DOWN GOES NUMBER TWO – In the NAIA the 7th ranked GRAND VIEW UNIVERSITY VIKINGS visited the number 2 team in the nation – the BENEDICTINE COLLEGE RAVENS. The 1st Half was a defensive epic with the Ravens leading 6-3 at the break. From there Grand View shut out Benedictine College while adding 14 points in the 3rd Quarter and 10 in the 4th for a 27-6 Upset.
AND NUMBER THREE COMES TUMBLING AFTER – Elsewhere in the NAIA the number 6 MARIAN UNIVERSITY KNIGHTS welcomed the country’s 3rd ranked UNIVERSITY OF SAINT FRANCIS (IN) COUGARS. The Knights grabbed a 7-0 1st Quarter lead which turned into a 21-10 advantage by Halftime. After the break Marian University scored the only points of the 2nd Half with a 4th Quarter Touchdown. The final score was Knights 28 Cougars 10.
KNOCKING OFF NUMBER ONE – Meanwhile, down in the NJCAA, the 20th ranked HIGHLAND COLLEGE SCOTTIES played host to the number 1 team in the land – the storied HUTCHINSON COLLEGE BLUE DRAGONS. The Scotties handed the Blue Dragons their first loss of 2019, emerging on top in a 29-27 game for the ages.
FIVE AND SIX FALL – In NCAA Division Three the (9) WHEATON COLLEGE THUNDER defeated the (5) NORTH CENTRAL (IL) CARDINALS by a final score of 35-21 ### And the TEXAS LUTHERAN UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS won 38-27 at the (6) HARDIN-SIMMONS UNIVERSITY COWBOYS.
USCAA SPOTLIGHT GAME – The NEWPORT NEWS APPRENTICE SCHOOL BUILDERS (Shipbuilders) from the USCAA (United States Collegiate Athletic Association) traveled to face the ANNA MARIA COLLEGE AMCATS. The Builders were chasing the Amcats 6-0 in the 1st Quarter before going up 21-6 by the Half. The 3rd Quarter ended with NNAS leading 28-12 and the 4th with a 35-20 Builders victory.
TOPPLING NUMBER EIGHT – In NCAA Division Two the ASHLAND UNIVERSITY EAGLES paid a visit to the country’s number 8 GRAND VALLEY STATE LAKERS. The Lakers led 7-0 in the 1st Quarter and 10-0 at the midpoint. Neither team scored in the 3rd Quarter, but in the 4th the Eagles came roaring back to win the game 20-17.
HILLSDALE HEROICS – Staying in NCAA Division Two the legendary HILLSDALE COLLEGE CHARGERS took the field against the visiting CONCORD UNIVERSITY MOUNTAIN LIONS. A 7-7 tie in the opening Quarter became a 17-7 advantage for the Chargers by Halftime. From there Hillsdale outscored the Mountain Lions 21-7 to win it 38-14.
OTHER UPSETS IN THE RANKINGS – The only other Upset in the NAIA rankings yesterday came in the game between the SOUTHWESTERN COLLEGE MOUNDBUILDERS and their guests the number 25 BETHEL (KS) THRESHERS. This back and forth affair ended in a 28-24 triumph for the Moundbuilders.
MARATHON GAME OF THE DAY – This designation goes to the embarrassing clash between the UNIVERSITY OF JAMESTOWN JIMMIES and the visiting CONCORDIA (NE) BULLDOGS. It took FOUR OVERTIMES but ten times as many laughs as the Jimmies won this comedy of errors by a final score of a mere 13-10.
UNDER THE RADAR CLASSICS – The TABOR COLLEGE BLUE JAYS defeated their guests the OTTAWA (KS) BRAVES in a 35-28 thriller ### Meanwhile the INDIANA WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY WILDCATS won a 14-13 game for the ages at the TAYLOR UNIVERSITY TROJANS ### And the MCPHERSON COLLEGE BULLDOGS (should be the Mastiffs) beat the FRIENDS UNIVERSITY FALCONS 26-20 in their own house.
WORKIN’ OVERTIME – This game pitted the TEXAS WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY RAMS against the visiting SOUTHWESTERN ASSEMBLIES OF GOD UNIVERSITY LIONS. Despite a 20-3 Rams advantage at the Half, the explosive 4th Quarter ended in a 34-34 tie. Not one, not two but THREE OVERTIMES later Texas Wesleyan won it 52-44.
HOMECOMINGS – The AVILA UNIVERSITY EAGLES (formerly the Avalanche) had a happy Homecoming with a 51-38 victory over the BETHANY COLLEGE SWEDES ### And an UN-happy Homecoming resulted when the visiting WILLIAM PENN UNIVERSITY STATESMEN hammered the MISSOURI VALLEY COLLEGE VIKINGS 41-14.
NUMBER ONE WITH THE WIN – The (1) CONCORDIA (MI) CARDINALS found themselves in a brutal grudge match with their guests the SIENA HEIGHTS UNIVERSITY SAINTS. The defenses ruled as the final score was more like a baseball result. The Cardinals defeated the Saints 10-7.
NUMBER TWO ROLLS – The (2) OTTAWA UNIVERSITY (AZ) SPIRIT visited the OKLAHOMA PANHANDLE STATE AGGIES (should be the Okies). The Spirit dominated throughout, leading 10-7 in the 1st Quarter, 23-7 at Halftime and 44-7 in the 3rd before winning the game 47-7.
