2011 Heart of America Athletic Conference football season

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2011 Heart of America Athletic Conference football season
Heart of America Athletic Conference logo.png
League NAIA
Sport football
Duration Fall-Winter 2011
Number of teams 10
Regular season
Football seasons
← 2010
2012 →
2011 Heart of America Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
# 4 MidAmerica Nazarene $   10 2         8 1  
# 7 Missouri Valley   9 2         8 1  
# 15 Benedictine   9 3         7 2  
# 21 Baker   7 3         6 3  
Central Methodist   5 5         5 4  
Avila   4 7         4 5  
Evangel   3 7         3 6  
Peru State   2 8         2 7  
Graceland   1 9         1 8  
Culver-Stockton   1 10         1 8  
Rankings from NAIA Coaches' Poll[1]

The 2011 Heart of America Athletic Conference football season is made up of 10 college athletic programs that compete in the Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC) under the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) for the 2011 college football season. The season began play on August 27 with the Victory Sports Network College Fanz First Down Classic.[2]

Conference teams and information[edit]

School Mascot Head Coach Location Stadium
Avila Eagles Justin Berna Kansas City, Missouri Vincent P. Dasta Stadium
Baker Wildcats Mike Grossner Baldwin City, Kansas Liston Stadium
Benedictine Ravens Larry Wilcox Atchison, Kansas Larry Wilcox Stadium
Central Methodist Eagles Alan Dykens Fayette, Missouri Davis Field
Culver-Stockton Wildcats Jeff Duvendeck Canton, Missouri Ellison Poulton Stadium
Evangel Crusaders Brenton Illum Springfield, Missouri JFK Stadium
Graceland Yellowjackets Jeff Douglas Lamoni, Iowa Huntsman Field
MidAmerica Nazarene Pioneers Jonathan Quinn Olathe, Kansas Pioneer Stadium
Missouri Valley Vikings Paul Troth Marshall, Missouri Gregg-Mitchell Field
Peru State Bobcats Terry Clark Peru, Nebraska Oak Bowl

Schedule[edit]

Schedule is subject to change.[3]

Index to colors and formatting
HAAC member won
HAAC member lost
Winning team in bold

Week 0[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
August 27, 2011 1:00 PM Concordia University #22 Benedictine Larry Wilcox Stadium • Atchison, Kansas Benedictine Raven Sports Network W 45–0  
August 27, 2011 7:00 PM #10 Ottawa #23 Baker Liston Stadium • Baldwin City, Kansas (College Fanz First Down Classic) Victory Sports Network W 41–16  
#Rankings from NAIA Coaches' Poll. All times are in Central Time.

Concordia vs #22 Benedictine[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Concordia 0 0 0 0 0
#22 Benedectine 7 17 14 7 45

Benedictine dominated the game starting when Cameron Fore caught a 4–yard pass from quarterback Bill Noonan for a touchdown in the first quarter. Benedictine accumulated 442 yards of total offense in 67 plays, averaging 6.6 yards per play. They scored six touchdowns (3 rushing and 3 passing) and committed only one penalty for five yards the entire game.

Benedictine earned 19 first downs on offense where Concordia only achieved a total of 4. The score ended with a Benedictine victory at 45–0.[4]

#10 Ottawa vs #23 Baker[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#10 Ottawa 13 4 0 0 17
#23 Baker 14 3 10 14 41

Nationally ranked at #23, Baker University upset #10 ranked Ottawa University in the 2011 College Fanz First Down Classic played at Liston Stadium in Baldwin City, Kansas. Ottawa scored first when Shane Gimzo completed a 9 yard run for a touchdown with 9:02 remaining in the first quarter. It was the only lead Ottawa would hold for the entire game, which they lost when Baker's Tyler Hatcher ran the kickoff return for 82 yards for a touchdown and Andrew Kimrey completed the PAT kick. Later that same quarter, Baker's Reggie Harris ran a 62 yard punt return for a touchdown to take the lead.

