NAIA Game of the Week
No. 13 Tabor (Kan.) (5-1, 3-1 KCAC) at No. 15 Friends (Kan.) (5-1, 4-0 KCAC)
Saturday, Oct. 19 | 3 p.m. CDT | Adair Austin Stadium | Wichita, Kan.
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• Saturday’s NAIA Football Game of the Week showcases No. 13 Tabor (Kan.) and No. 15 Friends (Kan.) in a key Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) contest. The Falcons are currently tied atop the KCAC standings with No. 8 Ottawa – a team neither squad has played yet this season – at 4-0, while Tabor rests one-game back at 3-1 in the league.
• This weekend’s contest marks the first meeting as ranked teams for the two sides, dating back to 1999.
• Since 2004, Friends owns a 6-3 record against Tabor, with all six victories coming consecutively from 2006 – 2011. The Bluejays snapped the losing streak last season with a dominating 31-3 win.
• Tabor and Friends have played three common opponents in Sterling (Kan.), Southwestern (Kan.) and Kansas Wesleyan. Both teams defeated Southwestern and Kansas Wesleyan, while Tabor dropped a 46-45 overtime decision to Sterling one week after Friends trounced the Warriors, 31-0.
• After losing the previously mentioned game against Sterling, Tabor has rebounded with back-to-back home victories against Southwestern and Kansas Wesleyan. The Bluejays average margin of victory between the two contests was 32.5 points per game, including a 26-point spread in their 54-28 win against the Coyotes last Saturday. Running backs James Monroe and Cody Coleman made up a majority of Tabor’s 584 yards of total offense, rushing for a combined 303 yards on 42 attempts. Monroe led the duo with 187 rushing yards – his fourth 150-plus yard rushing performance of the season.
• On the season, Monroe leads the Bluejays top-ranked rushing offense (2,016 total rushing yards) with 850 rushing yards – fifth in the NAIA – and eight touchdowns. His 141.7 rushing yards per game is sixth nationally. Monroe, who has eclipsed 185 yards rushing in three games this season, set a season-high with 189 yards on 34 carries against Sterling on Sept. 28. His career-best was set last season against Kansas Wesleyan on Oct. 6, 2012, when the then-junior raced for 192 yards.
• Outside of Monroe, backup tailback Cody Coleman and quarterbacks Ryan Nelson and Simon McKee are key players in the offense. Coleman is second on the team in rushing with 362 yards and three touchdowns, while McKee rests third with 169 yards and three scores. Nelson is the squad’s leading passer, throwing for 399 yards on 25-of-41 attempts (61.0 percent) in three games.
• On the defensive side, Tabor ranks 13th nationally in scoring defense per game (19.2) and 22nd in total defense per game (337.5). Defensive back Anthony Daniel leads the team with 41 tackles (32 solo), while defensive lineman Terach Antoine is second with 38 (29 solo), including a team-high 12 tackles for loss – eighth nationally.
• The Bluejays are 1-1 in road games this season.
• Friends enters the weekend riding a four-game win streak – all against KCAC teams. The Falcons lone loss this season came against No. 5 Benedictine (Kan.), 28-15, on Sept. 14. Since that loss, Friends has outscored its opponents by a combined score of 146-55, including a dominating 34-3 win against McPherson (Kan.) last Saturday.
• The Falcons showcase a balanced offensive attack that ranks 24th in total offense per game (417.8) and 11th in rushing offense (229.7 per game). Tailback Thomas Hankerson has received the bulk of the carries this season, racing to a team-high 839 yards – sixth nationally – and eight touchdowns. He has run for more than 175 yards in three-straight games, including a career-high 268 yards and three touchdowns against Southwestern on Sept. 28.
• Quarterback Aaron Hansen leads the Friends aerial attack with 1,109 yards passing and seven touchdowns this season. Wide receiver Chris Allen has emerged as his favorite target with 29 catches for 570 yards and two scores.
• A strong defensive effort has played into much of the Falcons’ success this season, as they rank among the top 10 nationally in opponent third down conversion (2nd; 22.6 percent), pass defense efficiency (4th; 91.0), total defense per game (4th; 262.2), rushing defense per game (5th; 76.0), opponent first downs (5th; 79) and scoring defense per game (7th; 17.3).
• Linebacker Marcus Carter owns eight-or-more tackles in four games this season en route to a program-best 57 tackles (39 solo). He is also tied for third with five tackles for loss, including one sack.
