This was Week Two for the divisions covered here at Balladeer’s Blog.
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BATTLE IN THE TOP FIVE – The top ranked MARIAN UNIVERSITY KNIGHTS traveled to face the number 4 team in the nation – the SAINT XAVIER UNIVERSITY COUGARS. This crossover game in the Mid-States Football Association was all Marian most of the game. The Knights thoroughly dominated the Cougars and when all the dust had settled Marian University went back home boasting a FORTY-FIVE to THIRTEEN manhandling of SXU.
NUMBER SIX GETS TOPPLED – The number 15 BAKER UNIVERSITY WILDCATS were on the road against the 6th ranked GRAND VIEW UNIVERSITY VIKINGS yesterday. This game wound up being an undisputed Instant Classic that practically redefined the expression Smash-Mouth Football. The Wildcats pulled off the upset, dragging down the Vikings by a final tally of 20-15.
THURSDAY NIGHT CLASSIC – The unranked UNIVERSITY OF THE CUMBERLANDS PATRIOTS and the number 16 CAMPBELLSVILLE UNIVERSITY TIGERS fought a Gridiron Armageddon in the Blue Grass State. A 3-3 tie to end the 1st Quarter became a 10-10 tie at Halftime. A 17-10 Tiger lead in the 3rd Quarter became 17-13 and then a 20-17 Patriot edge to end the frame. Cambellsville went back on top 24-20 in the 4th Quarter but ultimately Cumberlands managed the final lead change for a 27-24 triumph.
ANOTHER ROAD UPSET – Yesterday another Road Dog defeated a ranked team in their own house. The number 19 WILLIAM PENN UNIVERSITY STATESMEN visited the 9th ranked MISSOURI VALLEY COLLEGE VIKINGS. The Statesmen led 13-7 in the 1st Quarter but the Vikings fought back to take a 21-13 advantage at the Half. That became a 28-13 lead with over 12 minutes left in the 3rd Quarter but it was all William Penn from there. The score was 28-20 to start the 4th Quarter, then 28-26 before a Safety let the Statesmen tie it up at 28-28. Another TD gave WPU a 35-28 upset win.
WELCOME TO THE GRIDIRON – The (22) TABOR COLLEGE BLUE JAYS traveled to face the LYON COLLEGE SCOTS in that team’s VERY FIRST intercollegiate football game. The Blue Jays made it a bittersweet (at best) inaugural game for the Lyon College faithful, more than doubling up on the Scots for a 45-21 victory. Congratulations to Tabor College but it’s exciting to see Lyon College now competing on the gridiron.
COMMUNITY NIGHT BEATDOWN – The KANSAS WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY COYOTES likewise played Road Warriors, disrupting Community Night for the WALDORF UNIVERSITY WARRIORS. The Coyotes were rolling on both sides of the ball, piling on points and keeping the Warriors out of the End Zone the entire game. Kansas Wesleyan parlayed a 14-6 Halftime lead into a 34-9 smackdown of Waldorf.
FOOTBALL AMUMNI DAY – The number 25 BENEDICTINE COLLEGE RAVENS marked Football Alumni Day by hosting the EVANGEL UNIVERSITY CRUSADERS yesterday. Both teams fought hard in this epic clash but naturally there could only be one victor. In the end the Ravens wound up emerging with a 24-14 triumph over their guests from Evangel University.
A ROYAL DRUBBING – The WARNER UNIVERSITY ROYALS were absolutely unstoppable in their game against the CONCORDIA (AL) COLLEGE HORNETS. The Royals slapped and slammed the visiting Hornets all game long with the end result being a THIRTY-FOUR to THREE trouncing of the team from Selma.
