While two ranked teams tangled in Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference football action last week when Avila downed Ottawa 25-22, all eyes are focused on Kansas Wesleyan.

 

The Coyotes have a stranglehold on the No. 1 spot in The Newton Kansan/GateHouse Kansas KCAC Football Power Poll — fueled by one of the top offenses in the nation.

 

Ranked No. 7 in the national coaching poll this week, the Coyotes lead the nation in pass efficiency (217.9), total scoring (480 points) and scoring offense per game (60 points per game). In addition the team is second in the nation in total offense per game (580 yards) and first downs per game (28.9).

 

All told, Kansas Wesleyan ranks in the top 10 of 15 different offensive categories.

 

This week, Kansas Wesleyan will travel to Bethel College in North Newton to meet a team that has won two of its last three games.

 

 

Player to watch

 

Kansas Wesleyan tailback Demarco Prewitt carried 40 times — a season high — for 207 yards and three touchdowns to go with four pass receptions for 30 yards and another score against McPherson. He recorded 237 yard of all-purpose yardage in the game.

 

Prewitt leads the NAIA in rushing and scoring through eight games this season, averaging nearly 157 yards per game with 1,254 yards and 22 touchdowns. He also leads the nation in total scoring, touchdowns per game and scoring per game.

 

 

On the air

Saturday the ESPN3 game of the week will feature No. 2 Avila (6-1) at No. 10 Bethany (2-6) at 1:30 p.m. The KCAC radio game of the week will feature No. 5 McPherson (3-4) at No. 6 Tabor (3-4).

 

 

 

The Newton Kansan/GateHouse Kansas KCAC Football Power Poll

Rank; Team; Records; LW; Avg. Score

1.; Kansas Wesleyan; (7-0, 8-0);LW 1; 11.00

2.; Avila; (6-1, 6-1); LW 3; 9.71

3.; Ottawa; (6-2, 6-2) ; LW 2; 9.29

4.; Southwestern; (5-2, 6-2); LW 4; 8.00

5.; McPherson; (3-4, 3-4); LW 5; 6.29

6.; Tabor; (3-4, 3-4); LW 7; 6.14

7.; Sterling; (3-5, 3-5); LW 6; 5.43

8.; Bethel; (2-5, 2-5); LW 8; 4.14

9.; Saint Mary; (2-5, 2-5) ; LW 9; 2.86

10.; Bethany; (2-6, 2-7) ; LW 11; 1.71

11.; Friends; (1-6, 1-7) ; LW 10; 1.43

 

Last week’s results

Avila 25, Ottawa 22

Kansas Wesleyan 76, McPherson 38

Saint Mary 30, Bethany 19

Southwestern 45, Bethel 14

Tabor 34, Sterling 0

 

 

Standings

7 Kansas Wesleyan 7-0, 8-0

24 Avila 6-1, 6-1

Ottawa 6-2, 6-2

Southwestern 5-2, 6-2

McPherson 3-4, 3-4

Tabor 3-4, 3-4

Sterling 3-5, 3-5

Bethel 2-5, 2-5

Saint Mary 2-5, 2-5

Bethany 2-6, 2-7

Friends 1-6, 1-7

 

This week’s games

1 p.m. — Southwestern at Ottawa (Stretch webcast)

1 p.m. — Saint Mary at Friends (Stretch webcast)

1:30 p.m. — McPherson at Tabor (Stretch webcast)(KCAC Radio Network)

1:30 p.m. — Kansas Wesleyan at Bethel (Stretch webcast)

1:30 p.m. — Avila at Bethany (ESPN3)

Webcast links can be found at kcacsports.com