Note – Portions of this information was provided by the Friends and Tabor Sports Information Departments
This Week Around the Top 25
• This week (Oct. 14 – 20) features 22 Top 25 teams in action in addition to the two programs featured in the NAIA Game of the Week. Those contests include:
o (1) Morningside (Iowa) (5-0) at (RV) Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) (4-2)
o (11) Georgetown (Ky.) (3-2) at (2) Cumberlands (Ky.) (5-0)
o (23) Trinity International (Ill.) (4-2) at (3) Grand View (Iowa) (6-0)
o (4) Saint Francis (Ind.) (4-1) at (20) St. Francis (Ill.) (4-2)
o MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) (1-4) at (5) Benedictine (Kan.) (6-0)
o Evangel (Mo.) (2-3) at (6) Missouri Valley (4-1)
o (7) Carroll (Mont.) (5-1) at (RV) Montana Western (3-2)
o (8) Ottawa (Kan.) (5-1) at (RV) Sterling (Kan.) (4-2)
o Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) (1-5) at (9) St. Ambrose (Iowa) (4-1)
o Central Methodist (Mo.) (4-2) at (10) Baker (Kan.) (5-1)
o Eastern Oregon (2-4) at (12) Rocky Mountain (Mont.) (5-1)
o (13) Tabor (Kan.) (5-1) at (15) Friends (Kan.) (5-1)
o (14) Concordia (Neb.) (6-0) at (RV) Northwestern (Iowa) (3-2)
o Culver-Stockton (Mo.) (0-6) at (16) Peru State (Neb.) (5-1)
o (17) Saint Xavier (Ill.) (3-3) at Waldorf (Iowa) (1-5)
o (18) Montana State-Northern (4-2) at (RV) Southern Oregon (3-3)
o (19) Faulkner (Ala.) (4-2) at (25) Cumberland (Tenn.) (4-2)
o (21) Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) – Bye Week
o Gustavus Adolphus College at (22) Valley City State (N.D.) (4-2)
o Belhaven (Miss.) (2-4) at (24) Reinhardt (Ga.) (4-2)
• Ranked teams finished last week with a 15-6 record:
o (1) Morningside (Iowa) (5-0) (H) def. Hastings (Neb.) (1-5) (V), 44-3
o (3) Grand View (Iowa) (6-0) (V) def. Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) (1-5) (H), 48-17
o (4) Saint Francis (Ind.) (4-1) (H) def. (10) Saint Xavier (Ill.) (3-3) (V), 45-20
o (5) Benedictine (Kan.) (6-0) (V) def. Avila (Mo.) (2-4) (H), 62-37
o (6) Missouri Valley (4-1) (V) def. Graceland (Iowa) (1-5) (H), 35-7
o (7) Carroll (Mont.) (5-1) (H) def. Dickinson State (N.D.) (1-6) (V), 42-7
o (8) Ottawa (Kan.) (5-1) (H) def. Saint Mary (Kan.) (3-3) (V), 63-17
o (9) St. Ambrose (Iowa) (4-1) (H) def. (21) Trinity International (Ill.) (4-2) (V), 31-28
o (11) Baker (Kan.) (5-1) (V) def. Culver-Stockton (Mo.) (0-6) (H), 39-0
o (12) Georgetown (Ky.) (3-2) (H) def. (RV) Campbellsville (Ky.) (3-3) (V), 19-14
o (14) Tabor (Kan.) (5-1) (H) def. Kansas Wesleyan (1-5) (V), 54-28
o (15) Concordia (Neb.) (6-0) (H) def. (22) Nebraska Wesleyan (3-3) (V), 19-3
o Mayville State (N.D.) (2-3) (H) def. (16) Valley City State (N.D.) (4-2) (V), 14-9
o Kentucky Christian (3-4) (V) def. (17) Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) (5-2) (H), 22-14
o (17) Friends (Kan.) (5-1) (H) def. McPherson (Kan.) (3-3) (V), 34-3
o (19) Peru State (Neb.) (5-1) (V) def. MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) (1-4) (H), 41-38 (OT)
o Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) (4-2) (V) def. (20) Doane (Neb.) (3-3) (H), 31-20
o (25) St. Francis (Ill.) (4-2) (H) def. (RV) Robert Morris (Ill.) (4-3) (V), 28-25
• In last week’s NAIA Football Game of the Week, No. 15 Concordia (Neb.) continued its unbeaten streak with a 19-3 victory over Great Plains Athletic Conference rival No. 22 Nebraska Wesleyan. The Bulldogs seized the momentum early in the game when safety Darnell Woods blocked a 19-yard field goal attempt after a high snap threw off the play’s timing. With approximately two minutes remaining before halftime, quarterback Von Thomas threw his first of two touchdowns – a 13-yard strike to Brian Serra – to give Concordia a 13-3 lead at the break. Thomas’ second score came midway through the third quarter. Defense highlighted the day for Concordia, who held the Prairie Wolves to 250 total yards – 142 on the ground – and allowed them to convert only 3-of-12 (25 percent) third downs. For the complete recap, click here.
