One MIAA team is moving on in the NCAA Division II playoffs, another had its season come to an end on Saturday.
Missouri Western advanced to its first-ever NCAA Division II Regional Championship by beating Henderson State 45-21 in Arkadelphia, Ark. Northwest Missouri, on the other hand, lost its playoff game in an overtime thriller at Minnesota State-Mankatao 38-35.
Quarterback Travis Partridge helped pace the Griffons with two passing touchdowns and two on the ground. He completed 22 of 29 passes for 204 yards. Missouri Western star running back Michael Hill ran for 122 yards and a touchdown, surpassing the 2,000-yard mark rushing: He has 2,118 yards on the season.
The Missouri Western defense helped take care of business by intercepting four passes in the game.
Missouri Western will play at Minnesota State-Mankato next Saturday at noon.
Northwest Missouri fell behind 21-0 at the half in its game against Mankato. But the Bearcats stormed back with four touchdowns in the second half and forced overtime.
Both teams scored TDs on their initial overtime possessions. But Northwest’s Trevor Adams had a pass picked off on the first possession in the second overtime, and Mankato then closed it out with a field goal. Adams finished 22 of 32 for 218 yards passing, including three touchdowns.
DJ Gnader had 15 tackles for the Bearcats defense.
Northwest Missouri finished the season 10-3.
• Missouri Valley is 12-0 and heading to the NAIA semifinals after holding off Bethel (Tenn.) 10-7 in Marshall, Mo., in the quarterfinals on Saturday. Vikings Quarterback Bruce Reyes hit Seth Martinko for a 15-yard TD pass in the first quarter. Fabian Miramontes added a field goal in the second half, and the stellar Vikings defense took care of the rest.