Bulldogs have a tough road test Saturday

By Steve Sell
October 06, 2017

When Kelly Cordova was a freshman at McPherson College, he spent much of the football  season as a productive wide receiver, though he dabbled a bit at quarterback.

Cordova left Mac after his first year when there was a coaching change and matriculated to Kansas Wesleyan, where he’s become the leader of one of the KCAC’s most potent offenses as he has played quarterback fulltime this year.

Cordova will face his old mates one last time on Saturday when the nationally ranked Coyotes host the Bulldogs for their annual homecoming game at Graves Stadium.

Kickoff is 6 p.m.

The 25th-ranked Coyotes are 2-1 in the KCAC — the only loss to Sterling on the last play of the game — and 3-2 overall. 

McPherson College recorded its first KCAC win last week with a dominating 48-14 performance against Bethel that evened its overall record at 2-2.

Wesleyan can’t afford to look past the Bulldogs as it’s still behind three teams in the KCAC standings as Bethany, Sterling and Tabor are all 3-0, though Sterling and Tabor clash this week and that will knock one of them out of the logjam.

Cordova, who played mainly wide receiver last year, ranks No. 2 in the KCAC in total offense at 300 yards a game, just ahead of Mac quarterback Ed Crouch, who is at 298.7.

The Coyotes don’t have a Top 10 rusher since they use a reservoir of backs, the best being Jerrod Ferguson, a diminutive sprinter who has rushed for a team-high 279 yards.

Mac’s Corey Davis is averaging 5.2 yards a carry and ranks seventh in the KCAC, while Crouch is ninth and averages 5.8 a rush. The emphasis in the KCAC seems to be on the run with three teams averaging more than 200 yards a game, with Mac No. 4 at 193 and KW No. 5 at 175.

The game figures to come down to how well the Mac defense can play against a Wesleyan offense that leads the KCAC in total yards. Mac’s defense was lights-out in the wins against Texas Wesleyan and Bethel, while giving up 51 points a game in its two losses as it’s been a feast-or-famine unit. However in yardage, Mac is No. 1 in the KCAC by giving up 320 a game, while Wesleyan gives up 394.

KW comes in with the No. 1 defense in terms of points allowed, giving up just under 22 a game.