• NAIA Football Game of the Week Composite Results
o Week 1 (Aug. 31) – No. 16 William Penn (Iowa) def. No. 9 Bethel (Tenn.), 34-8
o Week 2 (Sept. 7) – No. 4 Saint Xavier (Ill.) def. No. 2 Marian (Ind.), 31-24 (OT)
o Week 3 (Sept. 14) – No. 20 Doane (Neb.) def. No. 13 Northwestern (Iowa), 34-27
o Week 4 (Sept. 21) – No. 4 Carroll (Mont.) def. No. 19 Rocky Mountain (Mont.), 24-17
o Week 5 (Sept. 28) – No. 10 Benedictine (Kan.) def. No. 24 Peru State (Neb.), 45-41
o Week 6 (Oct. 5) – No. 4 Grand View (Iowa) def. No. 3 Saint Xavier (Ill.), 48-21
o Week 7 (Oct. 12) – No. 15 Concordia (Neb.) def. No. 22 Nebraska Wesleyan, 19-3
o Week 8 (Oct. 19) – No. 13 Tabor (Kan.) at No. 15 Friends (Kan.)
• Three unranked teams knocked off ranked opponents last week:
o Mayville State (N.D.) def. No. 16 Valley City State (N.D.), 14-9 – The win is the first in the series for the Comets since 1998. Mayville State running back Dominique Bradley highlighted the day, rushing for a season-high 126 yards and two touchdowns on 22 attempts. Defensively, the Comets held Valley City State under 150 yards passing for the first time this season.
o Kentucky Christian def. No. 17 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.), 22-14 – The loss is the second-straight for the Blue Raiders after starting the season 5-0. The Knights forced six Lindsey Wilson turnovers, including three interceptions, en route to the win. Kentucky Christian trailed 14-9 entering the fourth quarter, but recorded 13 unanswered points in the final frame.
o Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) def. No. 20 Doane (Neb.), 31-20 – The victory is Dakota Wesleyan’s second-straight victory against a 20th-ranked Doane squad. The Tigers outscored Doane 24-6 in the second half, including a 17-0 spread in the fourth, to escape with the win. Previously, Doane had won 11 of its last 12 home games. Francois Barnaud led the charge for Dakota Wesleyan, carrying the ball 24 times for 149 yards and a touchdown.
• Morningside (Iowa), who was a unanimous selection for the fifth-straight week, continues its reign at No. 1 after improving to 5-0 with a 44-3 win over Hastings (Neb.) last Saturday. The Mustangs are looking to become the first team to last the entire season at No. 1 since former member and Great Plains Athletic Conference rival Sioux Falls (S.D.) accomplished the feat in 2009. Morningside returns to action Saturday against Dakota Wesleyan.
• In addition to Morningside, nine out of the top 10 teams remained unchanged from the previous Coaches’ Poll. The lone newcomer was Baker (Kan.), who claimed the No. 10 spot after improving to 5-1 with a 39-0 victory at Culver-Stockton (Mo.).
• Previous No. 10 Saint Xavier (Ill.) dropped seven places to No. 17 this week, marking the first time the Cougars have been ranked outside of the Top 10 since Sept. 21, 2009 – a string of 54-straight polls.
• No. 24 Reinhardt (Ga.) and No. 25 Cumberland (Tenn.), who both boast 4-2 records on the season, are this week’s newcomers. The Eagles – one of the NAIA’s three new programs in 2013 – have won four-straight en route to the program’s first-ever Top 25 mention, while Cumberland was previously ranked in the preseason edition.
• To view the most recent 2013 NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, click here.
For the Record
• Rocky Mountain (Mont.) and Jamestown (N.D.) were the first college football teams to play a regular season game in 2013, as the two sides squared off August 23 at Connors Stadium in Miles City, Mont. Quarterback Bryce Baker tossed three touchdowns to rally the Battlin’ Bears to a 34-20 victory. Baker passed for 265 of Rocky Mountain’s 495 yards of total offense. He also rushed for one score.
