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2008 NCAC Football Players Of The Week


November 16

Hiram senior quarterback Trevor Henderson (Rural Valley, PA/West Shamokin) threw for 244 yards and three touchdowns in his final game as a Terrier, helping the squad end a seven-game winless streak with a 28-19 win over Oberlin. He was also the team’s leading rusher with 87 yards on 14 carries. The Terriers finish 2-7 in the league and 3-7 overall - their best overall finish since posting identical records in 2001 and 2000.

Wooster topped Wittenberg, 27-6. Junior Steve Custenborder (Rocky River, OH/Rocky River) led the defensive effort which held Wittenberg to its lowest offensive output in over a decade. The Tigers were held to nine first downs and 131 yards of total offense. Custenborder had 10 tackles, including seven solos and .5 for a loss. He finishes the season with 88 stops.
November 9

Allegheny junior quarterback T.J. Salopeck (North Huntingdon, PA/Norwin) guided the Gators to a streak of 20 unanswered points, including three second-half touchdowns, en route to a thrilling come-from-behind 30-27 overtime win over Wittenberg. Salopeck hit eight different receivers, racking up career highs in attempts (44), completions (30), yards (292) and touchdowns (4) against one of the NCAC's top-ranked defensive units. Allegheny rolled up 383 yards of total offense behind Salopeck's efforts. His three second-half TDs came on tosses of 22, three and 68 yards, respectively.

Denison junior Drew Homyk (Chicago, IL/St. Ignatius Prep) paced the Big Red's defensive effort in a 21-7 win over Kenyon and helped hold the Lords to their lowest offensive output of the season. Homyk made eight stops and had two of Denison's three interceptions, including one in the end zone in the fourth quarter, after moving from safety to cornerback for the first time all season.
November 2

Junior quarterback Austin Holter (Johnstown, OH/Johnstown-Monroe) of Wooster totaled over 350 yards of offense for the third week in a row as the Fighting Scots topped Allegheny, 35-21. Holter completed 20 of 35 passes for 258 yards and rushed for another 103. He passed for one touchdown and scored three others on the ground. It was his third 100-yard rushing game of the year. With two games to play, Holter already holds the single-season school record for total offense (2,366 yards).

Wittenberg linebacker Brad McKinley (Hilliard, OH/Davidson) paced the Tiger defense with 11 tackles, three of them solo. He also recovered a fumble in a 23-0 defeat of Denison. It was Wittenberg's second shutout of the season.
October 26

Denison senior running back Jon Berg (Washington, PA/Trinity) carried the ball 22 times for 118 yards and a touchdown as the Big Red out gained Chicago on the ground, 235-62, and won, 26-14. Denison ran its winning streak to three, the first three-game victory run for the Big Red since the 1990 campaign.

Allegheny junior linebacker Andy Schleihauf (Connellsville, PA/Connellsville Area) made a game-high 16 tackles, five of them solo. He also recovered a fumble and returned it 27 yards for the game’s first score as the Gators snapped a three-game losing skid by defeating Kenyon, 27-22. The Gators forced a season-best five turnovers on three interceptions and a pair of fumble recoveries.
October 19

Earlham senior quarterback Randy Kerns (West Manchester, IN/National Trail) had a career day with 20-of-28 passing for 306 yards and six touchdowns, leading the Quakers to their first victory of 2008, 49-41 over Hiram.

Wabash senior defensive end Jared Lange (Terre Haute, IN/North) made seven total tackles, 3.5 for losses, two sacks and a forced fumble in the LIttle Giants' 13-10 victory over Wittenberg. Wabash held the Tigers 184 yards of total offense, 65 of it on the ground.
October 12

Wabash sophomore receiver Kody LeMond (Pendleton, IN/Pendleton Hts.) led the Little Giants to a 37-12 victory over Washington-St. Louis. LeMond caught eight passes for 165 yards and three touchdowns. He now has 12 touchdown receptions for the year, five shy of Ryan Short’s school and conference record 17.

