Sorry for the delay in getting this up but I was without internet access for awhile. But I know that’s a petty complaint considering how hard some places got hit by the hurricane. Anyway, D3 football doesn’t get started til next week so that’s why no D3 scores are mentioned this time.
Scares For Some Top-Ranked Teams – Thursday night the NJCAA’s number one team, Navarro College, needed overtime to defeat the third-ranked Butler (KS) Grizzlies and yesterday D2’s second-ranked team, the Delta State Statesmen, had to struggle to get past the ECSU Vikings in a 28-21 game that was sloppy but fun.
…And Don’t Let The Door Hit Your Butt On The Way Out – The Jamestown College Jimmies opened their 2011 season with an emotion-charged game against the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Hardrockers, who left the Dakota Athletic Conference after last year. The Jimmies already defended the DAC’s honor in last year’s season-ending Dac Bowl Event and didn’t miss a beat resuming their “who needs ya” lesson for the Hardrockers. This was a very tight game but Jamestown College won in overtime 23-20 on the Hardrockers’ own field.
Apache Dance – The Tyler Apaches and the Coffeyville Red Ravens played one of the most memorable games of opening weekend yesterday. This was a hard-hitting prize fight of a game that was the answer to a football fan’s dreams. The Apaches emerged with the win in this 16-14 Instant Classic.
How Long Has This Been Going On? – This week’s Marathon Game of the Week Award goes to the only game we had that went to Double Overtime or further. The Montana Tech Orediggers (love that name!) defeated the Southern Oregon Raiders 50-47 in Double OT. I’m sure we’ll soon have our usual four or more overtime matchups to fill this slot in my weekly recap.
Bad Start For Coach Biesiot – Dickinson State Blue Hawks head coach Hank Biesiot, the Joe Paterno of NAIA football, needs just five wins to break the all-time wins record currently held by Frosty Westering. Unfortunately for the DSU faithful the Rocky Mountain College Battlin’ Bears dismembered the Blue Hawks by a score of 38-3.
Under The Radar Classics – Some of the under-hyped matchups from yesterday yielded some of the tightest games of the day. The Mayville State Comets topped the Robert Morris (IL) Eagles 21-18, The Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Golden Norsemen defeated the Garden City Broncbusters 26-20, the Fond Du Lac Tribal College Thunder fell to the Central Lakes College-Brainerd Raiders 29-26 and the Joliet Wolves defeated the Arkansas Baptist College Buffaloes 24-16.
Hands Across The Borders? – It was all USA in yesterday’s games between American college football teams and those Mexican and Canadian colleges that play in the USA’s lower divisions. The Menlo Oaks plucked the feathers off the British Columbia Thunderbirds 39-13 and three Mexican teams were annihilated by their American competitors – the Eastern Arizona College Gila Monsters roughed up the University of Sonora Unisons 52-0, the Pima Aztecs went the Gila Monsters one touchdown better, dismantling the Institute of Technology of Sonora 59-0 and the Arizona Western College Matadors gored the Monterrey Tech Borregos Salvajes 44-7.
Much Ado About Nothing – Last year the Rivalry Renewed game between the Ottawa (KS) Braves and the Baker Wildcats was one of the best games of opening week. This year’s much-hyped edition of the game floundered after a promising start. The Braves, who won last year’s matchup, trailed just 17-16 at halftime but wound up losing in a 41-16 laugher.
Not Worth The Wait – Well, not if you’re a Vermillion fan. The game between the Vermillion Ironmen and the Minnesota West Bluejays was moved from Friday to yesterday, and the Ironmen fell by a score of 25-6. Not if you’re a Bacone fan, either. The Bacone Warriors played in the late game yesterday and were routed by D2’s Northeastern State Riverhawks 43-0. For those unfamiliar with the lower divisions, in the same way that 1A teams often schedule 1AA teams for a sure win, teams in 1AA and D2 often do the same thing with teams from divisions below their own.
One Team Was Playing Basketball, The Other Baseball – … Or maybe even soccer. The Marian Knights are hoping to prove last season was no fluke and made a statement in their opening game by trouncing the Olivet Nazarene Tigers 47-0, the Belhaven Blazers extended the Texas College Steers’ misery with a 47-3 beatdown and the perenially underrated Benedictine (KS) Ravens crushed the Concordia (NE) Bulldogs 45-0.