2019 NCAC Football Athletes of the Week

OFFENSIVE DEFENSIVE
 
September 9th
 

Matt Jolliffe, Kenyon
(Warren, MI/Cousino)

Kenyon senior tight end Matt Jolliffe led the Lords’ receiving corp with a career-high eight catches for 155 yards and one touchdown as the Lords snapped their 26-game losing streak during a 32-31 double-overtime win at Catholic on Saturday

 

Luke Buck, Oberlin
(Collins, OH/Western Reserve)

Oberlin junior linebacker Luke Buck (Collins, OH/Western Reserve) led a stout Yeomen defense that allowed a conference-low three points last week against Kalalmazoo. Buck finished with a team-high eight tackles while also factoring in on two of the Yeomen’s four takeaways as he had an interception and also forced and recovered a fumble late in the game.

 
September 16th
 

Jaheem Washington, Wittenberg
(Naples, FL/Palmetto Ridge)

Wittenberg senior running back Jaheem Washington busted off two 30-plus yard runs, racking up 99 yards on 15 carries with two touchdowns in the Tigers win over Hiram. His two touchdowns currently rank him in a tie for second among rushers in the conference.

 

Kea'Shaun Phillips, Wooster
(Toledo, OH/Toledo Central Catholic)

Wooster junior Kea’Shaun Phillips led the Scots with eight tackles, as Wooster logged a shut out in its NCAC opener for the first time since 2000 on Saturday. Phillips also tallied 1.5 tackles for loss, a sack, and a 13-yard fumble return in the win.

 
September 23rd
 

Nick Hamman, Wabash
(Carmel, IN/Heritage Christian)

Wabash junior wide receiver Nick Hamman caught a career-high seven passes for 192 yards with two touchdowns to help the Little Giants to a 48-35 win at Allegheny to open conference play. His 192 receiving yards ranks seventh on the Wabash career single-game list. Hamman caught a 75-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter of the game for the longest play this season for Wabash.

 

Jonathan Seay, Wittenberg
(Miramar, FL/Miramar)

Wittenberg senior linebacker Jonathan Seay helped propel the Tiger defense to another strong performance on Saturday, holding Wooster to less than 300 yards of total offense. The standout linebacker logged five solo tackles while getting in on four assisted takedowns for the Tigers. Seay added a forced fumble and jumped on the recovery for the Red and White.

 
September 30th
 

Liam Thompson, Wabash
(Indianapolis, IN/North Central)

Wabash freshman quarterback Liam Thompson led the Little Giants to a 34-20 victory over Denison. He completed 18-of-23 pass attempts for a career-high 311 yards with two touchdowns and one interception, posting the first 300-yard passing game for Wabash since 2016. Thompson added a third touchdown on the ground with a 50-yard run for a score in the first quarter to give Wabash a 7-3 lead. 

 

Kyle Hogan, Ohio Wesleyan
(Centerburg, OH/Centerburg)

Ohio Wesleyan senior Kyle Hogan led the Battling Bishops with nine tackles, including two sacks and three for loss. Hogan also forced and recovered a fumble at the OWU 12-yard line on the opening possession of game. His defensive performance helped Ohio Wesleyan to a 4-0 start for the first time since the 2012 season.

 
October 7th
 

Ike James, Wabash
(Lowell, IN/Lowell)

Wabash senior Ike James turned in his 11th career 100-yard rushing performance on Saturday with 123 yards on 33 carries to help the Little Giants to a 31-13 victory over Ohio Wesleyan. James opened the scoring for Wabash with a two-yard touchdown run in the first quarter to provide the Little Giants with a lead they never relinquished.

 

Michael Picone, Kenyon
(Mantua, OH/Crestwood)

Kenyon junior Michael Picone helped lift the Lords to a 12-7 win at Oberlin. Not only did he recover a fumble in the second quarter, but his 61-yard interception return for a fourth-quarter touchdown sealed the Lords’ victory. Picone also racked up seven tackles, a quarterback sack and two pass break-ups.

 
October 14th
 

Peyton Vining, Denison
(Bradenton, FL/Saint Stephens)

Denison junior wide receiver Peyton Vining led the Big Red offense with 139 receiving yards and one touchdown on four receptions Saturday against Oberlin. Vining’s four receptions came on grabs of 41, 41, 44, and 13 yards. The 139 yards receiving were a career-best for the junior.

