MARYVILLE, Mo. — Another emotional Saturday afternoon provided a huge spark for No. 1 ranked Northwest Missouri State as it cruised to a 70-17 win against Fort Hays State in front of 8,313 fans at Bearcat Stadium.
It was the first Blackout at Bearcat Stadium as Northwest Missouri State (4-0, 3-0 MIAA) proved worthy of the new No. 1 ranking as it posted its fourth consecutive game of scoring more than 50 points. The Bearcats also honored former head coach, the late Scott Bostwick on Family Day providing extra emotion for players and fans alike. Fort Hays State (1-3, 1-3 MIAA) dropped its second consecutive game and eighth in a row to the Bearcats.
Sophomore quarterback Trevor Adams earned his second start of the year and was impressive leading the Bearcats to five scoring drives. Adams and the Bearcats capped their first score of the day on a nine play 59-yard scoring drive that took nearly as long as the next four Bearcat drives at 3:30.
Adams finished 17-of-23 for 346 yards and four touchdowns only throwing two incompletions in the first half.
No. 2 North Alabama 28, Harding 20
FLORENCE, Ala. — Harding’s top-rated rushing offense carried for 381 yards and held second-ranked North Alabama to only 25, but the Bisons could not overcome three costly fumbles and fell 28-20 at Braly Stadium on Saturday.
Trailing by eight with 8:06 left in the game, Harding drove down to the North Alabama 21 before the third lost fumble of the game put an end to the Bisons’ chances.
Harding (2-2) put together several long scoring drives, but a pair of fumbles in their own territory led to two one-play scoring drives for North Alabama (4-0).
Bison quarterback Chaz Rogers scored on a 3-yard run to end a 13-play, 80-yard drive to open the game. UNA answered after a fumble at the Harding 45, when on the next play, Mo Miliam caught a 45-yard touchdown pass from Lee Chapple with 3:46 left in the first.
The only other score of the first half came on a 32-yard Eddy Carmona field goal that gave Harding a 10-7 halftime lead.
Another costly fumble at the Harding 13 early in the third quarter gave North Alabama a short field. On the next play, Antwan Ivey carried it in for the score and gave UNA a 14-10 lead. Carmona kicked another field goal, this one from 42 yards out on Harding’s next drive to cut the advantage to 14-13.
No. 3 Shepherd 59, Charleston (W.Va.) 10
SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. — Junior quarterback Bobby Cooper completed 15-of-17 passes for 223 yards and two touchdowns, while sophomore running back Kenny Williams rushed six times for 88 yards and three touchdowns to lead Shepherd to a 59-10 win against Charleston (W.Va.) in WVIAC action at Ram Stadium on Saturday.
Shepherd totaled 513 yards of total offense and the Rams limited Charleston to 226 total offensive yards.
Sophomore defensive lineman Robert Hayes recorded a game-high six tackles, all solos. He had three tackles-for-loss. Junior free safety Corey Washington added five tackles (four solo) with two tackles-for-loss and a pass breakup. Rockford Stone had five tackles to lead Charleston.
Shepherd improves to 4-0, 2-0 in WVIAC play, while Charleston drops to 0-4, 0-2.
No. 4 Bloomsburg 46, Millersville 7
BLOOMSBURG, Pa. — Bloomsburg running back Eddie Mateo rushed for 201 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Huskies past Millersville University, 46-7. The Huskies offense totaled 498 yards of offense and scored 40 unanswered points en route to their first PSAC East win of the year.
Mateo ended the day with a career high 201 yards and three touchdowns. Pat Carey finished the day by going 11-of-16 for 176 yards and a touchdown throw. D. Fisher connected on both of his field goal attempts. He is now three away from tying the college record for career field goals made. Defensively Justin Shirk, Dave Onorato, and Sean Clift each made seven tackles on the day.
No. 5 Valdosta State 38, Southern Arkansas 21
VALDOSTA, Ga. — David Bailey ran for 146 yards and a touchdown to lead No. 5 Valdosta State to a 38-21 victory against visiting Southern Arkansas in non-conference action at Bazemore-Hyder Staidum Saturday evening. Bailey led a Blazer rushing attack that tallied 252 yards and three score on the ground. Austen Roberts added 71 yards on the ground while Troy Braswell ran for 24 and two touchdowns.
The first half was closely contested as neither team scored in the first quarter while the two squads traded touchdowns in the second quarter.
Valdosta State, which improved to 4-0 on the season, opened the scoring just 50 seconds into the second quarter as Tray Herndon capped off an 11 play drive with a leaping touchdown. The Blazers ran the ball eight times on the drive, gaining 46 yards in the process, but faced a third and nine on the Southern Arkansas 23 when Herndon went up over a Mulerider defensive back and hauled in an Austen Roberts pass for his first touchdown as a Blazer.
Game information and photos compiled from athletic department websites.
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