University of Central Missouri senior quarterback and Montgomery City native Eric Czerniewski is the 2010 Division II College Football Player of the Year. He is the first quarterback to win the award since 2005, and snaps a streak of four consecutive running backs selected. Northwest Missouri State University senior quarterback Blake Bolles was third. [Read more…]
The University of Central Missouri Mules will play host this afternoon to the West Texas A&M Buffaloes this Saturday in an NCAA-II playoff game at Walton Stadium/Kennedy Field. For the Mules, this will be only their second playoff appearance in school history. [Read more…]
6th ranked Northwest Missouri State wins their biggest game in school history and 11th ranked Central Missouri is upset on the road. Here’s a quick snapshot of Division II football games from Missouri schools.
Northwest Missouri State scored touchdowns on eight of 13 offensive possessions en route to a 70-0 win against Truman Saturday at Bearcat Stadium in the 75 th battle for the Old Hickory Stick. It’s the largest margin of victory for the Bearcats in series history (89 games). Northwest (4-1, 3-0 MIAA) has won eight in a row and 13 of its last 14 games against Truman (1-4, 0-3 MIAA).
Truman ran 31 offensive plays in the first half that netted four yards. The Bulldogs finished with 92 yards with 62 coming on an empty fourth-quarter possession. Truman completed four passes in the contest for 45 yards.
Northwest sacked Truman quarterback Taylor Breen eight times for 65 yards. Sean Paddock got his 25 th career sack on the second play of the game, making him the Bearcats’ all-time leader.
The No. 11 Central Missouri Mules turned it over five times at Washburn on Saturday afternoon on the road and suffered their first loss of the season, 36-21.
Washburn (4-1, 2-1 MIAA) jumped out to a 20-0 halftime lead and never looked back, while UCM (4-1, 2-1 MIAA) didn’t catch its offensive stride until the second stanza.
The Mules defense held serve in the first quarter, stopping the Ichabods on two drives inside UCM territory without allowing any points. The WU defense also had their way, but that effort lasted the entire first half, holding the Mules to only 136 yards.
Missouri Western remained undefeated on the season by defeating #23 Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kan. by a score of 45-40. Western has defeated the Gorillas three out of the last four years with two of those victories coming in "The Pitt (2007)."
Drew Newhart had four touchdowns (1 rush) with three touchdown passes to receiver Cedric Houston. Western improves to 3-0 in MIAA play for the first time since 2000 and to 5-0 overall for the first time since 1981 when they started 7-0.
The Southwest Baptist Bearcats jumped on the Kentucky Wesleyan Panthers early and rolled to a 50-20 victory to pick up their first win of the season. The Missouri Southern football team had its highest point output of the season and Collin Howard threw for three touchdowns, but the Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks had a school record 44 rushing attempts from true freshman Levi Terrell in his first collegiate game and the Mavs defeated the Lions 44-36 in front of a Homecoming crowd of 6,127.
The 9th ranked Central Missouri Jennies defeated 3rd ranked Emporia State, 3-0 (25-11, 25-18, 25-23) in a matchup of AVCA Top-25 teams at the UCM Multipurpose Building Wednesday evening.
The first set saw the Jennies jump out to a 7-2 lead, followed by an Emporia timeout. Then the Jens went on another 7-2 run to make the score 19-7 on a Paula Harris kill. They coasted to a 25-11 set win and forced 12 ESU attack errors. UCM hit .440 while the Lady Hornets hit -.121.
UCM led in throughout the second set as well. As a team the Jennies hit .400 in the set. Jennifer Williams added a game high four kills, hitting .500. A late four point run was halted by a Bradye Peniston from Caitlin Pankratz, the Jens ended the set on the ensuing serve to win 25-18.
There were three ties and three lead changes in the third set. With the score 22-17 ESU made a six point run to take the lead 23-22. Abby Gruenbacher, who had four blocks on the night (2 solo, 2 assist), had her biggest at the most crucial point in the match along with Peniston, to give the Jennies the lead 24-23. The Jennies took the match on the next point.
