Kansas Wesleyan ranks No. 1 in The Newton Kansan/GateHouse Kansas KCAC Football Power Poll this week — where they have been for the past several weeks. This week is likely the week that the Coyotes will either run away with the title, or see it slip away.

 

Ranked No. 7 in the national coaching poll, the Coyotes will host Avila — ranked No. 2 in the power poll and No. 21 in the national coaching poll. While KWU is 8-0 with two games left, Avila is nipping at their heels at 7-1.

 

This one is for all the marbles. The top two offenses will meet — Kansas Wesleyan leads the KCAC in points per game (58.8) and yards per game (565,4) while Avila is second in points per game (41.5) and yards per game (505.3). Kansas Wesleyan also boasts the top defense in scoring per game (14.6) and total yards allowed per game (309.7) while Avila ranks fourth in scoring defense (29.5) and fourth in total yards allowed per game (407.1).

 

The game will be webcast by Kansas Wesleyan; a link to the game is available at kcacsports.com.

 

Conference player to watch

 

Grant Toergerson is a sophomore linebacker for Southwestern College who leads the Moundbuilders in tackles and tackles per game. He has posted 9.5 tackles for loss and two sacks in nine games this season.

 

A product of West Forsyth High School in Cumming, Georgia, the 5 foot, 10 inch 220 pound linebacker had 88 tackles as a freshman before making 83 stops in nine games so far this season, averaging 9.2 tackles per game. That puts him third in the conference, and 27th in the nation, in average tackles per game this season.

 

 

 

On the air

This week the KCAC game of the week on ESPN3 will feature the McPherson Bulldogs at the Sterling Warriors at 1:30 p.m. The KCAC Radio Network game of the week will pit the Southwestern Moundbuilders against the Saint Mary Spires at 1:30 p.m. Links can be found at kcacsports.com.

 

 

The Newton Kansan/GateHouse Kansas KCAC Football Power Poll

Rank; School; Records; KW; AVG score

1.; Kansas Wesleyan; (8-0, 9-0); LW 1; 11.00

2.; Avila; (7-1, 7-1); LW 2; 9.88

3.; Ottawa; (7-2, 7-2); LW 3; 9.13

4.; Southwestern; (5-3, 6-3); LW 4; 8.00

5.; Tabor; (4-4, 4-4); LW 6; 7.00

6.; McPherson; (3-5, 3-5); LW 5; 5.63

7.; Sterling; (3-5, 3-5); LW 7; 5.00

8.; Bethel; (2-6, 2-6); LW 8; 4.00

9.; Friends; (2-6, 2-7); LW 11; 2.63

10.; Bethany; (2-7, 2-8); LW 10; 2.00

11.; Saint Mary; (2-6, 2-6); LW 9; 1.75

 

 

 

 

 

Last week’s results

Ottawa 41, Southwestern 24

Friends 44, Saint Mary 38

Tabor 24, McPherson 0

Kansas Wesleyan 49, Bethel 19

Avila 33, Bethany 21

 

 

 

 

Standings

Kansas Wesleyan; 8-0, 8-0

Avila; 7-1, 7-1

Ottawa; 7-2, 7-2

Southwestern; 5-3, 6-3

Tabor; 4-4, 4-4

McPherson; 3-5, 3-5

Sterling; 3-5, 3-5

Bethel; 2-6, 2-6

Saint Mary; 2-6, 2-6

Friends; 2-6, 2-7

Bethany; 2-7, 2-8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This week’s games

Nov. 3

1:30 p.m. — Southwestern at Saint Mary (Stretch internet) (KCAC radio)

1:30 p.m. — Bethany at Tabor (Stretch internet)

1:30 p.m. — McPherson at Sterling (EPSN3)

1:30 p.m. — Bethel at Friends (Stretch internet)

1:30 p.m. — No. 21 Avila at No. 7 Kansas Wesleyan (Stretch internet)