... He’ll take the field at the UNI-Dome for his biggest game to date Sunday as his top-ranked Reivers meet No. 2 Butler, Kan., for the NJCAA championship in the Graphic Edge Bowl.
“It’s definitely special,” Waters said. “I ended my high school career there with a state championship. And now I can end my junior college career with a national championship in the same spot. It’s definitely special to have that opportunity.”
No matter the outcome Sunday, this has been a season to remember for the local star.
As the trigger man for an up-tempo attack that leads the country in total offense and points per game, Waters has thrown for 3,194 yards and a national-best 39 touchdowns. He’s been intercepted only three times in 293 attempts this year, and his completion percentage (72.4) is above the current NJCAA record (71.1 percent) set by Terrance Cain of Blinn, Texas, in 2007.
“He’s been deadly accurate,” Iowa Western coach Scott Strohmeier said. “He knows what he’s going to do with the football. He’s seeing things before they come open.”
Through 11 games, Waters has thrown for 300 yards or more five times. He also has seven games with four or more touchdown passes. Those are stunning numbers considering he left nearly every game early because the Reivers already had a victory well in hand.
People have taken notice. Penn State, Kansas State and North Carolina State are among the NCAA Division I programs that have offered scholarships to Waters this fall.
The recruiting attention wasn’t there when he was graduating from St. Albert in 2010. Even though he was 37-2 as a starter with 5,288 career passing yards and two state titles, the only offer for Waters, other than at Iowa Western, was as a walk-on at D-II Northwest Missouri State. ...