Harris and Huffman led the team in kills with 10 apiece. Rachel Fister and Kelsey Ortwerth logged team-high double-digit digs with 19 and 14 respectively. Pankratz had 30 assists.
Story courtesy of Chris Brigham of Central Missouri Athletics .
Two of Missouri’s nationally ranked Division II football schools won on their home field Saturday afternoon as NW Missouri State beat their longtime rival and the Mules took care of another nationally ranked team.
Northwest Missouri State running back LaRon Council ran for three scores and quarterback Blake Bolles passed for two more to lead the sixth-ranked Bearcats to a 37-27 win against Nebraska-Omaha Saturday at Bearcat Stadium.
A capacity crowd of 8,870 – sixth largest in program history – watched Northwest extend its MIAA win streak to 30 games. The Bearcats last conference loss came against Pittsburg State in October of 2005.
Central Missouri, ranked 12 th in Division II held off #11 Pittsburg State 23-14. The Mules jumped out to a 23-0 lead at halftime, but were shut down by the Gorilla’s defense. The Mules remain undefeated.
More to come from both games.
Following their 30-10 win at Arrowhead Stadium over Pittsburg State, the Northwest Missouri State Bearcats moved up one spot to #6 in the AFCA Division II college football poll. The Bearcats are now 2-1 on the season.
Their only loss came to Abilene Christian, who is 3-0 and ranked second in the country. Heading into last Saturday’s Fall Classic VIII, the Gorillas were ranked #4 in the country. They dropped down to #11. They next travel to Central Missouri, where the Mules are right behind them at #12. The Mules are 3-0 following their 24-21 win over Emporia State.
Missouri Western was just outside the top 25 missing out on the rankings. The Griffons are 3-0 and have averaged 47 points per game.
The No. 19 Central Missouri Mules scored the game’s first 27 points and rolled to a 50-13 win over Missouri S&T on Thursday night with MIAA Player of the Week Eric Czerniewski leading the way.
The Mules QB went 19-of-22 for 279 yards and four touchdowns. UCM would score on 8 of 11 possessions. The Mules never punted, were stopped only
once while two of their drives end in taking a knee at the half and end of the game.
The Mules took 33-6 lead at the break, racking up 305 yards of offense in the half. Czerniewski played only the first series of the second half, leading the Mules 88 yards in 10 plays, capped by a 10-yard TD pass to make it 40-6.
Eric Czerniewski (Central Missouri), Drew Newhart (Missouri Western), and Jeremy Weston (Missouri Western) have been named MIAA Football Players of the Week for the week of Aug. 27-29 as selected by a conference SID panel.
MIAA OFFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Eric Czerniewski, QB, Central Missouri
Czerniewski accounted for five of the Mules six touchdowns (4 passing, 1 rushing) and led the team back to a win from a 28-20 deficit in the third quarter. He hit tight end DeMarco Cosby for the go-ahead score in the 4th quarter with 14:54 left. Czerniewski’s 29 completions was good for second-best in Central Missouri history (also a career-high), while his 354 yards passing was his personal third-best effort ever. It was also his sixth career game of 300 yards of offense, breaking the school record held by Paul Kaiser and Dennis Gile.
Drew Newhart, QB, Missouri Western
Newhart guided the Griffons to their sixth season opening victory as he threw for five touchdowns. He went 10-14 for 134 yards with his long being a 30-yard strike to Adam Clausen. Newhart’s five touchdown passes ties a school record, which was set by Kyle Westerberg in 2003 against Missouri-Rolla. Newhart guided the Griffons to six touchdowns on their first seven possessions. The five touchdown passes was also a career high for Newhart.
MIAA DEFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Jeremy Weston, CB, Missouri Western
In his first game as a Griffon, redshirt freshman cornerback Jeremy Weston had two interceptions to go along with three tackles and one pass break-up. Weston helped the Griffon defense allow only 222 yards of total offense.
