NAIA Football Top 25 Preseason Poll by Jason Dannelly

Photo of the Mustangs winning. This photo is completely stolen from Morninside’s web site.

Is Dannelly back? Will there be “Chip’s Picks” this year? Are you doing a podcast?

I doubt it. Like every year, I want to write and cover the NAIA again. I want to attend the games. I want to promote the greatest level of college football in the world!

And then, life gets busy. So I watch the season. . .talk to some coaches and administrators. . .and then never have time to write or post anything. Here I go again! Fool me once. . .something something. . .10 years later and I’m still giving it a go. Here’s a look at my preseason NAIA football poll. Seriously, the top three teams are from Iowa. No, not the top three Pioneer Corn Hybrids. Not the top three pork producing farms. . .the top THREE football team in the NAIA reside in Iowa. As a Nebraska native, it pains me to see this. Like, take a leak on an electric fence sort of pain.

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[Football] Northwestern Football Advances to Durham and the NAIA Championship

Football – Sat, Dec. 3, 2022 at 4:00 PM

(Orange City, Iowa) – The No. 3-ranked Northwestern College football team (12-1, 9-1 GPAC) will make their second trip to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Football Championship Season (FCS) national championship game in three seasons, after a 38-7 win over No. 5-ranked Indiana Wesleyan University (11-2, 7-0 MSFA) on a cold December day at De Valois Stadium. Jalyn Gramstad combined for 252 yards and four total touchdowns, moving into second all-time in the single-season list for rushing touchdowns (22).

Northwestern will now play Keiser (Fla.) in the NAIA Championship in Durham on December 17.


Northwestern (Iowa) and Keiser (Fla.) Book Tickets to Championship Game

The Red Raiders have played in the championship game four times previously, while this Seahawk team is forging new territory for the program.

[Football] Northwestern to Host Indiana Wesleyan in the NAIA FCS Semifinals

Football – Thu, Dec. 1, 2022 at 10:40 PM

(Orange City, Iowa) – The No. 3-ranked Northwestern College football team (11-1, 9-1 GPAC) is set to host their first National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Semifinal game since the 1983 season, welcoming the No. 5-ranked Wildcats of Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) (11-1, 7-0 MSFA) to Orange City and Korver Field at De Valois Stadium.

GAME INFORMATION:GAME 13: vs. (5) Indiana WesleyanDATE: Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022TIME: 12:00 PMLOCATION: Orange City, Iowa ScheduleIWU LINKS: News

[Football] 2022-23 KCAC Football Scholar-Athletes Announced

Football Wed, Nov. 30, 2022 at 8:10 AM

WICHITA, Kan. – The Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) and Barnes & Noble College are pleased to announce that 130 football student-athletes have been named 2022-23 KCAC Scholar-Athletes. Barnes & Noble College is the official sponsor of KCAC Scholar-Athlete and Scholar Team awards, and is the official campus bookstore and course material provider of the KCAC.

Bethel led the way with 27 football student-athletes earning the Scholar-Athlete distinction. Avila and Southwestern had 17 honorees each. McPherson was not far behind with 14, while Friends, Kansas Wesleyan, and Ottawa each had 12 scholar-athletes. Sterling had several athletes earn the Scholar-Athlete distinction, while Bethany (five), Saint Mary (four), and Tabor (three) round out the list.

The All-KCAC Scholar-Athlete Academic Award recognizes excellence in the classroom by KCAC member student-athletes who:

are sophomores or above in academic standing at the beginning of the semester in which they compete.carry a minimum 3.250 cumulative GPA at the beginning of the semester in which they compete.student-athletes must appear on the eligibility certificate for the sport and have attended one full year at the KCAC institution to be eligible.

