2015 NCAC Football Players of the Week

OFFENSIVE DEFENSIVE
 
November 16th
 

Mason Zurek, Wabash
(St. John, IN/Andrean) 

Rushing Attempts: 37
Rushing Yards: 278
Rushing Touchdowns: 2

Wabash senior running back Mason Zurek broke the program’s single-game rushing record in the Little Giants’ 45-17 victory over DePauw in the annual Monon Bell Classic. He rushed 37 times for 278 yards and two TDs of four- and 10-yards to break the single-game rushing record of 265 set by Stan Huntsman in 1952. 

Dan Hernandez, Hiram
(San Diego, CA/Castle Park) 

Tackles: 14 (13 solo, 1 asst.)
Tackles-For-Loss: 3.0 
Sacks: 1.0

Hiram junior linebacker Dan Hernandez paced the Terriers’ defensive unit in a 24-21 come-from-behind victory over Oberlin. He finished the game with a career-high 14 tackles (13 solo, 1 asst.), which included 3.0 tackles-for-loss, 1.0 sack and one pass breakup.

November 9th
 

Dominick Orsini, Ohio Wesleyan
(Massillon, OH/Archbishop Hoban)  

Completions: 24
Attempts: 31
Passing Yards: 316
Passing Touchdowns: 2  

Rushing Attempts: 11
Rushing Yards: 106
Rushing Touchdowns: 2

Ohio Wesleyan junior quarterback Dominick Orsini accounted for more than 400 yards of total offense and four TDs in the Bishops’ 39-9 home victory over Allegheny. He led all rushers in the game with 106 yards and two TDs on just 11 carries, and also completed 24-of-31 pass attempts for 316 yards and two additional scores. His 87-yard scoring strike to junior wide receiver Doug Sanders (Lima, OH/Bath)  in the third quarter will go down as the third-longest TD pass in program history.

Tyler McCullen, Wabash
(Apache Junction, AZ/Apache Junction) 

Tackles: 5 (5 solo)
Tackles-For-Loss: 5.0
Sacks: 4.0

Wabash senior defensive tackle Tyler McCullen led a strong defensive effort that limited Denison to just six yards rushing on 30 attempts in a 38-7 home victory over the Big Red. McCullen made just five tackles in the game, but all five went down as tackles-for-loss, with 4.0 of them being sacks, which ties for fourth on the program’s single-game list. 

November 2nd
 

Gary Muntean, Wooster
(Poland, OH/Struthers)  

Completions: 29
Attempts: 15
Passing Yards: 401
Passing Touchdowns: 4 

 Rushing Attempts: 42 
Rushing Yards: 41
Rushing Touchdowns: 2

Wooster sophomore quarterback Gary Muntean was a dynamic threat in the Scots’ 49-42 come-from-behind victory over Kenyon. Muntean, who scored the game-winning TD on a two-yard plunge with 44 seconds left in the game, racked up 442 yards of total offense in the win after rushing 15 times for 41 yards and two TDs and completing 29-of-42 pass attempts for 401 yards and four additional scores. His 442 yards of total offense and 29 completions were the second-highest outputs in school history, while his 401 passing yards was just the fourth time in school history that a quarterback went over the 400-yard mark.

Kyle Burchett, Hiram
(Fairport Harbor, OH/Harding)  

Tackles: 14 (11 solo, 3 asst.)
Tackles-For-Loss: 3.5
Forced Fumbles: 1

Hiram junior linebacker Kyle Burchett finished with a game-high 14 tackles (11 solo, 3 asst.) in the Terriers’ 43-13 road win over Allegheny on Saturday. Burchett also added 3.5 tackles-for-loss and one forced fumble in the 30-point victory for Hiram.

October 26th
 

Corey Stump, Wittenberg
(Lima, OH/Central Catholic) 

Receptions: 16
Receiving Yards: 197
Receiving Touchdowns: 2

Wittenberg senior wide receiver Corey Stump had a record-setting day in the Tigers’ 27-10 victory over Hiram on Saturday. After tying the school record with 14 catches in a 42-21 win over Ohio Wesleyan on September 19th, Stump raced past the mark on Saturday with 16 catches for 197 yards and two second quarter TD receptions of 17- and 21-yards. The 16 catches was also just one shy of the NCAC record set by Felix Brooks-Church of Oberlin in 1996 and matched by Kenyon’s Andy Pillay in 2001.

