NAIA Game of the Week
No. 9 Ottawa (Kan.) (7-2, 6-1 KCAC) at No. 16 Friends (Kan.) (7-2, 6-1 KCAC)
Saturday, Nov. 9 | 1:30 p.m. | Adair Austin Stadium | Wichita, Kan.
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• A pair of traditional powers in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) face off Saturday with conference title hopes on the line, as No. 9 Ottawa (Kan.) visits No. 16 Friends (Kan.). The two sides are currently tied with No. 18 Sterling (Kan.) atop the league with 6-1 records, while No. 14 Tabor (Kan.) rests one-game back at 5-2.
• Saturday marks the 60th all-time meeting between the two teams. Ottawa leads the all-time series 31-27-1 and has won four-straight games against the Falcons.
• Both Ottawa and Friends are 1-2 against teams currently ranked in the Coaches’ Poll. The Braves defeated then-No. 2 Missouri Valley on Sept. 14, 20-6, while Friends steamrolled then-unranked Sterling (Kan.), 31-0, on Sept. 21.
• Ottawa has won two-straight since losing at Sterling, 30-18, on Oct. 19. This past weekend, the Braves racked up 619 yards of total offense – the seventh most yards all-time in program history – en route to a 55-27 win over KCAC rival Kansas Wesleyan. Quarterback Michael Behr and tailback Luke Lundy highlighted the offense for Ottawa. Behr pace the squad with 393 yards of total offense, including a game-high 178 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 18 attempts. He also threw for 215 yards and two scores. Lundy was second on the team in rushing with 24 carries for 131 yards and a season-high three touchdowns.
• The Braves showcase one of the NAIA’s top offensive attacks, ranking among the top 10 nationally in scoring offense (4th; 406), scoring offense per game (5th; 45.1), rushing offense (5th; 2,290) and rushing offense per game (7th; 254.4). Ottawa’s 458.3 total yards per game average rests just outside of the top 10 at No. 12 in the NAIA.
• Ottawa has scored 40-or-more points in five games this season, including an 82-21 thrashing of Southwestern (Kan.) on Oct. 26.
• Behr and Lundy serve as the two key cogs in the Ottawa offense. Lundy ranks 10th in the NAIA this season with 1,147 rushing yards. The junior running back has rushed for more than 100 yards in seven-straight games and is averaging 145.7 yards and 1.9 touchdowns per game during the stretch. Lundy’s highlight performance of the season came against Saint Mary (Kan.) on Oct. 12, when he carried the ball 25 times for a season-high 172 yards and two touchdowns. Behr is a dual-threat quarterback that is averaging 249 total yards per game this season. He leads the team with 1,687 yards passing, while ranking second only to Lundy with 562 yards rushing. In total, Behr has accounted for 25 touchdowns – 17 passing and eight rushing – this year.
• Defensively, Ottawa is led by junior defensive lineman Deron Bruce, who leads the NAIA in tackles for loss (22.5) and sacks (12) this season. Bruce set a season-high with five tackles for loss, including three sacks, in the Braves’ week two win against Missouri Valley.
• As a unit, the Braves’ defense is allowing an average of 20.2 points and 398.7 total yards per game.
• Similarly to Ottawa, Friends enters the weekend riding a two-game winning streak. Last weekend, the Falcons defeated Bethel (Kan.), 47-10. Friends dominated the game from the opening kickoff, marching 75 yards on nine plays on the contest’s opening possession to take an early 7-0 lead and set the tone for the afternoon. The Falcons’ defense held Bethel to only 206 yards of total offense, including 63 on the ground, while the offense churned out 434 total yards. Quarterback Derek Racette led the team with 167 yards rushing and two touchdowns, while running back Thomas Hankerson raced for 163 yards and three scores.
• Friends boasts one of the NAIA’s top-ranked defenses, ranking among the top 10 in seven statistical categories – opponent third down conversion (1st; 23.9 percent), total defense per game (3rd; 271.6), pass defense efficiency (3rd; 89.8), sacks (5th; 28), rushing defense per game (5th; 98.3), opponent first downs (6th; 131) and scoring defense per game (8th; 17.1).
