NAIA Game of the Week
No. 22 Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) (3-0) at RV Hastings (Neb.) (3-0)
Saturday, Sept. 29 | Hastings, Neb. | 1 p.m. CDT | Lloyd Wilson Field
• No. 22 Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) heads to Hastings, Neb., for a battle against Hastings (Neb.) on Saturday. These two Great Plains Athletic Conference powers collide with the winner potentially resting atop the conference standings.
• Saturday will be the 19th meeting between these two sides with Hastings holding a 15-3 edge in the all-time series. Dakota Wesleyan's only victory in Hastings came in 2007 when the Tigers converted a last-second field goal en route to a 34-31 win. Despite the lopsided all-time record, Dakota Wesleyan has won the previous two meetings.
• In their last meeting on Oct. 1, 2011, Dakota Wesleyan scored 21 unanswered first half points en route to a 21-14 victory. The two sides were nearly identical in every statistical category except for turnovers with the Tigers holding a 4-2 advantage. Quarterback Jeff Bane highlighted the Dakota Wesleyan offense, completing 18-of-32 (56.3 percent) passes for 191 yards and three touchdowns.
• Dakota Wesleyan enters the Game of the Week fresh off a bye. In their last game, the Tigers downed Briar Cliff (Iowa), 24-13, at Joe Quintal Field in Mitchell, S.D. The Tigers utilized a 14-point second quarter and held Briar Cliff scoreless in the second half en route to the victory. Josh Endres, who leads the NAIA with a 192.3 rushing yards per game average, posted his third-straight 160-plus yard performance with198 yards on 36 carries, including a five-yard touchdown run at the 9:27 mark of the second quarter.
• Endres has emerged as the cornerstone of the Dakota Wesleyan offense this season, tallying 577 yards rushing and six touchdowns through only three games. Endres posted his second-best career rushing performance in the Tigers season opener against Dakota State on Sept. 1 when he tallied 213 yards and three touchdowns on only 24 carries. He currently ranks top five in the NAIA in the following categories: all purpose yards per game (199.0), rushing yards per game (192.3), total rushing (577) and scoring per game (12.0).
• Jon Bane leads the team with 450 passing yards and four touchdowns in two games. He is completing 60.3 percent (35-of-58) of his passes on the year.
• The Tiger receiving corps is headlined by Arthur Brown and Michael Brown. Arthur Brown paces the team with 19 receptions for 197 yards and two touchdowns, while Michael Brown is second with 11 catches for 183 yards and two scores.
• Linebacker Mike Barnaud leads a defense with nine individuals with at least 10 tackles with 29 stops, including 11 solo tackles. Fellow linebacker Anthony Cervantes, who ranks third on the squad with 21 tackles, leads the team with 6.0 tackles-for-loss and 2.5 sacks.
• As a team, Dakota Wesleyan ranks seventh in the NAIA in rushing defense per game (81.0 yards), while also possessing the nation's 17th-best scoring defense (16.7 points per game).
• Ross Cimpl is in his first season at the helm of the Dakota Wesleyan football program.
• Hastings enters Saturday riding an eight-game home win streak, including a 34-26 victory against Concordia (Neb.) on Sept. 15. The Broncos last home loss came on Oct. 9, 2010 against Midland (Neb.), 35-23.
• In their last game, Hastings knocked off Briar Cliff, 34-24, on Sept. 22. The Broncos showcased a balanced attack, while holding Briar Cliff to only 60 yards rushing. Quarterback John Dostal completed 17 passes to seven different receivers for 205 yards and one touchdown. The ground attack was led by running back Keenen Ballage, who rushed for a season-high 148 yards on 26 carries.
• On the season, Dostal is 50-for-85 (58.8 percent) for 767 yards and five touchdowns. He enters the weekend ranked seventh in total offense per game (299.3) and ninth in passing yards per game (255.7).
• Dostal's favorite target has been wide receiver Trevor Bohn, who leads the team with 14 catches for 368 yards and three touchdowns. Bohn ranks fifth in the NAIA in receiving yards per game (122.7) and set a season-high with 180 receiving yards on six catches against Concordia on Sept. 15.
• Defensive back Kan Elenburg leads the Hastings defense with 19 tackles (15 solo).
• As a team, Hastings ranks amongst the top 15 nationally in the following categories: sacks allowed (2); opponent third down conversion (25.0 percent); opponent penalties (144); sacks against per game (0.7); punt return yards per attempt (15.0); pass efficiency (149.3); pass offense per game (255.7) and total offense per game (433.7).
• Tony Harper is in his second year as the head football coach at Hastings. He currently owns a 9-4 career record with the Broncos.
