Hello Justin Berendzen (@jrberendzen on Twitter) with my top 5 NAIA Football matchups of week 4.
Southeastern University at St.Thomas University (FL)
This is the only ranked matchup in the NAIA Football this week. The Bobcats offense has sophomore running back Rontavius Farmer who has 313 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns this season. Defensively for the Fire they have sophomore defensive back Ryan Cunningham who has 20 tackles and 3 PBUs in 2022. The Southeastern offense has junior wide receiver Shane McLaughlin who has 274 receiving yards and 1 touchdown this season. Defensively for St. Thomas they have linebacker Donnell Bennett III who had 20 tackles, 4 TFLs and 2.5 sacks in the first 3 games. Who will win this NAIA football matchup?
Montana Tech University at University of Montana Western
The Diggers meet the Bulldogs in this one. The Montana Western offense has freshman wide receiver Dylan Shipley who had 291 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns in the first 4 games of the season. Defensively for the Diggers they have senior defensive back Naoki Harmer who has 17 tackles and 3 PBUs this season. The Montana Tech offense has junior running back Blake Counts who has 260 rushing yards and 1 touchdown in the 2022 season. Defensively for the Bulldogs they have junior linebacker Kameron Rauser who has 23 tackles, 6 TFLs and 2 PBUs this season.
Saint Xavier University at University of Saint Francis (IN)
A battle of the Cougars in this one. Saint Francis is led offensively by senior running back Cameron Peterson who has 279 rushing yards and 1 touchdown in the 2022 campaign. Defensively for the Saint Xavier Cougars they have junior defensive back Kevin Countryman who had 2 interceptions against Siena Heights in week 3. The Saint Francis Cougars defense has senior linebacker River Walsh who has 8 tackles and 1 interception this season.
Arizona Christian University at Southwestern Assemblies of God University
The Firestorm meet the Lions in this one. Keaton Dudik senior running back had 174 receiving yards and 79 rushing yards and 1 rushing touchdown in the first 2 games for SAGU. The Firestorm defensively have junior defensive lineman Moses Smith who has 15 tackles, 3 TFLs and 2 sacks this season. Arizona Christian’s offense has junior wide receiver Bryce Washington who has 2 touchdowns in the 2022 season, and is one of the best NAIA football players. Defensively for the Lions they have senior defensive lineman Keandre Belcher who has 12 tackles, and 4.5 TFLs this season.
University of Pikeville at Bethel University(TN)
Pikeville goes to meet the Wildcats in this one. The Bethel offense includes sophomore wide receiver JD Dixon who has 298 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns this season. Defensively for the Bears they have sophomore linebacker Jonathan Morton who had 11 tackles and 2 PBUs in the first 2 games. The Pikeville offense has freshman wide receiver Derrick Griffith who has 207 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns this season. Defensively for the Wildcats they have senior linebacker Jakobe Griffin who has 30 tackles, 3.5 TFLs and 1.5 sacks in the 2022 season.