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About Saturday's games ... Haller-lujah!

ETHAN HALLERI might have made some smart-aleck comment earlier this week about how Ottawa quarterback Ethan Haller would need to throw for 600 yards to impress me … so Dude actually went out and tried to do it. Here’s a short recap of Saturday’s games, including EH’s 587-yard performance in the Braves’ 2-OT win over McPherson.


No. 12 Central Missouri 23, No. 11 Pittsburg State 14 — Something had to give with the Gorillas starting the season by playing four straight top 20 teams, but I didn’t expect this. PSU needs to win out and keep their fingers crossed for some upsets. And neither one of those things is a guarantee.

Missouri Southern 34, Emporia State 13 – ESU quarterback Andre Sloan El threw five picks as the Hornets passed out a school-record 6 ints. Is it time for a quarterback change? Whatever they’re doing isn’t working.

Missouri Western 37, No. 22 Washburn 34 – Western’s Brad Beckwith was 2 of 6 on field goals this season. Then he breaks the school record by lacing one from 53 yards out, the school record, ruining the Ichabods’ day.

Fort Hays State 41, Truman State 31 -- Tigers had to get this win before Saturday’s game against visiting Emporia State. Get that win and FHSU actually has the chance to make this a respectable season. Which hasn’t happened for awhile.

KCACNo. 15 Ottawa 44, No. 21 McPherson 41, 2 OT — I’ll let Ottawa SID Katie Tooley tell it: “For the game the OU offense set 11 school records led by Ethan Haller and Corey Schultz. As a team the Braves broke the single game attempt record (70), the single game completion record (42), the single game passing record (587), the single game reception record (42) and the single game receiving yards record (587). Individually, Haller set a new school record for attempts in a game (70), completions in a game (42), passing yards in a game (587) and total offense (585). Corey Schultz broke the school record for single game receptions (17) and receiving yards (273).”Thanks, Katie. And FYI, apparently the KCAC doesn’t keep league records. What gives? Let me know if you’ve ever heard of anybody lighting it up more than EH did Saturday. Tough loss for the ‘Dogs, too.No. 18 Friends 45, Southwestern 7 — Ho-hum … but wait a second … I think Mike Hyde might be a star in the making. Seriously.Sterling 23, Peru State 7 – Sterling gets nice out-of-conference victory.Bethany 41, Tabor 37 — Swedes are 2-0 in KCAC … but they haven’t played anybody good yet.Kansas Wesleyan 10, Saint Mary 7 – Coyotes struggled for win in Leavenworth. Could early season patsies be wearing KWU down. Could be hard to focus….Southern Nazarene 21, Bethel 19 – Here’s how this went down. Southern Nazarene tries FG from 40-plus as time ran out. Missed it. Bethel called for offsides and S. Naz gets shot from 36. They made that one.JAYHAWKThere’s your scores below. All I really care about is next Saturday at 1 p.m. in Fort Scott when we get our first top 10 battle of the year. Everything else is just prelude

#8 Fort Scott (1-0, 2-0) def (0-1, 1-2) Garden City* 45-35 #6 Hutchinson (1-0, 2-0) def (0-2, 0-3) Dodge City* 61-3Coffeyville (0-1, 1-2) def (0-2, 0-3) Highland* 57-23 #5 Butler (2-0, 2-1) def (1-1, 2-1) Air Force Prep 30-17