2012 NCAC Football Players Of The Week

Offensive Defensive
November 12th
  Mason Espinosa, Ohio Wesleyan
(Cookeville, TN/Cookeville)

Attempts: 49                    
Completions: 25
Passing Yards: 352        
Passing Touchdowns: 4

Ohio Wesleyan junior quarterback Mason Espinosa led the Battling Bishops to a share of their first conference title since 1989 after completing 25-of-49 pass attempts for 352 yards and four touchdowns in OWU’s 36-12 triumph over Wooster at Selby Stadium. Ohio Wesleyan’s overall record of 9-1 ties the school record for wins in a season.

  Victor Banjo, Wittenberg
(Sugarland, TX/Stephen F. Austin)

Tackles: 7        
Solo: 3                 
Assists: 4
Forced Fumbles: 1
Pass Breakups: 2   

Wittenberg junior defensive back Victor Banjo helped carry the Tigers to a share of their 11th NCAC football title all-time after racking up seven tackles (3 solo, 4 asst.), two pass breakups and one forced fumble in the 47-20 road victory over Oberlin on Saturday (11/10). The league title marks the squads’ third in the last four seasons and ninth under the direction of head coach Joe Fincham.

November 5th
  Josh Mandel, Oberlin
(Plantation, FL/University School)

Completions: 22
Pass Attempts: 40                
Passing Touchdowns: 4

Oberlin senior quarterback Josh Mandel led the Yeomen to a 31-16 upset victory over No. 10 Wabash by completing 22-of-40 pass attempts, including a career-high four touchdowns with strikes of 66-, 52-, 47- and 12-yards. His poised efforts helped the Yeomen defeat Wabash for the first time since 1945 and just the second time in school history. It was also Oberlin’s first win against a ranked team since 2003 when it beat then 13th-ranked Wooster, 14-7.

  Tyler Sheetz, Ohio Wesleyan
(Eighty Four, PA/Peters Twp.) 

Tackles: 11     
Solo: 3                    
Assists: 8
Tackles-For-Loss: 2.0
Sacks: 1.0       

Ohio Wesleyan senior linebacker Tyler Sheetzhelped the Battling Bishops keep pace with Kenyon and Wittenberg at the top of the league standings with a 34-7 victory over Allegheny on Saturday. Sheetz led the Bishops with 11 tackles (3 solo, 8 asst.), including 2.0 tackles-for-losses of nine yards and 1.0 sack for an eight-yard loss. The seven points allowed was the fewest ever yielded to Allegheny by Ohio Wesleyan in the 28-game series.

October 29th
  Armani Cato, DePauw
(Fayetteville, GA/Fayette County)

Rushing Attempts: 21
Rushing Yards: 111  
Rushing Touchdowns: 2    
Receptions: 1                
Receiving Yards: 25        

DePauw junior running back Armani Cato helped lead the Tigers to their first NCAC victory in school history over Wooster, 27-16, by rushing 21 times for a career-high 111 yards and two touchdowns. Cato, who didn’t lose a yard on any of his 21 carries on the afternoon, also added one reception for 25 yards in the victory. 

  Nate Scola, Wabash
(Gold Canyon, AZ/Apache Junction)

Tackles: 10    
Solo: 3        
Assists: 7  
Tackles-For-Loss: 3.0
Sacks: 1.5              

Wabash junior linebacker Nate Scola  bolstered the Little Giant’s defensive unit that posted back-to-back shutouts for the first time since the 1983 season with a 28-0 victory over Ohio Welseyan on Saturday (10/27). Scola, who made a tackle on a fourth-and-goal at the one-yard line on the opening drive of the game to thwart an OWU scoring opportunity, finished the contest with 10 tackles (3 solo, 7 asst.), including 3.0 tackles-for-losses of 15 yards and 1.5 sacks that totaled 11 yards in losses.

October 22nd
  Calvin Cagney, Ohio Wesleyan
(Indialantic, FL/Melbourne) 

Receptions: 16                
Receiving Yards: 151            
Receiving Touchdowns: 3

Ohio Wesleyan rallied from behind to defeat Carnegie Mellon, 34-26, on Saturday (10/20) in Pennsylvania as sophomore tight end Calvin Cagney tied a school record with 16 receptions for 151 yards and three scores. Two of Cagney’s three scores came in the final quarter where OWU scored the final 17 points of the contest to seal the come-from-behind non-conference victory.