The 2022-23 KCAC Football Scholar-Athletes are:

NAMEINSTITUTIONCLASSHOMETOWNJaris AcklinAvila UniversityJr.Mountain View, Mo.Francisco BeltranAvila UniversitySo.Garland, TexasKareem ChambersAvila UniversitySo.Tampa, Fla.Alex HergenreterAvila UniversitySo.Gilbert, IowaDre’kar JackmanAvila UniversitySr.Des Moines, IowaKe’tron JonesAvila UniversityJr.Jackson, La.Jacob KruckenbergAvila UniversitySr.Capron, Ill.Joseph MarsAvila UniversitySo.Piedmont, Okla.Luke SilversAvila UniversitySo.Easton, Kan.Ishe Smith Jr.Avila UniversitySo.Las Vegas, Nev.Garrett TiptonAvila UniversitySo.Orlando, Fla.Steeven VoltaireAvila UniversitySo.Pompano Beach, Fla.Maxwell WebberAvila UniversitySo.St. Louis, Mo.Andrew WilliamsAvila UniversityGrad.Ft. Worth, TexasMaxwell WilliamsAvila UniversityJr.Columbus, OhioKendal WooleyAvila UniversitySo.Plano, TexasIsaac YzaguirreAvila UniversitySo.Raytown, Mo.Patrick GierschBethany CollegeSr.Salina, Kan.Chartez WileyBethany CollegeSo.Honolulu, HawaiiJacob BarnesBethany CollegeSo.Kensington, Kan.Aaron Dahl-TillakBethany CollegeSr.San Jose, Calif.Luke KrajicekBethany CollegeSr.Salina, Kan.Kale SchroederBethel CollegeJr.Sedgwick, Kan.Joey BlakeslyBethel CollegeJr.Topeka, Kan.Ben BollingerBethel CollegeSo.Hesston, Kan.Tristen BurgerBethel CollegeJr.Larned, Kan.Kayden ChristiansenBethel CollegeJr.Lakin, Kan.Denzel DixonBethel CollegeJr.Newark, Del.James GoffBethel CollegeSo.Delta, Colo.Doug GriderBethel CollegeSo.Halstead, Kan.Scott GriderBethel CollegeSo.Halstead, Kan.Grant HauseBethel CollegeSo.Seminole, Okla.Cayle IrvinBethel CollegeSr.Alto, TexasCole HermanBethel CollegeSo.Halstead, Kan.Cade MasonBethel CollegeSo.Hoisington, Kan.Colton McCartyBethel CollegeSo.Bird City, Kan.Mitchell MonteithBethel CollegeSo.Duncan, Okla.Ben RudeenBethel CollegeSo.Osage City, Kan.Tate SeaboltBethel CollegeSo.Cimarron, Kan.Logan DemondBethel CollegeSr.Larned, Kan.Tyler DobbsBethel CollegeSr.Parker, Colo.Jarrod FosterBethel CollegeSr.Yale, Okla.Justin FosterBethel CollegeSo.Yale, Okla.Ryan GreggBethel CollegeSr.Edmond, Okla.Dalen KistnerBethel CollegeSr.Hartford, Kan.Keegan MartinBethel CollegeSr.Yale, Okla.Kade MillerBethel CollegeSr.Osborne, Kan.Seth WeatherbyBethel CollegeSr.Midland, TexasJosh SeaboltBethel CollegeSr.Cimarron, Kan.Stephen AcostaFriends UniversitySr.Clovis, N.M.Austin BellFriends UniversitySr.Kingman, Kan.Asher BrewerFriends UniversitySo.Cleveland, Okla.Waylan ChanceFriends UniversitySr.Valley Center, Kan.Jett CheathamFriends UniversitySo.Enid, Okla.Laken ClowdusFriends UniversityJr.Bartlesville, Okla.Key’on DickersonFriends UniversitySo.Midwest City, Okla.D’Ron JacobsFriends UniversitySr.Wichita, Kan.Lincoln KoehnFriends UniversitySo.Wamego, Kan.Jack MullenFriends UniversityJr.Overland Park, Kan.Cooper PetersFriends UniversityJr.Fayetteville, Ark.Tucker TrevettFriends UniversitySr.Wichita, Kan.Easton AtwoodKansas Wesleyan UniversityJr.Concordia, Kan.Reese NebelKansas Wesleyan UniversitySr.Hesston, Kan.Kaleb HagansKansas Wesleyan UniversitySr.Hays, Kan.Isaac StantonKansas Wesleyan UniversitySo.Salina, Kan.Clay GagnonKansas Wesleyan UniversitySo.Wichita, Kan.Jarren HightowerKansas Wesleyan