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2009 NCAC Football Players Of The Week

November 15

Matt Hudson, Wabash
(Salem, IN/Salem)

Pass attempts/completions: 19/30
Passing yards: 325
Passing touchdowns: 3, long 51 yards

Rush attempts: 4
Rushing yards: 28 net, 7.0 avg, 14 long
Rushing touchdowns: 0

Wabash senior quarterback Matt Hudson threw for 325 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Little Giants past archrival DePauw, 32-19, in the 116th annual Monon Bell Classic. His biggest play came late in the fourth quarter when he convinced Head Coach Erik Raeburn to go with a quarterback sneak — a play the Little Giants had not run all season — when the Wabash offense faced a fourth-down play. The play worked to gain the first down and the drive continued, climaxing in a 14-play, 92-yard scoring drive that put Wabash up 32-13. Hudson finished as the second-leading rusher for the Little Giants with 28 yards on four carries without a sack.


Nick Silva, Allegheny
(Pascoag, RI/Williston Northhampton)

Tackles: 9
Tackles for loss: 4 (27 yards)
Sacks: 3.5 (27 yards)

Allegheny senior defensive lineman Nick Silva had nine tackles, including three and a half sacks to help the Gators to a 30-13 win over Ohio Wesleyan. One of his sacks stopped a Battling Bishop drive and set up a Gator touchdown that broke open a 13-13 tie.

November 8

Aaron Huffman, Wittenberg
(Newark, OH/Newark)

Pass attempts/completions: 17-24
Passing yards: 299
Passing touchdowns: 1, long 50 yards
Rush attempts: 10
Rushing yards: 35 net, 3.5 avg, 9 long
Rushing touchdowns: 3

Wittenberg senior quarterback Aaron Huffman rushed for three touchdowns and threw for another to key the Tigers’ best offensive performance in 2009. He finished with 17 completions in 24 attempts for 299 yards and a touchdown. He also ran for 35 yards to help the Tigers clinch at least a share of their ninth North Coast Athletic Conference championship.


Britan Tolliver, Ohio Wesleyan
(Croton, OH/Johnstown Northridge)

Tackles: 10
Tackles for loss: 2 (9 yards)
Forced fumble: 1
Sacks: 2 (9 yards)

Ohio Wesleyan senior defensive end Britan Tolliver had 10 tackles, including two sacks, and a forced fumble to lead a Battling Bishop defense that did not allow any points in a 20-7 win over Earlham. The Quakers points came on a blocked punt return.

November 1

T.J. Salopek, Allegheny
(North Huntingdon, PA/Norwin)

Pass attempts/completions: 27-43
Passing yards: 312
Passing touchdowns: 1, long 48 yards

Rush attempts: 12
Rushing yards: 22 net, 1.8 avg, 16 long
Rushing touchdowns: 2

Allegheny junior quarterback T.J. Salopek rushed for two touchdowns, including the game-winning score, to rally the Gators back from a 14-point deficit past Wooster, 24-21. With 7:21 left in the fourth quarter, Allegheny forced a Fighting Scot fumble and recovered it at midfield. After going five plays for 47 yards, Salopek kept the ball and made his way into the end zone for a two-yard touchdown scamper to give Allegheny the lead for good. He finished the day with 27-for-43 passing for 312 yards and a touchdown.


Chad Wertman, Earlham
(Holland, IN/Southridg

Tackles: 11
Tackles for loss: 4 (10 yards)
Sacks: 1 (5 yards)

Earlham sophomore Chad Wertman posted 11 tackles in a 21-9 victory over Kenyon. He finished the day with four tackles for a loss of 10 yards and a sack for a loss of five yards. Wertman helped lead a defensive unit which held the Lords scoreless through three periods and allowed only 80 rushing yards on the day.

October 25

Kody LeMond, Wabash
(Pendleton, IN/Pendleton)

Receptions: 10
Receiving yards: 197 (19.7 avg)
Receiving touchdowns: 4, long 53 yards

Wabash junior wide receiver Kody LeMond hauled in four touchdowns in a 37-27 win over Wooster to tie the NCAC and Wabash single-game records for touchdown receptions in a game. LeMond, who was the last of 11 NCAC players and one of six Little Giants to equal the mark, finished with 197 total receiving yards on 10 catches, making him the fastest Wabash player to reach the 2,000-yard mark in his career. LeMond moved to seventh on the Wabash all-time receiving yards mark with 2,084. He moved to fifth on the Wabash career TD reception with 25, and is now 14th in career receptions with 120.


