[1 | three conferences nightcaps scheduled for saturday]
GLVC football action continues this week with three conference nightcaps on the docket, while Quincy is on the road at UT-Permian Basin in Miami, Oklahoma. In league play, Lincoln (1-5, 0-3 GLVC) welcomes No. 5 Indianapolis (7-0, 4-0), Truman State (1-6, 1-3) heads to William Jewell (1-6, 1-3), and Missouri S&T (5-2, 3-0) hosts McKendree (4-3, 2-1). All GLVC home games are available for free on GLVCSN.com, the GLVCSN iOS and Android mobile apps, and GLVCSN OTT apps on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, and Android TV.
[2 | unbeaten uindy slips to sixth]
Indianapolis is ranked sixth in the latest AFCA Coaches Poll, it was announced Monday. Despite blanking Quincy 55-0 on Saturday, UIndy (7-0, 4-0 GLVC) dropped one position from its school-record high No. 5, which it earned last week. The Greyhounds were leapfrogged by Midwestern State (5-0), who is coming off a 41-27 win at Angelo State. The rest of the top eight remained unchanged, with then-No.-9 Slippery Rock enduring the only loss among top-10 clubs last week. Unanimous No. 1 Northwest Missouri State continued to roll, winning its 37th consecutive contest to retain the top spot.
[3 | sbu, uindy, s&t earn weekly awards]
Southwest Baptist junior quarterback TJ Edwards, UIndy senior lineman Dillon Dallas, and Missouri S&T junior defensive back/returner Roderick Chapman were named Monday as GLVC Players of the Week. Edwards was tabbed Offensive Player of the Week after throwing for 390 yards and three touchdowns (49, 22, 17 yards) on 34-of-42 passing (.810) in the Bearcats’ 52-29 home win over William Jewell. Dallas earned Defensive Player of the Week accolades following UIndy’s 55-0 win against Quincy – the Greyhounds’ first shutout since 2013. He finished with four solo tackles, three for loss, one sack, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery on a separate play. Chapman took home Special Teams Player of the Week with 78 return yards and two defensive interceptions, one of which was returned for a score, in the Miners’ 37-3 win at Lincoln.
[4 | sbu’s edwards moving up yardage charts]
In guiding Southwest Baptist its second-straight win last week, junior quarterback TJ Edwards threw for 390 yards to move into third all-time in GLVC history with 7,443 passing yards. Edwards is now 971 yards shy of second place, held by Quincy’s Nick Lonergan (8,414; 2012-15), and 1,065 yards shy of league leader Isaac Fisher (8,508; 2012-15) of McKendree. In addition to passing yards, Edwards surpassed Lonergan (8,693) for second in total career yards, as he improved his three-year total to 8,839 yards. McKendree’s Fisher owns the top spot with 10,257 yards.
[5 | glvc teams, standouts among ncaa leaders]
A handful of GLVC teams and standouts are found among the NCAA Division II top 10 in select statistical categories. Among the team notables, Lincoln leads the country with six blocked kicks, is second in blocked punts (4), fourth in passing yards allowed (135.2), and fifth in total defense (264.3). Truman is first with just one lost fumble, UIndy is first in passing efficiency (196.06), fifth in completion percentage (.693), and seventh in sacks allowed per game (0.71). Southwest Baptist is fourth with four defensive touchdowns and in tackles for loss per game (9.7), Missouri S&T is fifth in sacks (3.86), and Quincy is sixth in punt returns (20.20). Individually, Truman’s Bryan Edwards is first in fumbles recovered (4), UIndy’s Jake Purichia is first in passing efficiency (196.1), second in yards per completion (16.05), and seventh in completion percentage (.693). Teammate Brad Schickel is fifth in the country in field goal percentage (.889), and UIndy’s Robert Williams (1.8) and Missouri S&T’s Ryan Kirkendall (1.7) are sixth and ninth, respectively, in passes defended. Missouri S&T’s Tyler Swart is fourth in passing yards (2,055), Deshawn Jones is seventh in rushing yards (901) and ninth in rushing yards per game (128.7), Tershawn Wharton is eighth in forced fumbles per game (0.43) and sacks per game (1.07), and teammate Roderick Chapman is 10th in interceptions per game (0.60). In solo tackles per game, Quincy’s Cody Leonard (7.0) and William Jewell’s Quayde Bauman (6.9) are fifth, seventh and eighth, respectively. Missouri S&T’s Landon Compton is ninth in the nation with 1.9 tackles for loss per game. UIndy’s Daveon Bell is seventh in punt return average (17.3).
[6 | glvc represented in ncaa active career leaders]
In addition to GLVC standouts pacing Division II in select statistical categories, a handful of student-athletes are also found among the nation’s top five in active career leaders. Southwest Baptist’s quarterback TJ Edwards is first with 318.7 yards of total offense each time out, while Missouri S&T receiver Braxton Graham is fourth with 84.6 receiving yards per game. UIndy quarterback Jake Purichia is fifth in passing efficiency (160.43). Defensively, Truman’s Sam Reeves is second with 0.94 sacks per game and third with 1.47 tackles for loss per game. Quincy’s Adehkeem Brown is second with 14 career interceptions, while Missouri S&T’s Tershawn Wharton is tied for fourth with 0.29 forced fumbles per game. In the kicking game, UIndy’s Brad Schickel is second overall with a .854 field goal percentage and tied for fifth with 41 field goals made, and S&T’s Graham is fifth overall with 14.3 return yards per punt.