McPherson (3-2) at (22) Ottawa (5-1)
About McPherson College: The Bulldogs could not slow down the Bethel rushing attack on Saturday and lost 56-42 to the Threshers in North Newton. Quarterback Ed Crouch once again had a big game, leading the Bulldogs in passing (27-48, 378 yards, four touchdowns, one interception) and rushing (15 carries, 49 yards, one touchdown). Freshman Ben Nikkel led the team in receiving yards with 141 yards on six catches, scoring a touchdown along the way. Senior defensive back Erick Brown had a big impact for the Bulldogs, recording six tackles and one interception.
About Ottawa University: Connor Kaegi threw a touchdown pass to Darrion Dillard in the final seconds of the fourth quarter to lead the Braves to a 48-47 victory over the Sterling College Warriors. Kaegi had an impact both through the air (25-43, 260 yards, five touchdowns, one interception) and on the ground (14 carries, 111 yards, one touchdown). Dillard led the team in receptions with nine, accumulating 61 yards and scoring a touchdown along the way. Sophomore linebacker Colby Johnson led the Ottawa defense with 14 total tackles.
Tabor (2-3) at (10) Kansas Wesleyan (6-0)
(KCAC Radio Network Game of the Week)
About Tabor College: Tabor struggled to score the ball on Saturday and lost 24-7 at home to the Southwestern College Moundbuilders. Senior running back Drevion Cooper had a strong game for the Bluejay rushing attack, carrying the ball 26 times for 147 yards and one touchdown. Junior Josh Johnson also contributed to the running game, rushing the ball 14 times for 65 yards. Brad Kistner led the Tabor defense with nine total tackles.
About Kansas Wesleyan University: The Coyote offense once again showed how explosive it could be in a 56-0 victory over the University of Saint Mary Spires. Running back Demarco Prewitt had a big day, carrying the ball 24 times for 139 yards and five touchdowns. Quarterback Johnny Feauto went 19-24 for 403 yards and three touchdowns, while also rushing for 53 yards on five carries. Junior Shaq Bradford was a menace on defense, accounting for five total tackles, four tackles for loss, and 3.5 sacks.
Sterling (3-3) at Bethany (1-6)
About Sterling College: The Warriors led for most of the fourth quarter, but a last-second touchdown by Ottawa led to a 48-47 loss for Sterling College. The running game was a strength for Sterling on the day, with running back Robert Williams III (20 carries, 145 yards, and two touchdowns) and quarterback Eric Butler (13 carries for 91 yards) leading the way. Kwame Sexton had another big day for the Warriors' defense, recording 12 total tackles, two tackles for loss, and one interception.
About Bethany College: The Bethany Swedes were unable to keep pace with the Friends offense in the second half and fell to the Falcons 48-34. Quarterback Isaiah Salazar went 26-51 for 337 yards and five touchdowns, but gave up two interceptions to an opportunistic Friends defense. Jafar Thomas once again led the Swedes receiving corps with nine receptions for 140 yards and three touchdowns. Sophomore linebacker Greg Harvey had a huge game for Bethany's defense, recording 15 total tackles, three tackles for loss, and a forced fumble.
Friends (1-6) at (RV) Avila (4-1)
About Friends University: After a back-and-forth first half, the Falcons used a strong third quarter to put away the Bethany Swedes 48-34 on Saturday for their first win of the season. The passing game was huge for Friends, with quarterback Brennan Whitaker going 22-31 for 386 yards and five touchdowns. His favorite target was senior wide receiver Glen Whisby, who caught the ball seven times for 170 yards and two touchdowns. Freshman defensive back Chiante Stewart led the team with nine total tackles.
About Avila University: The Eagles had a bye week in Week 7. When Avila was last in action, they suffered their first loss of the year to Southwestern College by a score of 51-49. Senior running back Jacob Carmouche set the pace for the Eagles' running game, accumulating 105 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries. Wide receiver Theo Berry had another big day, catching the ball eight times for 220 yards. Defensively, freshman linebacker Deshayne Stevens had a big impact, recording six total tackles and 2.5 tackles for loss.
This is the first meeting between Friends and Avila in football.
Southwestern (5-2) bye