UniversitySr.Oklahoma City, Okla.Antwon (AJ) CooperKansas Wesleyan UniversityJr.Basehor, Kan.Sven OtternessKansas Wesleyan UniversitySr.Goodhue, Minn.Rayshamond BrownKansas Wesleyan UniversitySr.Clarksdale, Miss.Dawson AdamsKansas Wesleyan UniversitySo.Hooks, TexasKeyon BaccusKansas Wesleyan UniversitySo.Minneapolis, Kan.Andrew SorensonKansas Wesleyan UniversitySr.Manhattan, Kan.Michael BanksMcPherson CollegeSo.Fort Worth, TexasHarley BlaskeMcPherson CollegeJr.Sylvia, Kan.Caden BushMcPherson CollegeJr.Watkinsville, Ga.Zane CornejoMcPherson CollegeSr.Wellington, Kan.Anthony DevriesMcPherson CollegeSo.Arvada, Colo.Hayden FryMcPherson CollegeSo.Cushing, Okla.Taeylon GarlandMcPherson CollegeJr.Fort Hood, TexasBrandt JohnsonMcPherson CollegeSr.Falcon, Colo.Kennan PuckettMcPherson CollegeSo.Mesquite, TexasDustin RhoadsMcPherson CollegeJr.Tonganoxie, Kan.Amare SonsonMcPherson CollegeSo.Jackson, Ga.Dalton VogtsMcPherson CollegeSo.Moundridge, Kan.Colby SwiftMcPherson CollegeSr.Sedgwick, Kan.Cameron WrightMcPherson CollegeJr.Denton, TexasSantino GeeOttawa UniversityGrad.Lawrence, Kan.Jonathan FoxOttawa UniversitySr.Richmond, Kan.Kalen KempOttawa UniversityJr.Oak Grove, Mo.Billy MaplesOttawa UniversitySr.Smithville, Mo.Marcelo VillaOttawa UniversityJr.Monette, Mo.Yan KeuwoOttawa UniversitySr.Olathe, Kan.Trevar KoncherOttawa UniversityJr.South Ogden, UtahDakota LyndeOttawa UniversityJr.Kearns, UtahKyle ReynoldsOttawa UniversityGrad.Farmington, N.M.Jensen RiffelOttawa UniversitySr.Lincolnville, Kan.Devin JohnstonOttawa UniversityGrad.Leavenworth, Kan.Noah ShoemanOttawa UniversityGrad.Murray, UtahLayke HoffmanSouthwestern CollegeGrad.Winfield, Kan.Joshua CarterSouthwestern CollegeSr.Wichita, Kan.Landon DavisSouthwestern CollegeSr.Winfield, Kan.Cody WittenbergSouthwestern CollegeSr.El Dorado, Kan.Hunter CliftSouthwestern CollegeSr.Leon, Kan.Joshua EdsonSouthwestern CollegeJr.Newton, Kan.Blake StaffordSouthwestern CollegeJr.Depew, Okla.Conner CheneySouthwestern CollegeSr.McLoud, Okla.William HiltonSouthwestern CollegeJr.Shawnee, Okla.Thomas YamSouthwestern CollegeSr.Honolulu, HawaiiAdam BrothertonSouthwestern CollegeSo.Mustang, Okla.Preston FansherSouthwestern CollegeSo.Piedmont, Okla.Maximus ShannonSouthwestern CollegeSo.Arkansas City, Kan.DreShaun FlowersSouthwestern CollegeSo.Oklahoma City, Okla.Devon WatkinsSouthwestern CollegeSo.Arkansas City, Kan.Haden CrawleySouthwestern CollegeSo.Jenks, Okla.Nicholas StrongSouthwestern CollegeSo.Dallas, TexasFlinders CameronSterling CollegeSo.Canberra, AustraliaTrevor CarrSterling CollegeSo.Hillsboro, Ore.Seth KrehbielSterling CollegeJr.Kingman, Kan.Caleb LambertSterling CollegeJr.Hutchinson, Kan.Zachary SchemmSterling CollegeSo.Wallace, Kan.Colby WeikertSterling CollegeSo.Eagle, IdahoEdwin RobledoSterling CollegeSo.Ness City, Kan.Nicholas BaileyTabor CollegeSo.Osage City, Kan.Carter MayerTabor CollegeSr.West Bend, Wis.Marcus MillerTabor CollegeSr.Bakersfield, Calif.Joseph BooneUniversity of Saint MaryGrad.Shawnee, Kan.Hunter HendricksUniversity of Saint MarySo.Platte City, Mo.Grant RussellUniversity of Saint MarySo.Indianapolis, Ind.Michael GabbardUniversity of Saint MaryGrad.Horton, Kan.

