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Week 1 of the regular season is over, and we had a bunch of coaches and good teams kicking off their season with competitive games.
NC favorites and #1 EPR Huntingdon
started with a 17-0
complete shutdown against Sewanee
, outgaining them 447 yards to 181. Timothy Carlson
was the player of the game, finishing 28/43 for 384 yards and 2 TD.
started off with a convincing 32-13
win at Macalester
. Defense was they key for them, with great performances from John Hernandez
(10 TCK, 3 SCK, 1 FF) and William Martinez
(4 TCK, 1 SCK, 1 FF, 2 INT, 1 PD). They outgained their opponents 421 yards to 222, and forced a total of 4 turnovers.
In a very close game, Mount Union
took care of business and walked out with a 30-23
win against Husson
, who were surprisingly much better than expected and outgained Mount Union in total yards, but couldn't pull it off. The game ended in the most dramatic of ways, when Steve Reed
connected with James Adams
on a 93-yard touchdown pass, with the score tied at 23 with only 20 seconds remaining.
In what can be considered a minor upset, Union (NY)
showed they are for real this season with a 37-26
win over Colorado College
. They completely controlled the game with their RB tandem, Phillip Santana
(18 CAR, 141 YDS, 2 TD) and Jay Estrada
(14 CAR, 100 YDS, 1 TD)
Week 2 is in the books, and the highlight is the surprising 0-2 start for Colorado College
, after another 14-21
loss to Curry
. Colorado allowed 21 unanswered points in the last 10 minutes, after completely shutting down Curry in the first 50. Despite outgaining their opponents 419 yards to 282, Colorado allowed 5 turnovers in the game, and that enough to make the difference.
The game of the week was a very close and hard fought battle, with Trinity (TX)
pulling out a 18-16
upset against EPR #1 Huntingdon
. Timothy Carlson
was sacked in the endzone with 3:10 remaining, and that made the difference. Trinity's defense was behind their win, with good contributions from John Simpson
(10 TCK, 1 SCK) and Samuel Quinn
Another huge upset saw Colby
walking out with 30-29
double overtime win against Loras
on the road. Andrew Johnson
kicked a 39-yard field goal with 0:04 remaining in regulation to tie the game, but this only "delayed" the upset. He then missed an extra point in OT2, causing Loras to suffer a dramatic upset, despite 4 turnovers throughout the game by Colby.
In another close game that ended up as a defensive struggle, Whittier
did enough to walk away with a 13-6
win against King's (PA)
. Michael Roberts
(10 TCK, 2 SCK) was the player of the game. Whittier completely shut down the run, holding King's to just 19 yards on 18 carries.
In the last of our top games for today, Concordia (WI)
walked away with their second consecutive win this season, after a 41-28
effort against Hiram
. Lee Garcia
replaced the RS Fr QB Kevin Harper
in the second half, and he was sharp once again, almost walking out with a perfect game (15/16, 191 yards, 3 TD). Michael Donnelly
had 7 catches for 135 yards and 2 TD.
Several teams from the SCAC were having top games in Week 3, unfortunately for the conference, they all lost.
After defeating the #1 EPR and NC favorite Huntingdon last week, Trinity (TX)
had another close game, this time suffering a 15-18
loss to Susquehanna
. John York
connected with Edward Shelton
on a 1-yard toss to tie the game for Susquehanna with 5:16 remaining, and then Anthony Dugan
made a 34-yard field goal to win it with only 0:08 left.
overcame a 10-point deficit at halftime to beat La Verne 20-10
. Fr QB Robert Newman
(19/27, 194 yards, 2 TD) was the player of the game.
was the final SCAC team involved in top games this week, losing 24-30
. Joseph Mills
kept making his case for best rookie RB in DIII Bryant, finishing with 6 carries for 138 yards and 1 TD. He also had a catch for 8 yards. Greenville is now 3-0.
The other powerhouse of the IBFC, Concordia (WI)
, also made a 3-0 start, avenging their last season first round playoff loss with a 13-6
win against Curry
. In a low-scoring affair, Leroy Carter
made a 42-yard field goal to tie the game at 6 for Curry, with 1:14 remaining. Right after that, Goerge Chavez
returned the kickoff for 89 yards to score the game winning touchdown for Concordia. This was the only TD of the game, and Concordia moved to top the Press Rankings after this win.
In the last of our top games for this week, King's
defeated Colorado College 19-7
, behind a good performance by Richard Holden
(35/55, 348 yards, 2 TD). In the past 9 seasons, Colorado had never lost 3 games in the entire regular season. This season, however, they have an 0-3 start.
