It was high quality over amount on the DII soccer discipline. Although solely 5 DII soccer groups have been in motion, there have been sufficient eye-popping stats to maintain you on the sting of your seat as Nebraska-Kearney and Angelo State ran throughout their respective opponents on Saturday.
RECAP: UNK, Angelo State run wild on DII soccer Saturday
Over on the court docket, if it have been a traditional 12 months, the DII school basketball season can be tipping off on the Small School Basketball Corridor of Fame proper round now. The 12 months 2020 has been something however regular, and whereas we cannot have what has change into a highly-anticipated match, we are able to actually take a quick have a look at the historical past of the occasion.
Buckle up. We’ve got an enormous weekend in DII soccer, plus this is what you missed in DII sports activities.
DII soccer look forward
What’s on the menu for Saturday, November 14, you ask? Let’s have a look forward at subsequent weekend’s anticipated slate.
Saturday, Nov. 14 (all instances Japanese)
Western Colorado at Colorado Mesa | 3 p.m. – UPDATED NOV. 11 – PPD
Western Colorado has canceled the rest of its season attributable to coronavirus considerations.
This is what we stated: The Mountaineers get their first DII soccer matchup after falling to FCS Stephen F. Austin of their 2020 opener. Colorado Mesa appears to be like to get again on monitor after two weeks off now. The final time the Mavericks took the sector, they dropped the primary recreation of the Tremaine Jackson head teaching period. Operating again Jesse Rodriquez has been an absolute machine for Mesa, scoring in every of his three video games and already amassing 415 yards on the bottom.
Chadron State at Black Hills State | 4 p.m. – UPDATED NOV. 13 – CANCELED
We’ll control this one for you. Black Hills State has needed to cancel its final two video games attributable to coronavirus considerations, so hopefully the Yellowjackets can get on the sector. The story right here is the Chadron State offense. They’ve scored 35 factors or extra of their final three video games. Dalton Holst and Jalen Starks are clicking and will probably be powerful to cease.
Nebraska-Kearney at South Dakota Mines | 4 p.m. – UPDATED NOV. 13 – CANCELED
The Hardrockers return to the sector after per week off trying to get again above .500. Sadly they’ve the duty of dealing with arguably the most popular offense in DII soccer proper now. TJ Davis is enjoying out of this world for the Lopers, however Mines has loads of weapons. Operating again Ahmad Lewis has been his regular sensational self in 2020, dashing for 99.5 yards per recreation with six touchdowns to date on the season. This has the makings of a great old school shootout.
Pittsburg State at Stephen F. Austin | 5 p.m.
The Gorillas look to make it two-straight for DII soccer over the FCS. The Lumberjacks are 3-0 in opposition to DII in 2020, so Pittsburg State may have its fingers full. The protection is coming off a stingy efficiency in opposition to Missouri Western and the offense appears to be getting extra comfy in Wright’s system. Anticipate a aggressive recreation from the Gorillas in Texas.
Missouri Western at West Texas A&M | 6 p.m. – UPDATED NOV. 13 – CANCELED
A bit of cross-conference motion heads to Canyon, Texas. The Buffs had per week off after a 56-0 shellacking of NAIA North American to get to 3-2 on the season. Quarterback Nick Gerber leads the offense that’s scoring 32.8 factors per recreation in 2020. The Griffons are searching for their first win of the brand new 12 months. We knew they’d battle with so many new faces on the sector and such an odd atmosphere to get acclimated on this 12 months. This could be an enormous momentum builder in a powerful venue for visiting opponents.
7 loopy numbers from DII soccer Saturday
One is a fairly large quantity for Pittsburg State. The Gorillas have been in a position to get new head coach Brian Wright his first profession win on Saturday. Quarterback Mak Sexton led the best way with 147 yards and two touchdowns for Pittsburg State within the 20-7 win over Missouri Western. In a day when dashing numbers have been being piled up throughout DII soccer, the Gorillas protection held the Griffons to simply 43 yards dashing on the day.
Listed here are another numbers that caught our eye on Saturday.
