Notebook: Great Performances
Oct. 11, 2010
GOLDEN BOYS: Kutztown University broke into the AFCA Division II Top 25 for the first time since 2001 after starting the season with a 6-0 record for the first time in program history. The No. 23 Golden Bears are one of 10 remaining unbeaten Division II teams, and have already secured their first winning season since 2003.
KU defeated East Stroudsburg, 38-31, on Oct. 9, stretching the squads string 30-plus point games to six for the first time in school history.
The Golden Bears host Millersville on Oct. 16 as they look to tied the school record for wins in a season with seven (1977 and 2000).
ON THE MONEY: Hillsdale College senior quarterback Troy Weatherhead set the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference single-game mark for completion percentage by connecting on 26-of-28 passes (.929) for a season-high 354 yards and three touchdowns in the Chargers 35-10 defeat of Ohio Dominican last weekend.
Weatherhead completed his first 17 attempts of the contest, and has connected on an unbelievable 84 percent of his passes for the season. The native of Grand Rapids, Mich., paces the nation with a 196.4 passing efficiency. Weatherfords three TD passes also pushed him over the schools all-time mark, giving him 54 in his career. He leads the GLIAC with 13 this season.
The No. 8 Chargers have won four straight games, and look to keep up their winning ways against Michigan Tech on Oct. 16.
‘CATS POUNCE: No. 5 Abilene Christian downed its third Top 10 opponent last week, fending off then-No. 8 Midwestern State, 31-28, behind an outstanding ground performance by freshman running back Darryl Cantu-Harkless.
Cantu-Harkless ran for 117 yards - 99 in the fourth quarter - including a 69-yard touchdown, earning Lone Star Conference South Division Offensive Player of the Week honors.
In addition to the rookies efforts, sophomore quarterback Mitchell Gale threw for 263 yards and three touchdowns, extending his streak of pass attempts without an interception to 279, dating back to last season.
The Wildcats look to improve their 6-0 mark at Incarnate Word on Oct. 16 while trying to remain the lone unbeaten squad in the Lone Star Conference.
MY, OH MINES: Colorado School of Mines Jerrod Doucet garnered Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week after hauling in 11 passes for 141 yards and two touchdowns, sparking the Orediggers to a last-minute victory over then-No. 25 Colorado State-Pueblo on Oct. 9. The sophomore wide receiver caught the game-winning score with 30 seconds remaining in regulation to lift CSM to the 19-16 win.
The native of Baytown, Texas, leads the RMAC with nine touchdowns and 10.0 points per game, and is second with 8.8 receptions and 112.3 receiving yards per game.
The Orediggers cracked the AFCA Division II Top 25 at No. 24 after getting off to a 5-1 start - the programs first national ranking since the 2005 season. Mines is tied with No. 13 Nebraska-Kearney at the top of the RMAC standings with identical 4-0 records. If both teams remain unbeaten in league play, it will set up a true championship contest when they meet on Nov. 13 in their last regular season contest. CSM hosts Mesa State on Oct. 16.
CAREER DAY: Central Missouri senior quarterback Eric Czerniewski became the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association all-time record-holder in passing yards and total offense during the No. 11 Mules 30-27 defeat of Fort Hays State last weekend.
Czerniewski threw for 385 yards, increasing his career passing total to 10,034, while he registered 393 yards of total offense to finish the day with 10,474 for his career. He leads the league with 24 touchdowns and 388.3 passing yards per game.
FALCONS FLY: St. Augustines College upended No. 17 Winston-Salem State, 40-35, on Oct. 9 to gain sole possession of first place in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Southern Division at 4-0.
The Falcons forced six turnovers against the previously unbeaten Rams, while scoring 30-plus points in their fourth straight contest. Senior tailback Walter Sanders ran for 121 yards and two scores against the leagues best defense, and needed just 178 rushing yards to become the first 1,000-yard rusher in the schools modern era. Sanders was named CIAA Offensive Back of the Week for his performance.
St. Augustines was predicted to finish seventh in the leagues preseason coaches poll, and is now the first team listed receiving votes in the AFCA Division II Top 25.