ROAD WARRIORS – The (6) GENEVA COLLEGE GOLDEN TORNADOES took it on the road against the SAINT VINCENT COLLEGE BEARCATS. The Golden Tornadoes were on top 24-10 by the break, then shut out the Bearcats from there. In the end Geneva College won out 48-10.
SHUTOUT – The (11) GREENVILLE COLLEGE PANTHERS welcomed the WESTMINSTER (MO) BLUE JAYS on Saturday. A 14-0 1st Quarter lead for the Panthers remained unchanged at the Half. From there Greenville College added 22 more points while keeping the Blue Jays off the board for a 36-0 triumph.
NCAA DIVISION TWO
OTHER UPSETS IN THE RANKINGS – The only other Upset in the D2 rankings came in the game between the EASTERN NEW MEXICO UNIVERSITY GREYHOUNDS and their hosts the 24th ranked MIDWESTERN STATE MUSTANGS. The Greyhounds put the Mustangs on Upset Alert at Halftime with a 17-3 lead only to see Midwestern State go on top 24-17 in the 3rd Quarter. In the 4th Eastern New Mexico came back to win the game 27-24.
ONE-POINT WONDERS – The NORTH GREENVILLE UNIVERSITY CRUSADERS visited the UNIVERSITY OF WEST ALABAMA TIGERS and defeated them 29-28 ### Meanwhile the EDINBORO UNIVERSITY FIGHTING SCOTS won 18-17 at the GANNON UNIVERSITY GOLDEN KNIGHTS ### And the BEMIDJI STATE BEAVERS edged the AUGUSTANA (SD) VIKINGS 21-20.
INSTANT CLASSIC – The WINONA STATE WARRIORS traveled to face the MINNESOTA STATE AT MOORHEAD DRAGONS yesterday. The Dragons were chasing the Warriors 20-9 at Halftime but pulled to within 20-18 to end the 3rd Quarter. The Warriors held on in the 4th for a 28-26 triumph.
BLOWOUTS – The UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA AT KEARNEY LOPERS clobbered their guests the NORTHEASTERN STATE RIVERHAWKS by a score of 45-10 ### The UNIVERSITY OF WEST FLORIDA ARGONAUTS spanked the DELTA STATE STATESMEN 48-3 ### And the SOUTHERN ARKANSAS UNIVERSITY MULERIDERS routed the SOUTHWESTERN OKLAHOMA STATE BULLDOGS 42-20.
NCAA DIVISION THREE
OTHER UPSETS IN THE RANKINGS – The UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN AT PLATTEVILLE PIONEERS toppled the (16) UW-LACROSSE EAGLES 38-20 ### Meanwhile the UNION COLLEGE DUTCH won 23-7 against the (21) HOBART STATESMEN ### And the HOPE UNIVERSITY FLYING DUTCHMEN crushed their hosts the (24) TRINE UNIVERSITY THUNDER 51-0.
SAFETY LAST – The SAINT OLAF COLLEGE OLES limited the visiting HAMLINE UNIVERSITY PIPERS to a Safety. Meanwhile the Oles piled up 9, 14 and 6 points respectively in the 1st, 2nd and 4th Quarters. The final tally in this lopsided game was Saint Olaf 29 Pipers 2.
A DOUBLE SHOT OF THAT OT LOVE – The U.S. MERCHANT MARINE ACADEMY MARINERS won in Double Overtime against the M.I.T. ENGINEERS 35-29 ### The GROVE CITY COLLEGE WOLVERINES defeated the CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY TARTANS 29-26 ### And the MIDDLEBURY PANTHERS won 34-31 at the AMHERST COLLEGE MAMMOTHS.
ONE-POINT WONDER – The PUGET SOUND UNIVERSITY LOGGERS played host to the GEORGE FOX UNIVERSITY BRUINS. A 7-7 tie in the 1st Quarter became a 10-7 edge for the Bruins at Halftime. The 3rd Quarter ended with the Loggers trailing 17-14 before forcing Overtime with a 17-17 tie. In the extra session Puget Sound University won off a missed GFU extra point, 24-23.
SEVEN OVER THREE – The 7th ranked NORTHWEST MISSISSIPPI COLLEGE RANGERS visited the number 3 team in the nation – the EAST MISSISSIPPI COLLEGE LIONS. A 41-22 Rangers lead by the break ultimately turned into a 56-36 victory over the two-time defending champion Lions.
DOWN GOES NUMBER FOUR – The INDEPENDENCE COLLEGE PIRATES welcomed the 4th ranked BUTLER (KS) GRIZZLIES yesterday. The Pirates led the Grizzlies 28-13 by Halftime. From there Independence College kept up the pressure, smacking down Butler by a final tally of 49-20.
ONE OVERTIME WASN’T ENOUGH – This game pitted the NORTH DAKOTA STATE COLLEGE OF SCIENCE WILDCATS against the home-standing NORTHLAND COLLEGE PIONEERS. Four Quarters weren’t enough for these two teams. Not even 1 Overtime was enough. In DOUBLE OVERTIME the Wildcats emerged with a 27-21 triumph.
HOME TEAMS OPENING UP A CAN – The ARKANSAS BAPTIST COLLEGE BUFFALOES smacked around the visiting GEORGIA KNIGHTS to the tune of 35-6 ### Meanwhile the MONROE COLLEGE MUSTANGS manhandled the VALLEY FORGE MILITARY ACADEMY PATRIOTS 53-6 ### And the NAVARRO COLLEGE BULLDOGS routed the TEXAS A&T DRILLERS 69-41.
Many helmets courtesy of the Helmet Project.