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[Football] Lindsey Wilson Falls Short of Grand View in Defensive Battle


Story Courtesy of Lindsey Wilson AthleticsDES MOINES, Iowa – The Lindsey Wilson football team saw their season come to a close this afternoon at Dukes Williams Stadium with a close 10-7 loss to No. 2 Grand View (Iowa).

After being tied at 7-7 for most of the contest, the Vikings were able to pull ahead thanks to a field goal. Grand View drove to the Lindsey Wilson 31-yard line after using six plays for 29 yards. Nathan Hamilton hit a 48-yard field goal to give the Vikings their first lead of the game at 10-7 with 2:41 to play.

Lindsey Wilson went three-and-out on the ensuing possession, but the Blue Raider defense stood tall, forcing Grand View into a three-and-out of their own. LWC took over at their 26-yard line with 1:40 to play.

The Blue Raiders strung together an eight-play, 72-yard drive to the Viking two-yard line. Lindsey Wilson had first and goal at the Viking eight-yard line with the clock stopped with 11 seconds to play.

Ethan Cash found Manny Scott over the middle but was stopped short of the end zone. Out of timeouts, Lindsey Wilson attempted to line up to clock the ball, but time expired before the snap.

Michael Leslie finished the game with a team high eight tackles as two came for a loss. Cashawn Beasley added seven tackles and an interception while Luke Bowman added another interception in the game.

Cash was 18-of-36 passing for 146 yards. Kobe Belcher produced 66 rushing yards and the lone LWC score in the game. Jaleel Warren led all receivers with seven catches for 56 yards.

With just over five minutes to play in the opening quarter, Bowman’s interception set up Lindsey Wilson deep in Grand View territory at the four-yard line. Bowman intercepted Johnny Sullivan’s pass over the middle and return it 51 yards.

The defensive effort allowed the LWC offense and Belcher to scamper into the endzone on the following play.

Grand View leveled the score early in the second quarter after going six plays and 65 yards. With 13:54 on the clock, Sullivan connected with Damon Street for five yards and the score.

The score held at 7-7 till the halftime break. Lindsey Wilson failed to convert on two field goal attempts in the half while Grand View missed one of their own. Ian Sauter’s attempts came from 39 yards and 56 yards with the latter coming with under 10 seconds to play in the half.

Beasley recorded Lindsey Wilson’s second interception of the game during the Vikings’ opening drive of the second half. Taking over at the Grand View 36-yard line, Lindsey Wilson moved the ball to the 21-yard line. The Blue Raiders failed to convert on their third field goal attempt of the game, this one from 39 yards.

More physical defensive play continued till deep into the fourth quarter when Grand View was able to pull ahead.

Grand View held the Blue Raider offense in check all afternoon as LWC finished the game with just 232 yards of offense. The Lindsey Wilson rushing attack was limited to just 73 rushing yards. Lindsey Wilson’s defense was just as effective during the game, holding Grand View to 316 yards of offense and forced three turnovers.

With the loss, the Blue Raiders finish the season with a 10-2 overall record while making their eighth NAIA FCS appearance.

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[Football] Lindsey Wilson Wins 23-22 over Reinhardt

Football Sat, Nov. 19, 2022 at 5:45 PM