Saturday’s small-college football

10/18/2013 12:17 PM

10/18/2013 12:17 PM

KCAC

No. 13 Tabor (5-1, 3-1 KCAC) at No. 15 Friends (5-1, 4-0), 3 p.m. — The Falcons have five games remaining — three road games that seem winnable against KCAC also-rans Bethany, Bethel and Saint Mary — and two home games against ranked teams with Tabor on Saturday and No. 8 Ottawa on Nov. 9. Junior running back Thomas Hankerson finds himself in a three-way race for the KCAC rushing title. He has 839 rushing yards, trailing Bethel’s Stephen Scott (883) and Tabor’s James Monroe (850). Hankerson is also tied with Monroe for the KCAC lead with nine touchdowns.

Other games

Bethel (1-5, 0-4) at Southwestern (3-3, 2-2), 1:30 p.m.

No. 8 Ottawa (5-1, 4-0) at Sterling (4-2, 3-1), 1:30 p.m.

Kansas Wesleyan (1-5, 0-4) at Bethany (1-5, 0-4), 6 p.m.

McPherson (3-3, 2-2) at Saint Mary (3-3, 2-2), 6 p.m.

MIAA

No. 2 Northwest Missouri (6-0, 5-0 MIAA) vs. No. 7 Pittsburg State (6-0, 5-0) at Kansas City, Mo. — A loss in this game last season proved to be the unraveling point for Pittsburg State, which came in ranked No. 1 in the nation and finished the season by not making the NCAA Division II playoffs. Right now, the Gorillas have their three best players — QB Anthony Abenoja, WR John Brown and LB Nate Dreiling — playing at a high level. Abenoja has already thrown for 17 touchdowns, Brown has scored 11 touchdowns and Dreiling, a Hutchinson High product, leads Pittsburg State with 55 tackles and is the reigning MIAA defensive player of the week.

Other games

Central Missouri (2-4, 1-4) at Central Oklahoma (0-6, 0-6), 3 p.m.

Lincoln (1-5, 0-5) at Nebraska-Kearney (1-5, 1-4), 1 p.m.

No. 20 Emporia State (6-0, 6-0) at Lindenwood (3-3, 2-3), 1:30 p.m.

Eastern New Mexico (3-3) at Northeastern State (0-6), 2 p.m.

Southwest Baptist (1-5, 1-4) at Fort Hays State (2-4, 1-4), 2 p.m.

No. 4 Missouri Western (6-0, 5-0) at Missouri Southern (5-1, 4-1), 6 p.m.

JAYHAWK

No. 12 Butler (5-1, 4-1 Jayhawk) at Coffeyville (3-3, 2-3), 7 p.m. — Butler is down to its last two regular-season games, traveling to play the downtrodden Red Ravens then coming home to take on No. 19 Hutchinson in El Dorado. The Grizzlies should be healthy after their second off week in a month, but still need to find an identity on offense. They don’t have a player in the top five in the Jayhawk in all-purpose yards, total offense, rushing or receiving.

Other games

Fort Scott (1-6, 1-5) at No. 19 Hutchinson (5-2, 4-1), 7 p.m.

Garden City (4-3, 2-3) at No. 11 Dodge City (6-1, 5-1), 7 p.m.

Tony Adame

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