Yesterday was the kickoff of the 2014 college football season! ESPN doesn’t have the contract to televise the divisions that got underway so that’s why they simply ignore them to avoid publicizing games shown elsewhere. Here is a look at noteworthy results from August 23rd’s action.
INAUGURAL GAME FOR ACU – The ARIZONA CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY FIRESTORM played their very first game of intercollegiate football last night! They hosted the storied EVANGEL UNIVERSITY CRUSADERS who, unfortunately for the Firestorm faithful, made it a bittersweet night at best for ACU. The Crusaders (helmet above left) showed their years of experience over the newbies and went back home with a 40-16 victory. Congratulations to Evangel and welcome to gridiron action to the Firestorm! We’re all looking forward to seeing your football program grow.
MOUNTAINEERS CLIMB OVER THE OAKS – The EASTERN OREGON UNIVERSITY MOUNTAINEERS were on the road against the MENLO COLLEGE OAKS. The Mountaineers led 13-0 after the 1st Quarter, but by Halftime the Oaks had whittled that down to a 16-14 advantage. The 3rd Quarter started out with the teams exchanging scores, leaving the score EOU 23 MC 20. The Oaks closed out the Quarter by taking their first lead of the game, 27-23 but the Mountaineers would put up 22 unanswered points in the 4th to win 45-27. QB Zach Bartlow went 23 of 33 with 4 TD’s.
DAWGS CHOMP THE DIGGERS – The UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA- WESTERN BULLDOGS welcomed their archrivals the MONTANA TECH OREDIGGERS yesterday. Things got rolling early in a big way for the Bulldogs, who scored on their first three possessions for a 21-0 lead in the 1st Quarter. That expanded to a 35-0 lead at the Half. To close out the game the Montana Tech defense nearly shut out the UMW offense, giving up one lone field goal in the 2nd Half. The Orediggers scored once in the 4th Quarter making the final score Bulldogs 38 Orediggers 6. UMW QB Tyler Hulse threw for 3 TD’s in the win. Continue reading
The most wonderful time of the year is nearly upon us! If you’re ready for some gridiron clashes THAT COUNT for this year’s record, the divisions of college football covered here at Balladeer’s Blog kick off TOMORROW! The NAIA’s ARIZONA CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY FIRESTORM (helmets at left) will be playing their very FIRST year of intercollegiate football in 2014. For their inaugural game they will host the EVANGEL UNIVERSITY CRUSADERS tomorrow.
Some of the other terrific games lined up for tomorrow:
* NAIA *
The MAYVILLE STATE COMETS will host the WALDORF UNIVERSITY WARRIORS in a game that would normally pit the NORTH STAR ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION against the MID-STATES LEAGUE. Waldorf has joined the NSAA, making it a conference clash for both teams.
The MONTANA TECH OREDIGGERS are going to take it on the road for Week One and do battle with their arch-rivals the UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA-WESTERN BULLDOGS. These two teams always play some of the most memorable games in the FRONTIER CONFERENCE each year.
Meanwhile the MENLO COLLEGE OAKS will welcome the EASTERN OREGON UNIVERSITY MOUNTAINEERS to open the season. The Oaks are independent when it comes to football while the Mountaineers hail from the FRONTIER CONFERENCE. Continue reading
It’s that time of year again! Time to cover the list of college baseball players drafted from some of the divisions covered by Balladeer’s Blog and present their Official Balladeer’s Blog Nicknames. As always these nicknames are purely tongue-in-cheek and bear no resemblance to any actual nicknames ever applied to these players.
NAIA – The LEE UNIVERSITY FLAMES led the NAIA with five players selected: Myles “O’Keefe” Smith – Boston Red Sox ### Jose Samayoa, “The Right-Handed Throwa” – Texas Rangers ### Andy “Hollywood” Hills – Milwaukee Brewers ### “Clobberin'” Clint Terry – also Milwaukee ### And Alex “One Lee Player” Moore – also Milwaukee.
LUBBOCK CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY CHAPARRALS – LCU had four players selected: Fabian “Civis Romanus Sum” Roman – Cinci Reds ### Christian “The Bad CV” Vasquez – Toronto Blue Jays ### Jace “The Ace” Chancellor – San Diego Padres ### And Derek “The Domino” Loera – Tampa Bay Rays Continue reading
HORNET SPLIT – The NAIA’s unranked SOUTHERN POLYTECHNIC STATE UNIVERSITY RUNNIN’ HORNETS split a double-header yesterday with the number 3 team in the nation, the FAULKNER EAGLES. In one game the Runnin’ Hornets came out on top by a score of 5-1 and in the other the Eagles won in a 4-0 shutout. It all made for a bittersweet Senior Day for the Faulkner faithful.
CHAR-BROILED MUSTANGS – The ARIZONA CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY FIRESTORM took both games of their double-header against the 6th ranked MASTER’S MUSTANGS. Both games were absolute blowouts as the Firestorm singed the Mustangs 7-0 to start things off then incinerated them by a score of 13-3 in the second game. Though unranked in the NAIA poll Arizona Christian is number one in Continue reading
ARIZONA CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY FIRESTORM
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Comment: With a butt-kickingly cool name and logo like this combined with the school’s Phoenix, AZ location look Continue reading