KNOCKING OFF NUMBER SIX – In the NAIA the 18th ranked SIENA HEIGHTS UNIVERSITY SAINTS took it on the road against the number 6 team in the nation – the UNIVERSITY OF SAINT FRANCIS (IN) COUGARS. The Saints stunned the Cougars and the prognosticators by toppling USF by a final score of 24-14.
MARATHON GAME OF THE DAY – This distinction goes to the clash between the NICHOLS COLLEGE BISON and their hosts the UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND NOR’EASTERS. The 4th Quarter ended in a 38-38 tie. One Overtime wasn’t enough. Two weren’t enough. Three weren’t enough. In the FOURTH OVERTIME the Bison emerged with a 51-48 triumph.
USCAA SPOTLIGHT GAME – USCAA stands for United States Collegiate Athletic Association. The WILLIAMSON COLLEGE OF THE TRADES MECHANICS took the field against the visiting NEW JERSEY WARRIORS yesterday. The Mechanics led 7-3 at the Half before going on to win the game 14-3.
HILLSDALE HOME-STAND – The storied HILLSDALE COLLEGE CHARGERS welcomed the KENTUCKY WESLEYAN COLLEGE PANTHERS. The Chargers spotted the Panthers a 7-0 1st Quarter lead before going on top 21-7 by Halftime. After the break Hillsdale College outscored their opponents 20-7 for a 41-14 blowout win.
SENIOR DAY – Back to the USCAA, the NEWPORT NEWS APPRENTICE SCHOOL BUILDERS (Shipbuilders) celebrated Senior Day with a visit from the KEYSTONE COLLEGE GIANTS. The Builders parlayed a 34-0 advantage at the midpoint into a 41-7 3rd Quarter lead and ultimately a 48-7 mangling of the Giants.
USCAA OVER D3 – Staying in the USCAA for the moment, the DEAN COLLEGE BULLDOGS traveled to face NCAA Division Three’s GALLAUDET UNIVERSITY BISON. A 14-14 1st Quarter tie turned into a 35-14 Bulldogs lead at Halftime. That became a 56-21 score to end the 3rd Quarter before Dean College went home with a 56-35 victory.
OTHER UPSETS IN THE RANKINGS – The only other Upset in the NAIA rankings on Saturday came in the game between the VALLEY CITY STATE VIKINGS and the visiting 13th ranked DICKINSON STATE BLUE HAWKS. The Blue Hawks led 15-3 at the break and 22-10 in the 3rd Quarter. The Vikings roared back in the 4th for a 23-22 come from behind win.
HAPPY HOMECOMINGS – The SOUTHWESTERN COLLEGE MOUNDBUILDERS downed the FRIENDS UNIVERSITY FALCONS by a score of 28-12 ### Meanwhile the (14) BENEDICTINE COLLEGE RAVENS totaled the CENTRAL METHODIST UNIVERSITY EAGLES 64-34 ### And the (22) LANGSTON UNIVERSITY LIONS eradicated the TEXAS WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY RAMS 69-7.
HOW SWEDE IT IS – The BETHANY COLLEGE SWEDES welcomed the TABOR COLLEGE BLUEJAYS. A 7-6 1st Quarter edge for the Swedes became a 17-6 advantage at the Half. From there Bethany College withstood a furious Bluejays rally to win out 23-20.
UNHAPPY HOMECOMINGS – The CLARKE UNIVERSITY PRIDE rained on Homecoming for the GRACELAND UNIVERSITY YELLOW JACKETS in a 28-23 thriller ### And the POINT UNIVERSITY SKYHAWKS annihilated their hosts the UNION COLLEGE BULLDOGS to the tune of 47-14.
WORKIN’ OVERTIME – This game pitted the BETHEL (KS) THRESHERS against the home-standing OTTAWA (KS) BRAVES. The Threshers led 9-6 in the opening Quarter but the Braves went up 32-29 at Halftime. A 39-32 Bethel advantage to end the 3rd Quarter became a 39-39 tie in the 4th. In Overtime the Threshers won it 46-45 off a missed Ottawa PAT.
ONE AND TWO ROLL – The (1) CONCORDIA (MI) CARDINALS smacked down the visiting TAYLOR UNIVERSITY TROJANS 34-10 ### And the (2) OTTAWA UNIVERSITY (AZ) SPIRIT dismembered the ARIZONA CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY FIRESTORM 47-7 in their own house.
SHOOTOUT IN THE HALL OF FAME GAME – The BLUEFIELD COLLEGE RAMBLING RAMS visited the (5) KENTUCKY CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY KNIGHTS for the Hall of Fame Game. Points flew like shrapnel in this contest but when all was said and done the Rambling Rams emerged with a 57-54 victory.
TEXAS TUSSLE – The TEXAS COLLEGE STEERS played host to the SOUTHWESTERN ASSEMBLIES OF GOD UNIVERSITY LIONS yesterday. These two teams went blow for blow and score for score much of the way before the Steers finally got off the schneid for 2019 with a 24-17 win.
BURN UNIT – The SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY FIRE faced the visiting (6) WARNER UNIVERSITY ROYALS. This was no contest as the Fire converted a 14-7 1st Quarter edge into a 31-14 lead at the break. From there Southeastern University kept up the pressure, incinerating the Royals 66-14.
SHUTOUT AND BLOWOUT – The INDIANA WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY WILDCATS achieved defensive perfection against the home-standing TRINITY INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY TROJANS. TIU should just burn the game tape after the Wildcats absolutely slaughtered them SIXTY-SIX to NOTHING.
NCAA DIVISION TWO
WE WENT TO A FOOTBALL GAME BUT A BASEBALL GAME BROKE OUT – The game with that designation this week saw the OHIO DOMINICAN UNIVERSITY PANTHERS host the WALSH UNIVERSITY CAVALIERS. A 7-0 Panthers lead in the opening Quarter remained unchanged the rest of the way, making 7-0 the final tally as well.
UNDER THE RADAR CLASSICS – The CENTRAL STATE MARAUDERS managed a 15-13 victory over the visiting MILES COLLEGE GOLDEN BEARS ### Meanwhile the OKLAHOMA BAPTIST UNIVERSITY BISON prevailed over the UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT MONTICELLO BOLL WEEVILS 33-31 ### And the SOUTH DAKOTA M&T HARDROCKERS survived an 8-7 visit from the NEW MEXICO HIGHLANDS COWBOYS.
A DOUBLE-SHOT OF THAT OT LOVE – The ASSUMPTION COLLEGE GREYHOUNDS greeted the STONEHILL COLLEGE SKYHAWKS. A tight 14-13 edge for the Skyhawks in the 1st Quarter became a comfortable 24-13 advantage come Halftime. The Greyhounds pulled to within 30-23 in the 3rd Quarter before knotting things up at 30-30 in the 4th. The 1st OT ended in a 37-37 deadlock and the 2nd in a 40-37 win for Assumption College.
ONE-POINT WONDERS – The SOUTHERN ARKANSAS UNIVERSITY MULERIDERS traveled to face the EAST CENTRAL UNIVERSITY TIGERS and downed them 24-23 ### And the ARKANSAS TECH WONDERBOYS won 36-35 at the SOUTHWESTERN OKLAHOMA STATE BULLDOGS.
CHOCTAWS IN CHARGE – The MISSISSIPPI COLLEGE CHOCTAWS hosted the SHORTER UNIVERSITY HAWKS in a Gulf South Conference clash. By Halftime the Choctaws were on top 31-7 over the Hawks. After the break Mississippi College coasted to a 41-20 victory.
Many helmets courtesy of the Helmet Project.