October 29, 2012

MIAC Football Athletes-of-the-Week

10/29/2012 - http://www.miac-online.org/news/2012/10/29/FOOTBALL_1029120017.aspx

 

MIAC Football Offensive Player-of-the-Week

 

Griffin Neal, Concordia
Fargo, N.D. / South

The Concordia football team continued their great season Saturday with a convincing 51-27 win over Carleton. Leading the way in the Cobbers latest victory was quarterback Griffin Neal (Fargo, N.D./South), who both passed and ran his team up and down the field. The versatile sophomore racked up nearly 300 yards of total offense while accounting for five total touchdowns without a turnover in the victory. For his performance, Neal was named the MIAC Football Offensive Player-of-the-Week.

Neal was productive in the passing game, completing 10-of-18 attempts for 257 yards and three touchdowns. His longest pass of the day was a 74-yard scoring strike to give the Cobbers a 21-7 lead early in the second quarter. He was also good on the ground, running 10 times for 41 yards and two scores, for overall totals of 298 yards and five TDs, with a combined average of more than 10 yards per attempt. This season, Neal has 1,300 passing yards and 16 scores, and 252 rushing yards with four TDs on the ground.

The big win helped Concordia improve to 7-1 overall and 5-1 in the MIAC, and the Cobbers moved up to No. 16 in this week's AFCA Coaches' Poll. Concordia is currently in second place, and will have a shot at earning a share of the MIAC title this weekend when undefeated and third-ranked St. Thomas (8-0, 6-0) comes to Moorhead. The two teams will meet in one of the MIAC's marquee games in 2012 Saturday at 1:10 p.m.

MIAC Football Defensive Player-of-the-Week

 

Maze Thompson, Saint John's
Shoreview. Minn. / Mounds View

The Saint John's football team came from behind Saturday to beat Gustavus, 31-17, as the Johnnie defense allowed only a single field goal after halftime. Leading the defensive charge was linebacker Maze Thompson (Shoreview, Minn. / Mounds View), who submitted a ridiculously full stat line in the SJU win. The sophomore led his team in tackles, including three behind the line of scrimmage, while also forcing a fumble and blocking a field goal. For his performance, Thompson was named the MIAC Football Defensive Player-of-the-Week.

Thompson finished 12 total tackles - nine solo - which led the Johnnies in Saturday's win over the Gusties. he had one sack, three tackles-for-a-loss and a forced fumble to his credit as well, and the average Gustavus gain on Thompson's 12 tackles was just 2.6 yards per play. He also blocked a 30-yard field goal attempt in the fourth quarter, which would have cut SJU's lead to 24-20. This season, Thompson has 51 total tackles (21 solo), two sacks and 6.5 tackles-for-a-loss, which ranks No. 8 in the MIAC.

Saint John's used Saturday's win to get back to .500 overall at 4-4, and now the Johnnies have won two-straight in league play and improved to 2-4. They'll look to continue their late-season momentum Saturday when they travel to Saint Paul to face Hamline. Kickoff for the Johnnies and Pipers is scheduled for 1 p.m.

MIAC Football Special Teams Player-of-the-Week


Landen Strilzuk, Bethel

Luck, Wis. / Luck

Bethel had big plays in all phases of the game in Saturday's 56-21 win over Hamline, but perhaps none were bigger than the one turned in on special teams by Landen Strilzuk (Luck, Wis.). The Royals' sophomore made history Saturday when he took a punt back 70 yards for a third-quarter touchdown that served as the lasting highlight on a great day for Bethel. For his big play, Strilzuk was named the MIAC Football Special Teams Player-of-the-Week.

With just under five minutes remaining in the third quarter, Strilzuk fielded a Hamline punt on his own 30 yard line, and by the time the return was over, he was crossing the goal line to push Bethel's lead to 49-14 with a spectacular 70-yard return. The punt return was the longest recorded by a Bethel player since Kim Walker took a punt back 98 yards in 1975, and it was the first Royal punt return for a touchdown since 2001. This season, Strilzuk has returned nine punts for 116 yards and the one score, and his 12.9 yard average ranks second among MIAC players who qualify.

The win helped Bethel - which is now ranked No. 13 in the AFCA Coaches' Top 25 Poll - improve to 7-1 overall and 5-1 in conference play. The Royals are currently tied for second in the MIAC standings. Saturday, Bethel faces a big road test when it travels to Northfield, Minn., to take on a good St. Olaf squad. The Royals and Oles are set to kick off the crucial MIAC contest at 1 p.m.

