THURSDAY NIGHT’S NAIA FOOTBALL RESULTS

(#2)LINDENWOOD LIONS over the Evangel Crusaders 68-7 – Last night’s Victory Sports Network Game Of The Week was delayed by 4 hrs because of lightning. The Evangel Crusaders may well have wished the delay never ended in a game which the Lions led 49-0 by halftime. The only touchdown for the Crusaders came when an incomplete backward pass by Lindenwood was returned for the score. VSN gives us a double-shot of our NAIA love this week with a second webcast Game Of The Week on Saturday when the Top-ranked (and defending champs) Sioux Falls Cougars play at the Northwestern (IA) Red Raiders.

St Francis Fighting Saints and (#4)St Xavier Cougars – Mother nature wreaked havoc with this game, too, which was postponed to this Saturday the 4th. 

ARKANSAS TECH WONDERBOYS over the (#7) Lambuth Eagles 34-19   Don’t be deceived by the score. The Wonderboys are NCAA Division 2.  Lambuth is sure to bounce back when they begin NAIA play.

 (#22) TAYLOR TROJANS over the Anderson Ravens 42-20 Taylor is NAIA. The Ravens are NCAA Division 3. To impartial outsiders these divisions are often considered equal but never to their partisans! This game’s outcome is definitely ammo for the NAIA boosters.  

GEORGIA STATE PANTHERS over the Shorter Hawks 41-7 Remember what I said about Lambuth? Well that goes double here. Georgia State may have been playing their first ever football game but they are in NCAA Division 1AA, so you know everything, from money and facilities on down, favored the D1 school with more bucks to throw around AND playing at home. 

AUSTIN PEAY GOVERNORS over the Cumberland Bulldogs 38-6 Another predictable outcome in a 1AA vs NAIA game. The Bulldogs are sure to come tearing back. At least the school fed the fans who made the trip to Governors Stadium!

TIFFIN DRAGONS over the Malone Pioneers 31-21 Malone did the best job of last night’s NAIA teams up against D2 competition. The Association better be ready to deal with the Pioneers when league play starts. 

S ILLINOIS SALUKIS over the Quincy Hawks 70-7 On the flip side this was one of the most lopsided games of the night as the Hawks were crushed by 1AA Southern Illinois. As Quincy, ME  might have said, “How many people have to die before they institute a slaughter rule when schools are playing 2 divisions above their own?”

GLENVILLE STATE PIONEERS over the W Virginia Tech  Golden Bears 44-10  Another D2 over NAIA game. This was in no way a barometer of the Golden Bears program.

OUACHITA BAPTIST TIGERS over the Texas College Steers 70-0 Poor Texas College! They’ve only managed 3 points in their first two games. This loss may have been to D2’s Ouachita Baptist, but last week they lost by 50 to fellow NAIA team the Belhaven Blazers.

 MINNESOTA-CROOKSTON GOLDEN EAGLES over the Mayville State Comets 37-6 Yawn! Another D2 school beat an NAIA team. They’re supposed to, just like 1A teams are supposed to beat 1AA teams. (I know we’re not supposed to say 1A and 1AA anymore but I feel like a wild man when I do it!)

 

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