November 18, 2013

MIAC Football Athletes-of-the-Week

MIAC Football Offensive Player-of-the-Week

 

Anthony Kemper, Carleton
Prior Lake, Minn. / Prior Lake

 

The Carleton football team trailed Augsburg by 21 in the third quarter, and still by 17 with just 7:30 to play, but the Knights pulled off the biggest Carleton comeback in at least 17 years by rallying for an amazing 49-45 victory. Star receiver Anthony Kemper (Prior Lake, Minn.) led the way with more than 100 yards, countless big plays down the stretch, and the game-winning touchdown. For his role in the historic win, Kemper was named the final MIAC Football Offensive Player-of-the-Week for the 2013 season.

Kemper's final numbers of seven catches for 131 yards and a touchdown were certainly impressive, but it was the manner in which he achieved those numbers that was truly special in his final career game. Kemper's 51-yard catch set up a Carleton score in the third quarter, and he drew a pass interference in the end zone to set up another. His 23-yard catch put Carleton on the doorstep to close the gap to 45-42. Then, on fourth-and-six with the game on the line, Kemper hauled in a pass, split the defense and raced 33 yards to the end zone for the game-winning score.

Kemper finished his remarkable senior season ranked second in the MIAC in receiving touchdowns (nine), third in receiving yards (982) and yards per game (98.2), fourth in receptions (61) and fifth in yards per catch (16.1). He ended his Carleton career with 125 receptions for 1,924 yards and 22 touchdowns, which all rank in the top six in Knights' history. He helped Carleton finish .500 with a 5-5 overall record, and the Knights tied Augsburg for sixth place in the conference standings at 3-5 in the MIAC.

MIAC Football Defensive Player-of-the-Week

 

Landon Mathis, Bethel
Anoka, Minn. / Anoka

 

The sixth-ranked Bethel football completed a perfect regular season Saturday with a 28-7 win at Saint John's. The Royal defense was stout as usual, with sophomore Landon Mathis (Anoka, Minn.) leading the way and making plays all over the field. The linebackers' full stat line included a game-high 17 total tackles as he helped Bethel limit the Johnnies to just one scoring drive. For his performance, Mathis was named the final MIAC Football Defensive Player-of-the-Week for the 2013 season.

Mathis had quite an impact on Saturday's season finale, and that impact was accurately reflected in the stats. He had seven solo tackles and 10 assists to finish with a total of 17 tackles in the win, and he also racked up a sack, two pass breakups and a forced fumble. Mathis led a defense that allowed Saint John's to gain just 260 yards on its home field Saturday. Mathis finished the regular season with 74 total tackles (24 solo, 50 assists), and that total ranks ninth in the MIAC. He also has two sacks, 4.5 tackles-for-a-loss, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, two interceptions and five pass breakups this season.

Thanks to Saturday's victory, the Royals put the finishing touches on their 2013 MIAC championship, and completed a perfect 10-0 (8-0 MIAC) regular season. It was Bethel's second perfect regular season in program history, with the other coming in 2000. The Royals now enter the 2013 NCAA Division III Playoffs with hopes of continuing their special season. Bethel will host St. Scholastica Saturday at noon to open postseason play.

MIAC Football Special Teams Player-of-the-Week

 

Hakeem Bourne-McFarlane, Augsburg
Bloomington, Minn. / Kennedy

 

Versatile Augsburg senior Hakeem Bourne-McFarlane (Bloomington, Minn./Kennedy) closed his career in style Saturday, setting a new Auggie record for kick return yards in a game while taking two all the way back for a pair of special-teams touchdowns. The defensive back/wide receiver/returner finished as the MIAC's leader in kick-return average in 2013. For his "special" performance, Bourne-McFarlane was named the final MIAC Special Teams Player-of-the-Week for the 2013 season.

Though the Auggies came up just short in a 49-45 thriller at Carleton, Bourne-McFarlane certainly did his part to keep Augsburg in contention. He had an 86-yard kick return touchdown in the second quarter, than out-did himself by a yard in the fourth quarter with an 87-yard score. He added a 20-yard return for a school-record 193 yards on just three attempts. The previous school record, set by Bob Dorgan in 1979, was 176 yards, and it came on eight attempts. Bourne-McFarlane also contributed five tackles in the loss.

This season, Bourne-McFarlane had 12 kick returns for 384 yards, and his average of 32.0 yards per return led the MIAC by more than five yards per attempt. He also had seven punt returns for 172 yards and a league-leading average of 24.6 yards per return with three total return touchdowns. Bourne-McFarlane helped Augsburg to a .500 season with a 5-5 overall record. The Auggies were 3-5 in conference play, with four of the losses coming by a total of 12 points, and shared sixth-place with Carleton.

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
UW-Platteville at George Fox
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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
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
The Apprentice School at Methodist
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
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2:00 PM
UW-Stevens Point at St. Norbert
2:00 PM
Austin at Hendrix
2:00 PM
Maranatha Baptist at Martin Luther
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2:00 PM
Millikin at Greenville
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2:00 PM
Eureka at Knox
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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
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
2:30 PM
Lawrence at Presentation
4:00 PM
La Verne at Puget Sound
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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
Thiel at Allegheny
7:00 PM
Capital at Wittenberg
7:00 PM
Shenandoah at Gallaudet
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7:00 PM
Illinois College at Rose-Hulman
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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
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7:00 PM
LaGrange at Birmingham-Southern
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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