Junior safety Rylan Mitter-Burke (Marlborough, MA/Marlboro) led Ohio Wesleyan to a 24-8 defeat of Kenyon, its forst win of the 2008 campaign. He finished with 12 tackles, including two on a goal-line stand early in the game and also made one tackle for a loss and broke up a pass.
October 7

Wittenberg freshman Josh McKee (New Carlisle, OH/Tecumseh) caught eight passes for 177 yards and a touchdown, and rushed three times for another 18 as the Tigers defeated Hiram, 44-7. McKee has scored seven touchdowns in Wittenberg's first four games.

In Oberlin's first victory of the season, a 28-15 NCAC decision over Ohio Wesleyan, sophomore Austin Richards (Commerce Twp., MI/Walled Lake Northern) posted a career-high 14 tackles, and returned a fumble 33 yards for a score. It was the first victory by the Yeomen over the Battling Bishops in 19 games dating back to 1987.
September 28

Wooster junior quarterback Austin Holter (Johnstown, OH/Johnstown-Monroe) scored on a 67-yard touchdown run that changed the game's momentum in the third quarter of the Fighting Scots' victory over Denison. Later in the quarter, Holter completed a two-yard touchdown pass and led Wooster to a 21-10 victory. Holter finished with over 100 yards rushing for the second time this season, winding up with 106 on 12 carries, and completed 13 of 26 passes for 195 yards.

Wittenberg freshman Zach Hurtt (Fort Thomas, KY/Highlands) forced a fumble, picked off one interception and was in on 12 tackles, leading the Tigers to a conference-opening, 32-0 defeat of Ohio Wesleyan. Hurtt had a hand in two of the five turnovers forced by Wittenberg.
September 21

Hiram senior quarterback Trevor Henderson (Rural Valley, PA/Shamokin) scored the winning touchdown in overtime for the second game in a row as the Terriers knocked off Kenyon, 45-39 in overtime. Henderson finished with 31-for-48 passing for 342 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for another 55 yards and three TDs himself. Hiram improved to 2-0 on the season, and for the first timme since 2001, with its second straight overtime victory, both on the road.

Wooster junior linebacker Matt DeGrand (Stow, OH/St. Vincent-St. Mary) was credited with a game-high 13 stops and two sacks. He added a forced fumble and recovered another as the Fighting Scots opened the conference season with a 20-2 defeat of Ohio Wesleyan. The Scot defense has yet to allow a touchdown through two games, and has come up with six takeaways - four fumbles and two interceptions. Wooster has outscored its opponents, 47-8, this season.
September 13
Wabash junior quarterback Matt Hudson (Salem, IN/Salem) threw for 391 yards and tied a school record with six touchdown passes. He tied Jake Knott's mark, which was set twice in the 2000 season, despite having to contend with an injured thumb. The ninth-ranked Little Giants defeated Denison, 41-27, in the NCAC opener for both teams.

Kenyon junior safety Mason Stabler (Littleton, CO/Kent Denver School) paced the Lord defense in a thrilling, 39-36, defeat of Chicago. Stabler led with 10 tackles, two for a loss, forced a fumble, recovered a fumble and broke up one pass.
September 7
  Denison senior quarterback Mike Barnes (Gates Mills, OH/Mayfield) led the Big Red to a strong start with a single-game record 270 yards rushing in the Big Red's 49-27 defeat of Kalamazoo. Barnes scored on three touchdown runs on 17 attempts, and passed for 175 yards and another score. The 445 yards of total offense was the best performance since Greg Neuendorf totaled 470 against Wabash in 2000. The single-game rushing mark tied Clay Sampson, who carried for 270 yards in 1979. In all, the Big Red rolled up 542 yards of offense, and held Kalamazoo to 41 yards on the ground.

Hiram freshman linebacker Jon Hull (Buford, GA/MIll Creek) led the Terrier defense in a 20-14 overtime victory over Gallaudet. He made eight solo tackles, two tacles for a loss of six yards, forced a fumble, recovered a fumble and broke up two passes. The Terriers snapped a 26-game losing skid, and held Gallaudet to 83 total yards - all passing - and zero net rushing yards.