Fort Hays State kicker/punter Dante Brown has been named MIAA special teams player of the week for the second time this season.
Brown connected on field goals of 43 and 48 yards and made all seven PAT attempts in the Tigers' 55-20 road win over Missouri Southern on Saturday. He also had an average of 52 yards on his three punts, including a 65-yarder.
Brown, a junior from Ontario, earned the award for this first time this season after the opener against Central Missouri. He is 7 of 8 on field goal attempts this season and is averaging 42.7 yards per punt.
Brown and the Tigers will play host to Central Oklahoma at 7 p.m. for FHSU's homecoming at Lewis Field Stadium.
Central Oklahoma quarterback Chandler Garrett earned the weekly honor on offense while Pittsburg State's Cole Morris took the defensive award.
Upsets hit in Week 4
Week 4 of the MIAA football slate was highlighted by a pair of upsets bringing early ramifications to the league title race.
Central Oklahoma delivered the stunner of the season so far, knocking off No. 4-ranked Northwest Missouri 31-21 on Saturday in Edmond, Okla.
The Bronchos were in control from the start against the Bearcats, building a 14-0 lead in the first quarter before pulling away with a pair of touchdowns in the third frame to open up a 28-3 lead.
"Those guys just went out there and did it," UCO head coach Nick Bobeck told Bronchosports.com. "They wanted it and they fought for it. They worked so hard and I'm really proud of them."
Garrett threw for 274 yards and four touchdowns while adding 59 yards on the ground in his first career start.
“Chandler is a competitor," Bobeck said. "He just goes out there and competes. He's been a great teammate in everything he does and he just went out there and got it done tonight.”
Washburn was responsible for the second biggest upset on Saturday, taking down Central Missouri 28-21 in Topeka behind a breakthrough performance from sophomore quarterback Mitch Schurig.
Like Garrett, Schurig made the most of his first start, getting the nod after Blake Peterson suffered an ankle injury the previous week against Fort Hays State. Schurig torched the Mules for 361 yards and four touchdowns, doing most of the damage in the first half.
Pittsburg State (4-0) is the only unbeaten team remaining in the conference after the Gorillas took a 30-17 win over Nebraska-Kearney in Pittsburg. Fort Hays State and Northwest Missouri are tied for second place with 3-1 records.
Seven teams are sitting in a massive logjam that makes up the middle of the pack, with Central Missouri, Central Oklahoma, Emporia State, Lindenwood, Missouri Western, Nebraska-Kearney and Washburn all sitting at 2-2.
Missouri Southern and Northeastern State are still searching for their first win.
Lindenwood powers past Emporia State
Emporia State lost a shootout to Lindenwood on Saturday in Emporia, falling 48-41 in game that had more than 1,100 yards of total offense.
The Hornets jumped out to leads of 13-0 and 20-7 before surrendering 28 straight points to the Lions.
Lindenwood, which built a 48-27 lead early in the fourth quarter, finished with 602 yards of offense while ESU had 503.
Lions’ quarterback Cade Brister went 20 of 26 through the air for 308 yards and five touchdowns with no interceptions while Lindenwood running back Nash Sutherlin ran for 166 yards with a touchdown on 16 carries.
“We fought ... we just got behind and had to play catch-up,” ESU coach Garin Higgins told the Emporia Gazette. “Then you’re not in control. When you’re trying to force things down the field, sometimes it can get a little bit sloppy. It’s a long season. We’re just going to have to rebound and regroup. The MIAA, it’s a slugfest each and every Saturday. You don’t know what’s going to happen down the road.”
What the polls say
Pitt State now leads all MIAA teams in the American Football Coaches Association Division II poll, moving up to No. 10 this week.
Northwest Missouri plummeted 13 spots to No. 17 while Fort Hays remained at No. 18. Washburn and Central Missouri received votes.
MIAA basketball media day set for Oct. 9
The MIAA will hold a media day for men’s and women’s basketball on October 9 at the College Basketball Experience in Kansas City, Missouri. Press conferences for all 14 MIAA teams will be streamed live and free to view on the MIAA Network.
Results last Saturday
Central Oklahoma 31, Northwest Missouri State 21
Fort Hays State 55, Missouri Southern 20
Lindenwood 48, Emporia State 41
Missouri Western 66, Northeastern State 16
Pittsburg State 30, Nebraska-Kearney 17
Washburn 28, Central Missouri 21
Games this Saturday
No. 10 Pittsburg State (2-2) at Lindenwood (2-2), 1 p.m.
Missouri Southern (0-4) at Central Missouri (2-2), 1 p.m.
Nebraska-Kearney (2-2) at Northeastern State (0-4), 1 p.m.
Emporia State (2-2) at No. 17 Northwest Missouri State (3-1), 1:30 p.m.
Central Oklahoma (2-2) at No. 18 Fort Hays State (3-1), 7 p.m.
Washburn (2-2) at Missouri Western (2-2), 7 p.m.