 

Christian Santos, Wooster
(Yeadon, PA/Penn Wood Senior)

Wooster senior Christian Santos set the tone defensively during the Scots’ 24-10 win over the Little Giants on Saturday. Santos logged his co-team-leading second interception of the year on Wabash’s first drive, and finished with a team-high 11 tackles. Santos had one of the Scots’ seven sacks in the game, and he added a breakup. The Wooster defense also held Wabash, an offense averaging 35.3 points a game, to just 10 points in the game.

 
October 21st
 

Dwaine Barber, Allegheny
(Hialeah, FL/Hialeah Gardens)

Allegheny senior wide receiver Dwaine Barber recorded a career-high 182 yards on seven receptions, besting his previous career-high of 131 yards, in Saturday’s conference victory over Kenyon. Of the seven receptions, three went for touchdowns on strikes of 86, 53 and seven yards. 

 

Devin White, Oberlin
(Nutley, NJ/Nutley)

Oberlin senior linebacker Devin White played a large roll in Oberlin’s first shutout victory since 2013 as he recorded two interceptions, forced a fumble, and posted seven tackles in the Yeomen’s 7-0 win over Hiram. In the third quarter, he thwarted a potential scoring drive by forcing a Hiram fumble at the Oberlin 10-yard line while his first of two fourth-quarter interceptions came deep in Yeomen territory as he stepped in front of a pass at the Oberlin nine-yard line.

 
October 28th
 

Alex Minton, Denison
(Bethel Park, PA/Bethel Park) 

Denison senior running back Alex Minton carried the ball 37 times for a season-high 198 yards and a touchdown helping Denison to its first win over Wittenberg in Springfield since 1952. Minton moved into fourth place on Denison’s career rushing yards with 3,272, passing 1958 graduate, Marv Smith who totaled 3,224 yards between 1954-57. Minton leads the NCAC in rushing with 903 yards in seven games.

 

Lucas Cooper, Ohio Wesleyan
(Hurricane, WV/Hurricane)

Ohio Wesleyan junior linebacker Lucas Cooper led the Bishops with 13 tackles, five solo and eight assisted, in a win at Hiram. Cooper rang up a third-down sack to end a Terrier drive in the second quarter and shared a third-down sack midway through the third quarter that also ended a Hiram drive.

 
November 4th
 

Alex Minton, Denison
(Bethel Park, PA/Bethel Park) 

Denison senior running back Alex Minton (Bethel Park, PA/Bethel Park) carried the ball 27 times for 151 yards and two rushing touchdowns. He also caught a 15-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter. Minton moved into a tie for first place in career rushing touchdowns (40). He also became just the second player in Denison’s history to post three consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons. Minton is at 1,054 yards with two regular season games to go. His career rushing yardage sits at 3,423 yards, which is fourth all-time. He needs 304 yards to pass Clay Sampson for third-place in Denison history.

 

Chase Balla, Allegheny
(New Kinsington, PA/Valley)

Allegheny junior defensive back Chase Balla recorded seven tackles, two solo and five assisted, in the Gators victory over Hiram on Saturday. Among the seven tackles, 1.5 were for a loss, while he also forced and recovered a fumble for the Gators. Also notable, Balla played on both sides of the ball in the game, rushing 10 times for 59 yards and scoring two touchdowns.

 
November 11th
 

Cooper Sullivan, Wabash
(Jacksonville, FL/The Bolles School) 

Wabash freshman Cooper Sullivan scored two touchdowns and amassed 118 all-purpose yards in the Little Giants’ victory Saturday over Hiram. He caught a game-high six passes for 57 yards including a five-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter for a 14-0 Wabash lead. Sullivan also ran twice for 39 yards with a 14-yard TD run in the second quarter to extend the lead to 21-0.

 

Cody Streit, Ohio Wesleyan
(Griffin, GA/Griffin)

Ohio Wesleyan junior Cody Streit led the Battling Bishops with 18 tackles in a victory over Denison.  Streit also recorded 1.5 sacks and two tackles for loss. One of his sacks came on a third-and-one on the OWU 21-yard line to force a field goal attempt in the second quarter. It was the Bishops’ first victory over Denison since 2012.