Fort Hays State senior quarterback Jacob Mezera took MIAA co-offensive player of the week honors after helping the Tigers take down Pittsburg State, 50-21, on Saturday at Lewis Field Stadium.
Mezera completed 9 of 17 passes for 231 yards with three touchdowns, averaging 25.7 yards per pass. In the process, the senior broke FHSU career records for passing yards and passing touchdowns, now sitting at 7,083 yards and 56 touchdowns in his career.
Mezera found Harley Hazlett for a 75-yard touchdown pass on the first play of the game. He connected with Matt Wendelberger for a 59-yard touchdown in the second quarter and had a 34-yard TD to Layne Bieberle in the third.
Mezera shared the honor with Emporia State's Braxton Marstall, who threw 278 yards and two touchdowns and added 63 yards and two touchdowns on the ground in ESU's 43-21 win at Central Missouri.
Emporia State's Parker Bass took the honor on defense after returning a fumble 74 yards for a touchdown against UCM. He also notched a career-high tackles.
Lindenwood's D'Harius Brown was special teams player of the week after taking the opening kickoff 83 yards for a touchdown.
What the polls say
Northwest Missouri is the only MIAA team represented in this week's American Football Coaches Association Division II poll, coming in at No. 11.
Pittsburg State dropped out of the poll after the loss to Fort Hays. FHSU, Pitt State, Emporia State and Central Oklahoma were among the teams receiving votes.
Fort Hays State will look to stay within striking distance of Northwest Missouri in the league race when the Tigers travel to Nebraska-Kearney for an 11 a.m. game on Saturday.
Northwest (6-1) has a one-game lead on Fort Hays and Pittsburg State, both 5-2, in the standings. The Bearcats will be at Lindenwood while Pitt State will be at home against Central Missouri.
Other matchups include Washburn (4-3) at Central Oklahoma (4-3), Missouri Western (4-3) at Emporia State (4-3) and Northeastern State (0-7) and Missouri Southern (0-7).