Wheaton (Ill.) 35, No. 8 North Central (Ill.) 21
NAPERVILLE, Ill. – Wheaton (Ill.) defeated eighth-ranked North Central (Ill.) 35-21 on Saturday afternoon at North Central’s Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium to win the Little Brass Bell trophy that is on the line annually when the Thunder and Cardinals face off. It was Wheaton’s first win against the Cardinals since a 28-24 Thunder victory in Naperville in 2007.

First Downs 26 20
Rushing Yards 100 108
Passing Yards 380 344

Wheaton snapped the Cardinals’ 21-game CCIW winning streak with Saturday's effort and put the Thunder in a three-way tie for first-place in the CCIW with North Central and Elmhurst. 

The Thunder racked up 480 yards of total offense, passing for 380 yards, with 100 rushing yards. North Central had 442 yards of offense, passing for 334 and rushing for 108 yards.

Quarterback Jordan Roberts completed 32 of his 46 passing attempts for 380 yards with two touchdown passes. Roberts ran for a team-high 46 yards, with two touchdown runs. Sophomore receiver Mark Hiben caught 12 passes for 127 yards and Morgan Cook caught 11 passes for 181 yards, with one touchdown catch.

Senior linebacker Pat Dansdill led an outstanding effort by the Thunder defense with 14 total tackles, including one tackle for lost yardage (minus-9 yards) and a key interception return for a touchdown. CJ Nightingale and Brett Anderson each recorded seven total tackles. Anderson added a tackle for loss (minus-6 yards), with a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Wheaton forced four fumbles on the day.

No. 1 Mount Union 33, No. 14 Heidelberg 14
BEREA, Ohio – T.J. Lattimore ran for a career-high 131 yards and the Mount Union defense held No. 15 ranked Baldwin Wallace to 159 total yards as the top ranked Purple Raiders scored a 38-7 Ohio Athletic Conference victory in Berea.

The win secured the Purple Raiders' 21st consecutive (24th overall) Ohio Athletic Conference championship and a berth in the Division III playoffs for the 24th time. Mount Union (9-0, 8-0 OAC) is ranked No. 1 by the AFCA and d3football.com and No. 1 in the NCAA North Region.

After a scoreless first quarter that saw Mount Union gain just 20 yards on eight plays, the Raiders exploded for 499 yards during the last three quarters.

Quarterback Kevin Burke completed 17 of 22 passes for 202 yards with touchdowns to Jasper Collins and Julius Moore. Collins had a game-high 81 yards on seven catches while Moore had four catches for 80 yards.

Lattimore led a ground attack that chewed up 311 yards on the ground. Jake Simon had 79 yards on seven carries with a score while Blair Skilliter had two touchdowns.

This was all more than enough for a defense that after surrendering 87 yards in the first quarter allowed just 72 yards the rest of the game.

No. 2 Mary Hardin-Baylor 54, East Texas Baptist 20
MARSHALL, Texas – Mary Hardin-Baylor built an early lead and rode a record-setting performance from linebacker Javicz Jones to post a 54-20 victory against East Texas Baptist Saturday. The 2nd-ranked Cru improved to 9-0 overall and 6-0 in American Southwest Conference play with the victory.

UMHB clinched at least a share of the ASC title and locked up the league's automatic berth in the Division III playoffs with the win. The loss dropped the Tigers to 3-6 overall and 2-4 in ASC play on the season.

Jones finished with 13 tackles in the game and became the ASC's all-time leading tackler by pushing his career total to 416. Jones entered the game tied with Jared Sanderson of Hardin-Simmons for the conference record. He also had a 92-yard interception return is the longest in Cru football history and Jones is the first player in school history to return two interceptions for touchdowns in the same game.

UMHB rolled up 484 yards in total offense with 262 of those coming on the ground. The Cru held ETBU to just 42 rushing yards in the victory. Bailey was 13-22 passing for 162 yards and a touchdown and he added 43 yards rushing and two more TD's on the ground. Darius Wilson ran for 122 yards on 20 carries and Myles caught six passes for 65 yards.

Hubbard was 28 of 49 passing for ETBU for 308 yards, but he also threw those two costly picks. Roy Butler caught seven passes for 104 yards and Davis ran for 31 yards on nine carries. Dylan Bethea had a game-high 14 tackles to lead the ETBU defensive effort.

No. 3 St. Thomas (Minn.) 21, No. 16 Baldwin Wallace
MOORHEAD -– St. Thomas clinched a tie for its third consecutive MIAC football championship and a spot in the Division III playoffs for the fourth consecutive year with a 21-7 win against Concordia on Saturday.

The No. 3 Tommies (9-0, 7-0) who ran their regular-season winning streaks to 33 overall and 26 in the conference, won the title outright after second-place Bethel lost 24-17 at St. Olaf.

Matt O’Connell, coming off a leg injury that kept him out of last week’s win over Augsburg, starred for St. Thomas against the No. 16 Cobbers (7-2, 5-2). He finished with 283 yards of offense (11/18 completions for 217 yards and 66 yards rushing), including 247 in the first half.

The Tommies’ defense also came up big against one of the MIAC’s premier offenses for the second time in four games. They shut out previously unbeaten Bethel 37-0 at Homecoming on Oct. 13 in O’Shaughnessy Stadium.

No. 4 Linfield 47, Puget Sound 7
TACOMA, Wash. -- Linfield quarterbacks Mickey Inns and Josh Yoder combined for a school-record 541 passing yards, leading the Wildcats to a 47-7 demolition of winless Puget Sound on Saturday at Peyton Field.

