teams featured in the NAIA Game of the Week. Those contests include:
(1) Marian (Ind.) (4-0) at Taylor (Ind.) (2-3)
(2) Georgetown (Ky.) (5-0) at Campbellsville (Ky.) (1-4)
(4) Morningside (Iowa) (4-0) at (18) Doane (Neb.) (4-1)
(9) Cumberlands (Ky.) (5-0) at (23) Faulkner (Ala.) (4-1)
(10) MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) (3-1) at Culver-Stockton (Mo.) (0-5)
Midland (Neb.) (2-2) at (11) Northwestern (Iowa) (4-1)
Central Methodist (Mo.) (2-3) at (12) Benedictine (Kan.) (4-1)
(13) Montana Tech (4-1) at Dickinson State (N.D.) (1-4)
Waldorf (Iowa) (3-2) at (14) Grand View (Iowa) (4-2)
(16) St. Ambrose (Iowa) (3-1) at Quincy (Ill.)
Union (Ky.) (3-2) at (17) Cumberland (Tenn.) (4-1)
Avila (Mo.) (1-4) at (19) Baker (Kan.) (4-2)
(20) Kansas Wesleyan (4-1) at Tabor (Kan.) (3-2)
(21) Hastings (Neb.) (4-0) at Dakota State (S.D.) (0-5)
Webber International (Fla.) (0-4) at (22) Menlo (Calif.) (4-1)
(24) Eastern Oregon (2-2) at Southern Oregon (2-2)
Dordt (Iowa) (0-5) at (25) Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) (3-1)
• Last week's (Sept. 24 - 30) Top 25 Results
o (10) Saint Francis (Ind.) (4-1) (V) def. (1) Saint Xavier (Ill.) (4-1) (H), 25-13
(3) Georgetown (Ky.) (5-0) (H) def. Bethel (Tenn.) (2-3) (V), 63-21
(4) Missouri Valley (5-0) (H) def. Culver-Stockton (Mo.) (0-5) (V), 47-7
Evangel (Mo.) (3-2) (H) def. (6) Benedictine (Kan.) (4-1) (V), 54-44
(7) William Penn (Iowa) (5-0) (H) def. Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) (0-5) (V), 27-3
(8) Carroll (Mont.) (4-2) (V) def. Dickinson State (N.D.) (1-4) (H), 42-6
(18) Grand View (Iowa) (4-2) (V) def. (9) St. Ambrose (Iowa) (3-1) (H), 29-26 (2OT)
(11) MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) (3-1) (H) def. (13) Baker (Kan.) (4-2) (V), 49-20
(12) Cumberlands (Ky.) (5-0) (H) def. Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) (2-4) (V), 61-29
Montana Western (2-3) (V) def. (14) Eastern Oregon (2-2) (H), 16-3
(15) Northwestern (Iowa) (4-1) (V) def. Nebraska Wesleyan (1-4) (H), 33-27
(16) Montana Tech (4-1) (H) def. Southern Oregon (2-2) (V), 48-45
(17) St. Francis (Ill.) (4-2) (V) def. Waldorf (Iowa) (3-2) (H), 52-6
(19) Cumberland (Tenn.) (4-1) (V) def. Pikeville (Ky.) (3-3) (H), 41-23
(19) Doane (Neb.) (4-1) (V) def. Midland (Neb.) (2-2) (H), 27-7
South Dakota Mines & Technology (V) def. (21) Valley City State (N.D.) (3-2) (H), 39-28
(RV) Hastings (Neb.) (4-0) (H) def. (22) Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) (3-1) (V), 40-30
(23) Kansas Wesleyan (4-1) (H) def. (RV) Friends (Kan.) (3-2) (V), 28-24
(25) Faulkner (Ala.) (4-1) (V) def. Point (Ga.) (0-4) (H), 65-17
• Then-unranked Hastings (Neb.) improved to 16-3 all-time with a 40-30 victory against Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) in last week's NAIA Football Game of the Week. The two sides combined for 1,082 yards of total offense with Dakota Wesleyan holding a slight 559-523 advantage. Hastings' place kicker Kenny Anderson sealed the victory with a 26-yard field goal with 1:27 remaining. He also converted a 34-yard attempt early in the second quarter. Bronco quarterback John Dostal completed 19-of-32 attempts for 314 yards and four touchdowns. He also carried the ball 10 times for 80 yards en route to 394 total yards on the afternoon.
• Outside the Game of the Week, four upsets occurred last week: then-No. 10 Saint Francis (Ind.) def. then-No. 1 Saint Xavier (Ill.), 25-13; Evangel (Mo.) def. then-No. 6 Benedictine (Kan.), 54-44; Montana Western def. then-No. 14 Eastern Oregon, 16-3; NCAA Division II South Dakota Mines & Technology def. then-No. 21 Valley City State (N.D.), 39-28
• Then-No. 10 Saint Francis' victory over then-top ranked Saint Xavier snapped the Cougars' NAIA-best nine game win streak. It was the first win for Saint Francis in the last four meetings.