Week 4 was not different than Week 3 in terms of the SCAC teams being booked in competitive games.
suffered their second consecutive loss of season, 37-40
against Howard Payne
. The game saw a dramatic finish. Leo Arrington
made a 28-yard field goal to tie the game at 37 for Trinity with 0:20 remaining. Ray Riley
then returned the kickoff for 94 yards, to set up the game winning field goal for Howard Payne with 2 seconds left.
In another losing effort for the SCAC, Menlo
defeated Redlands 47-30
. Menlo's prolific offense kept rolling, and Paul Lewis
made another huge effort to contribute to his player of the year candidacy, finishing 38/52 for 493 yards, 7 TD, 1 INT. Menlo is now 4-0, ranked #6 in the first WIS rankings for this season.
were back on track with a 23-7
win against California Lutheran
, scoring 17 unanswered points in the second half. Kenneth Smith
was the player of the game, with 11 TCK, 1 FF, and 2 PD.
Defending national champions Gettysburg
had a comfortable win in their first competitive game this season, 35-19
against Washington (MO)
. Their RB tandem had another great game, Steve Morrison
had 19 carries for 105 yards and a TD, while John Gore
had 16 carries for 124 yards and a TD.
After week 4, the first WIS Rankings of the seasons were out, and they were topped by Austin
OOC games are over fellas, and top teams were playing each other in this last week, as we go over 4 top games.
#4 Concordia (WI)
finished their OOC schedule undefeated after a 20-3
win against #11 MIT
. Concordia outgained MIT 350 yards to 257, and had 36:04 TOP. The last time Concordia defeated MIT in the OOC seasonal rivalry, they went on to become undefeated national champions. Concordia has gained a couple of spot in the WIS rankings after this win, jumping to #2.
In a close and hard fought battle, #21 Huntingdon
shut down the prolific offense of #6 Menlo
, beating them 22-19
. Paul Lewis
had the toughest game of his career, finishing 44/72 for 417 yards, 2 TD, 5 INT. Huntingdon jumped to #9 after this win, while Menlo dropped to #18.
In a game between top 10 teams, #1 Austin
did enough to walk away with a 16-13
win against #7 Methodist
. Despite the win, Austin dropped to #2, leaving St. Olaf
on top of the rankings, while Methodist dropped to #12.
In other top games, Susquehanna
defeated Hiram 20-17
, and Loras
defeated Wisconsin Lutheran 24-21
Week 6 is of course the first week of conference play, where teams who slipped earlier in OOC get their final chance to make the playoffs with an automatic bid. Let's start with the upsets.
is undefeated no more, suffering a surprising 10-20
loss against Randolph-Macon
. Bluffton just couldn't get anything going, finishing with 179 yards of total offense, compared to Randolph-Macon's 275.
Another upset saw #11 New Jersey
also losing their first game of the season, 20-21
. David Fontenot
connected with Steve Wright
on a 8-yard TD pass with 1:23 remaining to win it for Chapman. Tyler Parker
's effort (22 CAR, 177 YDS) wasn't enough to lift New Jersey.
Moving on to the Week 6 top games, and the hottest one was in the OAC, with #17 Mount Union
pulling off a comfortable 24-3
win against #14 Wlimington (OH)
. Steve Reed
(22/39, 347 YDS, 3 TD, 1 INT) was voted the player of the game.
In another huge game, this time in the very competitive ASC, #5 Howard Payne
held on to pull off an important 36-29
victory against California Lutheran
. Howard Payne went all running, finishing with 275 rushing yards on 65 carries. With a win against one of the ASC top dogs, they have proved that this team is for real.
In the CC, defending national champions #6 Gettysburg
remained undefeated, pulling off a close 24-17
win at Union (NY)
. They had great contributions from their RB tandem once again, Steve Morrison
(18 CAR, 121 YDS, 1 TD) and John Gore
(23 CAR, 79 YDS, 1 TD). They also had good contribution from their defensive linemen, George Torres
(9 TCK, 1 FF, 1 PD) and Ray Womack
(7 TCK, 1 SCK, 1 FF).
