Homecoming day was a victorious one at Central Missouri. Junior defensive back Monteze Latimore helped see to that.
Latimore intercepted a Washburn pass in Central Missouri territory with under 20 seconds left in the game, sealing the Mules’ 29-27 victory in Warrensburg, Mo.
With the win, Central Missouri improved to 6-2 overall and 6-2 in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association. Washburn dropped to 5-3, 5-3.
After the high-scoring first half (the Mules led 26-20 at the break), the game was dominated by the defensive units, punctuated by Latimore’s interception of Washburn quarterback Derek McGinnis.
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When the Mules’ offense was going, it was powered by quarterback Garrett Fugate, a senior from Blue Valley Northwest. Fugate completed 28 of 41 passes for 357 yards with three touchdowns.
Northwest Missouri 47, Lindenwood 12: The Bearcats improved to 8-0 on the season with the victory on the road at St. Charles, Mo. Northwest Missouri QB Kyle Zimmerman passed for 350 yards with two touchdowns. Northwest Missouri had 529 yards of total offense.
Emporia State 41, Pittsburg State 36: Gorillas quarterback John Roderique passed for 473 yards with four touchdowns, but Pittsburg State could not stop an efficient Emporia State offense in Pittsburg, Kan. Emporia State’s Braxton Marstall completed 28 of 37 passes for 321 yards with a TD. The Hornets had four rushing TDs.
Fort Hays State 35, Missouri Western 27: Fort Hays State’s two fourth-quarter TDs sealed the deal in the home win. Jacob Mezera passed for 309 yards with three touchdowns for Fort Hays State. Josh Caldwell, who played in high school at Lee’s Summit North, rushed for 147 yards in 26 carries with a touchdown for Missouri Western, while teammate Dijuan Ussery caught four passes for 106 yards. Ussery scored on a 70-yard pass from Skyler Windmiller in the first quarter that put the Griffons up 12-7.
Baker 55, MidAmerica Nazarene 34: Baker, ranked No. 2 in the NAIA coaches’ rankings, took control of the game in Olathe with 41 second-half points and improved to 8-0 on the season. Logan Brettell completed 25 of 37 passes for 412 yards and four touchdowns for Baker. The Wildcats had two 100-yard rushers in Adonis Powell (109 yards, one TD) and Cornell Brown (107 yards, three TDs). Brown also caught five passes for 112 yards with a touchdown. Clarence Clark pulled in 10 passes for 176 yards with two TDs.
Pioneers quarterback Trey Cooper also had a big day. He was good on 25 of 44 passes for 367 yards with three TDs. His main target was tight end Gio Gonzalez, who hauled in 11 passes for 184 yards and a touchdown.
Northern Iowa 61, Missouri State 7: Eli Dunne threw for 418 yards and two touchdowns in his debut as a starter as Northern Iowa dominated Missouri State in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Northern Iowa had 556 total yards while limiting Missouri State to 189.
Truman State 31, William Jewell 24: Willliam Jewell kept it close against Truman State, which sits atop the Great Lakes Valley Conference standings, but the Cardinals could not come away with the win at Kirksville, Mo. Collin Heller, who played in high school at Staley, had two sacks for William Jewell, which fell to 0-8 and 0-5 in the conference.
Graceland 34, Benedictine 29: Ejay Johnson rushed for 98 yards in 21 carries with two TDs for the Ravens’ in their loss in Lamoni, Iowa.
Sterling 65, Ottawa 50: Ottawa, playing at home, scored 34 points in the fourth quarter but could not climb all the way out of a huge early deficit. Sterling’s Cedrick Phillips throw for 589 yards with six TDs. Ottawa QB Connor Byers completed 26 of 43 passes for 395 yards with three TDs. Byers rushed for 151 yards in 27 carries with three more touchdowns.