Friends (0-3, 0-1) at Saint Mary (1-2, 0-1)
About Friends: Friends lost a 3OT thriller to Ottawa University on Sept. 16, 34-28 as the Falcons fall to an 0-1 start to their KCAC conference play. Senior quarterback Brennan Whitaker went 17-of-34 for 186 yards and three touchdowns while rushing seven times for 12 yards. Freshman running back Noah Diaz rushed 16 times for 184 yards and one touchdown, his longest rush was an 81-yard run. Diaz was also a force in the receiving game as he caught nine balls for 70 yards with one touchdown. Defensively, two different Falcons had 13 tackles, senior linebacker Josh Lewis and junior linebacker Flozell Nipper. Lewis had nine assisted tackles and four solo while getting half a tackle for loss (0.5) for two and a half yards (2.5) and one fumble recovery. Nipper had seven assisted tackles and six solo and one tackle for loss for two yards.
About Saint Mary: After three weather delays during the game, the Spires lost their home opener to Kansas Wesleyan 43-10 to open KCAC conference play 0-1. Junior quarterback Drew Cortez went 22-of-46 for 280 yards, one touchdown, two interceptions and two sacks. Junior running back Josh Smith had a team high 14 rushes, running for 57 yards. Defensively, junior linebacker Chandler Cocklin led the team with nine total tackles, eight assisted and one solo.
History: Dating back to 2004, the record has been lopsided towards Friends as the Spires have only won 4 games with two coming the past two years and the only other two wins coming in 2010 and 2011.
(17) Tabor (1-1, 1-0) at Ottawa (1-2, 1-0)
About Tabor: After 11 minutes of game time played, a 17 hour lightning delay, the game resumed at 2 p.m. on Sunday, the Bluejays beat the Threshers 53-0 to move to 1-0 in KCAC conference play. Senior quarterback Curry Parham had himself a day going 21-of-33 for 240 yards and three touchdowns while also being the second leading rusher on the team, running the ball 12 times for 37 yards and one touchdown. Tabor's leading rusher was junior running back Ontre'Von Cooper, running the ball 14 times for 62 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, the leading tackler was senior defensive lineman DiMitri Bowie, who had six total tackles (four assisted and two solo) and had two and a half tackles for loss (2.5) for five yards.
About Ottawa: The Braves pulled out a 3OT thriller in Wichita, Kan. on the 16th, beating Friends 34-28 while moving to 1-0 in KCAC conference play. Sophomore quarterback Connor Byers went 20-of-31 for 173 yards and three touchdowns, while running the ball 23 times for 78 yards. The leading rusher for Ottawa was junior running back Ethan Paul-Davis, who ran 17 times for 122 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, junior defensive back Marcus Fenderson had eight total tackles (five solo and three assisted), one tackle for loss for three yards and two fumble returns.
History: Ottawa and Tabor has mostly been a one-sided affair for the series history as the Braves have gone 28-10 and 7-6 under Coach Kessinger's coaching tenure.
(18) Sterling (2-1, 1-0) at (24) Kansas Wesleyan (2-1, 1-0)
About Sterling: Every quarter, Sterling scored a touchdown while holding Southwestern to only two, as the Warriors won their first game in the conference, 28-14 to move to 2-1 on the season. Sophomore quarterback Eric Butler was the leading rusher and passer for the Warriors as he went 8-of-19 for 123 yards, and one interception. Butler also ran the ball 29 times for 105 yards and one touchdown. Sophomore defensive back Darryl Terrell and sophomore running back Aaron Chisolm also added one touchdown each in the rushing game for the Warriors. Defensively, senior linebacker Swain Williams accumulated 10 total tackles (six solo and four assisted), while getting 2.5 tackles for a loss of 6.5 yards, also had an interception.
About Kansas Wesleyan: The Coyotes handled Saint Mary, 43-10 in the conference opener starting off the season 2-1 and 1-0 in conference play. Senior quarterback Kelly Cordova threw the ball all over the place on Saturday going 26-of-38 for 346 yards and four touchdowns. Sophomore running back Jarrod Ferguson led the rushing attack running 12 times for 42 yards. Senior running back Nate Ocran led the running backs for Kansas Wesleyan and scored twice during the game. Defensively, senior defensive lineman Kretien Webb accumulated seven total tackles (four solo and three assisted), one sack for a loss of four yards, one tackle for loss for four yards and one fumble recovery.
History: Since 2005, Kansas Wesleyan has only beaten Sterling three times in 2011, 2012 and 2015.
McPherson (1-1, 0-1) at Southwestern (0-3, 0-1)
About McPherson: The Bulldogs lost to Bethany a passing display, 57-43, to a 0-1 record in conference play. Junior quarterback Ed Crouch went 23-of-38 for 425 yards and had four touchdowns while running the ball 15 times for 49 yards, and one touchdown for five overall touchdowns on the day. Freshman running back Corey Davis ran the ball 15 times for 92 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, junior linebacker Dominic DeLuca, dominated the Bulldogs defense with 16 total tackles to lead McPherson with nine solo and seven assisted.
About Southwestern: The Moundbuilders fell in a tough game to Sterling, 28-14, to move to an 0-1 record in conference play. Junior quarterback Christian Gordon went 14-of-35 for 183 yards, one touchdown, two interceptions and was sacked twice. Senior running back Silas Jefferson, the Moundbuilders by running steered the ball 14 times for 53 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, freshman linebacker Grant Torgerson led Southwestern with 12 total tackles (eight solo and four assisted).
History: Southwestern lost last seasons game, 27-20 and are 4-8 dating back to the 2005-2006 season.