Saturday’s small-college games (Nov. 9)

11/09/2013 6:46 AM

11/09/2013 6:46 AM

MIAA

South Dakota Mines (5-4) at Nebraska-Kearney (3-6), noon — After only running for 49 yards in Nebraska-Kearney’s first four games, former Hutchinson High star Romero Cotton has run wild since becoming the team’s feature back. The 5-foot-11, 215-pound sophomore leads the team with 625 rushing yards and is averaging 115.6 yards per game in the last five games. Cotton was also the NCAA Division II national runner-up in wrestling at 197 pounds last season.

No. 6 Pittsburg State (8-1, 6-1 MIAA) at Lindenwood (3-5, 2-5), 2:30 p.m. — Senior linebacker Nate Dreiling, another Hutchinson High product, is 12 tackles away from breaking Pittsburg State’s career record of 471. Dreiling, a three-time All-American, has 78 tackles this season and also has an outside shot at the MIAA’s career mark of 491. The Gorillas seem like a lock for the NCAA Division II playoffs if they can win out against Lindenwood and home against Missouri Southern on Nov. 16.

Other games

No. 22 Missouri Western (7-2, 6-2) at No. 15 Washburn (8-1, 7-1), 1 p.m.

Central Oklahoma (1-7, 1-7) at Southwest Baptist (1-8, 1-7), 1 p.m.

No. 2 Northwest Missouri (9-0, 8-0) at No. 10 Emporia State (8-0, 8-0), 1 p.m.

Fort Hays State (5-4, 3-4) at Central Missouri (5-4, 4-4), 1:30 p.m.

Northeastern State (1-8, 1-7) at Lincoln (1-8, 0-8), 2 p.m.

Lindenwood-Belleville (3-6) at Missouri Southern (5-3, 4-3), 2 p.m.

KCAC

No. 9 Ottawa (7-2, 6-1 KCAC) at No. 16 Friends (7-2, 6-1), 1:30 p.m. — Both teams are part of a three-way tie for first place in the KCAC. Ottawa has won four straight in this series, and the last three years haven’t even been close, with the Braves winning by an average of 21 points. Ottawa defensive end Deron Bruce leads the KCAC with 12 sacks and Ottawa defensive back Erik Brown is second in the KCAC with six interceptions.

Other games

Southwestern (5-4, 4-3) at No. 18 Sterling (7-2, 6-1), 1:30 p.m.

Bethel (1-8, 0-7) at No. 14 Tabor (7-2, 5-2), 1:30 p.m.

Saint Mary (4-5, 3-4) at Kansas Wesleyan (3-6, 2-5), 1:30 p.m.

McPherson (3-6, 2-5) at Bethany (2-7, 1-6), 1:30 p.m.

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