Sep. 1: All times Eastern
7:00 PM
Coast Guard at Anna Maria
7:00 PM
Defiance at Baldwin Wallace
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Washington and Lee at Johns Hopkins
7:30 PM
Trine at Manchester
8:00 PM
Millsaps at Belhaven
Sep. 2: All times Eastern
TBA
Muhlenberg at Wilkes
6:00 PM
Mass-Dartmouth at Mount Ida
6:00 PM
Delaware Valley at Wesley
7:00 PM
N.C. Wesleyan at Stevenson
7:00 PM
Western New England at Springfield
7:00 PM
Fitchburg State at Becker
Video Live Stats
7:00 PM
Albright at Salisbury
7:00 PM
WPI at MIT
7:00 PM
Salve Regina at Worcester State
7:00 PM
Bridgewater State at Curry
7:00 PM
Morrisville State at St. Lawrence
10:00 PM
Adrian at Pacific
Sep. 3: All times Eastern
TBA
Endicott at Framingham State
TBA
Kean at Christopher Newport
TBA
King's at Moravian
Live Stats
TBA
Lebanon Valley at Franklin and Marshall
TBA
Marietta at Denison
TBA
McDaniel at Catholic
TBA
Wisconsin Lutheran at Trinity Int'l
TBA
Sewanee at Kenyon
TBA
UW-Platteville at George Fox
Live Stats
12:00 PM
Washington U. at Carnegie Mellon
Live Stats
12:00 PM
Chicago at Case Western Reserve
12:00 PM
Husson at Alfred
12:00 PM
SUNY-Maritime at Maine Maritime
Video
12:00 PM
Cortland at Heidelberg
12:00 PM
Otterbein at Buffalo State
12:00 PM
Ursinus at Bethany
1:00 PM
Plymouth State at Castleton
Live Stats
1:00 PM
RPI at Norwich
1:00 PM
Randolph-Macon at Dickinson
1:00 PM
Oberlin at Kalamazoo
1:00 PM
Emory and Henry at Ferrum
1:00 PM
Wooster at Washington and Jefferson
1:00 PM
Alfred State at William Paterson
1:00 PM
St. Vincent at Alma
1:00 PM
Concordia (Wis.) at Finlandia
1:00 PM
Olivet at St. John Fisher
1:00 PM
Rowan at Widener
1:00 PM
Hobart at Brockport
1:00 PM
Union at Ithaca
1:00 PM
Susquehanna at Lycoming
1:00 PM
Utica at Misericordia
1:00 PM
TCNJ at UW-Whitewater
1:30 PM
Wilmington at Bluffton
1:30 PM
Monmouth at Hope
1:30 PM
Bridgewater at Gettysburg
1:30 PM
Muskingum at Waynesburg
1:30 PM
Juniata at Grove City
2:00 PM
Lakeland at Carroll
Video Live Stats
2:00 PM
UW-Stevens Point at St. Norbert
2:00 PM
Austin at Hendrix
2:00 PM
Maranatha Baptist at Martin Luther
Live Stats
2:00 PM
Millikin at Greenville
Live Stats
2:00 PM
Eureka at Knox
Live Stats
2:00 PM
MacMurray at Rockford
Live Stats
2:00 PM
Gustavus Adolphus at Westminster (Mo.)
Video Live Stats
2:00 PM
UW-La Crosse at Luther
2:00 PM
Beloit at Lake Forest
2:00 PM
Concordia-Moorhead at Jamestown
2:00 PM
Crown at Hamline
Live Stats
2:00 PM
Carleton at Macalester
2:00 PM
Bethel at Dubuque
2:00 PM
St. Scholastica at St. John's
Live Stats
2:00 PM
St. Olaf at Grinnell
2:00 PM
Buena Vista at Mayville St.
2:00 PM
Simpson at UW-Stout
2:00 PM
Aurora at Carthage
2:00 PM
UW-River Falls at Coe
2:00 PM
Ripon at Concordia-Chicago
2:00 PM
Elmhurst at Loras
2:00 PM
Huntingdon at Louisiana College
2:00 PM
North Central (Ill.) at Robert Morris-Chicago
2:00 PM
Benedictine at Wheaton (Ill.)
2:00 PM
John Carroll at UW-Oshkosh
2:30 PM
Southern Virginia at Earlham
Live Stats
4:00 PM
La Verne at Puget Sound
Live Stats
4:00 PM
Central at Whitworth
5:00 PM
Hartwick at Western Connecticut
6:00 PM
Wabash at Albion
6:00 PM
Maryville (Tenn.) at Berry
6:00 PM
Augustana at Mount St. Joseph
6:00 PM
Thomas More at Franklin
Live Stats
6:00 PM
Hampden-Sydney at Averett
6:00 PM
Redlands at Trinity (Texas)
7:00 PM
Hiram at Westminster (Pa.)
7:00 PM
LaGrange at Birmingham-Southern
7:00 PM
Thiel at Allegheny
7:00 PM
Capital at Wittenberg
7:00 PM
Shenandoah at Gallaudet
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Illinois College at Rose-Hulman
Video Live Stats
7:00 PM
Hanover at Centre
7:00 PM
Geneva at Frostburg State
7:00 PM
Nichols at Westfield State
7:00 PM
Greensboro at Guilford
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Hardin-Simmons at Southwestern
7:00 PM
Anderson at North Park
7:00 PM
Ohio Wesleyan at Mary Hardin-Baylor
7:00 PM
East Texas Baptist at Texas Lutheran
7:10 PM
St. Thomas at UW-Eau Claire
Video Live Stats
8:00 PM
Willamette at Rhodes
8:00 PM
Cornell at Iowa Wesleyan
Live Stats
8:00 PM
Augsburg at Northwestern (Minn.)
Live Stats
8:00 PM
Southwestern Assemblies at Howard Payne
8:00 PM
Sul Ross State at UT-Permian Basin
Dec. 18: All times Eastern
Final
Mount Union 49, at St. Thomas 35
@ Salem, Va.
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