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Top 5 NAIA Football Matchups of Week 5

Dorian Hardin the standout defensive back from the College of Idaho recently sat down with Draft Diamonds scout Justin Berendzen
Defensively for the Coyotes they have senior defensive back Dorian Hardin who has 23 tackles, 7 PBUs and 1 interception in 2022.

Hello, Justin Berendzen (@jrberendzen on Twitter) from Draft Diamonds with my top 5 NAIA matchups of week 5.

Concordia University (MI) at Indiana Wesleyan University

A top 15 ranked matchup here. The Wildcats offense has junior wide receiver Markell Stephens-Peppers who has 200 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns this season. Defensively for Concordia they have Gerald McHenry Jr who has 14 tackles, 7 PBUs and 2 interceptions in 2022. The Cardinals offense has junior wide receiver Seeger DeGayner who has 239 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns this season. Defensively for the Wildcats they have grad defensive back Justin Johnson who has 14 tackles, 3 PBUs and 1 interception in 2022.

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Bethel University (TN) at Georgetown College (KY)

Another interesting Mid South matchup. The Tigers offense has senior wide receiver Aaron Maggard who has 238 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns in 2022. Senior defensive back Brandon Moore has 15 tackles, 8 PBUs and 4.5 TFLs this season for Bethel. For the Wildcats offense they have JD Dixon who has 463 receiving yards and 6 touchdowns in 2022. Defensively for Georgetown they have senior linebacker DJ White who has 18 tackles, 9 TFLs and 3.5 sacks this season.

Morningside University at Midland University (NE)

Potentially tough road game for Morningside. Midland’s offense has sophomore running back Trevor Jones who has 484 rushing yards and 1 touchdown this season. Defensively for the Mustangs they have Dijion Walls junior defensive back who has 12 tackles, 6 PBUs and 2 interceptions in 2022. Morningside’s offense has junior wide receiver Zach Norton who has 367 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns this season. Defensively for the Warriors they have 5th year defensive lineman Chase Lipsys who has 27 tackles, 8 TFLs and 4.5 sacks in 2022.

College of Idaho at Carroll College (MT)

We end with 2 Frontier Conference matchups first a matchup of 2 teams that are ranked. Carroll College’s offense has redshirt junior running back Matthew Burgess who has 228 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns this season. Defensively for the Coyotes they have senior defensive back Dorian Hardin who has 23 tackles, 7 PBUs and 1 interception in 2022. The College of Idaho offense has redshirt sophomore running back Hunter Gilbert who has 400 rushing yards and 6 touchdowns this season. Defensively for the Saints they have redshirt sophomore defensive lineman Garrett Worden who has 18 tackles, 4 TFLs and 3 PBUs in 2022.

Rocky Mountain College at University of Montana Western

Got the Battlin Bears and the Bulldogs in this one. Montana Western’s offense is led offensively by freshman wide receiver Dylan Shipley who has 321 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns in 2022. Defensively for the Battlin Bears they have sophomore defensive back Brail Lipford who has 23 tackles and 6 PBUs this season. The Rocky Mountain offense has redshirt sophomore wide receiver Trae Henry who has 251 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns in 2022. Defensively for the Bulldogs they have sophomore defensive back Braden Swank who has 25 tackles and 9 PBUs this season.

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