Avila Eagles

3-8, 1-4 HAAC West

Coach — Marc Benavides (first season, 0-0 career)

Players to watch — Tristan Askan QB, Anthony Asante RB, Theo Berry WR, Malik Dungee WR, Jamad Thomas LB, Lance Lewis DB.

Notes — The Eagles join the KCAC after years in the Heart of American Athletic Conference. Avila lost to three NAIA top 25 teams, two in conference play.

Bethany Swedes

5-5, 4-5 KCAC

Coach — Paul Hubbard (fourth season, 9-23 at school and career)

Players to watch — Isaiah Salazar QB, Dalton Goodwin WR, Michael Milborne WR, Jafar Thomas WR, Paul Garza WR, Hunter Coronel OL, Marcus Horduno OL, Cooper Burkhart OL, Dahari Gray DL, Mickey Stewart Jr. DL, Salveccio James DL, Greg Harvey LB, Zach Reddin LB, Oscar Scott LB, Javan Moore DB, Rhett Mizer DB, Deauntre Roberts DB.

Notes — After a 4-0 start, including a win over Briar Cliff from the GPAC, Bethany lost five of its last six games.

Friends Falcons

4-7, 4-5 KCAC

Coach — Dion Menely (second season, 4-7 at school and career).

Players to watch — Brennan Whitaker QB, Dan Dawdy QB, Brock Johnston OL, Jacob Kerby OL, Noah Diaz RB, Blakr Crandall WR, Blair Perry WR, Jordan Brookins DT, C.J. Pore DE, Desean McKinnon DB, Sherman Arthur DB.

Local player — Justin Biehler, Walton.

Notes — Six of the Falcons losses last season were by two touchdowns or less. The Falcons got off to an 0-3 start, finishing 4-4 with alternate wins and losses.

Kansas Wesleyan Coyotes

8-3, 7-2 KCAC

Coach — Matt Drinkall (fifth season, 29-16 at school and career).

Players to watch — Eli Smith OL, Dakota Best OL, Demarco Prewitt RB, Jerrod Ferguson RB, Trenton Poe-Evans WR, Josh Davis DL, Brad Coombs DL, Pierce Williams LB, Warren Singeltary LB, Jacob Griese LB, Javaughn Codin DB, Zerium Jackson DB, Bryan Pascual DB, Jhonatan Morales K.

Notes — The Coyotes are ranked 21st in the NAIA pre-season poll. After a 2-2 start, KWU won six of its last seven, but was still knocked off its playoff bubble.

McPherson Bulldogs

3-7, 2-7 KCAC

Coach — Paul Mierkiewicz (fourth season, 4-27 at McPherson, 73-91 career).

Players to watch — Armond McCray RB, Corey Davis RB, Ed Crouch QB, Jake Tiernan QB, Jackson Goodmiller WR, Desmond Anderson WR, Dominic DeLuca LB, Isaiah Hill LB, Charles Tisby, DL.

Local player — Bradley Cooprider, Burrton.

Notes — After a 3-3 start, McPherson ended the season on a four-game losing streak. The Bulldogs see most of its offensive skill players return.

Ottawa Braves

3-8, 3-6 KCAC

Coach — Kent Kessinger (14th season, 88-64 at Ottawa and career).

Players to watch — James Reeder RB, Rodney Latham DB, Marcus Fenderson DB, Nicholas Rodriguez K-P.

Notes — Ottawa lost four of its last five games last year. The Braves report six offensive and seven defensive starters back from last season.

Saint Mary Spires

4-7, 3-6 KCAC

Coach — Jay Osborne (fourth season, 14-25 at school and career).

Players to watch — Rhyler Estenbaum RB, Ben Harvey RB, Drew Cortez QB, Bryan Barnhart WR, Tae Turner WR, Chandler Conklin LB, Nicholas Holmes DB.

Notes — After a 1-4 start, Saint Mary won three of its last five games. The Spires return most of its offensive firepower.

Southwestern Moundbuilders

5-6, 5-4 KCAC

Coach — Brad Griffin (third season, 10-22 at Southwestern and career).

Players to watch — Donny Ebanks WR, Christian Gordon QB, Mason McDowell OL, Marcus Miyatake OL, Paxton Noll TE, Dustin Rivera OL, Tanner Spencer WR, Y. John Smith III OL, Yancey Vanosdell OL, Keyshawn Wyatt RB, Travon Crockett DB, Zack Gray DL, David Matthews DL, Grant Newton DL, Grant Torgerson LB.

Notes — Southwestern was the most improved team in the conference from 2016 to 2017 and is poised to continue that improvement in 2018 with most of its offensive weapons back. The Moundbuilders did graduate most of its defense. After a 1-6 start, Southwestern won its last four games.

Sterling Warriors

9-3, 8-1 KCAC

Coach — Chase Hansen (first season, 0-0 at school and career).

Players to watch — Darryl Terrell WR, Eric Butler QB, Rigo Guzman OL, Vinnie Haider DL.

Local players — Greer Chandler, Sedgwick; Nicholas Parga, Newton.

Notes — Ranked 17th in the NAIA pre-season poll, Bethel grad Chase Hansen takes over as the Warrior coach. The Warriors won a share of the KCAC title last season, losing to third-ranked Morningside 63-7 in the playoffs.

Tabor Bluejays

8-2, 8-1 KCAC

Coach — Mike Gardner (10th season, 79-32 at school, 104-50 career).

Players to watch — Devion Cooper RB, Brad Kistner LB, Kaleb Neuschafer LB, Elvin Turner LB.

Notes — The Bluejays tied with Sterling for the conference title, but lost the tie-breaker to Sterling and also fell off the playoff bubble. The Bluejays are ranked 18th in the NAIA pre-season poll. Tabor ended the season on a five-game winning streak.