Saint Mary (1-1) at (RV) Avila (3-0)
(KCAC ESPN3 Game of the Week)
About University of Saint Mary: Saint Mary had a bye week in week 4. When they last played, the Spires lost a hard fought battle to the Ottawa Braves on the road (Sept. 8). The passing game carried the offense for Saint Mary that day, as quarterback Drew Cortez went 15-31 for 257 yards and three touchdowns, along with one interception. One of his favorite targets that day was sophomore running back Rhyler Estenbaum who tallied three catches for 84 yards and a touchdown, including a 72-yard touchdown in the second quarter. The Spire defense was led by sophomore linebacker Hennessey Thomas who recorded nine tackles, two tackles for loss, and a fumble recovery.
About Avila University: Avila won a tough road contest against Bethel 35-29 in week 4, moving to 3-0 for only the second time in school history (2014). Quarterback John Jacobs III once again led the offensive charge for the Eagles, going 9-26 for 151 yards and a touchdown in the passing game. Jacobs also led the rushing attack, running the ball 24 times for 96 yards and three touchdowns. Wide receiver Theo Berry once again had a big day for the Eagle receiving corps, catching the ball five times for 76 yards and a touchdown. Junior defensive back Ryon Holmes set the tone for the Avila defense, recording eight tackles and an interception.
History: This is the first matchup between Saint Mary and Avila in football.
Ottawa (3-0) at #14 Kansas Wesleyan (3-0)
About Ottawa University: Ottawa fought off a late-game charge from the Bethany Swedes to win 42-35, moving to 3-0 on the season. Ottawa's running game came through for them in this matchup, as sophomore James Reeder and freshman Corben Chambers both had big days. Reeder rushed the ball 23 times for 114 yards and a touchdown, and Chambers had 21 carries for 101 yards and a touchdown. Sophomore defensive tackle Jacob Garcia was a major force for the Ottawa defense, recording five total tackles and three sacks.
About Kansas Wesleyan University: Kansas Wesleyan's balanced offensive attack helped lead them to a 42-7 victory over the Sterling Warriors on Saturday. Quarterback Johnny Feauto had an productive day, going 12 of 20 for 241 yards and four touchdowns. Running back Demarco Prewitt led the Coyote running game, rushing the ball 24 times for 167 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, KCAC Defensive Player of the Week Brad Coombs recorded nine tackles to lead the KWU defense.
History: Kansas Wesleyan and Ottawa have had a competitive series since 2005, with the Braves leading the series 7-6. Kansas Wesleyan won last year's game in Ottawa, 50-24.
Bethany (1-3) at Southwestern (2-2)
About Bethany College: Bethany almost pulled off a major comeback against Ottawa on Saturday, scoring twice in the final eight minutes, but fell short by the score of 42-35. Quarterback Isaiah Salazar certainly did his part against the Braves, going 24 of 41 for 377 yards and five touchdowns. Bethany had three players (Dalton Goodwin, Jafar Thomas, and Peter Garza) eclipse the 100-yard mark for receiving on the day. Bethany's defense was once again led by senior defensive back Rhett Mizer, who tallied 13 total tackles.
About Southwestern College: Southwestern College and McPherson College faced off in a high-octane offensive battle, but the Moundbuilders came out on the losing end, falling to the Bulldogs 45-35. Running back Keyshawn Wyatt had a huge day for Southwestern, rushing the ball 23 times for 180 yards and three touchdowns. Junior wide receiver Edrick Gonzales was a big target in the Southwestern passing game, catching the ball nine times for 135 yards and a touchdown. Grant Torgerson (12 total tackles, 3 TFL) had a great game for the Moundbuilder defense.
History: Since 2005, the Moundbuilders have an advantage in the series, going 7-6 against the Swedes. Last season, Southwestern won 28-14 in Winfield.
Friends (0–4) at Sterling (1-2)
(KCAC Radio Network Game of the Week)
About Friends University: The Falcons' passing game had a big day, but struggled to find the end zone in a 28-7 loss to Tabor. Quarterback Dan Dawdy went 28-55 for 303 yards and a touchdown, but gave up three interceptions to a tough Tabor defense. Junior tight end Datryan Evans provided an extra dimension for the Friends passing attack, catching the ball six times for 97 yards. Senior defensive back Desean McKinnon recorded 11 total tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss for the Falcon defense.
About Sterling College: Sterling faced an explosive Kansas Wesleyan team on Saturday and couldn't match their firepower, losing 42-7. Quarterback Eric Butler led the Warriors' passing (8-20, 101 yards, 1 INT) and running attacks (11 carries, 67 yards, 1 TD). Wide receiver Darryl Terrell did his part to help out the Sterling offense, catching the ball seven times for 93 yards. Sophomore defensive back Kwame Sexton led the team with nine total tackles.
History: Friends has gone 10-3 against Sterling since 2005. In last season's contest, Sterling won 19-18 at home.
McPherson (2-1) bye