ONE TEAM WAS PLAYING BASKETBALL – The 8th ranked MIDAMERICA NAZARENE UNIVERSITY PIONEERS folded, spindled and mutilated the visiting CULVER- STOCKTON COLLEGE WILDCATS to the tune of EIGHTY to THIRTY-FOUR! ### And the REINHARDT UNIVERSITY EAGLES notched an astounding SEVENTY-THREE to TWENTY-ONE annihilation of the homestanding POINT UNIVERSITY SKYHAWKS.
UNDER THE RADAR CLASSICS – The OLIVET NAZARENE UNIVERSITY TIGERS hosted the MIDLAND UNIVERSITY WARRIORS on Saturday. The Tigers triumphed in a 27-21 thriller. ### And the number 17 team in the nation – the VALLEY CITY STATE VIKINGS – managed a 41-31 shootout win on the road against their archrivals the UNIVERSITY OF JAMESTOWN JIMMIES.
KEEPING THE MOMENTUM GOING – The COLLEGE OF IDAHO COYOTES followed up their very respectable revival year of their long-canceled football program with a victory to usher in Year Two. The Coyotes welcomed the visiting EASTERN OREGON UNIVERSITY MOUNTAINEERS in a Frontier Conference fracas. College of Idaho defeated the Mountaineers by the impressive score of 40-28.
ROAD WARRIORS – The (24) WEBBER INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY WARRIORS traveled to Phoenix against the ARIZONA CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY FIRESTORM and won a 48-21 beatdown. ### Meanwhile the PRESENTATION COLLEGE SAINTS won a much closer 23-14 road game with the BRIAR CLIFF UNIVERSITY CHARGERS. ### And the BETHEL (TN) WILDCATS mauled the MISSOURI BAPTIST UNIVERSITY SPARTANS 48-7.
TRINITY SHUTS OUT TRINITY – The TRINITY INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY TROJANS took it on the road to battle the TRINITY BIBLE COLLEGE LIONS. This turned out to be a very, VERY one-sided affair as Trinity International pushed Trinity Bible all over the field. The Trojans excelled on offense and achieved defensive perfection, totalling the Lions in a FORTY-FIVE to NOTHING shutout.
HOME TEAMS ROLLING – The WAYLAND BAPTIST UNIVERSITY PIONEERS totaled their guests the SOUTHWESTERN COLLEGE MOUNDBUILDERS by the odd score of 42-5. ### Meanwhile the UNIVERSITY OF PIKEVILLE BEARS hammered the BLUEFIELD COLLEGE RAMBLING RAMS 32-13 on Thursday night. ### And the GRACELAND UNIVERSITY YELLOW JACKETS decimated the AVILA UNIVERSITY EAGLES (formerly the Avalanche) to the tune of 45-14.
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NUMBER ONE ROLLS – The top-ranked Defending Champions – the EAST MISSISSIPPI COLLEGE LIONS – were clinging to a 27-20 lead over the visiting SOUTHWEST MISSISSIPPI BEARS in the 3rd Quarter. From there the Lions put up 42 unanswered points for a SIXTY-NINE to TWENTY beatdown. This Thursday night game was the 25th win in a row for East Mississippi.
NUMBER TWO TAKES A FALL – The number 11 team in the nation – the TYLER COLLEGE APACHES – hosted the 2nd ranked TRINITY VALLEY COLLEGE CARDINALS on Saturday. “Who needs defense?” was the theme of this action-packed shootout. When the smoke cleared the Apaches had reduced the Cardinals to 0-2 for the 2015 season by defeating them 71-64.
COX KICKOFF CLASSIC – The COFFEYVILLE COLLEGE RED RAVENS welcomed the 3rd ranked IOWA WESTERN COLLEGE REIVERS in the Cox Kickoff Classic. For most of the game things were going as predicted with the ever-tough Reivers leading the Red Ravens 35-14 with 10:48 left in the 3rd Quarter. Coffeyville QB Riley Ferguson then took over the game and led his team to tie up the game at 42-42 to end Regulation! In Overtime the Red Ravens shut out the Reivers and then got a Touchdown for a 48-42 victory! Ferguson ended the game with 458 passing yards and FIVE Touchdowns – 3 through the air and 2 on the ground!