Gary Brodek, Ohio Wesleyan
(Parma, OH/Valley Forge)  

Tackles: 6 (2 solo, 4 asst.)
Sacks: 2.5

Despite just making six total tackles in the game, Ohio Wesleyan junior defensive end Gary Brodek came up with 2.0 sacks on DePauw’s final offensive drive to help the Bishops secure a 27-22 victory. On DPU’s final offensive play of the game, a fourth-and-four at the Tigers’ own 40, Brodek broke through the line and dropped the quarterback for a four-yard loss to seal the victory for the Bishops.

October 19th
 

Mason Zurek, Wabash
(St. John, IN/Andrean) 

Rushing Attempts: 15
Rushing Yards: 194
Rushing Touchdowns: 1

Wabash senior running back Mason Zurek moved to 10th on the program’s all-time rushing list with 2,194 career yards after carrying the ball just 15 times for 194 yards and one touchdown in Saturday’s 35-0 victory over Kenyon.  He logged his longest carry of the day on a 51-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter that put the Little Giants ahead by 28. 

Ronnie Jones, Hiram
(Aurora, OH/Roosevelt) 

Tackles: 6 (5 solo, 1 asst.)
Interceptions: 1
Defensive Touchdowns: 1

Hiram senior defensive back Ronnie Jones stepped in front of an OWU pass late in the fourth quarter and returned it back 49-yards to the house to pull the Terriers within two, 31-29, with 3:22 left in the game. Hiram carried the momentum from Jones’ pick-six into the final seconds of the game as they nailed a 22-yard field goal with six seconds left to post their first win of the season by a 32-31 margin. Jones also finished the game with six total tackles (5 solo, 1 asst.).

October 12th
 

Matt Hunt, DePauw
(Indianapolis, IN/Heritage Christian)  

Completions: 18
Pass Attempts: 27
Passing Yards: 336
Passing Touchdowns: 3

DePauw junior quarterback Matt Hunt completed 18-of-27 pass attempts for three touchdowns and a career-high 336 yards in Saturday’s 35-30 upset victory over nationally-ranked Wittenberg. Nine of his 18 completions were hauled in by his younger brother, freshman Andy Hunt (Indianapolis, IN/Heritage Christian), who finished the game with 207 receiving yards and touchdown receptions of 7- and 83-yards. 

Gary Brodek, Ohio Wesleyan
(Parma, OH/Valley Forge) 

Tackles: 1 6 (7 solo, 9 asst.)
Tackles-For-Loss: 3.0

Ohio Wesleyan junior defensive end Gary Brodek led the Bishops with 16 tackles (7 solo, 9 asst.) in a 23-20 double overtime victory over Kenyon on Saturday. With the score tied at 20 late in the fourth quarter, Brodek came up with a key tackle-for-loss that forced a Kenyon punt and sent the game into overtime. He also tallied two additional tackles-for-loss in the narrow three-point win.

October 6th
 

Lucas Poggiali, Oberlin
(Sandusky, OH/Sandusky)  

Completions: 27
Pass Attempts: 38
Passing Yards: 506
Passing Touchdowns: 4

Oberlin senior quarterback Lucas Poggiali became the first player in school history to throw for over 500 yards in the Yeomen’s 48-9 Homecoming victory over Allegheny. He completed 27-of-38 pass attempts for 506 yards and four touchdown passes of 30-, 70-, 13- and 15-yards. His passing output was one-yard shy of the NCAC-record set by Earlham’s Justin Rummell in 2006.

Dustin Holmes, Wittenberg
(Springfield, OH/New Carlisle)  

Tackles: 16 (4 solo, 12 asst.) Tackles-For-Loss: 1.5
Sacks: 0.5
Interceptions: 1
Pass Breakups: 1

Wittenberg junior linebacker Dustin Holmes made a career-high 16 tackles (4 solo, 12 asst.) in the 24-0 Homecoming win over Wooster. He also racked up 1.5 tackles-for-loss, which included a half a sack, to go along with one pass breakup and an interception that led to the Tigers’ final score in the fourth quarter.

September 28th
 

Jake Bates, Kenyon
(Noblesville, IN/Noblesville)  

Completions: 21
Pass Attempts: 25
Passing Yards: 276
Passing Touchdowns: 3

Kenyon senior quarterback Jake Bates completed 21-of-25 pass attempts for 276 yards and three touchdowns in the Lords’ 32-17 league win over Allegheny on Saturday. The 21 completions were a season-high, while the 276 yards and three touchdowns were both career-highs. His performance helped the Lords amass 487 yards of total offense, which was the team’s best offensive output since the 2009 season.