• 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 Dakota Wesleyan and Hastings Sports Information Departments
This Week Around the Top 25
• This week (Sept. 24 - 30) features 22 Top 25 squads in action in addition to the two teams featured in the NAIA Game of the Week. Those contests include
(10) Saint Francis (Ind.) (3-1) at (1) Saint Xavier (Ill.) (4-0)
Bethel (Tenn.) (2-2) at (3) Georgetown (Ky.) (4-0)
Culver-Stockton (Mo.) (0-4) at (4) Missouri Valley (4-0)
(6) Benedictine (Kan.) (4-0) at Evangel (Mo.) (2-2)
Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) (0-4) at (7) William Penn (Iowa) (4-0)
(8) Carroll (Mont.) (3-2) at Dickinson State (N.D.) (1-3)
(18) Grand View (Iowa) (3-2) at (9) St. Ambrose (Iowa) (3-0)
(13) Baker (Kan.) (4-1) at (11) MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) (2-1)
Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) (2-3) at (12) Cumberlands (Ky.) (4-0)
Montana Western (1-3) at (14) Eastern Oregon (2-1)
(15) Northwestern (Iowa) (3-1) at Nebraska Wesleyan (1-3)
Southern Oregon (2-1) at (16) Montana Tech (3-1)
(17) St. Francis (Ill.) (3-2) at Waldorf (Iowa) (3-1)
(19) Cumberland (Tenn.) (3-1) at Pikeville (Ky.) (3-2)
(19) Doane (Neb.) (3-1) at Midland (Neb.) (2-1)
South Dakota Mines & Technology at (21) Valley City State (N.D.) (3-1)
(22) Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) (3-0) at (RV) Hastings (Neb.) (3-0)
(RV) Friends (Kan.) (3-1) at (23) Kansas Wesleyan (3-1)
(25) Faulkner (Ala.) (3-1) at Point (Ga.) (0-3)
• Last week's (Sept. 17 - 23) Top 25 Results
o (1) Saint Xavier (Ill.) (4-0) (V) def. Trinity International (Ill.) (2-3) (H), 36-26
(2) Marian (Ind.) (4-0) (H) def. (15) Grand View (Iowa) (3-2) (V), 31-20
(3) Georgetown (Ky.) (4-0) (H) def. Kentucky Christian (2-2) (V), 27-6
(4) Morningside (Iowa) (4-0) (H) def. (RV) Midland (Neb.) (2-1) (V), 42-0
(5) Missouri Valley (4-0) (V) def. (9) Baker (Kan.) (4-1) (H), 31-17
(6) Benedictine (Kan.) (3-0) (H) def. Peru State (Neb.) (2-2) (V), 49-7
(11) Carroll (Mont.) (3-2) (H) def. (8) Eastern Oregon (2-1) (V), 28-7
(12) Saint Francis (Ind.) (3-1) (H) def. Concordia (Mich.) (0-4) (V), 76-14
(13) MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) (2-1) (V) def. Avila (Mo.) (0-4) (H), 38-9
(14) Cumberlands (Ky.) (4-0) (H) def. (RV) Pikeville (Ky.) (3-2) (V), 63-21
(16) Northwestern (Iowa) (3-1) (H) def. Dakota State (S.D.) (0-4) (V), 47-12
(17) Montana Tech (3-1) (V) def. (22) Rocky Mountain (Mont.) (3-2) (H), 24-6
(18) St. Francis (Ill.) (3-2) (H) def. Iowa Wesleyan (V), 52-13
(20) Valley City State (N.D.) (3-1) (V) def. Jamestown (N.D.) (1-4) (H), 13-10
(21) Cumberland (Tenn.) (3-1) (V) def. UVa-Wise (Va.) (1-4) (H), 24-17
(23) Doane (Neb.) (3-1) (H) def. Nebraska Wesleyan (1-3) (V), 38-24
(24) Kansas Wesleyan (3-1) (V) def. Bethany (Kan.) (2-2) (H), 33-31
(25) Menlo (Calif.) (4-1) (H) def. La Verne (Calif.) (V), 59-13
• No. 2 Marian (Ind.) improved to 6-0 all-time against then-No. 15 Grand View (Iowa) with a 31-20 victory in last week's NAIA Football Game of the Week. Knight's quarterback Adam Wiese finished the game 23-for-33 for 294 yards passing and two touchdowns, while running back Tevin Lake led Marian with a career-high 30 carries for 126 yards, including touchdown runs of 18 yards and one yard. Grand View has success moving the ball through the air as quarterback Shane Pundenz was 13-for-22 for 184 yards and two touchdowns. However, the Viking ground game only mustered 34 rushing yards against the Knight defense.
• Then-No. 11 Carroll (Mont.) defeating then-No. 8 Eastern Oregon, 28-7, on Sept. 22 was the lone Top 25 upset. The Fighting Saints utilized a balanced led by quarterback Dakota Stonehouse. Stonehouse finished the contest with 324 yards of total offense, including 142 yards on the ground. Carroll held Eastern Oregon to 229 yards of total offense, including just 70 yards rushing.