Ottawa managed to get close several times with the score at the end of the first half with Baker leading 16–17.[5]

Baker managed to hold Ottawa scoreless in the second half of play while scoring three touchdowns and a field goal.[6] Baker recovered two fumbles and intercepted two passes to win with a final score of 41–16.[5]

Baker Running Back John Babb was named the game's Offensive MVP with 102 rushing yards on 10 attempts, 1 reception for 11 yards, and a Touchdown. Baker Outside Linebacker Adam Steele was named Defensive MVP with 16 tackles (7 Unassisted), 2 Interceptions and One Tackle for Loss.[7]

Week 1[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
September 1, 2011 6:30 PM Evangel Nicholls State (NCAA Division I FCS) Guidry Stadium • Thibodaux, Louisiana L 42–12  
September 3, 2011 1:30 PM Graceland Culver-Stockton Ellison Poulton Stadium • Canton, Missouri  35–10 0 
September 3, 2011 2:00 PM Avila Lincoln University Dwight T. Reed Stadium • Jefferson City, Missouri L 35–3  
September 3, 2011 5:00 PM #22 Benedictine Sterling Smisor StadiumSterling, Kansas W 0–14  
September 3, 2011 6:00 PM Central Methodist #3 MidAmerica Nazarene Pioneer Stadium • Olathe, Kansas  24–0  
September 3, 2011 6:00 PM #12 McPherson #11 Missouri Valley College Gregg-Mitchell Field • Marshall, Missouri W 47–10  
September 3, 2011 6:00 PM Peru State #23 Baker Liston Stadium • Baldwin City, Kansas  55–12  
#Rankings from NAIA Coaches' Poll. All times are in Central Time.

Evangel vs Nicholls State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Evangel 0 0 0 0 0
Nicholls State 21 7 7 7 42

Evangel played outside the NAIA against NCAA Division I FCS Nicholls State of the Southland Conference[8] and failed to score a single point. Conversely, Nicholls scored 21 points in the first quarter and stacked together 422 yards of total offense while limiting Evangel to 147, leaving the final score at 42–0.[9]

Andre Brimhall led Evangel with 76 yards passing and 14 rushing.[10] Evangel suffered particularly in controlling the ball and losing turnovers.[11]

Graceland vs Culver-Stockton[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Graceland 0 10 0 0 10
Culver-Stockton 5 0 13 17 35

Culver-Stockton started off with 5 points in the first quarter, but Graceland answered with ten in the second to lead 10–5 at halftime. But the lead Graceland gained was lost in the third quarter and went unanswered for the rest of the game as Culver-Stockton scored 30 points in the second half.[12]

Culver-Stockton's defense scored twice, once with a safety and then again with a touchdown by advancing a fumble.[13] It was the first season-opening win for Culver-Stockton since 2005.[14]

Avila vs Lincoln[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Avila 0 0 0 3 3
Lincoln 0 20 8 7 35

NCAA Division II Lincoln University of Missouri (a member of the MIAA) managed 453 yards of total offense and held NAIA Avila to 270 yards in their 35–3 victory.[15] Neither team scored until the second quarter when Lincoln running back Deon Brock caught a 36-yard from freshmen quarterback Robert Redmond for a touchdown, capping a 62-yard drive. Lioncoln failed to convert the extra point.[16]

#22 Benedictine vs Sterling[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#22 Benedictine 7 7 0 0 14
Sterling 0 0 0 0 0

Sterling lost its second consecutive game and its home opener to #22 ranked Benedictine. Benedictine managed to achieve 265 yards in total offense where Sterling managed only 76. Both teams combined for 17 punts in the game for a total of 337 yards punting. On defense, Sterling managed one interception for 20 yards but also lost a fumble on offense.

