(RV) Kansas Wesleyan (2-2) at Southwestern (1-3)
About Kansas Wesleyan: The Coyotes scored 23 unanswered points, tying the game at 23 with 14:39 left, but came up just short as the No. 18 ranked Sterling College Warriors hit a 29-yard field goal to win one of the most exciting games of the KCAC season. Senior ATH Kelly Cordova went 11 of 35 for 151 yards, one interception, two sacks and ran the ball 11 times for 36 yards. Sophomore running back Jerrod Ferguson led the Coyotes rushing attack with 22 attempts for 130 yards, while senior running back Nate Ocran ran nine times for 42 yards and scored twice. Defensively, Kansas Wesleyan was led by senior linebacker Garret Updegraft who had 11 total tackles (seven solo, four assisted) and one forced fumble. Senior defensive lineman Christian McQueen recorded two sacks for 10 yards, six tackles for loss for 25 yards, and eight total tackles.
About Southwestern: Ending a six-game losing streak going back to the 2016 season and winning a home game for the first time in five tries, the Moundbuilders took down McPherson 45-17 on Saturday at Richard L. Jantz Stadium. Junior quarterback Christian Gordon slung the ball around going 22 of 33 for 254 yards and one touchdown, earing him KCAC Offensive Player of the Week. Freshman running back Keyshawn Wyatt ran the ball 10 times for 75 yards and two touchdowns, while senior running back Silas Jefferson and junior running back Mike'l Anderson both added a touchdown for Southwestern. Defensively, senior linebacker David Ashilonu led the Moundbuilders with 11 total tackles (four solo, seven assisted).
History: Kansas Wesleyan and Southwestern have met 62 times, in which the Builders lead the series 36-24-2. The last win for Southwestern came in the 2013-14 season where they beat the Coyotes, 24-14, in Winfield, Kan.
Ottawa (1-3) at Bethany (3-0)
About Ottawa: The Braves lost to (17) Tabor at Peoples Bank Field last Saturday, 41-10, moving them into a tie for fourth in the KCAC standings at 1-1 in conference play. Sophomore quarterback Connor Byers went 8 of 19 for 100 yards with one interception ran the ball 12 times for four yards and a touchdown. Freshman running back James Reeder ran the ball 26 times for 144 yards. Defensively, senior linebacker Jonathan Dawson led the Braves with eight total tackles (six solo, two assisted), while junior defensive back Jerrell Taylor added one breakup and an interception for 16 yards.
About Bethany: For the first time in Coach Hubbard's coaching era at Bethany, the Swedes are 3-0 after defeating Bethel College on Saturday in North Newton, Kan., 37-33, overcoming seven turnovers to win the game. Junior quarterback Isaiah Salazar went 11 of 23 for 80 yards, one touchdown, five interceptions and was sacked once. Freshman running back Aaron Knox ran the ball 31 times for 157 yards and one touchdown, while senior wide receiver Michael Wimberly caught two passes for 16 yards and one touchdown with one kickoff return for a touchdown. Defensively, junior linebacker Jau'marl Clark led the Swedes with eight total tackles (two solo, six assisted), while junior defensive back Javan Moore had two interceptions (one pick six), and two pass breakups.
History: The Braves should feel confident going into the game against the Swedes as Ottawa is 54-34-4 all time against Bethany, including 10-3 under head coach Kent Kessinger.
Saint Mary (1-3) at (17) Tabor (2-1)
About University of Saint Mary: The Spires lost to Friends University on Saturday, 35-19, falling to an 0-2 record in KCAC play. Junior quarterback Drew Cortez went 21 of 42 for 270 yards, one touchdown and three sacks. Senior running back Zach Hilliard ran the ball five times for 22 yards and two touchdowns while junior running back Josh Smith led the team with 10 rush attempts for 32 yards. Sophomore wide receiver Bryan Barnhart was the only receiver to score as he caught four balls for 43 yards. Defensively, junior linebacker Chandler Cocklin led the team with eight total tackles (seven solo, one assisted), one tackle for loss for eight yards, and a forced fumble.
About (17) Tabor: The Bluejays traveled to Ottawa, Kan. and took care of business as they defeated the Ottawa Braves, 41-10, to move to 2-0 in conference play. Senior quarterback Curry Parham, went 5 of 20 for 68 yards for one touchdown, one interception and ran the ball nine times for 54 yards and two touchdowns. Junior running back Drevion Cooper ran the ball 11 times for 133 yards, while senior running back Jason Logologo scored once on 10 attempts. Defensively, junior defensive lineman Evan Sprayberry led the team with 10 total tackles (six solo, four assisted), two sacks for 15 yards, and 3.5 tackles for loss for 16.5 yards.
History: The Bluejays are 8-3 over the Spires in the last 11 seasons, including a 31-10 victory last year. The last win for Saint Mary came in 2011 when they beat Tabor, 34-13.
Friends (1-3) at (19) Sterling (3-1)
About Friends: The Falcons went into the third quarter tied with Saint Mary but figured it out and scored 21 unanswered points powering them to a 35-19 win, their first win of the season. Senior quarterback Brennan Whitaker went 19 of 31 for 178 yards, one touchdown. Freshman running back Noah Diaz led the Falcons running game with 23 attempts for 123 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Friends put together an all-around team effort with senior linebacker Josh Lewis grabbing six solo tackles, one sack and two tackles for loss for seven yards. Junior cornerback Sherman Arthur recorded his team-leading third interception.
About Sterling College: In what could be one of the most exciting games of the season, Sterling's senior place kicker Michael Winstead hit a 29-yard last-second field goal to win the KCAC Radio Network Game of the Week last Saturday, 26-23. Sophomore quarterback Eric Butler went 19 of 31 for 203 yards, one touchdown and an interception. Sophomore running back Aaron Chisolm ran the ball eight times for 49 yards while senior wide receiver Richard Newell caught two passes for 86 yards and a touchdown. Defensively, senior defensive back Kenya Edner recorded 13 total tackles (eight solo, five assisted), and freshman defensive back Dwight Wilkerson recorded an interception on the night.
History: Friends is 10-2 over the past 12 seasons, winning last season's contest, 42-38, while Sterling won 30-19 in 2015 and 36-33 in 2014.