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NAIA Stands Ground Against NCAA Division I

September 20, 2013
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Competitive balance is something often talked about across the national sporting landscape, especially when it comes to football. During the first full week of the 2013 NAIA football season that balance swung in the favor of the NAIA, as Grand View (Iowa) and Pikeville (Ky.) notched victories against NCAA Division I Football Championship Series (FCS) schools. Both Grand View (2-0) and Pikeville (3-0) have continued that success with unbeaten starts to the year.

Game Capsules
Grand View 21, Drake (Iowa) 16
The Vikings, led by sophomore quarterback Derek Fulton, claimed their first-ever win over crosstown rival Drake (Iowa), 21-16, on August 29. On just its second play from scrimmage, Fulton connected with wide receiver Brady Roland for a 70-yard touchdown strike propelling Grand View to an early 7-0 lead. The Vikings never trailed throughout the 60 minutes of action.

Fulton finished the game 28-of-42 passing for a career-high 291 yards and one touchdown, while Roland immerged as his favorite target with 12 catches for 173 yards and a score.

Defensively, Grand View held Drake to 302 yards of total offense, including only 29 yards on the ground. Senior defensive back Joe Musselman paced the Vikings with 10 tackles (four solo), while sophomore linebacker Zach Hollier earned NAIA Football National Defensive Player of the Week honors after setting a career-high with eight tackles, including two tackles for loss and two sacks. He also had an interception and two forced fumbles.

For the complete game recap, click here.

Pikeville 13, Morehead State (Ky.) 10
Running back tandem Seth Millar and Marquis Terrell rushed for a combined 203 yards, respectively to help Pikeville defeat Morehead State (Ky.), 13-10, on August 29 at Jayne Stadium in Morehead, Ky. Millar paced the duo with 106 yards on 13 carries, including a 23-yard touchdown run with 2:48 left in the fourth quarter, while Terrell finished with 16 attempts for 97 yards and a score.

Defensively, the Bears forced three Eagle turnovers, which played a key role in the unit holding a Morehead State offense that averaged nearly 40 points per game a season ago to only 10. Defensive end Chris Watson tallied a career-high eight tackles (seven solo), including two tackles for loss and a sack to lead the squad.

Pikeville has ridden that momentum to a 3-0 start for the first time since the 2005 season.

For the complete game recap, click here.