The only scores came from Benedictine's two touchdowns and extra points in the first and second quarter, leaving the final score at 14–0.[17]

Central Methodist vs #3 MidAmerica Nazarene[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Central Methodist 0 0 0 0 0
#3 MidAmerica Nazarene 7 14 0 3 24

The MidAmerica Nazarene Pioneers outscored the Central Methodist Eagles 24–0 in Olathe. Nazarene accumulated 402 yards of total offense and held the Eagles to 192. The Pioneers scored all three touchdowns on the ground and an additional field goal in the fourth quarter.[18]

With this victory, MidAmerica Nazarene extended their domination of the series to 28–3, winning the last three matchups of the two schools.[19]

#12 McPherson vs #11 Missouri Valley[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#12 McPherson 3 0 0 7 10
#11 Missouri Valley 14 6 7 20 47

#11 Missouri Valley proved its ranking above #12 McPherson with a 47–l0 thrashing in its home opener against last year's KCAC champion. Missouri Valley took the lead in the first quarter when Lorenzo Dennard completed 5 yard run for a touchdown and held the lead for the remainder of the game. Missouri Valley scored seven touchdowns: five on the ground, one by air, and one more on defense while accumulating 486 yards of total offense. McPherson could only manage one touchdown and 136 yards of total offense and could not convert a single third down situation in 14 attempts.[20]

Local McPherson sportswriter Steve Sell noted before the game that McPherson's team was "full of unknowns" and noted that the more challenging opponent scheduled early in the season is different from previous years.[21]

Peru State vs #23 Baker[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Peru State 6 0 6 0 12
#23 Baker 10 24 14 7 55

The Baker Wildcats advanced their record to 2–0 for the season by defeating Nebraska's Peru State 55–12 at Baldwin City. Baker accumulated 468 yards of total offense and held Peru State to 111. Baker scored a total of seven touchdowns, four by passing and three by rushing and picked off three interceptions on defense.[22]

Baker's John Babb led the Wildcats on the ground with 129 yards on 11 carries and teammate Jake Morse added 183 yards in the air with three touchdowns.[23]

Week 2[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
September 10, 2011 1:00 PM Peru State Culver-Stockton Ellison Poulton Stadium • Canton, Missouri  58–27  
September 10, 2011 6:00 PM Graceland Lindenwood Harlen C. Hunter StadiumSaint Charles, Missouri L 10–67  
September 10, 2011 6:00 PM #3 MidAmerica Nazarene #11 Missouri Valley Gregg-Mitchell Field • Marshall, Missouri Missouri Valley Sports Network  21–26  
September 10, 2011 6:00 PM Avila Central Methodist Davis Field • Fayette, Missouri  0–30  
September 10, 2011 6:00 PM #23 Baker Evangel JFK Stadium • Springfield, Missouri  27–34  
#Rankings from NAIA Coaches' Poll. All times are in Central Time.

Only Graceland had a non-conference game in week two, which they lost to Lindenwood University. However, there were some exciting games as #11 Missouri Valley upset #3 MidAmerica Nazarene and unranked Evangel managed a win against #23 Baker. Benedictine did not play and thus remained unbeaten alongside Missouri Valley College.

Culver-Stockton vs. Peru State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Culver-Stockton 3 7 10 7 27
Peru State 14 10 17 17 58

Peru State scored twice in the first quarter and then held the lead for the remainder of the game. Included in the first quarter run was a 70 yard interception return by Peru State's Trey Rigby for a touchdown.

Peru State managed 497 yards of total offense, 25 first downs, and seven touchdowns while only committing two penalties the entire game. Culver-Stockton managed 384 yards of total offense, but could only get 18 first downs and three touchdowns, while committing six penalties for a total of 50 yards. The final score of the game was 58–27 with Peru State taking the victory.[24]

Graceland vs Lindenwood[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Graceland 0 0 3 7 10
Lindenwood 27 7 7 26 67

Graceland traveled to former HAAC member and 2009 champion Lindenwood.[25] Lindenwood took the lead early and big in the first quarter and at the half led by 34–0. Graceland managed a field goal in the third and touchdown in the fourth quarter, but gave up an additional 33 points in the process to end the game by score of 67–10.[26]

MidAmerica Nazarene vs Missouri Valley[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#3 MidAmerica Nazarene 14 0 0 7 21
#11 Missouri Valley 7 10 9 0 26

MidAmerica Nazarene traveled to Missouri Valley for what was considered by many to be one of the most important games in conference play for the season. Coaches and sportswriters alike agreed that the winner of this game, only in week 2, would have the "inside edge" to the conference championship.[27]