• Linebacker Marcus Carter, a first-team All-KCAC selection in 2012, leads the squad with 85 tackles, including 59 solo stops. He is fourth on the team in tackles for loss with eight, trailing Joshua Hicks (12.5 TFL), Jarrell Holland (11.5 TFL) and Mason Pauly (9.0 TFL). Carter is also second on the team with two interceptions.
• The Falcons feature a ground-and-pound style of offense that ranks seventh in the NAIA in total rushing offense (2,165) and eighth in rushing offense per game (240.6). In its last two games, Friends has totaled 784 yards of total offense with 685 yards coming from the ground game.
• Hankerson is the team’s leading rusher with 1,184 yards and 12 touchdowns on 239 attempts. He has ran for at least 145 yards in five of the last six games, including a career-high 268-yard effort against Southwestern on Sept. 28.
Note – Portions of this information was provided by the Ottawa and Friends Sports Information Departments
This Week Around the Top 25
• This week (Nov. 4 – 10) features 23 Top 25 team in action in addition to the two programs featured in the NAIA Game of the Week. Those contests include:
o (1) Morningside (Iowa) (8-0) at (19) Northwestern (Iowa) (6-2)
o Kentucky Christian (3-6) at (2) Cumberlands (Ky.) (8-0)
o William Penn (Iowa) (4-5) at (3) Grand View (Iowa) (9-0)
o (4) Benedictine (Kan.) (9-0) at (10) Missouri Valley (6-2)
o (7) Rocky Mountain (Mont.) (7-2) at (5) Carroll (Mont.) (8-1)
o (6) Baker (Kan.) (8-1) at Graceland (Iowa) (1-8)
o (8) Saint Francis (Ind.) (6-2) at Taylor (Ind.) (4-4)
o (11) St. Ambrose (Iowa) (6-2) at (20) St. Francis (Ill.) (6-3)
o Campbellsville (Ky.) (4-4) at (12) Faulkner (Ala.) (7-2)
o Evangel (Mo.) (3-5) at (13) Peru State (Neb.) (7-2)
o (14) Georgetown (Ky.) (5-3) at Union (Ky.) (3-6)
o Bethel (Kan.) (1-8) at (14) Tabor (Kan.) (7-2)
o Bluefield (Va.) (0-9) at (17) Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) (7-2)
o Southwestern (Kan.) (5-4) at (18) Sterling (Kan.) (7-2)
o Cumberland (Tenn.) (5-4) at (20) Reinhardt (Ga.) (5-3)
o Langston (Okla.) (4-4) at (22) Bacone (Okla.) (7-2)
o (RV) Trinity International (Ill.) (5-3) at (23) Saint Xavier (Ill.) (5-4)
o Siena Heights (Mich.) (4-5) at (24) Robert Morris (Ill.) (6-3)
o Eastern Oregon (4-5) at (25) Southern Oregon (6-3)
• Ranked teams finished last week with a 19-5 record:
o (1) Morningside (Iowa) (8-0) (V) def. (25) Concordia (Neb.) (6-3) (H), 48-31
o (2) Cumberlands (Ky.) (9-0) (V) def. Campbellsville (Ky.) (4-4) (H), 70-17
o (3) Grand View (Iowa) (9-0) (V) def. Waldorf (Iowa) (1-8) (H), 70-14
o (4) Benedictine (Kan.) (9-0) (H) def. Central Methodist (Mo.) (4-5) (V), 48-23
o (5) Carroll (Mont.) (8-1) (H) def. (20) Southern Oregon (6-3) (V), 48-30
o (6) Baker (Kan.) (8-1) (H) def. Evangel (Mo.) (3-5) (V), 54-10
o Bethany (Kan.) (2-7) (V) def. (7) Tabor (Kan.) (7-2) (H), 24-17
o (8) Rocky Mountain (Mont.) (7-2) (H) def. Montana Western (3-5) (V), 47-10
o (12) Missouri Valley (6-2) (V) def. (9) Peru State (Neb.) (7-2) (H), 21-14
o (10) Saint Francis (Ind.) (6-2) (H) def. Concordia (Mich.) (1-7) (V), 54-0
o (11) Ottawa (Kan.) (7-2) (H) def. Kansas Wesleyan (3-6) (V), 55-27
o (13) St. Ambrose (Iowa) (6-2) (H) def. (14) Saint Xavier (Ill.) (5-4) (V), 65-30
o (15) Faulkner (Ala.) (7-2) (V) def. Belhaven (Miss.) (2-7) (H), 66-14
o (16) Georgetown (Ky.) (5-3) (H) def. Bluefield (Va.) (0-9) (V), 49-7