Brian Parks, Wabash
(Indianapolis, IN/Andrean)  

Tackles: 6 (5 solo, 1 asst.)
Interceptions: 3
Defensive Touchdowns: 1

Wabash sophomore defensive back Brian Parks picked off three Wittenberg passes to help the ninth-ranked Little Giants knock off the 15th-ranked Tigers at home by a 42-14 margin. He returned his final interception back 30 yards for a touchdown as part of a 21-point fourth quarter that sealed the victory for Wabash. He also added six tackles (5 solo, 1 asst.) in the 28-point victory.

September 21st
 

Corey Stump, Wittenberg
(Lima, OH/Central Catholic)  

Reception: 14
Receiving Yards: 234
Receiving Touchdowns: 4

Wittenberg senior wide receiver Corey Stump had a career day in the Tigers’ 42-21 home victory over Ohio Wesleyan on Saturday. He tied the school record for receptions in a game with 14 and finished second on the all-time single game list in both receiving yards (234) and touchdowns (4). His 84-yard scoring strike from senior quarterback Zack Jenkins (Frostproof, FL/Frostproof) was also the longest reception of his career.

Will Longthorne, DePauw
(Toledo, OH/Ottawa Hills) 

Solo Tackles: 10
Tackles-For-Loss: 4.0
Sacks: 1.0
Forced Fumble: 1
Pass Breakups: 1

DePauw junior linebacker Will Longthorne provided the defensive spark in the Tigers’ 49-20 home win against Wooster. Longthorne finished second on the team in tackles in the game with 10, but 4.0 of those stops went down as a tackle-for-loss, which included 1.0 sack. He also contributed a forced fumble and one pass breakup in the 29-point victory for the Tigers.

September 14th

Blake Buckhannon, Oberlin
(Collins, OH/Western Reserve)  

Rushing Attempts: 14
Yards: 153
Touchdowns: 1

Oberlin senior running back Blake Buckhannon averaged 10.9 yards per carry to lead the Yeomen to a 28-24 win over Kenyon on Saturday night. Less than a year removed from a torn ACL, Buckhannon compiled a career-high 153 yards, while also scoring the team’s first touchdown of the game late in the first quarter.

Patrick Johnson, Wooster
(Homewood, IL/Homewood-Flossmoor) 

Tackles: 6 (4 solo, 2 asst.)
Tackles-For-Loss: 2.0
Interceptions: 1
Forced Fumble: 1
Fumble Recovery: 1

Wooster sophomore defensive back Patrick Johnson keyed the Fighting Scots’ defensive effort in the 28-13 win at Allegheny on Saturday night. He set the tone by forcing a fumble and recovering it on the game’s first possession, which led to a Scot touchdown. He then intercepted a pass late in the fourth-quarter that ultimately led to the game-clinching score. Johnson tied for third on the team with six tackles (4 solo, 2 asst.), which did include 2.0 tackles-for-loss. The Fighting Scots limited the Gators to just 169 yards of total offense in the game, which is the lowest mark since giving up 131 against Wittenberg on November 15, 2008.

September 8th
 

Tommy Iammarino, Denison
(Chagrin Falls, OH/Chagrin Falls

Completions: 17
Attempts: 23
Yards: 316
Touchdowns: 3

Denison junior quarterback Tommy Iammarino became the first quarterback in school history to throw for 300-plus yards in his first-career start in the Big Red’s 41-14 victory over Marietta on Saturday. He completed 17-of-23 pass attempts for 316 yards and three touchdowns in just over two quarters of game action. 


 

Austin Brown, Wabash
(Griffith, IN/Griffith) 

Tackles: 7 (5 solo, 2 asst.)
Tackles-For-Loss: 1
Interceptions: 1
Fumble Recovery: 1

Wabash junior defensive back Austin Brown led the Little Giants’ defensive effort in a 35-3 victory over Hampden-Sydney on Saturday in Virgina. Griffith led the Little Giants with seven tackles (5 solo, 2 asst.), which included 1.0 tackle-for-loss, one interception and one fumble recovery. After the Tigers put three points on the board by driving 63 yards on 13 plays on the opening drive of the game, Wabash limited HSC to just 21 yards of total offense over the next 11 offensive series.