  Kolin Sullivan, Kenyon
(Mentor, OH/St. Ignatius) 

Tackles: 18         
Solo: 11              
Assists: 7
Tackles-For-Loss: 1   
Forced Fumble: 1
Interceptions: 1  

Kenyon junior linebacker Kolin Sullivan helped the Lords log their first road win of the season, a 21-19 triumph over DePauw on Saturday (10/20). Sullivan racked up 18 tackles (11 solo, 7 asst.) and played a vital role in stalling two possible DPU scoring drives. The first was an interception at the Kenyon one-yard line that prevented the Tigers from possibly tying the contest, and the second occurred on the next possession as Sullivan forced a fumble near midfield that the Lords recovered.

October 15th
  Robin Witjes, Oberlin
(Howell, MI/Howell)

Receptions: 12                 
Receiving yards: 222     
Touchdowns: 2

Oberlin senior wide receiver Robin Witjes helped the Yeomen end a four-game losing streak as he turned in the second-best receiving day in school history after hauling in 12 catches for 222 yards and two touchdowns. His first score of the day covered 89 yards, marking the longest offensive play from scrimmage in program history. The 222 receiving yards trails only Ricky Valenzuela who had 239 yards in a game in 2001. In addition, Witjes now leads all NCAC receivers in receiving yards with 547 through the first six contests.

  Bill Devlin, Allegheny
(Natrona Hts., PA/Highlands) 

Tackles: 15        
Solo: 11                
Assists: 4
Tackles-For-Loss: 4.5   

Allegheny senior linebacker Bill Devlin paced an outstanding defensive effort in the Gators’ 22-20 league victory over DePauw. Devlin racked up a game-high and career-best 15 tackles (11 solo, 4 asst.), including 4.5 tackles-for-loss. His 15 total tackles was the highest number recorded by an Allegheny defender in a single game since Nov. 2, 2010. The win marked the first time since 2003 that the Gators opened the conference schedule with three-straight wins, which was also the last time Allegheny appeared in the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament.

October 9th
  Dan Shannon, Kenyon
(Lakewood, OH/Lakewood)

Completions: 20                
Attempts: 29            
Passing yards: 176         
Passing Touchdowns: 3

Kenyon senior quarterback Dan Shannon completed 20-of-29 pass attempts for 176 yards and three scores in the Lords’ 30-13 NCAC victory over Oberlin on Saturday. At 3-2, the Lords are off to the best start since the 2006 squad also won three of its first five contests. On the season, Shannon has completed 58-of-107 pass attempts for 568 yards and seven touchdowns in five games played.


Kolin Sullivan, Kenyon
(Mentor, OH/St. Ignatius)

Tackles: 12    
Solo: 9                 
Assists: 3
Tackles-For-Loss: 2.0
Interceptions: 1        

Kenyon junior linebacker Kolin Sullivan amassed 12 total tackles (9 solo, 3 assists), including 2.0 tackles-for-loss, in the Lords’ 30-13 NCAC victory over Oberlin on Saturday. Sullivan, who also intercepted his first pass of the season in the victory, is the leader of the KC defense that currently leads the NCAC in total defense, allowing just 283.6 yards per game.

October 1st
  Chase Belton, Wabash
(Dayton, OH/Northmont) 

Completions: 13            
Attempts: 23
Passing yards: 183
Passing Touchdowns: 4 
Carries: 20       
Rushing Yards: 198
Rushing Touchdowns: 3

Wabash senior quarterback Chase Belton improved to 21-2 overall as a starter in the Little Giants’ 54-28 non-conference victory over Carnegie Mellon on Saturday. Belton led the Wabash ground attack with 198 yards on 20 carries and three scores, and also ignited the passing effort after completing 13-of-23 pass attempts for 183 yards and four touchdowns. The senior did set the Wabash single-game record for touchdowns responsible for with seven.

  James Huddleston, Ohio Wesleyan
(Pontiac, MI/St. Mary’s Preparatory)

Tackles: 9       
Solo: 5           
Assists: 4        
Sacks: 4
Tackles-For-Loss: 5
Fumble Recovery: 1
 
Ohio Wesleyan senior defensive end James Huddleston was dominant in the Battling Bishops’ 48-24 league victory over Hiram on Saturday. In the first quarter alone, Huddleston tallied four sacks for a loss of 31 yards, and five total tackles. He finished the contest with nine total tackles (5 solo, 4 asst.), including 4.0 sacks and 5.0 tackles-for-loss, while also adding one fumble recovery.

