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No. 5 Concordia and St. Francis (Ill.) take the top spots in the MSFA Mideast and Midwest Leagues respectively, as the lone unbeatens in MSFA league play.

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No. 5 Concordia and St. Francis (Ill.) take the top spots in the MSFA Mideast and Midwest Leagues respectively, as the lone unbeatens in MSFA league play.


A fourth-quarter touchdown would bring Taylor to within one score of a potential upset, but No. 5 Concordia would escape, with the Cardinal defense getting a big stop in the closing minutes of a 28-21 victory over the Trojans.
The Cardinals (5-0, 3-0 Mideast) held a 28-14 lead going into the fourth quarter, following Gavin Brooks’ second TD pass of the day. Already into the red zone, Taylor (1-5, 0-3 Mideast) would close the gap with Grant Gerig’s five-yard TD run to make it a seven-point game with 13:40 remaining in regulation.
Both sides traded punts throughout most of the fourth quarter, but the Trojans won the field position battle, taking over on their final drive inside Concordia territory. On a fourth-and-1 from the 16 yard line, Concordia’s defense would force the turnover on downs to end the threat, and the offense would pick up two key first downs to run out the rest of the clock.
Brooks threw for 222 yards and a pair of TDs in the win, completing 20 of 34 passes on the day. Keirell Jackson rushed 20 times for 152 yards, while Parker Graham made 10 catches for 100 yards and a TD. On the other side of the ball, Hunter Maynard finished with a game-high 15 tackles, a forced fumble, and fumble recovery.
Brendan Lamb led the Trojans with 97 rushing yards and a TD on 20 attempts. Tyler Watson had 13 tackles and grabbed an interception for the Taylor defense.


Lawrence Tech’s offense would out-gain Indiana Wesleyan during homecoming weekend, but five giveaways were too much to overcome, as the 10th-ranked Wildcats earned a shutout victory, 35-0 over the Blue Devils.
Xander Stokes threw three TD passes to give Lawrence Tech (6-1, 2-1 Mideast) their first loss of the season. Devodney Alford gave the Wildcats (5-1, 2-1 Mideast) the early lead with a 24-yard TD run midway through the first quarter, and IWU would remain in control the rest of the way.
Stokes completed 11 of 22 passes for 167 yards in the win, while Alford rushed 14 times for 76 yards. Brayden Smith led the IWU receivers with 118 yards on five catches, bringing in all three TD receptions on the day. Peyton Marksbury finished with a game-high 11 tackles and a forced fumble for the Wildcats.
Tyler Kulka collected 373 yards for the Blue Devils, going 36-for-53 through the air. C.J. Thompson tallied 112 yards on ten catches. Christian Broaden led the LTU defense with six tackles and one and a half tackles for loss.


Tom Gillen connected on three field goals, and the St. Ambrose defense recovered a pair of fumbles while keeping the Olivet Nazarene attack at bay, as the Bees earned the upset victory over the 12th-ranked Tigers, 17-10.
Olivet Nazarene (4-2, 2-1 Midwest) took a second-quarter lead when Aaje Grayson scored the team’s only TD of the day, capping a 75-yard drive to put the Tigers in front 10-3. Gillen added his second field goal of the day, from 47 yards out, to cut the deficit and bring the Bees (3-4, 2-1 Midwest) to within four points at the halftime break.
After SAU forced a three-and-out to start the third quarter, St. Ambrose took the lead with a 65-yard TD drive highlighted by a 47-yard completion from Tom Casey to Ray Bouye. Three plays later Casey would punch the ball into the end zone for a 12-10 SAU advantage. ONU would miss a field goal and lose a fumble in the fourth quarter, as the Bees secured the win on the defensive side of the ball.
Bouye finished with 106 rushing yards on 24 carries, and 47 receiving yards on a pair of catches to lead the SAU offense. Nick Daniel made nine tackles and recovered a fumble, while Bernard Buhake had five stops with two sacks in the win.
Cameron Crouch completed 12 of 23 passes for Olivet Nazarene, throwing for 100 yards and rushing for another 111 on 15 carries. Joshua Mathiasen led ONU with 15 tackles.


A close matchup in the early stages, No. 14 Marian would put up 42 unanswered as the Knights claimed the Franciscan Bowl for the fourth year in a row by defeating Saint Francis (Ind.), 56-10.
Scoring eight touchdowns in the win, the Knights (5-2, 3-1 Mideast) out-gained Saint Francis in total offense by a 558-194 margin and score five times on TDs from outside of the red zone. Zach Bundalo found Ben Stevens for a pair of first-quarter TDs, while Daylen Taylor and Baron Hubler each collected three rushing TDs in the win.
Taylor finished with 204 yards on 22 carries, while Hubler tallied 133 yards on 20 attempts. Bundalo connected on 15 of 27 pass attempts, compiling 223 yards. Stevens led the receiving corps with 127 yards on seven catches. Defensively, Sir’Zion Dance made seven tackles and had one-and-a-half sacks for Marian.
Cameron Peterson scored the lone TD for the Cougars (2-3, 0-2 Mideast), and finished with 41 rushing yards on nine carries. River Walsh led USF with 11 tackles, including one tackle for loss.