o (17) Friends (Kan.) (7-2) (V) def. Bethel (Kan.) (1-8) (H), 47-10
o (18) Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) (7-2) (V) def. Union (Ky.) (3-6) (H), 72-9
o (19) Sterling (Kan.) (7-2) (V) def. McPherson (Kan.) (3-6) (H), 56-37
o (21) Northwestern (Iowa) (6-2) (H) def. Hastings (Neb.) (1-7) (V), 31-28
o (23) St. Francis (Ill.) (6-3) (V) def. Siena Heights (Mich.) (4-5) (H), 17-13
o (24) Bacone (Okla.) (7-2) (H) def. Oklahoma Baptist (3-6) (V), 41-38
• In last week’s NAIA Football Game of the Week, No. 12 Missouri Valley kept its Heart of America Athletic Conference championship hopes alive with a 21-14 win at No. 9 Peru State (Neb.). With the game tied 14-14 late in the fourth quarter, Missouri Valley quarterback Bruce Reyes connected on a 54-yard touchdown to Darrian Turk to lift the Vikings to the win. Reyes ended the game 19-for-31 for 326 yards and two touchdowns to pace the Missouri Valley offense. A bright spot for Peru State was fullback Ethan Bray, who eclipsed 1,000 yards rushing on the season. He ended the game with 114 yards on 29 carries. 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.) def. No. 15 Friends (Kan.), 20-19
o Week 9 (Oct. 25) – No. 3 Grand View (Iowa) def. No. 8 St. Ambrose (Iowa), 35-21
o Week 10 (Nov. 2) – No. 12 Missouri Valley def. No. 9 Peru State (Neb.), 21-14
o Week 11 (Nov. 9) – No. 9 Ottawa (Kan.) at No. 16 Friends (Kan.)
• For the second-consecutive week a top 10 team falls to an unranked opponent, as Bethany (Kan.), who entered the contest with only one victory on the year, knocked off No. 7 Tabor (Kan.), 24-17. Trailing 17-0 early in the second half, the Swedes scored 24 unanswered points en route to the win. Bethany outgained Tabor, 317-289, in the contest and held the Bluejays to only 80 yards passing.
• Morningside (Iowa), who was a unanimous selection for the eighth-straight week, continues its reign at No. 1 after improving to 8-0 with a 48-31 win over then-No. 25 Concordia (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 at No. 19 Northwestern (Iowa) – its second-consecutive road game against a ranked team
• No. 2 Cumberlands (Ky.) and No. 3 Grand View held its positions for the fifth-straight week, while No. 4 Benedictine (Kan.) and No. 5 Carroll (Mont.) round out the top five for the second-straight week after earning victories last weekend.
• No. 12 Faulkner (Ala.) and No. 20 St. Francis (Ill.) enjoyed the largest improvement within the Top 25 with a three-spot jump.
• Robert Morris (Ill.) earned the No. 24 ranking as the only newcomer this week. The Eagles, who were on a bye last weekend, replace previous No. 25 Concordia (Neb.) in the poll.
• To view the most recent 2013 NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, click here.
• Central States Football League – Langston (Okla.) (4-4, 3-0 CSFL) and No. 22 Bacone (7-2, 3-0 CSFL) tied atop the league … Bacone hosts Langston on Saturday.
• Frontier Conference – No. 5 Carroll (Mont.) (8-1, 7-1 FC) holds a one-game lead over No. 7 Rocky Mountain (Mont.) and No. 25 Southern Oregon, who currently rest at 6-2 in the league … Carroll hosts Rocky Mountain on Saturday
• Great Plains Athletic Conference – No. 1 Morningside (Iowa) (8-0, 7-0 GPAC) … the Mustangs hold a two-game lead over three teams … Morningside’s win against then-No. 25 Concordia (Neb.) secured at least a share of its third-straight conference title.