Matt Misorski, Oberlin
(Beaver, PA/Beaver Area)

Tackles: 2
Interception: 1
Fumble recovery: 1

Oberlin freshman defensive back Matt Misorski came away with a fumble recovery and an interception in the second half to secure a 19-13 victory over Earlham. He also registered two tackles. His interception on Oberlin’s 26 yard line short circuited a Qauker scoring drive and set up an insurance field goal for the Yeomen. The win was Oberlin’s first this fall.

October 18

Austin Holter, Wooster
(Johnstown, OH/Johnstown-Monroe)

Pass attempts/completions: 26-34
Passing yards: 272
Passing touchdowns: 2, long 32 yards

Rush attempts: 23
Rushing yards: 137 net, 6.0 avg, 27 long
Rushing touchdowns: 1

Wooster senior quarterback Austin Holter rushed for a career-high 137 yards, highlighted by a 27-yard touchdown with 2:18 remaining, that lifted the Fighting Scots to a 24-20 victory at Washington-St. Louis. With another 272 yards passing, Holter combined for 409 yards of total offense – the second-highest total of his career – and set a school record for completion percentage (min. 25 attempts) with a 26-of-34 performance (.765). During the game-winning drive, Holter was 5-of-6 for 38 yards through the air and rushed it himself the other five plays for 46 yards.


Zach Hurtt, Wittenberg
(Fort Thomas, KY/Highlands)

Tackles: 12 (8 solo)
Tackles for a loss: 3 for 10 yards

Wittenberg earned a 10-7 victory over Wabash behind the efforts of its top-ranked defense, which wassparked by sophomore linebacker Zach Hurtt’s 12 tackles, including eight solo stops and three tackles for a loss of 10 yards. The Tiger defense allowed just 29 yards on 28 rushing attempts and 223 total yards to a team ranked third in NCAA Division III in scoring and seventh in total offense.

October 11

Matt Hudson, Wabash
(Salem, IN/Salem)

Pass attempts/completions: 32-45
Passing yards: 335
Passing touchdowns: 3, long 38 yards

Rush attempts: 5
Rushing yards: 64 net, 12.8 avg, 32 long
Rushing touchdowns: 0

Wabsh senior quarterback Matt Hudson threw for 335 yards and three touchdowns in the Little Giants’ 31-12 victory over Wshington-St. Louis. He also ran for another 64 yards. His 335-yard effort gives him 7,321 career passing yards, becoming the fourth Wabash player to reach the 7,000-yard plateau. He moves to third on the Wabash all-time passing chart and fourth on the NCAC all-time passing list.


Sid Facaros, Allegheny
(Oakmont, PA/Riverview)

Tackles: 13
Tackles for a loss: 1 for 13 yards
Forced fumbles: 1
Fumble recovery: 1
Sack: 1 for 13 yards

Allegheny junior free safety Sid Facaros forced a fumble and then recovered it, setting up the Gator’s game-winning touchdown in a 38-35 win over Carnegie Mellon. He led Allegheny with a career and game-high 13 tackles, including 10 solo stops. He also had a sack for a loss of 13 yards.

October 6

Wes Chamblee, Wabash
(South Bend, IN/St. Joseph’s)

Receptions: 9 (career high)
Receiving yards: 153
All-Purpose yards: 272
Kick returns: 2 for 42 yards
Punt returns: 1 for 86-yard touchdown

Junior wide receiver Wes Chamblee led Wabash to a 37-3 decision over Allegheny with 272 all-purpose yards. He snagged a career-high nine passes for 153 yards, and returned a punt 86 yards for the first score of the game. It was the first punt returned for a touchdown by a Little Giant player since 2007.


Sam Bixler, Ohio Wesleyan
(Denver, CO/South)

Tackles: 10
Tackles for a loss: 2 for 12 yards
Interceptions: 1
Passes broken up: 1
Forced fumbles: 1

Senior linebacker Sam Bixler made a game-saving interception in the closing seconds to seal a 17-14 victory over Oberlin. The Battling Bishops claimed their first win of 2009 as Bixler made 10 stops, broke up a pass and forced a fumble.

September 27

T.J. Salopek, Allegheny
(North Huntingdon, PA/Norwin)

Passing yards: 357
Attempts: 39
Completions: 33
Completion percentage: .846
Touchdowns: 2

Allegheny senior quarterback T.J. Salopek threw for a career best 357 yards to lead the Gators past Oberlin, 22-0. Salopek completed 33 of 39 passes as the Gators remained unbeaten on the season and opened conference play with a victory. His 33 completions is the second-best single-game total in school history, behind Jimmy Savage’s 38 against Wabash on Oct. 7, 2006.