Week 6 WIS Rankings: 1. Austin (6-0), 2. Wisconsin-Platteville (6-0), 3. Concordia (WI) (6-0), 4. Ferrum (6-0), 5. Howard Payne (6-0), 6. Gettysburg (6-0), 7. St. Olaf (6-0), 8. Huntingdon (5-1), 9. Whittier (5-1), 10. Mount Union (6-0)
Week 7 is in the books, and no major upsets this week as all of the Top 20 teams have won their games. Below is a summary of Week 7 top games:
In the IIAC, Loras
were dominant against Waynesburg
, walking away with a 26-6
win. William Ward
had a huge game, finishing 18/31 for 233 yards and a TD. He also had 11 carries for 120 yards and a rushing TD. Loras outgained Waynesburg 445 yards to 252, and sacked Travis Dillon
4 times. With those teams looking like pretty much everything in the IIAC, a possible rematch for the Conference Championship is expected.
In the ODAC, #22 Bluffton
suffered their second consecutive defeat of the season after a 5-0 start, this time losing 14-24
against Bridgewater (VA)
. Bridgewater's defense was key for them, as they forced 4 fumbles, recovering 3 out of them for turnovers, and returning 2 of them for TDs.
In the SCAC, Rhodes
defeated #23 Sewanee 23-14
, and #11 Trinity (TX)
did enough to manage a 31-28
win against La Verne
. With most of the human coached teams still having decent records despite tough OOC schedules, the SCAC is looking like one of the most competitive conferences this season.
In the WIAC, #15 Wisconsin-Stout
were convincing once again in their 43-12
win against Wisconsin-Stevens Point
. After surprisingly missing the playoffs last season, this team was tipped for a huge rebound this seasons, and they're definitely delivering, standing at a 7-0 overall record so far. John Nelson
had a great game, finishing 21/34 for 383 yards and 3 TD.
Week 7 WIS Rankings: 1. Concordia (WI) (7-0), 2. Austin (7-0), 3. Wisconsin-Platteville (7-0), 4. Howard Payne (7-0), 5. Gettysburg (7-0), 6. St. Olaf (7-0), 7. Ferrum (7-0), 8. Mount Union (7-0), 9. Huntingdon (6-1), 10. Whittier (6-1)
Week 8 is behind us, and now we get to the most important part of the regular season as divisional games start tomorrow. Again no major upsets today, so let's move to our top games review.
In one of the greatest and most dramatic games I've seen in my short GD career, #19 Linfield
escaped with a 59-55
win against #16 Menlo
. Linfield got the ball trailing by 17 with 4:05 remaining. They scored a TD on a 8 play, 82 yard drive that took 1:37. They then forced an interception to get the ball back on their own 6, and Peter Park
scrambled for 91 yards to set up another TD, cutting the lead down to 3 with 1:07 remaining. Linfield then recovered the onside kick, and scored another TD on a 6 play, 56 yard drive to take a 59-55 lead with just 19 seconds left. That was enough to secure a very important win, in a game that was an absolute shootout, where Linfild had 90 passing attempts, and Menlo had 70.
In the very competitive ASC, California Lutheran
did enough to secure a 24-17
win against East Texas Baptist
. They improved to #19 in the WIS rankings with this win, while ETBU suffered their first loss this season. Robert Alvarado
(20/39, 237 YDS, 3 TD) was the player of the game.
In the NCAC, Donald Green made a 34-yard FG with 1:03 remaining to help #21 Oberlin
maintain their undefeated record, with a 36-35
win against Ohio Wesleyan
. William Richardson
(25 CAR, 155 YDS, 2 TD) was the player of the game.
Week 8 WIS Rankings: 1. Concordia (WI) (8-0), 2. Wisconsin-Platteville (8-0), 3. Austin (8-0), 4. Ferrum (8-0), 5. Gettysburg (8-0), 6. St. Olaf (8-0), 7. Howard Payne (8-0), 8. Wisconsin-Stout (8-0), 9. Trinity (TX) (6-2), 10. Mount Union (8-0).
Week 9 is history, and 2 top games shook off the WIS Rankings. In the Game of the Week, #19 California Lutheran
improved 7 ranks, after a 27-6
win against #3 Austin
, who dropped to #6, behind good performances from Robert Alvarado
(21/36, 276 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT) and Thomas Mack
(23 CAR, 109 YDS, 1 TD). That was Austin's first loss this season.
The SCAC continued to prove that it's wide open this year, Sewanee
getting the best out of their game against #12 Whittier
, beating them 27-21
. Whittier lost 5 ranks with this loss, dropping down to #17. Norman Crowder
had 16 carries for 109 yards and a TD, David Santos
had 6 catches for 100 yards.
In the CC, defending national champions #5 Gettysburg
did just enough to get a priceless 31-29
win against Muhlenberg
, and improve to #3. Not that this is something new, but another good contribution from their RB tandem Steve Morrison
(26 CAR, 169 YDS, 1 TD) and John Gore
(15 CAR, 133 YDS, 3 TD).
