Justin Berendzen (@jrberendzen on Twitter) with my top 5 NAIA matchups of week 9.
1.Dordt University at Northwestern College (IA)
Only ranked NAIA matchup this week. Northwestern is led offensively by stud senior wide receiver Cade Moser who has 975 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns. Dordt’s defense has junior linebacker Brayton Van Kekerix who has 52 tackles and 5 PBUs. Junior running back Anthony Trojahn from Dordt has 538 rushing yards and 8 touchdowns.
2.University of Saint Francis(IL) at Olivet Nazarene University
I think that this will be a competitive game. Olivet Nazarene offensively has junior wide receiver Jalen Dunnigan who has 660 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns. For Saint Francis(IL) they have junior linebacker Chris Johnson who has 46 tackles, 6.5 TFLs, and 3 sacks. And for the Saints offense, they have senior wide receiver Ravon Johnson who has 495 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns. Olivet Nazarene defensively has a beast in sophomore linebacker Jason Freeman who has 93 tackles, 9 TFLs and 3 PBUs in 2021.
3.Peru State College at Grand View University
Peru State’s defense is tough and I think that this will be a close game. Grand View has senior quarterback Johnny Sullivan who has 1,627 passing yards and 17 passing touchdowns. Defensively for Peru State they have sophomore Armunz Mathews who has 21 tackles, 4 interceptions, and 3 PBUs. Offensively for Peru State they have freshman running back Quinton Hawkins who has 456 rushing yards and 6 touchdowns.
4.Benedictine College(KS) at Baker University
We have 2 really good teams here in this matchup. Baker has senior running back JD Woods who has 982 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns. If there is any defense it will come from Benedictine senior linebacker Jalen James who has 67 tackles, 4.5 TFLs, and 2 PBUs. Benedictine’s offense has senior wide receiver Tre Adger who has 572 receiving yards and 9 touchdowns. Defensively for Baker they have junior defensive back BJ Harvey who has 53 tackles, 5 PBUs, and 3 TFLs.
5.Siena Heights University at Indiana Wesleyan University
Interesting matchup here. Indiana Wesleyan has senior running back Devodney Alford who has 581 rushing yards and 9 touchdowns. The Siena Heights defense is led by junior linebacker Kole Murlin who has 75 tackles, 7 TFLs, and 7 PBUs. The Siena Heights offensively have redshirt sophomore wide receiver Eric Williams II who has 398 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns.