September 30, 2013

MIAC Football Athletes-of-the-Week - Sept. 30, 2013

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MIAC Football Offensive Player-of-the-Week

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

The Concordia football team remained unbeaten with its biggest win to date Saturday - a 24-14 upset of No. 21 Saint John's in Collegeville. Quarterback Griffin Neal (Fargo, N.D./South) had a huge day to lead the Cobber offense in the victory. He finished with 269 combined rushing and passing yards and threw a pair of touchdown passes while completing 65.2 percent of his throws. For his performance in the Cobbers' big win, Neal was named the MIAC Football Offensive Player-of-the-Week for the second time this season.

Neal led the Cobbers in rushing in Saturday's win, racking up 83 yards on just 13 carries for an average of 6.4 yards per carry. Through the air, the junior was 15-for-23 for 186 yards and two scores. His two first-half touchdown passes helped Concordia build a 21-7 lead in a game it never trailed. Neal was also crucial extending plays and avoiding the Johnnie rush in the win. This season, Neal is averaging 204.0 yards per game through the air while completing 63.6 percent of his passes. He ranks in the top seven in both rushing and passing with an average of 56.8 yards per game on the ground.

Thanks to the win, Concordia is now 4-0 overall and 2-0 in conference play, and it entered the national top 25 rankings this week at No. 23 in both the D3football.com Top 25 and the AFCA Division III Coaches' Poll. The Cobbers join Bethel and Augsburg - who square off against one another Saturday - as the only remaining undefeated teams in the MIAC. Concordia and Griffin will enjoy their bye week before returning to action on Oct. 12 with a huge home game looming against fifth-ranked Bethel.

MIAC Football Defensive Player-of-the-Week

Zach Dilger, Gustavus
South St. Paul, Minn. / South St. Paul

The Gustavus football team treated its homecoming crowd to an impressive 45-19 win over St. Olaf Saturday in which the Gusties dominated the final three quarters. Junior Zach Dilger (South St. Paul, Minn.) had a huge role in the win, as the defensive back made a pair of game-changing interceptions in the first quarter to highlight his impressive stat line. For his performance, Dilger was named the MIAC Football Defensive Player-of-the-Week.

Dilger's final stat line featured five tackles (three solo, two assist), one tackle-for-a-loss and two pass breakups in addition to the two picks, which were crucial to the Gusties' success in the early-going. His first interception came on the Oles' opening drive and set up Gustavus' first touchdown of the game, and his second came in the end zone as St. Olaf was trying to build on its early 13-7 lead. Dilger's two interceptions are tied for the second-best total in the MIAC this season, and his five pass breakups are also tied for second in the league. He also has 14 tackles (10 solo, four assist) in 2013.

Thanks to Saturday's win, Gustavus improved to 2-1 overall and 1-1 in the conference thus far in 2013. The Gusties hit the road Saturday with the hopes of winning their second-straight MIAC game. Gustavus will travel to St. Paul to face Hamline in a big game for both teams. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. on the Pipers home field.

MIAC Football Special Teams Player-of-the-Week

Andrew O'Reilly, Bethel
Lakeville, Minn. / South

Football coaches often talk about the: "next man up," mentality so players are prepared to seize an opportunity when it's presented. Bethel's Andrew O'Reilly (Lakeville, Minn./South) has been a great example of that thus far in 2013, as he's stepped in admirably after the Royals' starting kicker was injured in the season opener. Saturday, the sophomore was perfect on PAT attempts and strong with his kickoffs to help Bethel beat Carleton in its conference opener. For his performance, O'Reilly was named the MIAC Football Special Teams Player-of-the-Week.

O'Reilly had an extremely busy afternoon Saturday in support of a strong Bethel offensive performance. The kicker was a perfect 8-for-8 on PATs to score eight points in Bethel's 58-14 victory over the Knights. O'Reilly also helped in the field-position battle, amassing 505 yards on nine kickoffs for a 56.1 average. In his increased role, O'Reilly's 14 PATs lead the MIAC, and he's converted 88 percent (14-for-16) of his extra points while averaging 59.3 yards on kickoffs.