The state of Wisconsin keeps looking solid, having Wisconsin-Platteville at #1, Concordia (WI) at #2, and Wisconsin-Stout at #11, all undefeated at 9-0.
Week 9 WIS Rankings: 1. Wisconsin-Platteville (9-0), 2. Concordia (WI) (9-0), 3. Gettysburg (9-0), 4. Ferrum (9-0), 5. Howard Payne (9-0), 6. Austin (8-1), 7. St. Olaf (9-0), 8. Huntingdon (8-1), 9. Trinity (TX) (9-2), 10. Mount Union (9-0)
At the end of today's simulation, every team in DIII had played 10 games, and Merchant Marine had lost their first one.
Western Connecticut State
stunned #14 Merchant Marine
in overtime, 20-17
. Wesley Stafford
tossed a 3-yard TD pass to Joseph Hill
to tie the game with 4:19 remaining, and then James Jones
kicked a 39-yard FG in OT to complete the upset. Western Conn St has improved to 7-3 with this win.
In the Game Of The Week, #6 Austin
bounced back from their loss to California Lutheran and got an important 34-24
win against Texas Lutheran
. Austin still needs Cal Lutheran to drop one of their last 3 games in order to qualify for the conference championship.
In the MWC, Chicago
took a huge step towards the CC after a convincing 26-9
win against #22 Washington (MO)
. Both teams are now 8-2, but Washington (MO) dropped out of the Top 25 after this loss.
Week 10 WIS Rankings: 1. Ferrum (10-0), 2. Concordia (WI) (10-0), 3. Wisconsin-Platteville (10-0), 4. Gettysburg (10-0), 5. Howard Payne (10-0), 6. Austin (9-1), 7. Linfield (10-0), 8. Huntingdon (9-1), 9. Trinity (TX) (8-2), 10. California Lutheran (8-2).
We are 2 games away from the post season, and let's start today's review with a couple of upsets. The number of undefeated teams after 11 games has gone down to 8, after two previously undefeated teams suffered their first loss of the season in Week 10.
In the ASC, #5 Howard Payne
are undefeated no more after a 7-20
loss against Louisiana
. They just couldn't get anything going on offense, and their QB Louis White
finished 1/8 for 6 yards and an INT.
In the NCAC, another previously undefeated team fell off as #22 Oberlin
suffered a dramatic 17-20
overtime loss at Wittenberg
. David Hampton
kicked a 33-yard FG with 4:21 remaining in regulation to tie the game, and then another 33-yard FG in overtime to win it for Wittenberg. Oberlin couldn't find an answer to Harold Workman
who finished with 9 catches for 107 yards and 2 TD.
In another upset, #15 Wilmington
in the OAC. Wilmington wasn't able to take good care of the football, and 3 turnovers tipped the scales towards Marietta.
In the Game of the Week, defending national champions #4 Gettysburg
totally outplayed Franklin & Marshall
and beat them 37-6
. They did the usual, running the football very well, with 2 names that must be very popular to you by now: Steve Morrison
(19 CAR, 122 YDS, 1 TD) and John Gore
(13 CAR, 53 YDS). Their QB Steven Blue
didn't have the best of games but got the job done, finishing 11/23 for 162 YDS and 2 TD.
Week 11 WIS Rankings: 1. Concordia (WI) (11-0), 2. Wisconsin-Platteville (11-0), 3. Gettysburg (11-0), 4. Ferrum (11-0), 5. St. Olaf (11-0), 6. Austin (10-1), 7. California Lutheran (9-2), 8. Trinity (TX) (9-2), 9. Huntingdon (10-1), 10. Mount Union (11-0)
The remaining 11-0 teams are #11 Linfield and #13 Wisconsin-Stout.
With one more week left in the regular season, upsets continued as #17 Susquehanna
suffered a 23-26
quadruple overtime loss against Albright
. Anthony Dugan
missed a 23-yard FG in OT4, and Susquehanna walked away with their second loss this season. They can still make the MAC championship game if they beat King's in their season finale.
Moving to the top games, #1 Concordia (WI)
remained undefeated after a thrilling 26-15
win against #18 Greenville
to clinch the division and move to the IBFC championship game. Lee Garcia
came in at halftime and was sharp once again, finishing 13/17 for 131 yards and a TD. Concordia however lost the efforts of tireless WR Robert Barber
, who will be out for the next 2 games.
In the ASC, #12 Howard Payne
suffered their second consecutive loss after a 10-0 start, losing 28-40
against East Texas Baptist
. East Texas Baptist now has its destiny in its own hand, and a win tomorrow will see them through to the ASC Championship game. If California Lutheran also wins, they will play ETBU on Monday.