Although ranked eight spots lower in the NAIA Coaches' poll, Missouri Valley secured a win at home in a close matchup that ended with the final score 26–21.[28] During the game, Missouri Valley managed five takeaways and a fourth-quarter goal line stance to seal the win.[29]

Avila vs Central Methodist[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Avila 0 0 0 0 0
Central Methodist 3 7 13 7 30

Central Methodist achieved 404 yards of total offense and held Avila to 158 yards while scoring four touchdowns and holding Avila scoreless the entire game. James Cody Jr ran for two touchdowns including a 67 yard carry to score in the third quarter. Teammates James Harris and Justin Lowe each added a rushing touchdown and Ezequiel Rivera made a first quarter field goal plus three extra points to bring the score to 30–0 for a Central Methodist victory.[30]

#23 Baker vs Evangel[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#23 Baker 3 11 3 10 27
Evangel 7 10 10 7 34

Nationally-ranked Baker University managed to do nearly everything right on the field except win the game. Baker generated 480 yards of total offense compared to Evangel's 389, achieved 25 first downs compared to Evangel's 18, and converted 2 of 3 fourth-down conversions to Evangel's single failed attempt.[31]

The strong statistical performance was outweighed by Baker scoring 27 points and Evangel scoring 34 to win. Evangel took the lead in the first quarter and maintained it through the entire game for the upset at home.[32]

Week 3[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
September 17, 2011 12:00 PM #7 Missouri Valley Avila Vincent P. Dasta Stadium • Kansas City, Missouri  0–49  
September 17, 2011 1:00 PM Graceland #14 Benedictine Larry Wilcox Stadium • Atchison, Kansas  30–6  
September 17, 2011 1:00 PM Evangel Culver-Stockton Dwight T. Reed Stadium • Jefferson City, Missouri  10–27  
September 17, 2011 6:00 PM Central Methodist Baker Liston Stadium • Baldwin City, Kansas  31–7  
#Rankings from NAIA Coaches' Poll. All times are in Central Time.

#7 Missouri Valley vs Avila[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#7 Missouri Valley 0 14 14 21 49
Avila 0 0 0 0 0

Missouri Valley put up 399 yards of total offense and seven touchdowns against Avila, who could only muster 112 yards of total offense and could not score the entire game. Avila did manage to keep Missouri Valley from scoring in the first quarter, but when Bruce Reyes pushed a 24 yard carry into the end zone with 7:56 on the clock in the second quarter, it was all Missouri Valley from there.

Missouri Valley ran up the score to a 49–0 victory over Avila, assisted by two fourth quarter defensive touchdowns. Gideon Lockett made a 39 yard interception return for a touchdown, and Daniel Gray recovered a fumble in the end zone for another.[33]

Graceland vs #14 Benedictine[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Graceland 0 0 6 0 6
#14 Benedictine 7 14 2 7 30

Graceland managed one bright spot in their road game against #14 Benedictine when James Andrews picked up a blocked field goal attempt and ran it 75 yards for a touchdown. The rest of the game was dominated by Benedictine, scoring four touchdowns and a safety. Benedictine's offense produced 350 total yards where Graceland managed only 125.

Benedictine scored first when Jordan Jackson caught a 44 yard pass from Bill Noonan for a touchdown, and led the remainder of the game. The final score was 30–6.[34]

Evangel vs Culver-Stockton[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Evangel 7 0 3 17 27
Culver-Stockton 0 3 7 0 10

A 17-point fourth quarter burst of scores helped Evangel lock the win against Culver-Stockton.

