Pittsburg State wide receiver John Brown and Northwest Missouri defensive end Matt Longacre are the offensive and defensive football players of the week in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association.
Brown passed Harlon Hill Trophy winner Ronnie West as Pittsburg State’ career receiving leader Saturday while leading the Gorillas, 4-0 and No. 10 in the Division II coaches’ poll, to a 59-38 win at Lincoln. He caught nine passes for a career-best 237 yards and four touchdowns.
Longacre recovered a fumble and returned it 17 yards for a touchdown in the Bearcats 53-7 win over Nebraska-Kearney. Northwest Missouri, 4-0, is No. 3 in the coaches’ poll.
Missouri Western’s Dominic Thomas is the special teams player of the week. He had a 96-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in a 52-21 win over Fort Hays State. The Griffons, 4-0, are sixth in the coaches’ poll.
• Including No. 3 Northwest Missouri, No. 6 Missouri Western and No. 10 Pittsburg State, the MIAA has five teams ranked in the coaches’ poll. Washburn, 4-0, is 15th and Emporia State, 4-0, is 24th. Valdosta State (Ga.) and Minnesota State-Mankato are the top two teams in the poll.
• Benedictine, 4-0 and coming off a 45-41 comeback win over Peru State (Neb.), moved up three spots to No. 7 in the NAIA coaches’ poll. Ravens QB Bill Noonan, who threw for 473 yards, including 197 and two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, was chosen Heart of America Athletic Conference offensive player of the week. Missouri Valley, 2-1, is ranked eighth; Ottawa, 3-1, is No. 10; and Baker, 3-1, is 12th.