• Eighteen teams shifted positions in the third regular-season edition of the NAIA Football Coaches' Top 25 Poll. Saint Xavier (Ill.) maintained its No. 1 ranking for the sixth-straight week - 14th overall. No. 25 Faulkner (Ala.) is the only newcomer to the list. The Eagles are making their first-ever appearance in the Top 25.
• 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. 3)|
|1. Saint Francis (Ind.)||159|
|2. Carroll (Mont.)||144|
|3. MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)||72|
|4. Morningside (Iowa)||65|
|5. Saint Xavier (Ill.)||54|
|6. Missouri Valley||32|
|T7. Marian (Ind.)||29|
|T7. William Penn (Iowa)||29|
|9. Georgetown (Ky.)||23|
|T10. Benedictine (Kan.)||18|
|T10. St. Francis (Ill.)||18|
|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)
• No. 1 Saint Xavier (Ill.) extended its nation-leading win streak to nine games with a 36-26 road victory against Trinity International (Ill.) on Sept. 22. The Cougars tallied 508 total yards - second highest output in 2012 - including 362 yards through the air. Saint Xavier returns to action on Saturday against No. 10 Saint Francis (Ind.).
• Saint Francis (Ind.) head coach Kevin Donley led his Cougars to a 76-14 victory against Concordia (Mich.) last Saturday to surpass Frosty Westering and Dickinson State (N.D.) head coach Hank Biesiot and set a new NAIA career-wins record with 257. Biesiot had the opportunity to remain tied with Donley, however the Blue Hawks fell last week, 45-7, against Southern Oregon.
o Current Race for the Record Standings:
Kevin Donley - 257-117-1
Frosty Westering - 256-81-7
Hank Biesiot - 256-104-1
• 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. With a Sept. 22 win against Peru State (Neb.) (49-7), Wilcox improved to 233-126 all-time, which ranks third amongst active coaches.
• Bill Cronin of Georgetown (Ky.) enters Saturday one victory shy of 150 career-wins as the fourth-ranked Tigers square off against Bethel (Tenn.). Cronin currently owns a 149-35-0 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 (2-2) won its season opener, 43-37, against Avila (Mo.) on Sept. 1, while Wayland Baptist (1-2) claimed its first victory, 27-23, against NCAA Division III Howard Payne (Texas) on Sept. 15. Point (0-3) and Bluefield (0-5) 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 Sept. 27)
• St. Francis (Ill.) quarterback E.J. White continues to lead the NAIA in total offense through week five with 1,707 yards. Nineteen players have reached the 1,000-total yard plateau so far this season.
• Derek Lear of Montana State-Northern set a new 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 NAIA game-highs in pass completions (41) and passing yards (544) in the Battlin' Bears' 52-30 victory against Southern Oregon on Sept. 8.
• Robert Morris' (Ill.) Lamont Wims leads the NAIA with 719 rushing yards, while Josh Endres of Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) holds a NAIA-best 192.3 rushing yards per game average. Wims, Endres and Antoin Campbell of Saint Francis (Ind.) are the only NAIA running backs with more than 500 yards this season.
• Kenny Zoeller of Concordia (Neb.) is currently the NAIA's highest scoring kicker with 42 points. He is a perfect 12-for-12 in PATs and 10-for-10 on field goals with a long of 42 yards.
• Stacey Berg of Dakota State (S.D.) leads all NAIA receivers with 697 yards on 30 receptions, while Daniel Beals of Trinity International (Ill.) is first with 47 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 19.0 tackles per game average, while Dexter Davis of Friends (Kan.) leads the way with 9.0 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 five interceptions, including two multi-interception performances against Cumberland (Tenn.) on Sept. 8 and Pikeville (Ky.) on Sept. 22.
• Team Offensive Leaders
o Scoring Offense: Robert Morris (Ill.) - 208 points
o Total Offense per Game: Southern Oregon - 585.7 yards per game
o Rushing Offense: William Penn (Iowa) - 1,480 yards
o Passing Offense: Saint Mary (Kan.) - 1,508 yards
o Turnover Margin: Tabor (Kan.) - 3.8 turnover margin
o First Downs per Game: Southern Oregon - 29.7 first downs per game
o Third Down Conversion: Faulkner (Ala.) - 60.7 percent
o Fourth Down Conversion: Five teams tied - 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.) - 31.8 yards per game
o Passing Defense per Game: Benedictine (Kan.) - 93.3 yards per game
o Sacks: Carroll (Mont.) - 19.0 total sacks
o Opponent Third Down Conversion: Mayville State (N.D.) - 13.9 percent
o Opponent Fourth Down Conversion: Langston (Okla.)/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