• Three new programs made their NAIA debut in 2013 – Warner (Fla.), Oklahoma Baptist and Reinhardt (Ga.). Warner (0-7) is currently winless of the season. Oklahoma Baptist, who is playing in its first football season since 1940, picked up its first win on Oct. 12 against NCAA Division III Southwestern (Texas), 42-21. Reinhardt has won four-straight to improve to 4-2 on the year and currently rests tied atop the Mid-South Conference West Division with a 2-0 mark in the league.
• Future NAIA football programs are: College of Idaho (2014), Missouri Baptist (2014), Southeastern (Fla.) (2014), Arizona Christian (2014) and Lyon (Ark.) (2015). Since 2008, the NAIA has added 16 varsity programs (portions of this information from the National Football Foundation).
• Concordia (Mich.) earned its first-ever varsity program win when they knocked off NCAA Division III Alfred State (N.Y.), 35-21, on Sept. 14. The Cardinals began varsity football in 2011.
• Morningside (Iowa) head coach Steve Ryan notched his 100th career victory when his top-ranked Mustangs defeated Nebraska Wesleyan, 48-10, on Sept. 14. Ryan, who is in his 12th season, currently ranks 10th on the NAIA’s active coaching wins list with a 103-31 career record. Morningside returns to action Saturday when they travel to Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.).
• Owen Cole of Tabor (Kan.), Cameron Fore of Benedictine (Kan.) and Andrew Stewart of Kentucky Christian were named as this week’s NAIA National Football Players of the Week. To read the complete release, click here.
• Grand View (Iowa) and Pikeville (Ky.) earned week-one victories against NCAA Division I FCS opponents. Grand View, whose win is its first-ever against a NCAA Division I school, knocked off Drake (Iowa), 21-16. Viking quarterback Derek Fulton had a career day, completing 26-of-40 passes for 291 yards and one touchdown en route to the win. Propelled by 100-yard efforts by Seth Millar and Marquis Terrell, Pikeville took down Morehead State (Ky.), 13-10. Both sides finished with 300-plus yards of total offense, but three Morehead State turnovers played a key role in Pikeville’s season-opening victory.
• There are five remaining unbeaten teams – Grand View (6-0), Benedictine (Kan.) (6-0), Concordia (Neb.) (6-0), Cumberlands (Ky.) (5-0) and Morningside (5-0).
• Six programs are currently winless.
• In possibly the NAIA’s most impressive offensive performance of the season, Faulkner (Ala.) set the national single-game high for the season with 712 yards of total offense in its 55-31 upset win against then-No. 5 Georgetown (Ky.) on Oct. 5. Eagles’ quarterback Josh Hollingsworth, who owns the NAIA single-game record with 637 passing yards against Union (Ky.) in 2011, threw for a season-high 503 yards in the contest. Thirty-five of Faulkner’s 55 points were scored in the third quarter as both sides combined for 63 points in the period. For the complete release, click here.
National Statistics (through games played on Oct. 12)
• 2013 Team Offensive Leaders
o Scoring Offense per Game: Southern Oregon – 53.0 points per game
o Total Offense per Game: Faulkner (Ala.) – 600.7 yards per game
o Rushing Offense per Game: Cumberlands (Ky.) – 380.4 yards per game
o Passing Offense per Game: Southern Oregon – 421.5 yards per game
o Turnover Margin per Game: Sterling (Kan.) – 2.3 turnovers per game
o First Downs per Game: Morningside (Iowa) – 32.0 first downs per game
o Third Down Conversion: Morningside (Iowa) – 56.1 percent (37-for-66)
o Fourth Down Conversion: Taylor (Ind.) – 100 percent (2-for-2)
• 2013 Team Defensive Leaders
o Scoring Defense per Game: Concordia (Neb.) – 8.8 points per game
o Total Defense per Game: Missouri Valley – 236.0 yards per game
o Rushing Defense per Game: Peru State (Neb.) – 63.2 yards per game
o Passing Defense per Game: Morningside (Iowa) – 118.6 yards per game
o Sacks: Faulkner (Ala.) – 28.0 sacks
o Opponent Third Down Conversion: Missouri Valley – 21.5 percent (14-for-65)
o Opponent Fourth Down Conversion: Belhaven (Miss.)/Waldorf (Iowa) – 14.3 percent (2-for-14)
• For a complete look at the 2013 NAIA statistical leaders, click here.
Looking Ahead to the National Championship
The 58th annual NAIA Football National Championship will take place at Barron Stadium in Rome, Ga., for the sixth-straight season. The 2013 championship will be contested Dec. 21 at 4:30 p.m. EDT. The NAIA Football Championship Series is scheduled for Nov. 23, 30 and Dec. 7 at campus sites.
NAIA Football National Championship Visitor Information – Click HERE