There are no winless teams remaining in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference, as both Bethel and Friends put themselves in the win column last week, starting a shakeup of the bottom half of the Newton Kansan/GateHouse Kansas KCAC Football Power Poll.

Bethel and Friends leapfrogged Bethany in the polls.

Kansas Wesleyan has dominated the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference in football this season and they have become firmly entrenched as a unanimous No. 1 pick.

NAIA coaches have taken notice of the Coyotes as well, moving them to No. 10 in the national top 25.

Who is second in the conference at this time has become a mystery — power poll voters split that between Avila and Ottawa. Both teams have one loss this season — Ottawa’s loss came at the hands of Kansas Wesleyan, while Avila fell to Southwestern. This week Ottawa returned to the national top 25, slotted at 22nd. Avila received votes in the national poll.

 

Who to watch

This week, power poll participants identified Gary Jolivet of Bethel College as a player to watch. Pollsters pointed out the senior as a dangerous returner on kickoffs — with 325 return yards. But there is more to Jolivet than his special teams play.

 

A senior wide receiver, he has handled the transition to a new coaching staff and the flexbone offense well by taking the role of running back. If the line gets him to the edge with a little room, he is deadly. He is averaging 8.7 yards per carry and is tied for the team lead with four touchdowns. He torched McPherson for 120 yards and two touchdowns last week.

 

This week, Bethel will take on Saint Mary in the ESPN3 game of the week. The KCAC Radio Network game of the week will feature Tabor at Kansas Wesleyan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1; Kansas Wesleyan; (5-0, 6-0); LW 1;11.00

2.; Avila; (4-1, 4-1); LW 2; 9.45

2.; Ottawa; (5-1, 5-1); LW 3; 9.45

4.; Southwestern; (4-2, 5-2); LW 6; 7.73

5.; McPherson; (3-2, 3-2); LW 4; 6.73

6.; Sterling; (3-3, 3-3); LW 5; 6.55

7.; Tabor; (2-3, 2-3); LW 7;4.91

8.; Saint Mary; (1-4, 1-4); LW 8;3.45

9.; Bethel; (1-4, 1-4); LW 10; 3.36

10.; Friends; (1-5, 1-6); LW 11;1.91

11.; Bethany; (1-5, 1-6); LW 9; 1.45

 

Last week’s results

Southwestern 24, Tabor 7

Ottawa 48, Sterling 47

Friends 48, Bethany 34

Kansas Wesleyan 56, Saint Mary 0

Bethel 56, McPherson 42

 

 

 

This week’s games

Oct. 13

1 p.m. McPherson at 22 Ottawa (Ottawa webcast)

1:30 p.m. — Bethel at Saint Mary (ESPN 3)

1:30 p.m. — Tabor at 10 Kansas Wesleyan (Kansas Wesleyan webcast)(KCAC radio network)

1:30 p.m. — Sterling at Bethany (Bethany webcast)

1:30 p.m. — Friends at Avila

 

Standings

10 Kansas Wesleyan; 5-0, 6-0

22 Ottawa; 5-1, 5-1

Avila; 4-1, 4-1

Southwestern; 4-2, 5-2

McPherson; 3-2, 3-2

Sterling; 3-3, 3-3

Tabor; 2-3, 2-3

Bethel; 1-4, 1-4

Saint Mary; 1-4, 1-4

Bethany; 1-5, 1-6

Friends; 1-5, 1-6