Evangel's Tommy Meyer started the scoring with a 39 yard run for a touchdown in the first quarter. Evangel held the lead until Culver-Stockton tied the score 10–10 with 35 seconds left in the third quarter when Jacob Harnacke completed a 2 yard run and Michael Camargo converted the extra point. From that point on, it was all in Evangel's hands, as scores came from Jesse Vaughn's 84 yard punt and Tyre Hemingway's 51 yard interception return. Drew O'Cain also contributed two extra points and a field goal to bring the final score to 27–10.[35]

Central Methodist vs Baker[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Central Methodist 0 0 7 0 7
Baker 3 0 0 28 31

Baker's Andrew Kimrey made a 21 yard field goal in the first quarter for Baker to take the lead 3–0. No further scoring occurred until the third quarter, when Central Methodist's Caleb Haynes pushed a 1 yard run into the end zone, and Ezequiel Rivera tacked on the extra point to make the score 7–3.

Baker then scored four touchdowns in the fourth quarter: Kyle Rooks on a 2 yard run; Jake Green caught a 64 yard pass from Jake Morse; John Babb made a 57 yard run; and Jake Morse dove for 1 yard. Kicker Andrew Kimrey made every extra point, leaving the final score with a clear Baker victory 31–7.[36]

Week 4[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
September 24, 2011 2:00 PM #13 Benedictine Peru State Oak Bowl • Peru, Nebraska  21–47  
September 24, 2011 6:00 PM Culver-Stockton Central Methodist Davis Field • Fayette, Missouri  42–5  
September 24, 2011 6:00 PM Avila #8 MidAmerica Nazarene Pioneer Stadium • Olathe, Kansas  41–7  
September 24, 2011 6:00 PM #22 Baker #6 Missouri Valley Gregg-Mitchell Field • Marshall, Missouri  38–7  
#Rankings from NAIA Coaches' Poll. All times are in Central Time.

Avila vs #8 MidAmerica Nazarene[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Avila 0 7 0 0 7
#8 MidAmerica Nazarene 7 21 10 3 41

MidAmerica Nazarene started off the scoring when Juan Redmon caught a 10 yard pass from Sean Ransburg for a touchdown in the first quarter. Cody Morrow's extra point kick made the score 7–0. Avila responded in the second quarter when Da'Veion Sullivan made good on a 39 yard pass from Vincent Beltran for six points, and Tim Gilday's extra point tied the score 7–7.

MidAmerica Nazarene answered by scoring three touchdowns in the rest of the second quarter to make it 28–7 at halftime, and then dominated the second half. MidAmerica scored a total of five touchdowns through 511 yards of total offense while holding Avila to one touchdown and 240 offensive yards. The final score was 41–7.[37]

#22 Baker vs #6 Missouri Valley[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#22 Baker 0 0 0 7 7
#6 Missouri Valley 7 14 7 10 38

Both Baker and Missouri Valley were ranked teams[38] when met for conference play. Last week's game for Baker, they held their opponents to one touchdown for the win.[36] This week, it was Baker's turn to be held to one touchdown for a loss.

Missouri Valley's offense achieved 487 total yards while Baker was only able to make 169. Missouri Valley's 30 first downs and five touchdowns far surpassed Baker's 11 first downs and one touchdown, leaving the final score 38–7.[39]

Week 5[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
October 1, 2011 1:00 PM MidAmerica Nazarene Baker Liston Stadium • Baldwin City, Kansas  30–33  
October 1, 2011 1:00 PM Evangel Benedictine Larry Wilcox Stadium • Atchison, Kansas  38–0  
October 1, 2011 1:30 PM #15 Bethany Avila Vincent P. Dasta Stadium • Kansas City, Missouri L 13–30  
October 1, 2011 2:00 PM Peru State Graceland  45–13  
October 1, 2011 2:00 PM Missouri Valley Culver-Stockton Dwight T. Reed Stadium • Jefferson City, Missouri  14–48  
#Rankings from NAIA Coaches' Poll. All times are in Central Time.

#15 Bethany vs. Avila[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#15 Bethany 7 3 13 7 30
Avila 3 0 0 10 13

Bethany out-paced Avila University in a game that statistically was closely matched between the two teams. Bethany put down 364 yards of total offense, compared to Avila's 331; Bethany had 21 first downs compared to Avila's 19; Bethany went 7 for 15 on third down conversions and Avila went 7 for 17; both teams were 0 for 1 on fourth down attempts. Each side lost a fumble, but Bethany gave up 2 interceptions where Avila had zero.