Bethel - ranked as high as No. 5 in the nation - used Saturday's win to open conference play 1-0, and improved to 3-0 overall. The Royals are just one of three teams, along with Concordia and Augsburg, without a loss yet in 2013. Bethel hosts the Auggies Saturday as the two unbeatens square off in a huge game in Arden Hills. Kickoff is set for 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
Video
7:30 PM
Trine at Manchester
Live Stats
8:00 PM
Millsaps at Belhaven
Sep. 2: All times Eastern
6:00 PM
Mass-Dartmouth at Mount Ida
6:00 PM
Delaware Valley at Wesley
7:00 PM
Muhlenberg at Wilkes
7:00 PM
N.C. Wesleyan at Stevenson
7:00 PM
Western New England at Springfield
Video Live Stats
7:00 PM
Fitchburg State at Becker
Video Live Stats
7:00 PM
Albright at Salisbury
7:00 PM
WPI at MIT
Live Stats
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
12:00 PM
Endicott at Framingham State
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
12:00 PM
Sewanee at Kenyon
1:00 PM
King's at Moravian
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Kean at Christopher Newport
1:00 PM
McDaniel at Catholic
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Lebanon Valley at Franklin and Marshall
Video Live Stats
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
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Emory and Henry at Ferrum
Video Live Stats
1:00 PM
Wooster at Washington and Jefferson
1:00 PM
Alfred State at William Paterson
1:00 PM
St. Vincent at Alma
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Concordia (Wis.) at Finlandia
1:00 PM
Olivet at St. John Fisher
1:00 PM
Rowan at Widener
Audio
1:00 PM
Hobart at Brockport
Live Stats Audio
1:00 PM
Union at Ithaca
1:00 PM
Susquehanna at Lycoming
1:00 PM
Utica at Misericordia
1:00 PM
The Apprentice School at Methodist
1:00 PM
TCNJ at UW-Whitewater
1:30 PM
Wilmington at Bluffton
1:30 PM
Monmouth at Hope
Audio
1:30 PM
Bridgewater at Gettysburg
1:30 PM
Muskingum at Waynesburg
1:30 PM
Juniata at Grove City
2:00 PM
Wisconsin Lutheran at Trinity Int'l
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
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
Video Live Stats Audio
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
Video Live Stats
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
Audio
2:30 PM
Southern Virginia at Earlham
Live Stats
2:30 PM
Lawrence at Presentation
4:00 PM
McPherson at Nebraska Wesleyan
4:00 PM
UW-Platteville at George Fox
4:00 PM
La Verne at Puget Sound
Video Live Stats
4:00 PM
Central at Whitworth
5:00 PM
Hartwick at Western Connecticut
Live Stats
6:00 PM
Wabash at Albion
Live Stats Audio
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
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Denison at Marietta
7:00 PM
Hiram at Westminster (Pa.)
7:00 PM
Thiel at Allegheny
7:00 PM
Capital at Wittenberg
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Shenandoah at Gallaudet
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Illinois College at Rose-Hulman
Video Live Stats
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
LaGrange at Birmingham-Southern
7:00 PM
Hardin-Simmons at Southwestern
Live Stats
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
7:30 PM
Hanover at Centre
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
8:30 PM
Redlands at Trinity (Texas)
Sep. 1: All times Eastern
7:00 PM
Washington and Lee at Johns Hopkins
Video
Sep. 2: All times Eastern
6:00 PM
Delaware Valley at Wesley
7:00 PM
Albright at Salisbury
Sep. 3: All times Eastern
12:00 PM
Cortland at Heidelberg
1:00 PM
TCNJ at UW-Whitewater
2:00 PM
North Central (Ill.) at Robert Morris-Chicago
2:00 PM
John Carroll at UW-Oshkosh
Audio
2:00 PM
Huntingdon at Louisiana College
2:00 PM
St. Scholastica at St. John's
Video Live Stats Audio
2:00 PM
Benedictine at Wheaton (Ill.)
4:00 PM
UW-Platteville at George Fox
4:00 PM
Central at Whitworth
6:00 PM
Thomas More at Franklin
Live Stats
6:00 PM
Wabash at Albion
Live Stats Audio
7:00 PM
East Texas Baptist at Texas Lutheran
7:00 PM
Ohio Wesleyan at Mary Hardin-Baylor
7:00 PM
Hardin-Simmons at Southwestern
Live Stats
7:10 PM
St. Thomas at UW-Eau Claire
Video Live Stats