• For the third time in program history, Marian (Ind.) received the No. 1 ranking in the fourth regular-season edition of the NAIA Football Coaches' Top 25 Poll. Previous No. 1 Saint Xavier fell to No. 6, while No. 2 Georgetown (Ky.), No. 3 Missouri Valley, No. 4 Morningside (Iowa) and fifth-ranked William Penn (Iowa) rounded out the top five. No. 21 Hastings was the lone newcomer to the poll, replacing previous No. 21 Valley City State (N.D.).
• For this week's NAIA Football Coaches' Top 25 Poll, click here.
• For a complete look at the 2012 NAIA football schedule, click here.
|Top 25 Poll Superlatives|
|Top 25 Consecutive Poll Leaders (Poll No. 4)|
|1. Saint Francis (Ind.)||160|
|2. Carroll (Mont.)||145|
|3. MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)||73|
|4. Morningside (Iowa)||66|
|5. Saint Xavier (Ill.)||55|
|6. Missouri Valley||33|
|T7. Marian (Ind.)||30|
|T7. William Penn (Iowa)||30|
|9. Georgetown (Ky.)||24|
|T10. Benedictine (Kan.)||19|
|T10. St. Francis (Ill.)||19|
|No. 1 Poll Leaders (Since 2000)|
|1. Carroll (Mont.)||56|
|2. Sioux Falls (S.D.)||55|
|3. Georgetown (Ky.)||23|
|4. Saint Xavier (Ill.)||14|
|5. Northwestern Oklahoma State||11|
For the Record
• Edward Waters' (Fla.) 66-34 victory over Point (Ga.) marked the third-consecutive season that two NAIA schools have combined for 110 points in a game. (information provided by Tex Noel, Intercollegiate Football Researchers Association)
• Saint Xavier (Ill.) had its nation-leading nine-game win streak snapped in a 25-13 loss against Saint Francis (Ind.) last Saturday. With the Cougars loss, ninth-ranked Cumberlands (Ky.) takes over the nation's longest win streak with a 10-game stretch dating back to Oct. 15, 2011. The Patriots put their perfect 5-0 record on the line Saturday at No. 23 Faulkner (Ala.)
• Saint Francis head coach Kevin Donley added another win to his already NAIA career-wins record with the previously mentioned victory at Saint Xavier. Donley is now 258-117-1 all-time, two victories ahead of Dickinson State's (N.D.) Hank Biesiot and Frosty Westering.
o Current Race for the Record Standings:
- Kevin Donley: 258-117-1
- Frosty Westering: 256-81-7
- Hank Biesiot: 256-105-1
• Benedictine (Kan.) head coach Larry Wilcox became only the fifth NAIA football coach to eclipse the 230 career win plateau with a 59-6 thumping of Sterling (Kan.) on Sept. 1. Wilcox is currently third amongst active coaches with a 233-127 all-time record.
• Bill Cronin of Georgetown (Ky.) claimed his 150th career win when his then-No. 4 Tigers knocked off Bethel (Tenn.), 63-21, on Sept. 29. Cronin owns a 150-35 record in 15 seasons at Georgetown, which ranks fifth amongst active NAIA coaches.
• There are four programs making their NAIA varsity debut in 2012: Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.), made famous by the bright-red turf of its new field, Point (Ga.), Bluefield (Va.) and Wayland Baptist (Texas). Lindenwood-Belleville (3-2) won its season opener, 43-37, against Avila (Mo.) on Sept. 1, while Wayland Baptist (1-4) claimed its first victory, 27-23, against NCAA Division III Howard Payne (Texas) on Sept. 15. Point (0-4) and Bluefield (0-6) remain in search of that elusive first victory.
• A pair of long-time Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference rivals played for the 100th time when then-No. 24 Kansas Wesleyan traveled to Bethany (Kan.) on Sept. 22. The Coyotes won a thriller, 33-31, over the Swedes to improve to 8-4 against Bethany since 2000. Bethany leads the all-time series with a 55-40-5 record.
National Statistics (Through Oct. 3)
• St. Francis (Ill.) quarterback E.J. White continues to lead the NAIA in total offense through week six with 2,036 yards. He is the first NAIA player to pass 2,000 total yards this season.
• Mike Keese of Saint Mary (Kan.) paces the NAIA with 1,684 yards passing in five games. Keese has eclipsed 300 yards passing in four games, including a season-high 448 yards against Tabor (Kan.) on Sept. 22.
• Derek Lear of Montana State-Northern set a 2012 NAIA single-game high with 606 yards of total offense in the Lights' 46-39 victory against Montana Western on Sept. 22. Lear, who accounted for more than 80 percent of the Montana State-Northern offense, finished the game 32-for-45 (71 percent) for 532 yards and seven touchdowns.
• Bryce Baker of Rocky Mountain (Mont.) set the NAIA game-high in passing yards with 544 in the Battlin' Bears' 52-30 victory against Southern Oregon on Sept. 8.
• Robert Morris' (Ill.) Lamont Wims leads the NAIA with 945 rushing yards in six games, while Josh Endres of Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) holds a NAIA-best 171.5 rushing yards per game average. Wims, Endres, Antoin Campbell of Saint Francis (Ind.) and Peru State's (Neb.) Ryan Ludlow are the only NAIA running backs with more than 600 yards rushing this season.
