No. 1 Mount Union 33, No. 14 Heidelberg 14
ALLIANCE, Ohio — Sophomore quarterback Kevin Burke threw three touchdown passes and ran in another to lead No. 1 Mount Union to a 33-14 victory against No. 14 Heidelberg in an Ohio Athletic Conference game Saturday at Mount Union Stadium.
Burke commanded an offense that had 493 yards as he completed 13 of 17 passes for 216 yards and ran for 67 yards on 16 carries on a cold, windy and rainy day. His three touchdown passes were to three different receivers in seniors Shannon Stewart, Julius Moore and Chris Denton.
Senior Jasper Collins ended up leading the receiving corps with 81 yards on five catches.
Senior running backs Blair Skilliter and T.J. Lattimore had 97 and 95 yards on the ground respectively. Skilliter had a 22-yard touchdown run as the Purple Raiders grinded out 277 total rushing yards.
Heidelberg (7-1, 6-1 OAC) came into the game on an 11-game win streak (second best in the nation) and took a 7-0 lead on the game’s opening possession as quarterback Michael Mees hit C.J. Powell on an 11-yard touchdown pass and held that lead at the end of the first quarter.
It was the first points the Purple Raiders surrendered since the opening game of season at Franklin — a span of 377 minutes, 27 seconds. It was also the first time since a 7-0 deficit at the 2010 national championship game against UW-Whitewater that Mount Union trailed at the end of the first quarter of a game.
No. 2 Mary Hardin-Baylor 68, Howard Payne 6
BROWNWOOD, Texas – Mary Hardin-Baylor put the game away in the first quarter as the second-ranked Cru rolled to a 68-6 victory against Howard Payne Saturday. The Cru (8-0) has now won 32 consecutive regular-season games and 24 consecutive ASC contests with the win. The loss dropped the Yellow Jackets to 1-7 overall and 1-4 in the ASC on the year.
The Cru rolled up 550 yards of total offense with 350 of those coming on the ground. The UMHB defense held the Yellow Jackets to just 38 rushing yards and 117 yards of total offense. Both teams turned the ball over twice.
Bailey finished 5 of 6 passing for 80 yards and three touchdowns and added 65 yards and another TD on the ground. Sims was 6 of 11 through the air for 118 yards and a TD. Moore caught three passes for 52 yards and two touchdowns. UMHB used 10 different ball carriers, three quarterbacks played and eight different receivers caught passes. Jarred Favorite, Deshon Kinsey and Marcus Gayden led the Cru with eight tackles apiece.
Senior linebacker Javicz Jones finished with four tackles for UMHB and tied the American Southwest Conference career record with 403 total tackles. He shares the record with former Hardin-Simmons linebacker Jared Sanderson and will hold that record with one more tackle. Jones is the first player in UMHB history to go over 400 career tackles.
Adrian Lighteard ran for 100 yards on 12 carries for HPU, but the Yellow Jackets gave up four sacks and the rest of the team combined for minus-62 rushing yards. Victor Gonzales had 13 tackles to lead the Howard Payne defense.
No. 3 St. Thomas (Minn.) 30, Augsburg 14
SAINT PAUL, Minn. — No. 3 St. Thomas (8-0, 6-0 MIAC) took Palmer Field against high-flying Augsburg (5-3, 3-3) with quarterback Matt O’Connell and wide receivers Dan Noehring and Dan Ferrazzo were out with injuries, but that didn’t phase the Tommies as they rolled 30-14.
The win extended the Tommies’ regular-season winning streaks to 32 overall and 25 in the MIAC and maintained their one-game lead ahead of Concordia heading into a Nov. 3 showdown in Moorhead, Minn. The Cobbers (7-1, 5-1) defeated Carleton 51-27 at home Saturday.
The St. Thomas defense bottled up Augsburg QB Ayrton Scott in the first half, limiting him to 4 of 17 completions for 51 yards and stuffing him on runs up the middle. The freshman came in No. 3 in Division III with 371 yards of offense per game, including 148 yards (No. 7) on the ground, but needed late runs of 16 and 13 yards to finish with 32 yards on 10 rushes in the half.
No. 4 Linfield 45, Williamette 10
McMINNVILLE, Ore. – The fourth-ranked Wildcats pounded Northwest Conference challenger Willamette 45-10 Saturday at Maxwell Field. Brynnan Hyland piled up three sacks for Linfield and the team forced two turnovers and returned a blocked punt for a touchdown.
Tied 10-10 at intermission, the Wildcats erupted for three touchdowns in less than three minutes during the third quarter to blow the game wide open.
Receivers Charlie Poppen and Lucas Jepson riddled the WU secondary with five catches apiece. Linfield quarterbacks Mickey Inns and Josh Yoder combined for 260 yards and three touchdowns through the air, plus one rushing touchdown.
No. 5 Wesley 31, Huntingdon 21
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Fifth-ranked Wesley scored 21 unanswered points in the second half to defeat Huntingdon 31-21 on Saturday afternoon at Samford Stadium. With the victory, the Wolverines improved to 7-1 on the season, and the win was the 200th in the football program’s Division III history.
Wesley’s defense forced four Hawks turnovers, and Huntingdon (5-2), which came in averaging 42 points per game, could muster only half of that number. The Navy & White also held HC running back Trevor Manuel to just 28 yards on 29 carries.
Justin Sottilare threw for 240 yards and a pair of touchdowns for the Wolverines who did not turn the ball over for the first time this season. Askia Jahad ran for a game-high 45 yards on 12 carries while Matt Bundy had a game-high 55 yards. Tambua Bradford had a team-high five catches for the Wolverines.
