football-d2 flag | October 5, 2014

DII Roundup: No. 1 Bearcats extend nation's longest streak

  Northwest Missouri State extended the country's longest active win streak in Division II football to 20 games..

MARYVILLE, Mo. ­-­- No. 1 Northwest Missouri State, owner of the longest current winning streak in NCAA Division II, scored 21 points in the third quarter to take a 49-7 win against a winless Northeastern State squad.

The Bearcats never trailed, but it took them a while to put Northeastern away. NWMSU finally put it all together in the third quarter and rolled to an easy victory in front of 6,574 fans on Military Appreciation Day. It was Northwest's 20th consecutive victory. The Bearcats are 5-0 and remain in sole possession of first in the MIAA.

Second half effort lifts No. 2 Colorado State-Pueblo past Grizzlies, 17-7

PUEBLO, Colo.-- The Colorado State University-Pueblo football team returned home Saturday to host Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference-rival Adams State University Grizzlies after three consecutive games on the road. 

There was stiff competition at the Neta & Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl as the teams battled back and forth during the first half of the game, playing to a 0-0 tie, but the ThunderWolves' second half pushed the No. 2 ranked Pack to victory, 17-7.

Special teams shine as No. 3 Mavericks race past Mustangs

MANKATO, Minn. -- No. 3 Minnesota State-Mankato put forth another solid homecoming performance Saturday afternoon at Blakeslee Stadium as it downed the Southwest Minnesota State Mustangs 56-14.

With the win, MSU improves to 5-0 on the season, while SMSU falls to 1-4. MSU has now won 27 consecutive NSIC contests as it improved to 13-0 all-time against the Mustangs. A total of 6,714 fans were in attendance for MSU's win marking the second-largest crowd to witness a Maverick football game at Blakeslee Stadium.

The Maverick special teams unit harried the Mustangs all game long as it blocked two punts, both of which were blocked by junior Chad Zastrow, to go along with a 67-yard punt return for a touchdown by senior Austin Riederwith with 24 seconds left in the second quarter.

No. 4 Minnesota-Duluth takes down MSU Moorhead 63-28

Sometimes the best way to beat a good offense is with a better offense and Minnesota-Duluth proved that Saturday night.

The No. 4 Bulldogs piled up a season-high 539 total yards, scored one six of their first seven possessions and cruised to a 63-28 victory against Minnesota State University-Moorhead at James S. Malosky Stadium. UMD, which moved to 5-0 on the year and extended its regular season winning streak to 13 games going back to last year, got four rushing touchdowns from senior running back Austin Sikorski while sophomore quarterback Drew Bauer figured in on three other scores.

Sikorski ran for 102 yards on 11 carries and gave the Bulldogs a 14-0 lead on their opening two possessions of the night with touchdowns from eight and 10 yards out. It marked his 14th career 100-yard outing (and third in as many weeks) and moved him into third place on UMD's all-time rushing charts (3,071) yards. Junior running back Logan Lauters had a game-best 107 yards (the fourth time he's reached the 100-yard barrier this season) and one touchdown on the ground on 13 tries for the Bulldogs, who raced out to a 35-0 lead and was up 42-21 at the half. 

Drew Bauer became the first Bulldog in history to achieve the touchdown trifecta as he threw for one touchdown (a 30-yarder to senior wide out Zach Zweifel with 53 seconds left in the third quarter -- his final play of the evening), ran for another (reversing his field and scampering 24 yards) and caught a third (an 11-yard toss from freshman wide out Nate Ricci).

No. 6 Lenoir-Rhyne stays perfect on the year with 48-17 win against Brevard

BREVARD, N.C. -- Sixth-ranked Lenoir-Rhyne (5-0, 3-0) matched its best start since 1962 with a 48-17 win against Brevard (0-5, 0-2) on Saturday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference game at Brevard Memorial Stadium.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior quarterback Miles Freeman rushed for three scores and passed for another as the Bears built a 41-0 halftime lead en route to the easy win.

The Bears, 17-1 in their past 18 games, scored touchdowns on their first six possessions including a pair of 1-yard runs by Freeman to start the game as Lenoir-Rhyne defeated Brevard for the fifth consecutive year.

