All games at 1:30 p.m.
Southwestern (6-3) at Saint Mary (2-6)
(KCAC Radio Network Game of the Week)
About Southwestern College: Southwestern could not match Ottawa's second-half scoring surge and fell to the Braves on Saturday, losing 41-24. Senior quarterback Austin Early went 20-34 for 304 yards and two touchdowns, surrendering an interception along the way. One of his favorite targets on the day was junior wide receiver Tanner Spencer, who caught the ball five times for 81 yards and a touchdown. Freshman defensive back Micah Jackson had a good day for the Moundbuilder defense, leading the team with 10 total tackles, including a tackle for loss.
About University of Saint Mary: Despite a strong second-half effort, the Spires could not complete the comeback against Friends University on Saturday, falling to the Falcons 44-38. Quarterback Drew Cortez went 25-41 for 428 yards and four touchdowns, but he did give up three interceptions on the day. The Spires had two receiver eclipse the 100-yard mark on the day: Bryan Barnhart (nine receptions, 164 yards, one touchdown) and Zacch Smith (eight receptions, 118 yards, two touchdowns). On defense, linebacker David Burton led the team with eight total tackles, including one tackle for loss.
Bethany (2-8) at Tabor (4-4)
About Bethany College: Bethany's defense held Avila's offense in check in the first half on Saturday, but allowed 20 points in the second half in a 33-21 loss to the Eagles. Senior quarterback Isaiah Salazar went 23-42 for 198 yards and two touchdowns, but gave up two interceptions on the day. Jafar Thomas once again led the Swedes' receiving corps, catching the ball five times for 146 yards and three touchdowns. Sophomore linebacker Greg Harvey led the Bethany defense with 11 total tackles.
About Tabor College: Tabor's defense held their opponent scoreless for the second week in a row, shutting out the McPherson offense in a 24-0 win at home on Saturday. Junior defensive back Caleb Devine was a big contributor in that stellar defensive effort, tying for the team lead with seven total tackles and also recording two interceptions. On offense, senior running back Drevion Cooper led the way, carrying the ball 23 times for 145 yards and three touchdowns. Quarterback Trey McGee went 9-13 for 84 yards on the day.
McPherson (3-5) at Sterling (3-5)
(KCAC ESPN3 Game of the Week)
About McPherson College: The Bulldog offense struggled to get it going against a tough Tabor defense on Saturday, falling 24-0 on the road in Hillsboro. Sophomore running back Corey Davis was a bright spot for McPherson, running the ball 13 times for 109 yards. Quarterback Ed Crouch went 10-21 for 106 yards, but gave up an interception. On defense, senior defensive lineman Joey Hale had a big day, leading the team with nine total tackles, including 2.5 tackles for loss and two sacks.
About Sterling College: The Warriors had a bye week in Week 10. The last time they were in action, they fell to the Tabor Bluejays 34-0. Freshman Chance Whitehead led the team in rushing, carrying the ball four times for 34 yards. Quarterback Eric Butler also contributed 24 yards on the ground on nine carries, also going 4-13 through the air for 31 yards. Freshman defensive back Twon Collymore had a big impact for the Sterling defense, recording five total tackles, one fumble recovery, and one interception.
(21) Avila (7-1) at (7) Kansas Wesleyan (9-0)
About Avila University: The Avila offense came to life after halftime, scoring 20 points in the second half to win 33-21 over the Bethany Swedes on Saturday. Senior Jakob Jordan led the team through the air (8-17, 179 yards, two touchdowns) and on the ground (six carries, 54 yards, one touchdown). Wide receiver Theo Berry was a big-play threat for the Eagles, catching the ball three times for 92 yards and one touchdown. Freshman Eric McGlown was a force for the Avila defense, recording five total tackles, three tackles for loss, one sack, and forcing a fumble.
About Kansas Wesleyan University: The Coyotes used a strong second-half effort on Saturday to remain undefeated, winning 49-19 against the Bethel Threshers. Running back Demarco Prewitt had a massive day for the Kansas Wesleyan offense, running the ball 41 times for 314 yards and four touchdowns. That effort earned Prewitt the KCAC Offensive Player of the Week honor for the second week in a row. Quarterback Johnny Feauto went 6-15 for 107 yards and three touchdowns, giving up an interception along the way. Junior linebacker Warren Singletary led the defense with 12 total tackles.
(25) Ottawa (7-2) bye.