Despite the similarity of statistics, Bethany won by a score of 30 to 13.[40]

Week 6[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
October 8, 2011 1:00 PM Baker Avila Vincent P. Dasta Stadium • Kansas City, Missouri  20–37  
October 8, 2011 1:00 PM Trinity Bible College Peru State  5–31  
October 8, 2011 1:30 PM Graceland Evangel  27–21  
October 8, 2011 2:00 PM Benedictine Central Methodist  3–26  
October 8, 2011 6:00 PM Culver-Stockton MidAmerica Nazarene Pioneer Stadium • Olathe, Kansas  60–14  
#Rankings from NAIA Coaches' Poll. All times are in Central Time.

Week 7[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
October 15, 2011 1:00 PM Avila Culver-Stockton Dwight T. Reed Stadium • Jefferson City, Missouri  13–27  
October 15, 2011 1:00 PM Missouri Valley Benedictine Larry Wilcox Stadium • Atchison, Kansas  35–19  
October 15, 2011 1:00 PM Evangel Peru State  20–13  
October 15, 2011 2:00 PM Central Methodist Graceland  27–41  
October 15, 2011 2:00 PM #15 Southern Nazarene #7 MidAmerica Nazarene Cessna StadiumWichita, Kansas W 41–17  
#Rankings from NAIA Coaches' Poll. All times are in Central Time.

#15 Southern Nazarene vs. #7 MidAmerica Nazarene[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#15 Southern Nazarene 7 3 7 0 17
#7 MidAmerica Nazarene 10 21 7 3 41

MidAmerica Nazarene's Juan Redmon caught a 38 yard pass from Sean Ransburg for a touchdown and rolled to victory over Southern Nazarene at Cessna Stadium in Wichita, Kansas[41] Southern did manage to tie up the score in the second quarter when Shawn Mingledorff kicked a 12 yard field goal to make the score 10–10, but just over five minutes later MidAmerica's Sean Ransburg completed a 7 yard run for a touchdown and the Pioneers held the lead for the remainder of the game. Southern's offense managed 275 total yards, where MidAmerica made 418. The final score was 17–41, with MidAmerica Nazarene the victors. [42]

The two teams met again in the first round of the national championship playoffs.[41]

Week 8[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
October 22, 2011 1:00 PM Benedictine MidAmerica Nazarene Pioneer Stadium • Olathe, Kansas  49–39  
October 22, 2011 1:00 PM Peru State Central Methodist  34–10  
October 22, 2011 1:00 PM Evangel Avila  27–6  
October 22, 2011 2:00 PM Graceland Missouri Valley  78–0  
October 22, 2011 2:00 PM Culver-Stockton Baker Baldwin City, Kansas  71–21  
#Rankings from NAIA Coaches' Poll. All times are in Central Time.

Week 9[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
October 29, 2011 Avila Benedictine  25–10  
October 29, 2011 Missouri Valley Peru State  0–13  
October 29, 2011 Culver-Stockton Lindenwood  70–24  
October 29, 2011 Central Methodist Evangel  7–38  
October 29, 2011 MidAmerica Nazarene Graceland  14–72  
#Rankings from NAIA Coaches' Poll. All times are in Central Time.

Week 10[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
November 5, 2011 1:00 PM Graceland Avila  50–22  
November 5, 2011 1:00 PM Peru State MidAmerica Nazarene Pioneer Stadium • Olathe, Kansas  24–8  
November 5, 2011 1:00 PM Central Methodist Southeast Missouri  55–44  
November 5, 2011 1:00 PM Benedictine Baker Baldwin City, Kansas  10–7  
November 5, 2011 1:30 PM Culver-Stockton William Jewell  52–24  
November 5, 2011 1:30 PM Evangel Missouri Valley  52–24  
#Rankings from NAIA Coaches' Poll. All times are in Central Time.