The No. 25 Central Missouri Mules tallied the game’s final three touchdowns to come back from an eight point deficit and grab a 39-28 season-opening win on Thursday night against the Bearcats of Southwest Baptist.The Mules (1-0) made it 18 wins in a row over the Bearcats (0-1), dating back to 1991.
Central Missouri junior quarterback Eric Czerniewski, accounted for five of the Mules six touchdowns (4 passing, 1 rushing). He threw for 354 yards, his third best effort ever, and went 29-of-41 for the second most single-game completions in school history.
Junior running back Anthony Stewart caught a screen pass and took it 70 yards for a score on the Mules first play of their first possession. A missed extra point made it only a 6-0 lead.
UCM made it 13-0 on its next possession, thanks to a 9-play, 60-yard drive. Czerniewski converted a fourth-and-eight with a 25-yard touchdown strike to junior All-American tight end DeMarco Cosby.
The Bearcats answered late in the first quarter with a 51-yard rush by Thaddeus Everson, and then took the lead in the second on a 30-yard rush by Justin Duhaney, 14-13.
Central Missouri came back on the next drive after a 37-yard kick return by senior Bobby Guillory. The Mules went 56 yards in nine plays, capped by a one-yard TD plunge from Czerniewski but the Bearcats had the last strike before the break.
A 56-yard completion from Steve Gachette to Johnnie King with 1:01 left was the difference, making it 21-20 at halftime.
The Bearcats got some luck to start the second half, scoring on a 35-yard touchdown pass that bounced off an SBU receiver and fell into tight end Jameson Manuma’s hands for an easy coast into the end zone, making it 28-20 with 7:05 left in the third. That would be the last score for the Bearcats though, as the Mule defense put the clamps down.
The Mules finished the game with four sacks, six quarterback hurries, and nine tackles for loss, but the biggest play came after the Mules got a 30-yard touchdown reception from junior running back Tywon Hubbard to make it 28-26 (failed two-point conversion). Freshman defensive back Brett Ginn forced a fumble and recovered it on the SBU 35.
The Mules punched it in on a 5-yard hookup to Cosby early in the fourth quarter to give the Mules a lead for good, 32-28. The score tied a school record for TD’s in a game by a tight end with two.
The game-killer came later in the quarter though. SBU was stuffed on a fake punt back at their own 39, and they Mules then took six minutes off the clock before stuffing it in the endzone on 1-yard rush from Stewart with 2:14 left.
Story courtesy of Central Missouri athletics .
The 2009 Central Missouri Jennies volleyball team will have a new leader for the first time in three decades as Flip Piontek takes the reins after many years as an assistant coach under legendary head coach Peggy Martin.
The Jennies finished 2008 ranked No. 11 in the nation and have now been ranked in every poll since 1986, a record 275 consecutive weeks. To keep that streak going, the young Jennies will look to leadership from the lone senior setter, Pankratz. Pankratz has more than 4,000 assists in her career and will finish as one of the all-time best setters at Central Missouri.
UCM returns five starters and nine letterwinners to a lineup that took third in the region last season. Sophomore outside hitter Allie Huffman should have another solid year. As a freshman, the Lee’s Summitt, Mo., native led the team with 454 kills. At rightside, Kelsey Ortwerthwill return as a starter after a solid 2008 campaign. The powerful lefty logged 200 kills and 167 digs playing in 108 games.
Flip takes the reins to one of the most successful programs in NCAA D-II. During his time at UCM, the team has compiled a 729-174 (.807) record overall, and a 278-36 (.885) mark in MIAA play. The Jennies have claimed 15 MIAA titles, and have been to the NCAA Tournament in each of his 23 seasons.
The Jennies open the season at the West Florida invitational this weekend where they will play the unanimous number one preseason pick Concordia-St. Paul, Minnesota.
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