Hornet Football goes 9-2, reaches NCAA II playoffs


FootballEmporia State’s 14th-ranked Hornets ended the football season 9-2 and advanced to the NCAA Playoffs for the second time in school history. In a game marked by chilly temperatures, the team turned the ball over a season-high five times in a 55-13 loss at fifth-ranked Minnesota-Duluth. 

The Hornets played without starting quarterback Brent Wilson, who suffered a broken collarbone the week before. Ray Ray Davis ended with four catches for 46 yards, while Austin Willis had one catch for 55 yards and a touchdown. The Hornets gave up a season high 476 yards rushing on the day. 

Over the past two seasons, Emporia State has gone 19-4 on the football field, accumulating the most wins of any NCAA Division II team in Kansas or Oklahoma.