• Heart of America Athletic Conference – No. 5 Benedictine (Kan.) (9-0, 7-0 HAAC) … the Ravens are one game in front of No. 6 Baker (Kan.) (8-1, 6-1 HAAC) and No. 10 Missouri Valley (6-2, 6-1 HAAC) … Benedictine travels to Missouri Valley on Saturday
• Independent – No teams ranked in the latest Top 25 Poll.
• Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference – No. 9 Ottawa (Kan.) (7-2, 6-1 KCAC), No. 16 Friends (Kan.) (7-2, 6-1 KCAC) and No. 18 Sterling (Kan.) (7-2, 6-1 KCAC) … Friends hosts Ottawa on Saturday in the NAIA Football Game of the Week … Ottawa hosts Tabor on Nov. 16 … Sterling owns victories against Ottawa and Tabor … Friends has defeated Sterling.
• Mid-South Conference East Division – No. 2 Cumberlands (Ky.) (8-0, 4-0 MSCE) … Patriots hold a one-game lead over No. 14 Georgetown (Ky.), who they beat earlier this season 38-35 on Oct. 19.
• Mid-South Conference West Division – No. 20 Reinhardt (Ga.) (5-3, 4-0 MSCW) … Campbellsville (Ky.) (4-4, 3-0 MSCW) currently in second place … Reinhardt and Campbellsville face off on Nov. 16.
• Mid-States Football Association Mideast League – No. 20 St. Francis (Ill.) (6-3, 4-1 MSFAE) holds 0.5-game lead on No. 8 Saint Francis (Ind.) (6-2, 3-1 MSFAE) and Marian (Ind.) (5-4, 3-1 MSFAE) …Saint Francis plays Marian on Nov. 16
• Mid-States Football Association Midwest League – No. 3 Grand View (Iowa) (9-0, 5-0 MSFAW) … No. 11 St. Ambrose (Iowa) (6-2, 4-1 MSFAW) is one-game back … The Vikings defeated St. Ambrose, 35-21, on Oct. 26.
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 (0-9) 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 five-of-six to improve to 5-3 on the year and currently rests atop the Mid-South Conference West Division with a 4-0 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 106-31 career record. Morningside returns to action Saturday when they host No. 19 Northwestern (Iowa) Saturday.
• Eric Williamson of St. Ambrose (Iowa), Darius Hicks of Morningside (Iowa) and Chris Mayer of Southwestern (Kan.) 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 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 four remaining unbeaten teams – Grand View (9-0), Benedictine (Kan.) (9-0), Cumberlands (Ky.) (8-0) and Morningside (8-0).
• Three programs are currently winless – Wayland Baptist (Texas) (0-8), Bluefield (Va.) (0-9) and Warner (0-9).
• 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 Nov. 2)
• 2013 Team Offensive Leaders
o Scoring Offense per Game: Morningside (Iowa) – 54.4 points per game
o Total Offense per Game: Faulkner (Ala.) – 603.1 yards per game
o Rushing Offense per Game: Cumberlands (Ky.) – 352.0 yards per game
o Passing Offense per Game: Southern Oregon – 432.7 yards per game
o Turnover Margin per Game: Sterling (Kan.) – 2.2 turnovers per game
o First Downs per Game: Morningside (Iowa) – 32.1 first downs per game
o Third Down Conversion: Morningside (Iowa) – 55.4 percent (56-for-101)
o Fourth Down Conversion: Trinity International (Ill.) – 86.7 percent (13-for-15)
• 2013 Team Defensive Leaders
o Scoring Defense per Game: Missouri Valley – 12.5 points per game
o Total Defense per Game: Missouri Valley – 222.8 yards per game
o Rushing Defense per Game: Grand View (Iowa) – 62.9 yards per game
o Passing Defense per Game: Concordia (Neb.) – 136.3 yards per game
o Sacks: Grand View (Iowa) – 37.0 sacks
o Opponent Third Down Conversion: Friends (Kan.) (33-for-138)/Missouri Valley (27-for-113) – 23.9 percent
o Opponent Fourth Down Conversion: Kentucky Christian – 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