“Pick Six” points offer a quick look inside GLVC football action this week:
[1 | four conference games on the docket]
This week in GLVC football action features a full four games on the docket, including three early afternoon starts. Two games are slated at 1 p.m. CT with Missouri S&T (4-2, 1-1 GLVC) hosting William Jewell (1-4, 1-2), which is fresh off its first win of the season. McKendree (3-3, 1-1) will look to get back into the win column after last week’s setback with a road trip to winless Southwest Baptist (0-5, 0-3). In the 2 p.m. CT game, Truman State (3-3, 2-0) will be looking for its fourth straight win of the season and to remain unbeaten in GLVC action when it hosts Lincoln (2-4, 1-2). In the nightcap, Quincy (2-4, 1-1) will be set to defend its turf with hopes of taking down league leader and defending GLVC champion Indianapolis (4-1, 3-0) at 5 p.m. CT. GLVCSN will stream all four home contests this week across all of its platforms, including GLVCSN.com, the GLVCSN iOS and Android apps, and the GLVCSN OTT apps on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, and Android TV. Be sure to download or upgrade to the newest GLVCSN mobiles apps, which now feature push notifications. Now you can know exactly when your favorite school or team begins its stream.
[2 | the week that was]
It was a thrilling last Saturday in GLVC football action as all four contests were decided by a touchdown or less. Andy Satulla’s two-yard rush with 3:31 to go and a Bulldog defensive stand inside their 10-yardline allowed Truman to escape McKendree with a 45-38 shootout win for their third straight victory. Truman led 17-14 at the half on Josh Scheiderer’s season-long 46-yard field goal but had to endure a lighting delay that extended the start of the second half. Quincy scored touchdowns at the end of the second quarter and the beginning of the third and stopped Lincoln on a late fourth quarter drive to edge the Blue Tigers, 14-13. William Jewell earned its first victory of the 2018 season by outscoring Southwest Baptist, 14-10. Jewell linebacker Antonio Wabanimkee played a major role in the Cardinals’ first GLVC win. Wabanimkee recorded 2.0 sacks on the game and eight solo tackles. In the nightcap, Missouri S&T held a 14-3 advantage over No. 22 Indianapolis in the second half, but the teams were forced to endure multiple lightning delays. When played resumed, UIndy scored 21 of the final 24 points to earn a 24-17 victory over the Miners. For a complete look at week one action, click here.
[3 | hounds break into top 20 in afca poll]
UIndy parlayed a thrilling comeback win over the weekend into a two-spot jump in the latest AFCA Division II Top 25 Poll, moving to No. 20 this week. The Greyhounds erased an 11-point third-quarter deficit at Missouri S&T Saturday to move to 4-1 on the season and remain unbeaten in GLVC play. The Hounds jumped a pair of Super Region 3 teams this week, as losses dropped Harding from No. 19 to 24 and Fort Hays State from 18 to out of the top 25. The region still boasts three of the nation’s top five squads, including Grand Valley (No. 2), Ferris State (3) and Ouachita Baptist (5). Meanwhile, UIndy’s program record of consecutive weeks in the coaches poll was increased to 19. The last time the Hounds were not in the AFCA top 25 was the 2017 preseason poll.
[4 | uindy, jewell, truman earn with weekly awards]
UIndy sophomore running back Al McKeller, William Jewell junior linebacker Antonio Wabanimkee, and Truman State sophomore return specialist Lawrence Woods were named Monday as GLVC Players of the Week. McKeller picked up Offensive Player of the Week accolades after amassing the second-highest rushing total in the GLVC this year with 166 yards on 30 carries and the game-winning touchdown in the Greyhounds’ 24-17 comeback win at Missouri S&T. Wabanimkee was named Defensive Player of the Week following a nine-tackle (eight solo) and two-sack performance in the Cardinals’ 14-10 victory over Southwest Baptist. Woods returned as Special Teams Player of the Week after notching his third kickoff return for a touchdown this season and fourth of his career, both of which set or matched Truman and GLVC records.
[5 | glvc represented among the nation’s best]
The GLVC currently boasts a handful of teams and student-athletes among the nation’s best in select statistical categories, according to this week’s report released by the NCAA. McKendree is fifth in the country in sacks allowed (0.50), while UIndy is ninth (0.80), and the Bearcats are second in turnovers lost (3), followed by the Greyhounds in fifth (4). McKendree is fifth in team passing efficiency (173.12), sixth in completion percentage (.662), and 10th in total offense (494.3). UIndy is fifth (3.80) and Missouri S&T is seventh (3.67) in team sacks. Truman State is fourth (28.96) and Missouri S&T is sixth (28.50) in kickoff returns, while Truman is third in fewest penalty yards per game (32.00). Individually, McKendree’s Reece Metcalf is second in points responsible for (152), third in passing touchdowns (21), seventh in passing efficiency (173.1), eighth in passing yards (1,758), and ninth in completion percentage (.662) and passing yards per game (293.0). Truman’s Lawrence Woods is first in kickoff returns (47.6) and kickoff return touchdowns (3), while Missouri S&T’s Roderick Chapman is fifth in passes defended (2.0) and third in punt return touchdowns (1). Truman’s Josh Scheiderer is sixth in field goal percentage (.900), while teammate Jaden Barr is eighth overall in rush yards per carry (7.11). UIndy’s Malik Higgins is ninth with in receiving touchdowns (7). On defense, Quincy’s Cody Leonard is first in total tackles (14.0) and fifth in solo stops (7.7). Southwest Baptist’s De’Shawn Tone is first in forced fumbles per game (0.80) and total fumble recoveries (3).
[6 | glvc standouts among ncaa career leaders]
In addition to season stat leaders, the GLVC is also represented by several student-athletes among the NCAA Division II active career leaders. UIndy’s Jake Purichia is second with a 162.89 passer rating and Al McKeller ranks fifth with 104.1 rushing yards per game, while Missouri S&T’s Braxton Graham is fifth with 134.09 all-purpose yards each time out. On defense, Truman’s Sam Reeves is first with 1.00 sacks per game and second with 28.0 total sacks, UIndy’s Jacob Schmatz is fourth with 0.84 sacks per game, and Southwest Baptist’s Tyler Curts is fifth with 9.21 total tackles per contest. SBU’s De’Shawn Tone is first with 1.87 tackles for loss per game and tied for third with 0.33 forced fumbles each game. Missouri S&T’s Tershawn Wharton is third with eight forced fumbles and teammate Roderick Chapman is third with 0.53 interceptions per game. Across all NCAA divisions, SBU’s Tone is first in tackles for loss per game and tied for third in forced fumbles, while Truman’s Reeves is first in sacks per game and S&T’s Chapman is fifth in interceptions per game.