No. 6 Hobart 42, Union (N.Y.) 34
GENEVA, N.Y. — Hobart improved to 8-0 for the first time since 1954 with a 42-34 Liberty League victory against Union on Boswell Field Saturday. The Statesmen, ranked sixth in the AFCA coaches poll and 10th in the D3football.com poll, ran for a season-high 355 yards, including a career-high 199 yards and two touchdowns for junior tailback Steven Webb.
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Hobart amassed 537 yards of total offense. For the second consecutive game and the fifth time this season, the Statesmen offensive line did not allow a sack.
Webb, who averaged 9.5 yards per carry, gave the Statesmen the lead with a 7-0 lead with a 59-yard run late in the first quarter. The Statesmen defense stopped the Dutchmen on fourth-and-1 from the Hobart 38 to give the ball back to the offense with 10 seconds left in the quarter. Hobart (8-0, 5-0) carried a 14-0 advantage into the second frame after senior quarterback Nick Strang connected with senior wide receiver Junior Woodard on a fly route up the left sideline for a one-play, 62-yard scoring drive.
Strang finished 9 of 15 for 182 yards and three touchdowns. Woodard caught three passes for 75 yards, extending his games with a reception streak to 28, tying current assistant coach Scott Yoder for the second-longest streak in school history.
No. 7 Wisconsin-Oshkosh 41, Wisconsin-La Crosse 7
LA CROSSE, Wis. — UW-Oshkosh clinched its first WIAC title in 36 years with a 41-7 victory against UW-La Crosse on Saturday.
The win gave UW-Oshkosh (5-0 WIAC) at least a share of the WIAC crown. UW-Eau Claire, UW-Platteville and UW-Whitewater are second in the standings with 3-2 records. Because the Titans defeated each of those teams, UW-Oshkosh is guaranteed a spot in the Division III playoffs.
The Titans are 8-0 for the first time in program history, as the win was also UW-Oshkosh’s first in La Crosse since 1967.
Nate Wara threw for four touchdowns and a career-high 369 yards, while Caleb Voss hauled in seven passes for a personal-best 171 yards and two scores. The offensive output of 543 yards also included 152 rushing on just 10 carries by Cole Myhra.
Ithaca 21, No. 8 Salisbury 14
ITHACA, N.Y. — Ithaca scored the game-winning touchdown on a 58-yard touchdown pass from Phil Neumann to Joseph Ingrao with 32 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter of a 21-14 win against No. 8 Salisbury at Butterfield Stadium. It was the first Empire 8 loss for the Sea Gulls, who are in their second season as a member of the conference. The Bombers are 5-3 on the season and 3-3 in the Empire 8 while Salisbury fell to 6-2 overall and 4-1 in the conference.
On a cloudy, damp afternoon, Ithaca limited Salisbury’s triple-option running attack throughout the game. Salisbury fumbled the ball four times in the first half, including one on the game’s opening drive that Ithaca linebacker Zach Matuszak recovered near midfield.
Ithaca used a big special teams play to help set up the game’s opening touchdown in the first quarter. Sam Carney fielded a line drive punt at Ithaca’s 38 yard line and had great blocking set up down field for a 60-yard return to set the Bombers up first-and-goal at the 2. After three plays lost three yards, place-kicker Garrett Nicholson was run into during a field-goal attempt and the Bombers were awarded an automatic first down.
No. 9 North Central (Ill.) 52, No. 21 Illinois Wesleyan 0
CHICAGO — North Central (Ill.) throttled Illinois Wesleyan 52-0 on Saturday at Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium to post its seventh consecutive victory and remain unbeaten in College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW) play.
The No. 9 Cardinals (7-1, 5-0 CCIW) posted their first shutout of the season and their second-highest single-game scoring total of the campaign. The win was also North Central’s second consecutive shutout of the No. 21 Titans (6-2, 3-2) — the Cardinals posted a 24-0 win at Illinois Wesleyan last season. North Central has now won 21 consecutive CCIW games and the last 20 by 20 points or more.
The Cardinals finished with a total of 477 yards while allowing only 187. Stanek completed 17 of 25 passes for 226 yards, as Chad O’Kane caught four passes for 61 yards and Ryne Rezac gained 36 yards on four grabs. Oshayne Brown, who came on in the fourth quarter in relief of Kukuc, gained 60 yards on just six carries.
North Central’s defense conspired to make life miserable for Titan freshman quarterback Tyler Hook, who was making his first collegiate start. Hook completed 16 of 40 passes for 130 yards, throwing three interceptions and being sacked five times. Quinn Haas recorded six tackles and broke up three passes for the Cardinals, while Josh Beveridge registered 2.5 quarterback sacks.
No. 10 Johns Hopkins 35, Ursinus 17
COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. — Johns Hopkins senior running back Jonathan Rigaud rushed for a career-high 238 yards and tied a school record for the second time in three weeks with four rushing touchdowns as the 10th-ranked Blue Jays clinched a share of their fourth consecutive Centennial Conference title with a 35-17 victory against Ursinus Saturday afternoon. Rigaud’s 238 yards are the fourth-highest single-game total in school history and he is the first running back in school history with back-to-back 200-yard games.
Johns Hopkins’ win, coupled with Franklin & Marshall’s 24-17 loss at Susquehanna, gives the Blue Jays at least a share of the Centennial Conference title. The Blue Jays can secure the league’s automatic bid to the upcoming Division III playoffs with a win in either of their last two games against F&M and McDaniel.
In addition, the Blue Jays (8-0, 7-0) ran their regular-season winning streak to 22 games, their Centennial Conference winning streak to 20 games and their road winning streak to 11 games.
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