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Morning Sun
  • No postseason for Pittsburg State

  • The NCAA Division II football committee made its playoff selections late Sunday afternoon and the defending national champions were not among the 24 teams chosen from the four regions of the country.

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  • The NCAA Division II football committee made its playoff selections late Sunday afternoon and the defending national champions were not among the 24 teams chosen from the four regions of the country.
    Minnesota State-Mankato (11-0), Henderson State (10-0), Missouri Western (10-1), Northwest Missouri (9-2), Harding (9-1) and Minnesota-Duluth (10-1) represent Region 3.
    Minnesota State-Mankato and Henderson State earned byes and Missouri Western and Northwest Missouri host Minnesota-Duluth and Harding, respectively, on Saturday.
    Mankato and Duluth play in the Northern Sun Conference, Western and Northwest in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association, and Henderson State and Harding in the Great American Conference — equal representation for all three conferences in Region 3.
    Minnesota-Duluth won national championships in 2008 and 2010, Northwest Missouri 2009.
    Region 1: Winston-Salem State (11-0), New Haven (10-0), IUP (10-1), Shippensburg (10-1), Bloomsburg (10-1), Shepherd (8-2). Region 2: Valdosta State (8-2), Carson-Newman (8-2), Lenoir-Rhyne (8-2), West Alabama (8-3), Miles (8-2), Fort Valley (8-3). Region 4: Colorado State-Pueblo (11-0), Ashland (10-0), Chadron State (9-2), Indianapolis (9-2), Midwestern State (9-1), West Texas A&M (9-2).
    Pitt State finished its season 7-3 and that record was not good enough for the Gorillas to be invited to the Kanza Bowl or the Mineral Water Bowl. Emporia State (9-2) and Lindenwood (8-3) will represent the MIAA in the Kanza and the Mineral Water, respectively, against Texas A&M-Kingsville (9-2) of the Lone Star and Winona State (9-2) of the Northern Sun. Emporia State-Texas A&M-Kingsville play Nov. 25 and Lindenwood-Winona State Dec. 1.
    The Gorillas lost all three of their games to playoff or bowl teams: Northwest Missouri (31-21), Missouri Western (63-14) and Lindenwood (44-33), teams with a combined 27-6 record.
    The Lions of Lindenwood, a new MIAA member, did not play Northwest and Western and their three losses were to non-postseason Central Missouri (35-28), Emporia State (13-0) and non-postseason Washburn (19-16). That 44-33 win over Pitt State proved the determining factor in the Mineral Water Bowl selection.
    Last week, Pitt State junior receiver John Brown was named one of 24 candidates for the Harlon Hill Trophy, the award given out since 1986 to the best NCAA-II football player.
    Brown finished his 10-game regular season the NCAA-II leader in all-purpose yardage, averaging 200 yards even per game. No. 5 gained 2,000 yards from 973 receiving, 202 rushing, 430 punt returns and 395 kick returns. He caught eight touchdown passes, rushed for a touchdown, and scored a 10th TD on a punt return.
    Brown recorded three tackles. No. 5 set a school record for single-game receptions (13) against Missouri Western and his 124 career receptions surpassed the school record of 123 established by 1991 Harlon Hill winner Ronnie West.
    Here’s a look at the numbers of the other 23 Harlon Hill candidates:
    • Tyron Laughinghouse, WR, St. Augustine’s (N.C.): 59 catches, 801 yards, 12 TDs; 12 punt returns, 184 yards, TD; 14 kick returns, 562 yards, 3 TDs; 1,568 all-purpose yards, 16 TDs.
    Page 2 of 3 - • Kevin Morton, QB, Kutztown (Pa.): 262-378, 3,154 yards 32 TDs, 8 INT; 49 carries, 30 yards, 5 TDs.
    • Franklyn Quiteh, RB, Bloomsburg (Pa.): 263 carries, 1,922 yards, 22 TDs; 4 catches, 85 yards, TD.
    • Kameron Smith, QB, Winston-Salem State (N.C.): 178-291, 2,778 yards, 39 TDs, 9 INT.
    • Harvie Tuck, RB, Indiana (Pa.): 239 carries, 1,552 yards, 15 TDs; 3 receptions, 62 yards.
    • Zach Zulli, QB, Shippensburg (Pa.): 291-453 4,055 yards 50 TDs, 7 INT; 88 carries, 208 yards, TD.
    • Chris Bowden, WR, Wingate (N.C.): 106 receptions, 1,359 yards, 9 TDs; 1,359 all-purpose yards.
    • Gerald Ford, WR, Valdosta State (Ga.): 52 receptions, 836 yards, 12 TDs.
