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Games of Nov. 13-14, 2015


Mason Zurek broke a 63-year-old school record for rushing, and did it on national television in Wabash's win vs. DePauw.
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QB Ayrton Scott, Sr., Augsburg
Scott closed out his collegiate career in style, compiling 439 yards of total offense in Augsburg's 49-42, come-from-behind win over Bethel. Scott moved into second place in Division III history in total offense yardage with 14,523 yards, just 45 yards away from the all-time record. He also has the second-best total offense per-game average in Division III history at 363.1 yards. Scott completed 18 of 25 passes for 272 yards and a passing touchdown against an interception against Bethel, while rushing 22 times for 167 yards and a first-quarter touchdown. He led the Auggies back from a 42-28 deficit in the fourth quarter with three straight scoring drives to give the Auggies the win.

OL Tyler Howlett, Andrew Rodriguez, Daven Klein, Alejandro Briseno, Christopher Bennett, Texas Lutheran
The Bulldog offensive line was instrumental in the team's 601 yards of total offense, 346 of which came on the ground. LT Tyler Howlett also scored a touchdown on a lateral in the second quarter. The rush attempt went for 11 yards.

RB Mason Zurek, Sr., Wabash
Zurek set a Wabash single-game rushing record with 278 yards against DePauw in the Little Giants' 45-17 victory in the 122nd Monon Bell Classic. He scored two TDs and set up a field goal at the end of the first half with a 55-yard rush, his longest of the afternoon.

RB Devonte Williams, Jr., Stevenson
Williams, a wide receiver pressed into service as a running back, rushed for program-record 298 yards and three touchdowns in Stevenson's 48-25 win vs. FDU-Florham. He had touchdown runs of 52, 48 and 2 yards while recording a total of six runs over 20 yards amongst his 21 carries.

WR Brennan Schon, So., Puget Sound
Schon hauled in 253 receiving yards and two touchdowns on just six receptions as he set the Puget Sound record for receiving yards in a season with 1,076.

WR Alex Arellano, Jr., La Verne
Arellano exploded for 223 yards and two touchdowns on 18 receptions as the Leopards beat Cal Lutheran, 38-21, to win the 2015 SCIAC championship outright. He ripped off big chunks of yards on screen plays and burned the Kingsmen secondary on several occasions. He opened the scoring with a 4-yard reception on the first drive of the game and hauled in a 37-yard score to close out the first half.

TE Keith Jennings, Jr., Bridgewater
Jennings caught seven balls for 163 yards, his third 100-yard performance in eight games at the tight end position this year. That included an 85-yard touchdown in the third quarter of a win vs. Catholic.


DE Dan Brown, Sr., UW-Stevens Point
Brown had five tackles, four and a half for a loss, three sacks and a forced fumble in UW-Stevens Point's 44-0 win over UW-River Falls. The three sacks were a career-high for the senior, who helped the Pointers record their first shutout since a 3-0 win over UW-Platteville on Oct. 11, 2008. His three sacks set the Falcons back 22 yards as UWSP held UWRF to 23 net rushing yards on 32 attempts.

DT Damon Fuller, So., Adrian
Fuller posted four tackles and seven total, including two and a half of Adrian's seven sacks in the Bulldogs' 38-24 win over Trine that eliminated the Thunder from MIAA title contention. Fuller had four and a half tackles for loss of 17 yards.

DT Nate Bryan, Sr., Franklin
Bryan had a dominating performance in the interior for the Grizzlies with six tackles, including four tackles for loss tallying 32 yards. All six of his tackles were solo efforts. He helped the defensive unit hold Hanover to 44 rushing yards on 36 carries (1.2 yards per carry) in the Victory Bell Classic last Saturday.  

DE Riley Shane, Sr., Thiel
Shane recorded seven tackles, three and a half of which were for a loss of yards, and two sacks to help lead Thiel to a 28-23 win over Grove City in the 32nd annual battle for the Mercer County Cup Saturday at Alumni Stadium. His strip-sack in the third quarter led to the game-winning touchdown by Jake Elk on a 62-yard fumble return for a touchdown. Shane also recovered a fumble and recorded one interception.

LB Joey DeCristofaro, So., Gettysburg
DeCristofaro posted a career-high 14 tackles and tied a school single-game record with three interceptions as the Bullets defeated Franklin & Marshall 21-7. All three interceptions came in the game's final 9:18. Each of the first two picks led directly to touchdowns for the Bullets, while the third ended the Diplomats' final drive of the game.

