D3football.com Team of the Week

Mitchell Globe and the winning touchdown convoy.
Mitchell Globe and his convoy celebrate Trinity scoring the winning touchdown in overtime.
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Games of Sept. 23, 2017


QB Sam Sasso, Sr., Simpson

The alliterative signal-caller threw four touchdown passes for the third consecutive game as Simpson won 38-33 at defending IIAC champion Coe. Sasso was 27-for-37 passing for 340 yards and the interception he threw required such an amazing job by the defense that it was named the D3football.com Play of the Week. On Simpson's two fourth-quarter touchdown drives, he converted on third-and-9, third-and-8, third-and-15 and third-and-6.

OL Cameron Mika, Colin Reese, Thomas Graham, Braden Hogue, Blake Gamble, Westminster (Pa.)

Westminster outgained Bethany 396-285 in total yards, including 282 yards on the ground. Three running backs had 67 or more yards on the ground in the Titans' 41-14 win.

RB Sean Bowman
Jr., Averett

Bowman set career-highs of 227 net rushing yards, five touchdowns and 36 carries in a 35-6 win vs. Methodist. He accounted for more than half of Averett's 403 yards of total offense on his own.

RB Joey Valdivia
Sr., Lake Forest

Valdivia had 268 yards rushing and five touchdowns as he helped the Foresters set a school record for total offense in holding off Lawrence, 42-26. Valdivia averaged 8.9 yards per carry.

WR Brad Garcia
Sr., Hartwick

Garcia had career highs of 14 catches and 271 yards in a 24-21 win vs. St. John Fisher, the first for the Hawks over the Cardinals since 2008. He caught three touchdown passes, one for 21 yards to give the Hawks the lead with just over three minutes left.

WR Sam Markham
Sr., Central

Markham needed just eight grabs to reach 171 yards, thanks to a 74-yard TD and another 58-yard catch. He also had a 4-yard TD in the second half of a 52-27 home win vs. Nebraska Wesleyan.

WR Xavier Gray
Sr., East Texas Baptist

Gray had a career-high 163 yards receiving on five receptions and two TDs in a 79-40 win vs. Belhaven. He scored with 5:30 to go in the first quarter to put ETBU up 14-7 on a 25-yard reception and then had a 91-yard TD reception in the second to make it 34-20.


DE Mike Kalanik
So., Johns Hopkins

Kalanik led Johns Hopkins defensively at Dickinson as he posted eight tackles (seven of them solo), including four and a half tackles for loss and one sack.

DT Kyle Connelly
Fr., FDU-Florham

Connelly made 13 tackles, including nine solo stops in the Devils' 24-14 setback to Lebanon Valley. He also added a tackle for loss, which helped force a punt on that series, leading to an FDU-Florham touchdown.

DT Samer Manna
Sr., Wesley

Manna paced the Wesley defense in their 66-0 win over William Paterson with eight tackles, including one and a half tackles for loss. He also forced and recovered a fumble in the first quarter. The Wesley defense held WPU to 20 yards of total offense.

DE Mike Riley
Jr., Rose-Hulman

Riley set a school record with five sacks in a 37-14 win over Defiance, helping the Fightin' Engineers hold Defiance to minus-26 rushing yards. Riley leads the NCAA with 11 sacks on the season.


LB Mitchell Globe
Sr., Trinity (Texas)

Globe finished off Trinity's comeback in its home opener with a scoop-and-score 63-yard fumble recovery for the game-winning touchdown in a 41-35 overtime win over Chapman. Globe finished with 10 tackles, as well as a tackle for loss.

LB Alex West
So., Brockport

West recorded eight tackles (six solo, two assisted), including one tackle for a loss in a 28-14 win vs. Utica. He also had a huge interception in the second quarter which he returned 18 yards, giving the Golden Eagles prime field position at the Utica 14.

LB Cole Murphy
Sr., Birmingham-Southern

Murphy had seven tackles, six solo, including a sack for a loss of 9 yards. He also broke up one pass and had an interception, the first of his career.


CB Donovan Walker
Sr., Heidelberg

Walker had a 52-yard interception return for a touchdown to put Heidelberg up 33-14 vs. John Carroll. It was one of his two interceptions on the day and one of two pick-sixes for the Student Princes on the afternoon.

S Michael Warden
So., Heidelberg

On his 21st birthday, Warden picked off a pair of passes, returning one for a score. He finished with five tackles, four of them solo.

S Pat Cravens
Sr., North Central (Ill.)

Cravens came within one tackle of a single-game career high and recorded his seventh career interception to set up one of the Cardinals' five second-quarter scoring drives. He had 12 tackles, nine solo.

CB Todd Jeter
Sr., Westminster (Pa.)

Jeter returned an interception for a touchdown in Westminster's 41-14 win over Bethany. He added three total tackles, two of them solo. That total included a tackle for loss.

Special teams

K Spenser Thompson-Meyers, Jr.
St. Norbert

Thompson-Meyers tied a Midwest Conference record with a 55-yard field goal in St. Norbert's 66-13 win over Grinnell. Thompson-Meyers also had 11 kickoffs averaging 59.8 yards, with seven going for touchbacks. He also had another 55-yard field-goal attempt in the game come up short.

P Tyler Kohman, Sr.
Carnegie Mellon

Kohman recorded six punts for an average of 46.7 yards per punt while placing four inside the Saints 20-yard line, including two that fell inside the 5-yard line and another on the 7-yard line. Three of the senior's punts were longer than 50 yards with a long of 57 in a 37-17 win vs. Thomas More.

RET Ryan Kruser, Sr.
UW-La Crosse

Kruser had a 58-yard punt return for a touchdown as part of a day with 198 all-purpose yards as UW-La Crosse defeated Carroll 41-6.

ST Reed McKown, So.

The last play finally went right for the Golden Tornadoes on Saturday at Thiel. Geneva blocked the Tomcats' field goal attempt that would have tied the game at 27. McKown's block avoided overtime while Zach Hall's quick snatch and touchdown return lifted Geneva 33-24 over Thiel.

Aug. 30: All times Eastern
University of New England at Coast Guard
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Frostburg State at Stevenson
6:00 PM
Alma at Baldwin Wallace
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7:00 PM
Randolph-Macon at Johns Hopkins
7:00 PM
Hamline at Buena Vista
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7:00 PM
LaGrange at Birmingham-Southern
7:00 PM
Trinity (Texas) at McMurry
7:30 PM
Manchester at Trine
8:00 PM
St. Olaf at Crown
8:00 PM
Millsaps at Belhaven
8:00 PM
UW-Platteville at East Texas Baptist
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Aug. 31: All times Eastern
Utica at St. Lawrence
6:00 PM
Delaware Valley at Wesley
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7:00 PM
WPI at Anna Maria
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7:00 PM
Western New England at Springfield
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7:00 PM
Nichols at Westfield State
7:00 PM
Millikin at Hope
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7:00 PM
TCNJ at FDU-Florham
7:00 PM
Becker at MIT
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Dec. 9: All times Eastern
Mount Union 43, at UW-Oshkosh 40
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at Mary Hardin-Baylor 24, Brockport 0
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Dec. 15: All times Eastern
Mount Union 12, at Mary Hardin-Baylor 0
@ Salem, Va.
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