September 24th
  Tyler Smith, Allegheny
(Hanover, PA/Delone Catholic)

Carries: 13         
Rushing Yards: 78
Touchdowns: 1

Allegheny freshman running back Tyler Smith keyed the Gators’ 20-17 upset overtime victory over Wabash on Saturday (9/22) as he rushed 13 times or 78 yards (all after halftime), including a nine-yard touchdown scamper in the fourth quarter that tied the score, 17-17. Smith then set the Gators up for the game-winning field goal as he rushed five times for 19 yards in the overtime session. The Gators, who out gained Wabash, 353-293, secured their first victory over the Little Giants in eight seasons.

  Jon Daniels, Wittenberg
(Springfield, OH/South)

Tackles: 4    
Assists: 2
Solo: 2
Forced Fumbles: 1       
Fumble Recoveries: 2

Wittenberg senior linebacker Jon Daniels helped trigger the Tigers’ 17-7 league victory over Wooster on Saturday. Daniels, who totaled four tackles in the contest, recovered two fumbles in the game, including a game-changing forced fumble in the third quarter at the Fighting Scots’ five-yard line to set up Wittenberg’s go-ahead touchdown.

September 17th
  Miles MacKenzie, Ohio Wesleyan
(Denver, CO/East)

FG: 5        
FG Attempts: 6
Total Points: 17

Ohio Wesleyan sophomore kicker Miles MacKenzie had a record-setting performance in the Battling Bishops’ 29-17 victory over Oberlin in the NCAC-opener for both squads on Saturday.  MacKenzie kicked five field goals, breaking the school record of four set by Pete Billington against Muskingum (10/19/68), as well as the NCAC record of four accomplished on three different occasions. In addition, his 17 points scored by kicking broke the school record of 13 set by Billington (10/19/68), along with the NCAC record of 16 accomplished twice. 

  Cody Buresh, Wabash
(Holland, MI/Hamilton)

Tackles: 11   
Solo: 6       
Asst.: 5
Tackles-For-Loss: 5.0       
Sacks: 3.5
Forced Fumbles: 1

Wabash sophomore linebacker Cody Buresh led the Little Giants’ defensive unit with 11 total tackles (6 solo, 5 asst.) in their 35-2 victory over Denison on Saturday. In addition, he tallied three-and-a-half sacks and five tackles-for-loss. His five tackles-for-loss ties a Wabash single-game record set by Blair Hammer in 2001 and Darryl Kennon in 2007.

September 10th
  Brett Williams, Kenyon
(Chesterland, OH/West Geauga)

   
Rushing Attempts: 20    Receptions: 1
Rushing Yards: 194    Receiving Yards: 10
Rushing Touchdowns: 2

Kenyon senior running back Brett Williams helped the Lords earn their first victory since the 2009 season, a 31-14 triumph over Earlham, after totaling 194 rushing yards on 20 carries, including rushing scores of 55- and 61-yards.

  Tyler Swary, Ohio Wesleyan
(Pandora, OH/Pandora Gilboa)

Tackles: 8 (3 solo, 5 assists)        Tackles For Loss: 4
Sacks: 3                 

Ohio Wesleyan senior defensive tackle Tyler Swary helped the Battling Bishops usher in the Tom Watts era with a 32-29 victory over rival Denison. Swary recorded a quarterback sack in the endzone early in the second quarter to break a 7-7 tie and put the Bishops ahead for good. Swary finished the contest with 8 total tackles (3 solo, 5 assists), four tackles-for-loss and three total sacks. 

September 4th
 

Reed Florence, Wittenberg
(S. Charleston, OH/Southeastern)

Completions: 17        
Attempts: 30
Passing yards: 320
Passing Touchdowns: 2
Rushing Touchdowns: 2

Wittenberg junior quarterback Reed Florence triggered the Tigers’ 44-17 victory over Capital on Saturday after having a hand in four total touchdowns. In his first career start under center, Florence completed 17-of-30 pass attempts and two scores through the air, and also added an additional two rushing scores in the 27-point triumph.

 

David Kalgren, Oberlin
(Curwensville, PA/Curwensville)

Interception: 2
Touchdowns: 2

Oberlin senior cornerback David Kalgren helped the Yeomen win the season-opener for the third year in a row, a 33-3 triumph over Earlham. With the Yeomen leading, 9-0, late in the second quarter, Kalgren picked off a pass and scampered into the end zone to give Oberlin a 15-0 halftime advantage. The senior struck again midway through the third quarter as he tallied his second interception/touchdown of the contest to push the Yeomen’s lead to 22-0.