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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. 23: All times Eastern
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at Framingham State 50, Massachusetts Maritime 7
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Muhlenberg 56, at Juniata 40
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at Dean 25, Becker 10
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Salisbury 27, at TCNJ 7
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MIT 38, at Catholic 21
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Merchant Marine 56, at Maine Maritime 31
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at Hobart 34, Endicott 17
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at Morrisville State 44, Nichols 22
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at Delaware Valley 27, Stevenson 7
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at Albright 9, Widener 7
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Christopher Newport 16, at Montclair State 8
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at Westminster (Pa.) 41, Bethany 14
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Middlebury 41, at Bowdoin 14
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Williams 24, at Colby 7
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Amherst 36, at Hamilton 6
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Ursinus 35, at Moravian 17
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Trinity (Conn.) 51, at Bates 0
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at LaGrange 38, Brevard 28
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Geneva 33, at Thiel 24
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at Plymouth State 37, Mass-Dartmouth 7
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Kean 28, at Southern Virginia 14
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Frostburg State 24, at Rowan 10
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Union 17, at Curry 14
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at Carnegie Mellon 37, Thomas More 17
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Lycoming 44, at King's 41
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at Western New England 21, Husson 14
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Johns Hopkins 41, at Dickinson 10
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at DePauw 51, Wooster 24
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at Ohio Wesleyan 37, Allegheny 21
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at Misericordia 43, Wilkes 14
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at Alfred 45, Rochester 7
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Wesley 66, at William Paterson 0
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at N.C. Wesleyan 35, Maryville (Tenn.) 25
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Huntingdon 31, at Ferrum 28
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at McDaniel 27, Gettysburg 20
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at Buffalo State 33, RPI 21
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Franklin and Marshall 27, at Susquehanna 24
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at Denison 45, Oberlin 17
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at Northwestern (Minn.) 10, Westminster (Mo.) 7
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at Eureka 44, Crown 20
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at Lebanon Valley 24, FDU-Florham 14
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at Heidelberg 47, John Carroll 21
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at Ohio Northern 35, Otterbein 7
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at Mount Union 55, Baldwin Wallace 7
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at Rose-Hulman 37, Defiance 14
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at Marietta 49, Muskingum 25
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Franklin 59, at Bluffton 30
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at Hanover 64, Anderson 21
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Mount St. Joseph 31, at Manchester 14
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Worcester State 34, at Westfield State 10
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Coast Guard 13, at Norwich 9
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at Fitchburg State 31, Bridgewater State 29
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Wittenberg 48, at Kenyon 11
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at Wabash 25, Hiram 21
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North Central (Ill.) 51, at Millikin 21
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at Millsaps 17, Sewanee 13
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at Rhodes 35, Birmingham-Southern 9
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at Hendrix 36, Austin 24
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at Martin Luther 34, Greenville 20
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at Trinity (Texas) 41, Chapman 35
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at Loras 73, Buena Vista 34
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at Wartburg 30, Washington U. 20
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at Gustavus Adolphus 51, Hamline 7
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Augsburg 48, at Carleton 28
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at Bethel 64, St. Olaf 7
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at Luther 21, Dubuque 17
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at Central 52, Nebraska Wesleyan 27
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Simpson 38, at Coe 33
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Wheaton (Ill.) 40, at Elmhurst 15
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St. Norbert 66, at Grinnell 13
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at Knox 13, Ripon 6
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at MacMurray 32, Iowa Wesleyan 14
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Hardin-Simmons 63, at Howard Payne 3
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Southwestern 37, at Louisiana College 34
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Monmouth 26, at Macalester 0
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at St. Thomas 20, St. John's 17
@ Target Field, Minneapolis
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at Springfield 42, WPI 10
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at Cornell 55, Beloit 36
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at Brockport 28, Utica 14
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at Hartwick 24, St. John Fisher 21
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at UW-La Crosse 41, Carroll 6
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at St. Scholastica 37, Minnesota-Morris 3
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at George Fox 44, UW-Eau Claire 0
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at Western Connecticut 37, Salve Regina 23
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at UW-Stevens Point 41, Adrian 28
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at Wesleyan 24, Tufts 17
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at Averett 35, Methodist 6
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at Berry 28, Centre 14
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at Case Western Reserve 56, Waynesburg 21
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at Grove City 24, St. Vincent 14
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at Illinois Wesleyan 18, North Park 0
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at Mary Hardin-Baylor 50, Texas Lutheran 7
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at UW-Platteville 56, Lakeland 22
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Carthage 55, at Augustana 14
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Chicago 28, at Illinois College 7
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at Sul Ross State 35, McMurry 7
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at Wilmington 37, Capital 30
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Lake Forest 42, at Lawrence 26
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at East Texas Baptist 79, Belhaven 40
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Arizona Christian 56, at Whittier 38
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Shenandoah at Randolph-Macon
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at Delaware Valley 27, Stevenson 7
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Wesley 66, at William Paterson 0
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at Alfred 45, Rochester 7
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Johns Hopkins 41, at Dickinson 10
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Frostburg State 24, at Rowan 10
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at Heidelberg 47, John Carroll 21
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at Mount Union 55, Baldwin Wallace 7
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Wittenberg 48, at Kenyon 11
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at Wabash 25, Hiram 21
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Hardin-Simmons 63, at Howard Payne 3
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North Central (Ill.) 51, at Millikin 21
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Wheaton (Ill.) 40, at Elmhurst 15
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at St. Thomas 20, St. John's 17
@ Target Field, Minneapolis
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at Brockport 28, Utica 14
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at Case Western Reserve 56, Waynesburg 21
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at Illinois Wesleyan 18, North Park 0
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at UW-Platteville 56, Lakeland 22
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at Mary Hardin-Baylor 50, Texas Lutheran 7
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