Week 11[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
November 12, 2011 1:00 PM Culver-Stockton Benedictine  69–10  
November 12, 2011 1:00 PM Missouri Valley Central Methodist (Senior Day)  7–33  
November 12, 2011 1:00 PM Avila Peru State  23–26  
November 12, 2011 1:30 PM MidAmerica Nazarene Evangel  0–37  
November 12, 2011 2:00 PM Baker Graceland  14–50  
#Rankings from NAIA Coaches' Poll. All times are in Central Time.

Postseason[edit]

MidAmerica Nazarene, Missouri Valley, and Benedictine qualified to compete in the 2011 NAIA Football National Championship postseason tournament.

First round[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
November 19, 2011 12:00 PM #9 Saint Francis #7 Missouri Valley Gregg-Mitchell Field • Marshall, Missouri (NAIA Nationals First Round) L 28–14  
November 19, 2011 1:00 PM #14 Southern Nazarene #4 MidAmerica Nazarene Pioneer Stadium • Olathe, Kansas (NAIA Nationals First Round) W 40–28  
November 19, 2011 1:30 PM #3 Georgetown (KY) #15 Benedictine Larry Wilcox Stadium • Atchison, Kansas (NAIA Nationals First Round) L 21–7  
#Rankings from NAIA Coaches' Poll. All times are in Central Time.

#9 Saint Francis vs. #7 Missouri Valley[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#9 Saint Francis 7 7 0 14 28
#7 Missouri Valley 7 0 7 0 14

Missouri Valley entered the first round with a record of 9–1 and as the champions of the Heart of America Athletic Conference. Saint Francis came with a record of 8–2 and has won eight-straight First Round games in previous years.[43]

Saint Francis scored first and last in their first round game against Missouri Valley, with a total of four touchdowns for the game. It was enough to record a win on the road by a score of 28–14.[44]

#14 Southern Nazarene vs. #4 MidAmerica Nazarene[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#14 Southern Nazarene 0 7 7 14 28
#4 MidAmerica Nazarene 13 7 7 13 40

MidAmerica Nazarene and Southern Nazarene began their national title hopes in the first round on November 19, 2011. Both teams met previously this season during week 7 on October 15. MidAmerica has a 5–8 record in postseason play and Southern Nazarene is in their first postseason game.[41]

MidAmerica Nazarene took the lead in the first quarter when Sean Ransburg managed a 33 yard run for a touchdown and held the lead for the remainder of the game, including Kyle Cobb's 50 yard interception for a touchdown in the second quarter.

Southern Nazarene managed several scores along the way, including Jarod Martin catching a 64 yard pass from Brady Wardlaw for a touchdown.[45]

#15 Benedictine vs. #3 Georgetown (KY)[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#15 Benedictine 7 0 0 0 7
#3 Georgetown (KY) 7 7 0 7 21

Benedictine started quick when Nick Rudolph ran a 22 yard interception for a touchdown and the first score of the game after only 21 seconds had expired. His touchdown and Zach Keenan's extra point were the only scores for Benedictine while Georgetown managed three touchdowns.

After accumulating 366 yards of total offense and holding Benedictine to 278, Georgetown won the game—final score: 7–21.[46]

Quarterfinals[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
November 19, 2011 1:00 PM #5 Saint Xavier #4 MidAmerica Nazarene Pioneer Stadium • Olathe, Kansas (NAIA National Quarterfinals) L 14–29  
#Rankings from NAIA Coaches' Poll. All times are in Central Time.

#5 Saint Xavier vs. #4 MidAmerica Nazarene[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#5 Saint Xavier 6 7 0 16 29
#4 MidAmerica Nazarene 0 7 0 7 14

Saint Xavier's Wes Gastel caught a 9 yard pass from Jimmy Coy for six points in the first quarter to take the lead. His team held that until the fourth quarter when MidAmerica started to mount a comeback as Austin Conyers caught a 65 yard pass from Tyler Herl for a touchdown and MidAmerica took the lead by a score of 13–14. Less than a minute and a half later, Saint Xavier took the lead back and held it for the remainder of the game.

Saint Xavier posted on 408 yards of total offense and 22 first downs while holding MidAmerica Nazarene to just 281 yards and 12 first downs. Saint Xavier scored 16 points in the final quarter towards the final score of 29–14.[47]

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