The Fort Hays State football team is currently sitting in playoff position, but the Tigers might have to win out to stay there.
Fort Hays (6-2) is tabbed seventh in the first edition of the NCAA Division II Super Region 3 rankings released Monday. The top seven teams in each region at the end of the regular season will advance to the playoffs.
Northwest Missouri (7-1) is ranked No. 4 in the region while Pittsburg State (6-2) is No. 9.
Ferris State, which beat FHSU in the playoffs last year, sits atop the rankings. Ouachita Baptist (8-0) is second while Grand Valley State (7-1) sits third.
Indianapolis (6-1) is fifth, Southern Arkansas (7-1) is sixth while Harding (6-2) is a spot behind the Tigers in eighth.
Players of the week
Fort Hays State kicker Dante Brown has been named MIAA special teams player of the week for the fourth time this season after coming up clutch in FHSU’s 29-26 double-overtime win on Saturday at Nebraska-Kearney.
Brown tied his single-game school record of five field goals, making two in the overtime periods to help the Tigers take the win.
Brown, who made all five of his attempts, leads NCAA Division II with 20 field goals on the year, which is also a single-season program record.
In the first overtime, he made a 34-yard field goal to give FHSU a 26-23 lead and UNK tied it up by matching with a field goal. He won the game with a 26-yarder in the second OT after UNK missed its field goal attempt.
Brown, a junior from Ontario, also connected on field goals from 47 and 46 yards in the fourth quarter and hit a 22-yarder before halftime.
Brown also earned the honor in weeks one, four and five this season.
Central Oklahoma quarterback Will Collins and Pittsburg State running back Tucker Horak were co-offensive players of the week and Pittsburg State defensive lineman Simanu'a Thomas earned the honor on defense.
What the polls say
Northwest Missouri State remains the only team represented in the American Football Coaches Association Division II poll.
The Bearcats stayed at No. 11 in the poll while Fort Hays and Pittsburg State received votes.
After beating Lindenwood 38-17 on the road last Saturday to remain in first place, Northwest Missouri will travel to Northeastern State this week to meet the winless Riverhawks.
Fort Hays State will play host to Lindenwood at 2 p.m. on Saturday in Lewis Field Stadium. Northwest and Fort Hays will meet on Nov. 3 in Maryville, Mo.
Other matchups this week are Pittsburg State (6-2) at Missouri Western (5-3), Emporia State (4-4) at Washburn (4-4), Nebraska-Kearney (4-4) at Central Missouri (3-5) and Central Oklahoma (5-3) at Missouri Southern (1-7).