Hello, Justin Berendzen (@jrberendzen on Twitter) with my top 5 NAIA Football matchups of week 6.
Indiana Wesleyan University at Marian University
This has the potential to be a huge showdown. The Knights offense is led by senior wide receiver Ben Stevens who has 451 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns this season. Defensively for the Wildcats they have grad defensive back Justin Johnson who has 21 tackles, 3 PBUs and 2 interceptions in 2022. Indiana Wesleyan’s offense has grad wide receiver Jacquez Carter who has 257 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns this season. Defensively for Marian they have senior linebacker Logan Blake who has 21 tackles, 5.5 TFLs and 1 interception in 2022.
Southwestern College (KS) at Bethel College (KS)
The Moundbuilders against the Threshers. Bethel’s offense has junior running back Kayden Christiansen who has 231 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns in 2022. Defensively for the Moundbuilders they have junior defensive back Taveon Williamson who has 13 tackles, 6 PBUs and 2 interceptions this season. Southwestern College’s offense has senior tight end Layke Hoffman who has 235 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns in 2022. Defensively for the Threshers they have senior linebacker Josh Seabolt who has 46 tackles, 5 TFLs and 3 PBUs this season.
Keiser University at St. Thomas University (FL)
Going to hopefully be a good matchup of Florida teams. The Bobcats offense has sophomore running back Rontavius Farmer who has 457 rushing yards and 7 touchdowns this season. Sophomore defensive back Wendol Philord leads the Keiser defense with 23 tackles, 2 PBUs and 1 interception in 2022. The Seahawks offense has senior running back Marques Burgess who has 470 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns this season. Defensively for St.Thomas they have senior linebacker Donnell Bennett III who has 28 tackles, 6 TFLs and 3.5 sacks in 2022.
Avila University at Kansas Wesleyan University
The Eagles against the Coyotes in this one. The Kansas Wesleyan offense has sophmore running back Nick Allsman who has 401 rushing yards and 5 touchdowns in 2022. The Eagles defense has senior linebacker Nikolas Furlow who has 28 tackles, 8.5 TFLs and 3 forced fumbles this season. Avila’s offense has senior running back Malik Nesbitt who has 337 rushing yards and 5 touchdowns in 2022. Defensively for the Coyotes they have senior defensive lineman Cole Parker who has 27 tackles, 9 TFLs and 3 sacks this season.
Dickinson State University at Iowa Wesleyan University
Intriguing matchup in the North Star conference. Iowa Wesleyan’s offense has junior wide receiver Tyler Ball who has 262 receiving yards and 1 touchdown this season. Defensively for the Blue Hawks they have senior defensive lineman Krew Mathern who has 24 tackles, 11 TFLs and 6.5 sacks in 2022. The Dickinson State offense has senior running back Riley Linder who has 390 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns this season. The Tigers defense has senior linebacker Major Niccum who has 63 tackles, 16 TFLs and 5 sacks in 2022.