When the Northwest Missouri State football team needed to make a defensive stand, Ben Althoff held his ground as well as anyone.
Leading unranked Washburn 12-7 in the third quarter last Thursday, the No. 1-ranked Bearcats stonewalled the Ichabods on fourth and 1 from the Northwest Missouri State 12-yard line. Althoff, a Palmyra product, teamed with defensive end Spencer Phillips to make the tackle on Washburn's Zach Willis.
Althoff, a junior linebacker, also made the tackle on Washburn's Mickeel Stewart on second and 5, stopping him a yard short of the first down. It led to the biggest defensive play of the Bearcats' 20-14 victory in Topeka, Kan.
"It was huge, absolutely huge," Northwest Missouri State coach Rich Wright said of the defensive stop. "We told our kids on the sidelines (during a timeout) about the long count. I said you got to wait and go on movement."
Northwest Missouri State went to a younger line because of injuries to three senior starters, including Palmyra's Bobby Gruenloh. After being credited with one quarterback hurry in the Bearcats' season-opening 34-0 victory over Emporia State, Gruenloh did not play a single snap against Washburn.
Althoff is enjoying a solid start to his season. He led the Bearcats with eight tackles against Emporia State. He had seven tackles and one tackle for loss against Washburn.
Osborne part of shutout
Jordan Osborne and the McKendree football team's defense made a complete about-face last Saturday.
One week after allowing 441 yards in a 42-2 loss at Angelo State, the Bearcats rebounded with a 50-0 victory over Kentucky State in which the Thoroughbreds were held to 260 yards of total offense.
Osborne, a senior defensive back from Quincy High School, did not make a tackle against Kentucky State but was part of a unit that intercepted three passes and allowed less than 10 yards per reception. Osborne made three tackles and was credited with two passes broken up in the season opener.
Sohn records game-winning goal
J.D. Sohn's first collegiate goal came at an opportune time for the Maryville men's soccer team.
In the 73rd minute against Christian Brothers College, Sohn took a deflected corner kick from teammate Joergen Pettersen and buried the shot to give the Saints a 2-1 victory.
Sohn, a Quincy High School graduate who was an All-American as a senior, came off the bench in the Saints' season-opening 3-0 victory over Northwood and started against Christian Brothers. Maryville (4-0, 2-0 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference) upset No. 20 Southern Indiana 2-0 on Sunday.
Mulherin taking advantage of opportunities
Schay Mulherin is coming off the bench for the Indiana Wesleyan women's soccer team, but she is taking advantage of her playing time.
The Quincy High School graduate scored her first collegiate goal in a 7-0 victory over Rio Grande (Ohio), converting on one of her two shots. She has played in each game for the Wildcats (5-0).
Around the GLVC
One week after upsetting Grand Valley State, the Indianapolis football team climbed into the NCAA Division II national rankings at No. 18, then needed a 30-yard field goal from senior Brad Schickel to knock off Wayne State 31-28. The field goal was made necessary after the Warriors scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns, including a game-tying 27-yard pass play with 5:06 to go in regulation.
An interception return for a touchdown and a punt return for a score were the Truman State football team's undoing in a 35-30 loss at Morningside, ranked No. 4 in the NAIA. QHS product Malique Robbins had 27 yards on six carries for the Bulldogs.
The Southwest Baptist football team geared up for its showdown with Indianapolis by dispatching Mississippi College 32-9 to improve to 1-1. Bearcats quarterback T.J. Edwards threw for 259 yards. Southwest Baptist didn't have a single player rush for more than 23 yards.