• Zach Keenan of Benedictine (Kan.) is currently the NAIA's highest scoring kicker with 47 points. He is a perfect 32-for-32 in PATs and 1-for-2 on field goals.
• Evangel's (Mo.) Jesse Vaughn leads all NAIA receivers with 751 yards on 30 receptions, while Daniel Beals of Trinity International (Ill.) is first with 58 receptions. Beals holds the 2012 NAIA single-game high with 16 catches against Concordia (Mich.) on Sept. 8.
• Eastern Oregon linebacker Howard McDonald owns an NAIA-best 17.8 tackles per game average, while Dexter Davis of Friends (Kan.) leads the way with 10.0 sacks. Davis set a career-best and NAIA game-high with five sacks on Sept. 15 against NCAA Division II Southern Nazarene (Okla.).
• Adrian Hightower of Cumberlands (Ky.) leads the NAIA with six interceptions, including two multi-interception performances against Cumberland (Tenn.) on Sept. 8 and Pikeville (Ky.) on Sept. 22.
• Team Offensive Leaders
o Scoring Offense per Game: Cumberlands (Ky.) - 49.6 points per game
o Total Offense per Game: Southern Oregon - 586.5 yards per game
o Rushing Offense: William Penn (Iowa) - 1,730 yards (346.0 yards per game)
o Passing Offense: Evangel (Mo.) - 1,710 yards (342.0 yards per game)
o Turnover Margin per game: Tabor (Kan.) - 3.2 turnover margin per game
o First Downs per Game: Faulkner (Ala.) - 29.6 first downs per game
o Third Down Conversion: Faulkner (Ala.) - 61.6 percent
o Fourth Down Conversion: Cumberland (Tenn.)/Ottawa (Kan.) - 100 percent
• Team Defensive Leaders
o Scoring Defense per Game: Morningside (Iowa) - 6.0 points per game
o Total Defense per Game: Marian (Ind.) - 163.3 yards per game
o Rushing Defense per Game: Georgetown (Ky.) - 45.4 yards per game
o Passing Defense per Game: Marian (Ind.) - 100.3 yards per game
o Sacks: Carroll (Mont.) - 22.0 total sacks
o Opponent Third Down Conversion: Texas College - 10.0 percent
o Opponent Fourth Down Conversion: William Penn (Iowa) - 0.0 percent
• For a complete look at the NAIA statistical leaders, click here.
List of NAIA Schools Participating in Football - Click HERE
NAIA Football Winningest Active Coaches - Click HERE
NAIA Football All-Time Winningest Coaches - Click HERE
NAIA Regular-Season Record Book - Click HERE
Looking Ahead to the National Championship
The 57th annual NAIA Football National Championship will take place at Barron Stadium in Rome, Ga., for the fifth-straight season. The 2012 championship will be contested on Dec. 17. The NAIA Football Championship Series is scheduled for Nov. 17, 24 and Dec. 1 at campus sites.
NAIA Football National Championship Information - Click HERE
|National Championship Superlatives|
|Most Postseason Appearances|
|1. Carroll (Mont.)||20||39-14||2011|
|T2. Georgetown (Ky.)||17||24-14||2011|
|T2. Westminster (Pa.)*||17||31-11||1997|
|4. Sioux Falls (S.D.)*||16||36-12||2010|
|T5. Dickinson State (N.D.)||15||6-15||2010|
|T5. Northwestern (Iowa)||15||20-13||2006|
|T5. Pacific Lutheran (Wash.)*||15||24-12||1996|
|T5. Lindfield (Ore.)*||15||16-12||1994|
|T9. Findlay (Ohio)*||13||21-9-1||1997|
|T9. Central Arkansas*||13||12-10-2||1992|
|Most Wins in Football Championship Series|
|1. Carroll (Mont.)||39-14|
|2. Sioux Falls (S.D.)*||36-12|
|3. Westminster (Pa.)*||31-11|
|T4. Pacific Lutheran (Wash)*||24-12|
|T4. Georgetown (Ky.)||24-14|
|6. Findlay (Ohio)*||21-9-1|
|T7. Northwestern (Iowa)||20-13|
|T7. Carson-Newman (Tenn.)*||20-6-1|
|9. Saint Francis (Ind.)||19-12|
|T10. Linfield (Ore.)*||16-12|
|T10. Texas A&I*||16-1|
|Programs with Most National Championship Titles|
|1. Texas A&I*||1959, 69-70, 74-76, 79||7|
|T2. Carroll (Mont.)||2002-05, 07, 10||6|
|T2. Westminster (Pa.)*||1970, 76-77, 88-89, 94||6|
|4. Carson-Newman (Tenn.)*||1983-84, 86, 88-89||5|
|T5. Findlay (Ohio)*||1979, 92, 95, 97||4|
|T5. Sioux Falls (S.D.)*||1996, 2006, 2008-09||4|
For the complete NAIA Football National Championship Record Book – Click HERE