The following “Pick Six” points offer a quick look inside GLVC football action this week:
[1 | three league contests on the docket this week]
All eight GLVC football teams are in action this Saturday, including six competing in three league contests. Kickoff begins at noon ET when Lindenwood travels to Davenport. The Lions will look to even their season record at 2-2 following last week’s win over William Jewell in their first-ever GLVC contest. Two games are slated for a 1 p.m. CT kick, as McKendree welcomes Chowan to Leemon Field, while Quincy hosts Truman State, which is off to a 3-0 start. William Jewell returns home to host Missouri S&T at 5 p.m. CT, while defending GLVC Champion Indianapolis welcomes Southwest Baptist for a 6 p.m. ET kick. All GLVC homes games will be streamed on every GLVCSN platform this season, including GLVCSN.com, the GLVCSN iOS/Android apps, and the GLVCSN OTT channels on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Android TV.
[2 | the week that was]
No. 14 UIndy opened GLVC play with an impressive 63-21 win at McKendree Saturday afternoon. The Greyhounds racked up nine touchdowns while punting just twice to up their conference winning streak to 19 games. UIndy’s point total matched the second highest in school history, second only to the 97 points scored on Oakland City way back in 1928. The Hounds also scored 63 at William Jewell in 2015. Speaking of William Jewell, Lindenwood scored its first ever GLVC victory with a 28-16 win over the Cardinals in St. Charles, Missouri. Cade Brister threw for 276 yards and three touchdowns, two of which went to senior tight end Erik Henneman, who hauled in two of his four catches for touchdowns and totaled 106 yards in the air. In non-conference action, Truman State knocked off its second NCAA DI FCS program this season with a 38-7 drubbing of Valparaiso, Missouri S&T rolled Miles 49-21, Southwest Baptist made it two in a row with a road win at Kentucky Wesleyan, and Quincy fell at home to Wayne State, 33-7.
[3 | three programs continue to receive recognition in afca poll]
Three GLVC programs continue to be recognized in the latest American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Division II Poll, released Monday. Indianapolis improved two positions from No. 14 to No. 12 after an impressive 63-21 outing in its GLVC opener at McKendree last week. Missouri S&T and Truman State are receiving votes for the second straight week.
[4 | pair of miners and third-straight bulldog pick up weekly honors]
Missouri S&T junior quarterback Brennan Simms and sophomore linebacker Stefan Camplin, as well as Truman State sophomore punt returner Spencer Newell earned GLVC Player of the Week honors on Monday. Simms was named GLVC Offensive Player of the Week after having a hand in all six of the Miners’ offensive touchdowns on Saturday against Miles. He threw for a career-high four scores and found the end zone twice on a pair of one-yard runs. Camplin was tabbed GLVC Defensive Player of the Week after he registered eight tackles, including two for a loss, and returned an interception 79 yards for a touchdown. Newell became the third Bulldog in as many weeks to be named the GLVC Special Teams Player of the Week. He returned a punt 71 yards for a touchdown, which marked the team’s first punt return score since 2009.
[5 | uindy’s edwards continuing to etch name in records book]
Despite having just three games under his belt as the Greyhounds’ signal caller, UIndy senior quarterback TJ Edwards is continuing to make his mark in the GLVC records book. A three-year starter (2015-17) at fellow GLVC foe Southwest Baptist, where he was named the 2015 GLVC Freshman of the Year and 2016 GLVC Offensive Player of the Year, Edwards transferred to UIndy this season after sitting out the 2018 campaign. Already the GLVC record holder in passing touchdowns (85) and 300-yard passing games (12), Edwards claimed two additional conference marks in last week’s win over McKendree. With 201 passing yards and 261 total yards, Edwards improved his career total offense yardage to 10,463 and his passing yardage to 8,903, which surpassed league record holder Isaac Fisher of McKendree (2012-15), who ended his career with 10,257 total and 8,508 passing yards, respectively. Three more GLVC passing records are within reach for Edwards. He currently sits second to Fisher (1,656) with 1,535 total plays, second to Fisher (780) in completions with 675, and third to Fisher (1,255) and former Quincy QB Nick Lonergan (1,111) with 1,095 passing attempts.
[6 | glvc stat leaders among the nation’s best]
A handful of GLVC teams and individuals rank among the nation’s top 10 in select categories of the latest NCAA statistical report. UIndy leads all of Division II in fewest penalties (10), is second in turnovers lost (1), fourth in turnover margin (2.33) and tackles for loss allowed (3.00), seventh in passing efficiency (195.35), eighth in total offense (501.7), and 10th in rushing (277.3). Missouri S&T ranks first in the country in third-down conversion percentage (.615) and Truman State is third in third-down conversion percentage defense (.200). The Bulldogs (3) and Miners (2) are fourth and eighth, respectively, in defensive touchdowns. Truman also paces the nation in kickoff returns (43.25) and is fifth in scoring defense (8.7). S&T is fourth in sacks allowed (0.33), fifth in total offense (526.3), and sixth in punt return defense (0.00). Additionally, Quincy is second in the country in tackles for loss (11.3) and seventh in tackles for loss allowed (3.33). Individually, Quincy’s Peyten Chappel ranks first in tackles for loss each time out (2.8), Southwest Baptist’s Cory Hanger is second with two recovered fumbles and seventh in punt returns (17.8), Truman’s Lawrence Woods is second with one kickoff return TD. Quincy’s Nathan Kewney is third overall in punting (46.1), Truman’s Jordan Siegel is third in forced fumbles (0.67), and William Jewell’s Brock Geisz is the nation’s fourth-leader tackler (12.7) each game. Lindenwood’s Cade Brister is fourth in passing touchdowns (10) and fifth in completion per game (26.0), UIndy’s Al McKeller is seventh overall with rushing touchdowns (5), while teammate TJ Edwards is eighth in completion percentage (.734).