No. 7 Reddies roll to 63-14 win against NW Oklahoma St.

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. -- Henderson State racked up 619 yards of offense as the Reddies rolled to a 63-14 win against Northwestern Oklahoma on Saturday at Carpenter-Haygood Stadium. The No. 7-ranked Reddies, 5-0 overall and 4-0 in the Great American Conference, increased its regular-season winning streak to 30 games against Division II opponents.

The Reddie ground game totaled 205 yards on 38 attempts for an average of 5.4 yards per carry. Verrick Ponder surpassed the 100-yard mark for the first time in his career, having 102 yards on 12 attempts.

Defensively, the Reddies totaled six tackles for lost yardage, three interceptions, 10 passes defended and 10 quarterback hurries. Jonathan Edouard had five solo tackles, while Chris King collected four tackles and four pass break-ups. Christian Love, Kenrick Burns and Ryan Black all recorded interceptions.

The Reddies will hit the road for the fourth time in six weeks next Saturday as Henderson travels to Weatherford, Oklahoma, to face Southwestern Oklahoma with kickoff slated for 5 p.m. Henderson's only conference loss since the inception of GAC was a 16-13 setback by the Bulldogs in 2011.

Schoen sets school records in No. 8 Ohio Dominican 48-14 win against Lake Erie

PAINESVILLE, Ohio -- Junior running back Brandon Schoen set the school's all-time rushing record as Ohio Dominican notched its 20th consecutive regular-season victory in a 48-14 win Saturday afternoon at Lake Erie in GLIAC play.

Schoen rushed for 150 yards and three touchdowns on the afternoon. He now has 2,771 career rushing yards, breaking the record established by Mike Noffsinger in 2011 of 2,714 yards. The three rushing touchdowns also moves him into a tie with Noffsinger and Mark Nichols with a school-record 25 touchdowns.

The Panthers improved to 5-0 (5-0 GLIAC). Their last regular-season loss came in 2012.

Overall, the Panthers outgained Lake Erie (1-4, 1-4) 534-325 and dominated the time of possession battle, having the ball for 39:45. ODU ran for 289 yards and threw for 245 yards while holding Lake Erie to just 77 passing yards.

No. 9 West Chester tops Lock Haven, 41-16

WEST CHESTER, Pa. -- Senior Sean McCartney threw for 403 yards and five touchdowns as ninth-ranked West Chester (5-0, 4-0 PSAC) downed visiting Lock Haven (0-5, 0-4) inside John A. Farrell Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

McCartney, who has thrown at least three TD passes in each of West Chester's first five games this season, threw three TD passes in the first half as the Golden Rams jumped out on the Bald Eagles early. West Chester racked up 614 yards of total offense, marking the second consecutive week in which the Rams eclipsed 600 yards in a game. They posted 608 total yards of offense last week against Millersville.

Junior Brandon Monk ran for 133 yards on 14 carries to lead all rushers. He finished with 230 all-purpose yards in the win, adding 59 yards on kickoff returns and another 38 yards receiving.

McCartney spread around his 23 completions on 40 attempts to eight different receivers. Tim Brown, Shannon Mayer and Jim Hurley all caught a game-high five passes. Brown and Mayer each had a pair of touchdown catches, as well.

No. 10 Shepherd holds off Charleston 24-15

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Shepherd held off Charleston for a 24-15 victory in MEC football action at University of Charleston Stadium on Saturday. Charleston took a 3-0 lead on a 37-yard field goal by Bret Benes with 4:21 left in the first quarter.

Shepherd answered back to tie the game on a 33-yard field goal by junior kicker Ryan Earls with 7:45 left in the second quarter. The Rams took a 10-3 advantage when sophomore quarterback Jeff Ziemba teamed with junior wide receiver Dalton Boyd on a 29-yard scoring strike with 7:31 left in the third quarter.

Shepherd took a 17-3 lead with 12:36 left in the fourth quarter on a 13-yard scoring run by sophomore running back Jabre Lolley. Junior running back Allen Cross scored on a 4-yard run by junior running back Allen Cross with 11:53 left in the fourth quarter. The score was set up by an interception return by sophomore linebacker Octavius Thomas.

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