In the SCAC, Trinity (TX)
clinched the North division with a 27-6
win against Rhodes
, and moved to the SCAC championship game. Randy Fletcher
(19 CAR, 114 YDS, 2 TD, 3 REC, 24 YDS) was the player of the game.
Week 12 WIS Rankings: 1. Wisconsin-Platteville (12-0), 2. Concordia (WI) (12-0), 3. Gettysburg (12-0), 4. Ferrum (12-0), 5. Huntingdon (11-1), 6. California Lutheran (10-2), 7. St. Olaf (12-0), 8. Trinity (TX) (10-2), 9. Austin (11-1), 10. Mount Union (12-0)
The regular season is over, and for many coaches, the real season has just started. No major upsets in Week 13, but some major games that shaped the CC picture took place.
In the MIAA, Colorado College
might be going to the playoffs as one of the hottest team, after a 26-6
win at #11 Macalester
. This was Colorado's 10th consecutive win this season, after a surprising 0-3 start. Colorado will now play Wisconsin Lutheran (9-4) for the MIAA crown. If they win, they might be going to the playoffs as a #8 seed and be a real pain of a matchup for the corresponding #1 (who might actually be me by the way haha).
In the MAC, #24 King's
finished the season undefeated in the conference, after a close 20-17
win against #21 Susquehanna
, who suffered their second consecutive loss, and the third of the season. They now play Fairleigh Dickison for the MAC championship game tomorrow. With this loss, Susquehanna has dropped to #25 , and they will be hoping there won't be many upsets in the CC games so that they still sneak into the playoffs with an at-large bid.
After a 1-5 start, Kean
has continued their great run, and managed their seventh consecutive win, edging New Jersey
by a score of 20-16
, and clinching the NJAC North division in the process, to qualify to the CC game with the daunted task of playing Huntingdon. John Richardson
's deep pass was incomplete on 4th & 6 with 10 seconds left, and Kean hold on to win the game.
Week 13 WIS Rankings: 1. Wisconsin-Platteville (13-0), 2. Concordia (WI) (13-0), 3. Ferrum (13-0), 4. Gettysburg (13-0), 5. Trinity (TX) (11-2), 6. Huntingdon (12-1), 7. California Lutheran (11-2), 8. Mount Union (13-0), 9. MIT (12-1), 10. St. Olaf (13-0)
Remaining teams with 13-0 undefeated regular season are #12 Wisconsin-Stout and #13 Linfield.
Our final review of the season, as shortly we will be busy doing playoff predictions, let's go over the best CC games!
If you guys thought that the regular season game between Linfield and Menlo was the best in a while in DIII Bryant, you should probably think again. In the NWC championship game, we had another nail-biter. Speaking of "Deja Vu", Menlo had a comfortable 48-30 lead with 9:46 remaining, and looked like on their way to avenge their regular season loss, but then the unimaginable happened... once again! Jason Johnson
caught a 14-yard TD pass from Peter Park
with 8:31 remaining to cut the lead down to 11. Later, Tommy Cole
picked off Paul Lewis
to give Linfield hope once again. Getting the football back, Kevin Griffin
caught a 14-yard TD pass from Peter Park
with 3:36 left, and Linfield converted the 2 to make it a 3-point game. Rather than going for the FG, Menlo went for it on 4th & 8 on the Linfield 27-yard line with 1:39 left, but couldn't convert. Linfield got the football back needing a FG in one-and-a-half minute to force OT, but instead scored a TD to win it, Peter Park
connecting with Bruce Berry
on a 2-yard toss with 16 seconds remaining. #13 Linfield
escapes once again with a 52-48
win against #23 Menlo
, this time to win the ASC championship. This was probably the longest single-game review I will ever write, but my God that game was worth it!
Another interesting game was the IIAC championship, and another wild finish as #15 Loras
escaped with a 22-17
win against #18 Waynesburg
. Derek Buckley
scored a 42-yard FG to give Waynesburg a 1-point lead with 1:01 remaining, but then William Ward
connected with John Murphy
on a 77-yard TD pass to give Loras the win with 47 seconds left.
Reviewing quickly the top 2 conferences of DIII Bryant Season 85, #14 Whittier
defeated #5 Trinity (TX) 38-31
to win the SCAC, and East Texas Baptist
stunned (it wasn't the fact that they won but the margin) #7 California Lutheran 31-3
to win the ASC. Good news for the ASC, they get to be represented by 4 teams in the playoffs!