Eddie Vallery, Wittenberg
(South Solon, OH/Madison Plains)

Tackles: 9 total (4 solo, 5 assisted)
Sacks: 2 (25 yards)
Blocked punts: 1 (25 yards)

Wittenberg junior defensive lineman Eddie Vallery made nine total stops for the Tigers in their 20-0 defeat of Ohio Wesleyan. Vallery made two sacks for losses totaling 25 yards, and blocked a punt for another loss of 25. Wittenberg, which has shut out two straight opponents, remains undefeated through three games.

September 20

Kyle Toot, Kenyon
(Cape Elizabeth, ME/Cape Elizabeth)

Rush attempts: 23
Rushing yards: 151 net, 6.6 avg, 30 long
Rushing touchdowns: 3, long: 18 yds

Kenyon senior running back Kyle Toot found the endzone four times in the Lords 45-27 win over Hiram. He rushed for 151 yards, averaging 6.6 yards per carry, with three trips to paydirt. He also hauled in three passes for 99 yards ansd a touchdown. His 75-yard receiving TD lifted the Lords to a 31-20 lead over the Terriers. His last two scores of the game, both in the fourth quarter, secured the Lords’ victory.


Dan Terhune, Wooster
(Chagrin Falls, OH/Orange)

Tackles: 11 total (3 solo, 8 assisted)
Tackles for Loss: 2 (15 yards)
Fumble Recovery: 1
Sacks: 1 (4 yards)

Sophomore defensive tackle Dan Terhune had a breakout game in his first career start. He led the Fighting Scots in tackles with 11, a rare feat for an interior lineman, and recovered a fumble that led to Wooster’s third score of the day and a 17-7 lead. Terhune also made a key sack on a 3rd-and-5 down late in the third quarter, and on the very next play, Wooster intercepted a pass and returned it 80 yards for a 37-13 cushion.

September 13

Dorian Jenkins, Earlham
(Indianapolis, IN/Arlington)

Pass attempts/completions: 12/19
Passing yards: 234 net, 41 long
Passing touchdowns: 1, long 7 yds

Rush attempts: 8
Rushing yards: 37 net, 4.6 avg, 9 long
Rushing touchdowns: 1, long: 9 yds

Dorian Jenkins scored twice, once on a rush and once through the air, to lead the Quakers to a 31-21 victory over Manchester. The win puts Earlham in the “W” column for the first time and lifts the team to a 1-1 record. Jenkins seven-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter helped the Quakers regain the lead at 24-17, then he capped a five-play, 42-yard drive with a nine-yard TD run to give Earlham its decisive 10-point lead. He finished with 234 yards and a touchdown on 12-of-19 passing and also 37 yards rushing on eight attempts, with one touchdown.

    Kyle Wilson, Allegheny
(Cambridge Springs, PA/Saegertown)

Tackles: 2 total (1 solo, 1 assisted)
BreakUps: 2
Interceptions: 1 (57 yards, TD)

Gator senior Kyle Wilson scored the third, and final, Allegheny touchdown in the first half of a 27-14 victory over Westminster. His interception in the second quarter, which he ran back 57 yards, helped the Gators secure the victory and their first 2-0 start to a season since 1996. He finished the day with two tackles and two pass breakups.
September 6

Corey Weber, Wittenberg
(Pataskala, OH/Watkins Memorial)

Rush attempts: 26
Rushing yards: 152 net, 5.8 avg, 24 long
Rushing touchdowns: 3, long: 9 yds

Corey Weber led all players in rushing and was second by one yard in receiving yards to lead Wittenberg to a 37-6 win over Olivet. He finished one yard short of the longest run of the day for either team with a 24-yard rush, and owned the longest reception of the day with a 47-yard catch. He put up the best offensive effort of his career in his first game since a season-ending injury in 2008's opener versus Olivet. He led all players with three touchdowns, starting with the Tiger's first TD just three minutes into the game on a 9-yard burst.

  Bill Aukerman, Denison
(Greensburg, PA/Greater Latrobe)

Tackles: 4 total (4 solo, 0 assisted)
Sacks: 1 (8 yards - solo)
Interceptions: 1 (64 yards, TD)

Bill Aukerman's 64-yard interception return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter sealed Denison's 37-20 victory over Kalamazoo. Leading 30-20 with 8 minutes to play, Kalamazoo was in Denison territory threatning to cut the lead to three until Aukerman broke in front of a Brandon Luczak pass for his first career interception and first career touchdown. The starting linebacker also posted a sack and four solo tackles.