Two KCAC football teams will get the jump on the rest of the conference Saturday as they open their seasons.
Saint Mary will be home at noon to take on Trinity Bible in what should be an easy game for the Spires. The teams met last year with Saint Mary coasting to a 34-0 victory.
The Spires were the surprise team of the conference last year, finishing 7-2 in the KCAC and 8-3 overall. Saint Mary’s Jay Osborne was named Coach of the Year.
Kansas Wesleyan, ranked No. 20 in the NAIA preseason poll, goes on the road to take on Olivet Nazarene University.
Wesleyan was 9-2 last year, 7-2 in the KCAC. It missed out on the playoffs due to a final-game loss to Saint Mary. Olivet finished 4-7 a year ago. The teams have never met.
The Coyotes return most of their firepower and some believe with the transfer of Bethany’s Nate Ocran to KW, it might be enough to put the Coyotes over the top. Ocran is the KCAC’s first-ever graduate transfer and all he did last year was rush for over 1,000 yards and finish second in the KCAC in rushing.
The remainder of the KCAC teams open next week.