0 — That is precisely what number of instances Pittsburg State has misplaced in its second recreation of the season since 2000. The Gorillas rolled to a comparatively straightforward victory over Missouri Western, 20-7 to get to 1-1 on the season.
2 — Gamers who eclipsed the 200-yard mark on the bottom on Saturday. Alfred Grear rattled off 247 yards for Angelo State and quarterback TJ Davis went for 252 yards on the bottom in serving to Nebraska-Kearney get to 2-0 behind a 45-35 victory over Chadron State.
3 — Dashing touchdowns scored by TJ Davis. The Lopers’ quarterback tossed his first landing move of the season as properly, giving him 4 whole touchdowns on the day and eight in two video games this season. He is scored in each recreation since October 5, 2019, amassing 30 whole touchdowns over that span.
4 — Touchdowns scored by Angelo State’s Alfred Grear on Saturday. The ultimate landing was a 68-yard scamper that put the sport out of attain, giving the Rams a 34-21 victory over Abilene Christian. It was the primary DII over FCS victory of the season.
7 — Touchdowns scored by Chadron State Jalen Starks this season. Starks, an enormous addition from UCLA, scored his sixth and seventh touchdowns of the season for the Eagles on Saturday. He totaled 125 yards dashing and now has three multi-touchdown video games in a row.
286 — Yards Eagles’ star quarterback Dalton Holst threw for on Saturday in defeat. The senior is closing out a outstanding profession, eclipsing the 200-yard mark in each recreation this season. But it surely’s greater than 2020 — Holst has been a mannequin of consistency. Since September 15, 2018, Holst has thrown for greater than 200 yards and at the very least one landing in 22 of his final 23 video games.
955 — Complete yards dashing that Angelo State and UNK mixed for on Saturday. The Lopers reeled off an incredible 541 yards whereas the Rams totaled 414 on the bottom as each groups earned victories.
The Small School Basketball Basic, defined
Sadly, 2020 may have no Small School Basketball Corridor of Fame Basic. The 2-day match in St. Joseph, Missouri, has change into the signature opener of the DII males’s basketball season since 2016. Based by John McCarthy, Small School Basketball presents the Bevo Francis Award on an annual foundation, curates the Small School Basketball Corridor of Fame and conducts the annual match. The sphere has usually been stacked with a few of the greatest stars and top-ranked DII school basketball groups.
BEVO FRANCIS: DII school basketball’s all-time scorers
Right here’s a fast have a look at the historical past of the occasion.
Match MVPs and prime scorers
Ryan Hawkins had a monster efficiency on the 2019 Basic. He set the single-game scoring file with 44 factors, the primary participant to eclipse the 40-point mark in match historical past. He went on to attain 68 factors in Northwest Missouri State’s two video games, breaking the match mark of 64 set by Justin Reyes of St. Thomas Aquinas in 2017.
Jeril Taylor’s efficiency within the inaugural Small School Basketball Basic is one to recollect. He scored 30 and 31 factors in his two video games in incomes the primary MVP honors of the Basic’s historical past. Solely Jhonathan Dunn of Southern Nazarene in 2019 has matched the feat of scoring at the very least 30 factors in each his crew’s appearances.
|Match Most Useful Participant|
|2016||Jeril Taylor||Southern Indiana|
|2017||Justin Reyes||St. Thomas Aquinas|
|2018||Trevor Hudgins||Northwest Missouri State|
|2019||Ryan Hawkins||Northwest Missouri State|
The perfect of the most effective converge on St. Joseph yearly
Six groups have appeared within the Basic twice, however just one has an ideal file. That honor goes to the Northwest Missouri State Bearcats, who began every of the earlier two seasons undefeated in St. Joseph.
|Ferris State||2017, 2018||3-1|
|Kentucky Wesleyan||2016, 2017||1-3|
|Lincoln Memorial||2016, 2019||2-2|
|Missouri Western||2018, 2019||1-3|
|Northwest Missouri State||2018, 2019||4-0|
|Southern Indiana||2016, 2017||3-1|
|St. Thomas Aquinas||2017||0-2|
|West Texas A&M||2019||2-0|