Zach Aschemann enjoyable a memorable start to his college football career.
Central Missouri nearly made it epic.
Aschemann, a redshirt freshman defensive tackle from Quincy High School, started his first game as part of a three-man front in the season opener against fifth-ranked Fort Hays State last week. The 6-foot-4, 275-pound Aschemann had five tackles and a half-sack and helped the Mules build a 16-6 lead going into the fourth quarter in Hays, Kan.
However, the Lions scored with 4:40 remaining in regulation to make it a three-point game and then forced a fumble inside the 10-yard line on the Mules' ensuing possession. It led to the winning touchdown with 2:56 to play in Fort Hays' 20-16 victory.
Central Missouri bounced back this week with a 62-10 victory over Northeastern State in its home opener. Aschemann again was in the starting lineup and was credited with one quarterback hurry before the Mules began substituting liberally.
Marcum among?nation's top passers
Culver-Stockton College sophomore quarterback Korbin Marcum leads the nation in completion percentage and is in the top 20 in passing efficiency, a critical reason the Wildcats are 2-0 for the first time since 2014 as they head into Saturday's home game against MidAmerica Nazarene.
It's also why Marcum was named the Heart of America Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this season.
Marcum completed 39 of 47 passes for 305 yards and two touchdowns in a 35-22 victory over Central Methodist last Saturday at Ellison Poulton Stadium. After the Eagles took a 22-20 lead early in the fourth quarter, Marcum directed a 14-play, 75-yard drive on the ensuing possession that culminated with a 3-yard touchdown pass to Mateen Johnson that gave C-SC the lead for good.
Marcum was 7 for 7 passing on the game-winning drive, and 11 for 11 in the fourth quarter for 64 yards.
Through two games, Marcum has completed 57 of 70 passes for 608 yards, six touchdowns and no interceptions. His 81.4 completion percentage is No. 1 in the NAIA and his 182.7 efficiency rating is 15th. He leads the Heart in total offense, averaging 292 yards per game.
McBride in Falcons'?starting lineup
Former Hannibal all-state defensive back Jerry McBride III started at free safety for Bowling Green in last week's season opener at No. 24 Oregon and was played a role in one of the three turnovers the Falcons forced.
McBride, a junior, had five tackles and recovered a fumble. It was the first takeaway of his career. The five tackles are tied for the second most in a single game in his career.
McBride played in 11 games as a freshman, starting twice, and had 21 tackles and one pass break-up. As a sophomore, he enjoyed a reserve role, playing in nine games with just eight tackles and one pass break-up. Strong play throughput the spring and the fall camp earned him a starting spot this season.
He is listed as the starter again this week as the Falcons play at home against Maryland.
Griffith, Griffons?pull off upset
Fort Hays State avoided being knocked off in the season opener. The Lions weren't so lucky in Week 2.
Missouri Western, with former Hannibal all-state running back Shamar Griffith in the backfield, earned its first victory over a ranked opponent by beating No. 5 Fort Hays State 23-13 Thursday night in the home opener.
Griffith had nine carries for 69 yards, caught one pass for 5 yards and returned one kick for 9 yards. He had two carries for 13 yards on the drive in which the Griffons took the lead early in the fourth quarter.