    • Corey Jones, LB, Lane (Tenn.): 114 tackles (54 solo, 60 assist), 12.5 tackles for loss, 3.0 sacks, one pass breakup, seven quarterback hits, one fumble recovery.
    • David Thomas, QB, Miles (Ala.): 140-213, 1,986 yards, 13 TDs, 7 INT; 81 carries, 325 yards, 7 TDs.
    • Ridge Wilson, DE, West Alabama: team-high 61 tackles, 18.0 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks, three quarterback hits, one fumble recovery, one forced fumble.
    • Derrick Washington, RB, Tuskegee (Ala.): 156 carries, 1,215 yards, 11 TDs.
    • Tyler Eckenrode, QB, Emporia State: 251-398, 3,439 yards, 24 TDs, 10 INT; 85 carries, 201 yards, 2 TDs.
    • Michael Hill, RB, Missouri Western: 245 carries, 1,809 yards, 14 TDs; 14 catches, 185 yards, 3 TDs; 1,994 all-purpose yards, 17 TDs.
    • Phillip Klaphake, QB, St. Cloud State (Minn.): 178-303, 2,760 yards, 28 TDs, 6 INT; 141 carries, 607 yards, 9 TDs
    • Kevin Rodgers, QB, Henderson State (Ark.): 234-344, 3,590 yards, 40 TDs, 8 INT.
    • Rayon Simmons, RB, Winona State (Minn.): 285 carries, 1,586 yards, 18 TDs; 29 catches, 292 yards, 2 TDs; 1,878 all-purpose yards, 20 TDs.
    • Kay Fiecher, RB, Indianapolis (Ind.): 234 carries, 1,436 yards, 18 TDs; 18 catches, 177 yards, TD; 14 punt returns, 298 yards, TD; 12 kick returns, 265 yards; 2,176 all-purpose yards, 197.8 ypg, 20 TDs.
    • Joe Glendening, RB, Hillsdale (Mich.): 301 carries, 1,517 yards, 15 TDs; 14 catches, 96 yards, TD; 22 kick returns, 467 yards; 4,766 career rushing yards, 58 TDs in 46 games.
    • Taylor Houseright, QB, Ashland (Ohio): 221-324, 2,905 yards, 30 TDs, INT; 45 carries, 190 yards, TD.
    • Keidrick Jackson, RB, Midwestern State (Texas): 179 carries, 1,263 yards, 19 TDs; 5 catches, 28 yards.
    • Jeff Janis, WR, Saginaw Valley State (Mich.): 106 receptions, 1,635 yards, 17 TDs.
    • Dustin Vaughan, QB, West Texas A&M: 260-401, 3,552 yards 35 TDs, 7 INT; 43 carries, 50 yards.
    Pitt State junior linebacker Nate Dreiling led the Gorillas with 83 tackles (25 solo, 58 assist) and he finished second with 9.5 tackles for loss, 4.0 sacks, seven breakups and tied for second in both interceptions (two) and forced fumbles (one). Dreiling ranked 10th in the MIAA in tackles.
    After three seasons at the heart of the Pitt State defense, No. 11 ranks third all-time in PSU career tackles with 382. Additionally, for his career, Dreiling has accumulated 47.0 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks and 10 interceptions. Chris Brown, current Fort Hays State head coach, holds the current tackles record of 470; three interceptions next season would get Dreiling in the top five of career interceptions.
    Dreiling passed Wes Baker (1997-2000), Troy Wilson (1989-1992), Andrew Poling (1996-1999), Mark Kilgore (1979-1982) and John Roderique (1986-1989) in career tackles this season alone.
    The 26-14 win over Missouri Southern gave Pitt State three straight years of winning its final game: 13-9 in the 2010 Mineral Water Bowl, 35-21 in the 2011 National Championship Game and 26-14 in the 2012 Sonic Miner’s Bowl.
    Page 3 of 3 - In conference play, Pitt State finished tied for fourth with Lindenwood. With its 21-20 comeback win over Northwest Missouri, Western claims its first outright MIAA title in school history.
    Final MIAA standings (MIAA record): Missouri Western 10-1 (9-1), Emporia State 9-2 (9-2), Northwest Missouri 9-2 (8-2), Lindenwood 8-3 (7-3), Pitt State 7-3 (7-3), Washburn 7-4 (7-4), Central Missouri 6-4 (6-4), Missouri Southern 6-5 (5-5), Fort Hays State 5-6 (4-6), Northeastern State 4-6 (4-6), Truman State 4-7 (3-7), Southwest Baptist 3-8 (3-8), Nebraska-Kearney 3-8 (2-8), Central Oklahoma 2-8 (2-8), Lincoln 1-10 (1-10).
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