LB Rashaad Lighty, Sr., Delaware Valley
With a MAC-Centennial bowl berth on the line, Lighty led an Aggie defense that held Widener to just 189 yards and forced six turnovers. Lighty had four sacks on the afternoon as part of his seven tackles and also broke up a pass.

LB Dontrell Tucker, Sr., Adrian
Tucker posted career highs in tackles (10) and total stops (17) in a 38-24 win over Trine on Senior Day. He added a 9-yard sack and two tackles for loss of 23 yards. Tucker spearheaded a defensive unit that notched a season-high seven sacks and held Trine 105 yards below its season rushing average.

CB Octavius Sanders, Sr., Kalamazoo
Sanders helped Kalamazoo win the Wooden Shoes for the second consecutive year, with two interceptions returned for a touchdown. His first interception return for a touchdown was 98 yards and came as time expired in the first half, cutting Hope's lead to 24-14. His second interception return for a touchdown, of 28 yards, put Kalamazoo up 39-24 with 6:46 left in a game the Hornets won 39-31.

S David Console, Sr., Bridgewater State
Console notched three interceptions, including one which he returned 44 yards for a touchdown, in the Bears' 64-42 Cranberry Bowl victory on the road over Mass. Maritime Academy. Also recorded a pair of solo tackles in the win over the Buccaneers. It wa the most interceptions in a game for the Bears since John Bascon picked off three passes in a 28-14 win over Salve Regina on Sept. 16, 2006. (Bascon also made the Team of the Week for that performance.)

S Donte Rowell, So., Lakeland
Rowell intercepted a pair of passes in the first half the of Muskies' 46-22 win over Benedictine to clinch the NACC title and automatic bid. He also led the team with eight tackles and broke up one pass.

CB Quincy Marting, Sr., Washington U.
Marting recored a career-high 16 tackles (13 solo) in the Bears 37-23 win over the University of Chicago in the Founders Cup game. Marting also added an interception, the 11th of his career, and a pass breakup in the win. 

Special teams

K Jesse Vervelde, Sr., UW-Stevens Point
Vervelde was 3-for-3 on field goals and 5-for-5 on extra points in UW-Stevens Point's 44-0 win over UW-River Falls. He was good on field goals of 41, 26 and 26 yards and the three made field goals made Vervelde UWSP's all-time leader in career field goals made (35). Vervelde's 14 points on Saturday are tied for the second-most in program history for a single game. He finished the season a perfect 43-for-43 on extra points.

P Tyler Hunt, Sr., Guilford
Hunt punted a season-high six times for a 41.5-yard average.. He put a season-best three of his kicks inside the Wasps' 20 and forced one fair catch. He had two punts of 50 or more yards on the day. Emory and Henry tried to return one punt on the day and returned it for minus-6 yards.

RET Kennedy Johnson, Jr., Linfield
Johnson returned two punts for touchdowns as second-ranked Linfield took down Pacific Lutheran 38-10 to cap off an undefeated regular season and outright possession of a seventh consecutive NWC title. Both of Johnson's scoring returns were 50 yards or more (58, 53) and his 58-yard touchdown was the first score of the afternoon, coming after PLU went three-and-out to start the game. 

AP Malik Gilmore, Jr., Albright
Gilmore caught a touchdown pass, threw a touchdown pass and also blocked a field goal attempt in Albright's 38-13 victory over Lebanon Valley, which clinched the conference title for the Lions. After LVC took its only lead of the day early in the second quarter, Gilmore took a lateral from Mike Knight and found Malik Jackson all alone for a 52-yard scoring play. On the Lions' next drive he hauled in a 27-yard touchdown pass. Gilmore blocked a field goal attempt on the following possession, leading to a score three plays later. 

ST Adnane Adossama, Fr., Castleton
Adossama made his biggest play just three minutes into the fourth quarter. On a punt from the 26-yard line, Adossama burst through the middle of the line and blocked the punt cleanly, allowing a teammate to pick up the ball and run it in for a touchdown to put Castleton in front 31-13. 

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Dec. 8: All times Eastern
at Mount Union 28, Johns Hopkins 20
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at Mary Hardin-Baylor 31, UW-Whitewater 14
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Dec. 14: All times Eastern
7:00 PM
Mount Union at Mary Hardin-Baylor
@ Woodforest Bank Stadium; Shenandoah, Texas
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