Rolling up a season-high 692 yards, unbeaten Linfield (8-0, 5-0 NWC) clinched at least a share of a fourth consecutive NWC title and sewed up the league’s automatic berth into the NCAA Division III playoffs.

Puget Sound (0-8, 0-5 NWC) was held to 209 yards, including just 58 in the first half.

Linfield receiver Deidre Wiersma caught eight passes for 133 yards and two touchdowns and Charlie Poppen pulled in five passes for 88 yards and one score.

No. 5 Wesley 47, Apprentice School 0
DOVER, Del. – Wesley's defense allowed just 93 total yards as the fifth-ranked Wolverines ran past the Apprentice School 47-0 on Saturday afternoon at Scott D. Miller Stadium. The Navy & White did not turn the ball over for the second consecutive game as Justin Sottilare completed 14 of 18 passes for 222 yards and three touchdowns to lead the offense.

Sottilare through a pair of touchdown passes in the second quarter, sandwiching a 22-yard touchdown run by Steve Koudossou, and Wesley went into the half with a 40 point lead.

Head coach Mike Drass, who won his 175th career game with the victory, emptied the bench in the second half, but not before Jeremiah Howe scored on a 45-yard catch and run from Sottilare.

Defensively, the Wolverines tallied a season-high nine tackles for loss with Sosthene Kapepula and Morris combining for 4.5. Kapepula led the team with seven tackles while Matt Capetola, Dyamond Ruffin and Terence Gavin each had five. Leon Jones also picked off his third pass of the season, giving him ten for his career, which ties him with Jim Steene for tenth all-time at Wesley.

The Division III leader in punt returns, Hopkins increased his yards per return average nearly a full yard with three returns for 75 yards, including a long of 47 yards. The 47-yard run back was Hopkins' fifth return of over 40 yards this season.

No. 6 UW-Oshkosh 56, UW-Stevens Point 31
OSHKOSH, Wis. -- UW-Oshkosh scored five touchdowns in nine minutes during its 56-31 triumph against UW-Stevens Point on Saturday at J.J. Keller Field at Titan Stadium.

The Titans (9-0, 6-0 WIAC) have a nine-win season for the first time in the program's 118 years. UW-Oshkosh ran its winning streak to 11 games while clinching the WIAC title outright.

The UW-Oshkosh offense tallied 42 points in the second period and 486 yards during the first half. In just two quarters of play, Nate Wara compiled 279 yards and three touchdowns on 11 of 14 passing. Cole Myhra totaled 141 rushing yards on 13 carries and 77 yards on three catches. One of the Titans' quick strikes was a 94-yard touchdown reception by Zach Kasuboski.

Both teams finished with 21 first downs, but UW-Oshkosh outgained the Pointers, 507-442. UW-Stevens Point threw for 295 yards, while the Titans totaled 294 through the air.


No. 7 Hobart 34, St. Lawrence 14

Hobart scored touchdowns on five consecutive possessions en route to a 34-14 victory at St. Lawrence to clinch at least a share of the Liberty League Championship and the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Playoffs. The Statesmen improved to 9-0 for the first time in program history.

Hobart was led by quarterback Nick Strang, who was 15-of-18 passing for 233 yards and three touchdowns. The Statesmen defense sacked quarterback Danny Metzgar five times. Defensive end Tyre Coleman had three tackles for a loss, including a pair of sacks, to increase his team leading totals to 22 tackles for a loss and 12.5 sacks. He tied Dave Russell's season record for TFL set in 1997.

Hobart finished with the edge in total offense (370-249), as eight receivers caught passes from Strang led by Junior Woodard's six receptions for 83 yards and a TD.

After a scoreless first quarter, the Saints (0-9, 0-6) opened the scoring with a bit of trickery. St. Lawrence lined up to attempt a 30-yard field goal, but holder Zach Migliore stood and fired a pass to Evan Shifley for a touchdown and a 6-0 lead with 7:48 to play in the first half. Hobart regained offensive momentum after that, responding with a touchdown, then blew the game open in the third quarter.

Frankin & Marshall 14, No. 9 Johns Hopkins 12
LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall took a 14-point lead into the third quarter and held off a Johns Hopkins' rally to defeat the ninth-ranked Blue Jays 14-12 in Centennial Conference (CC) football action Saturday afternoon.  The win snaps Hopkins' 22- game regular-season winning streak, including 20 consecutive in CC play, and marks the first victory in the series for F&M since 2007. 

E.J. Schneider completed 20 of 28 passes for a game-high 189 yards and two touchdowns and added another 86 yards on the ground to pace the F&M offense. Frank Strumolo picked up 44 yards on the ground while Zackery and McGann both finished with 56 yards. Tim Muller hauled in six passes for 53 yards for the Diplomats.

Sam Massaro spearheaded the bend-but-don't-break F&M defense that held Hopkins scoreless in four of its six trips inside the 20 and to its lowest point total of the season. The senior linebacker had nine stops, one tackle for a loss, an interception and a fumble recovery. Ryan Feulner, Kenny Provost, Mike Shin, Ryan Young and Brendan Wengerter all came away with eight tackles. Nick Barbieri had five stops on the day.

C.T. Marsh picked up four solo stops with an assist and one sack. The sack brings his career total to 31.5, which makes him the all-time sack leader in CC history.