BLUE DRAGONS INCINERATE THE WARRIORS – The (6) HUTCHINSON COLLEGE BLUE DRAGONS took on the STERLING COLLEGE WARRIORS, a team they haven’t faced since 1946. Sterling may not want to play the Blue Dragons again until about 2146 after this game. Hutch completely eviscerated their guests in a SEVENTY to NOTHING laugher.
ASA CIVIL WAR SHOCKER – The storied (17) ASA COLLEGE (NY) AVENGERS traveled to Hialeah, FL to do battle with the ASA COLLEGE (FL) SILVER STORM, a team that was playing in just their SECOND EVER intercollegiate football game. A 7-0 Avengers lead in the 1st Quarter remained just 7-0 at Halftime. The 3rd Quarter ended with ASA-New York leading the Silver Storm 13-7 but the gutsy newcomers came back to win the game 17-16, shocking the nation! ASA (FL) Quarterback Itoro Nelson passed for 244 yds and a Touchdown in the upset. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE SILVER STORM ON THEIR FOOTBALL TEAM’S FIRST WIN EVER. It only took two games!
COMEBACK CANINES – The (9) MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST COLLEGE BULLDOGS trailed the homestanding NORTHEAST MISSISSIPPI COLLEGE TIGERS by a score of 16-13 at Halftime. After the break the Bulldogs righted their ship and came back to win the game in the end by an authoritative final score of 40-23.
UNDER THE RADAR CLASSICS – The ARIZONA WESTERN COLLEGE MATADORS traveled to battle the NEW MEXICO MILITARY INSTITUTE BRONCOS (should be the Cavalry). The Matadors won a 28-26 game for the ages. ### The GARDEN CITY COLLEGE BRONCBUSTERS likewise won a road thriller, in their case 36-28 at the HIGHLAND COLLEGE SCOTTIES. ### And the SNOW COLLEGE BADGERS eked out a 24-21 win over the visiting MESA COLLEGE THUNDERBIRDS.
GREAT (FORT) SCOTT! – The FORT SCOTT COLLEGE GREYHOUNDS found themselves on the road against the IOWA CENTRAL COLLEGE TRITONS. The Greyhounds got their 2015 campaign off on the right foot in this Kansas versus Iowa clash. When all was said and done Fort Scott College had defeated the Tritons by a final tally of 21-10. Greyhounds fans can feel their hopes rising after their team’s struggles in recent years.
THURSDAY NIGHT BLOWOUTS – The EAST CENTRAL COLLEGE WARRIORS dominated on both sides of the ball against their guests, the MISSISSIPPI DELTA COLLEGE TROJANS. A 27-0 Halftime lead became a THIRTY-FOUR to NOTHING shutout victory. ### And the PEARL RIVER COLLEGE WILDCATS handed the COAHOMA COLLEGE TIGERS a 32-6 hammering in their own house.
THURSDAY’S GAME OF THE NIGHT – The HINDS COLLEGE EAGLES started out in control of their game against the HOLMES COLLEGE BULLDOGS, leading 13-0 to end the 1st Quarter but the Bulldogs made it a 13-6 game by Halftime. 19-6 in the 3rd Quarter became 19-13 and ultimately 25-13 before Holmes College made it a 25-20 game with 14:50 to play in the 4th. A gutsy 2-point conversion gave the Bulldogs their first lead at 28-25 halfway through the Quarter but the Eagles came back for a 32-29 win in this Instant Classic.
HUNGRY LIKE THE WOLFPACK – The (7) COPIAH-LINCOLN COLLEGE WOLFPACK were on the road against the ITAWAMBA COLLEGE INDIANS Thursday night in Fulton, MS. The Wolfpack converted a 10-0 1st Quarter lead into a victory by a final tally of 26-14 when all was said and done.
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