Amari Venerable led No. 23 Saint Xavier with a pair of rushing TDs, as the Cougars earned a road win at Missouri Baptist, 31-16.
The Cougars (4-2, 2-1 Midwest) opened a 14-0 lead after Stuart Ross connected with Mason Gray for a seven-yard TD pass in the first quarter, and Venerable capped an 87-yard drive with his first TD of the game late in the second. The Spartans (3-4, 0-3 Midwest) responded quickly with a four-play, 75-yard TD drive, but Ross would find Gray again on the final play of the first half, scoring from 33 yards out to make it a 21-6 SXU lead at the half.
After another Venerable TD to start the second half, Missouri Baptist would find the end zone again on a four-yard Darrius Morrison run. The Spartans were unable to complete the comeback, with a 53-yard field goal from Odaine Reed as their last points of the day.
Venerable finished with 198 yards on 31 carries in the win, while Ross went 17-for-27 for 169 yards through the air. Ron Carroll led the SXU defense with eight tackles.
Josh Munn collected 289 yards on 24-of-50 passing for the Spartans, with Tyler Ball leading the MBU receivers by making 11 catches for 135 yards and a TD. Jaylen Cowley led the defense with a game-high 14 tackles.


Siena Heights would generate 577 yards of total offense, while holding their opponents to less than 200, as the Saints took a dominate home victory, 71-6 over Madonna.
Six different players scored a rushing TD for the Saints (3-3, 2-1 Mideast), with Ethan LoPresto leading the way, recording 153 yards on 14 carries. Kaleb Jefferson carried the ball ten times for 85 yards and a TD, while Eric Williams II recorded both a rushing TD and receiving TD in the win. Defensively, Kole Murlin made ten tackles with a sack to lead the Saints, while Gabe Callery and Jalen Williams each had two interceptions.
Josh DePalis collected 104 passing yards to lead the Crusaders (1-6, 0-3 Mideast), with D’Vonta Garrett making three receptions for 68 yards. A blocked punt in the third quarter generated the only points for Madonna, with Jesse Morris getting his hands on the ball. Morris also finished with a team-high 11 tackles, while Mitch Nguyen made 11 stops and had a fumble recovery and interception.


Jumping out to a 28-0 lead in the second quarter, Roosevelt was in control throughout Saturday afternoon as they defeated Trinity International, 49-14.
A pair of rushing TDs from Ke’von Johnson, and two TD catches from Jack Sheehan to Jayden McFadden set the tone early for the Lakers (3-3, 2-1 Midwest). The Trojans (2-5, 0-3 Midwest) would get on the board before the end of the half, with Judel Vilus forcing a fumble deep in Roosevelt territory, and Corey Watkins recovering the ball in the end zone.
Blaize Griffin would put the game out of reach in the second half, with a 16-yard TD run in the third quarter, then a 12-yard TD reception from Sheehan.
Sheehan finished with 261 yards and four TDs in the win, completing 17 of 28 passes. Tyler Tenner rushed for 124 yards and a TD on 14 carries, while McFadden compiled 128 yards on six receptions. Zavier Cordero-Barnes made six tackles for the Roosevelt defense.
Nolan Brammer completed 21 of 40 passes for the Trojans, totaling 245 yards and one TD on the day. Marc Wallace had five catches for 95 yards and a TD, while the TIU defense was led by Kemon Reese’s 16 tackles.


The St. Francis (Ill.) defense held their opponents to just 158 yards of total offense, as the Saints took sole possession of the Midwest League standings following a 34-0 win over Judson.
TD passes from Sam Tumilty to Ravon Johnson in the first and third quarters gave the Saints (3-2, 3-0 Midwest) a solid 14-0 lead in the low-scoring affair, while Perre’ Barbarin put the game out of reach with three TD rushes in the fourth quarter.
Barbarin finished with 118 yards on 15 carries to lead USF, while Tumilty collected 135 passing yards, completing 13 of 16 attempts, and rushing for another 49 yards. Johnson led the Saints receivers with 89 yards on five catches.
Chris Johnson made ten tackles for the St. Francis defense, including a pair of sacks and an interception. Logan Johnson also got to the quarterback twice, finishing with four tackles on the day.
Sherond Boyd tallied 50 yards on 10 carries for Judson (2-5, 1-2 Midwest). Franlin Sayers made a team-high eight tackles with one forced fumble for the Eagles.