September 23, 2013

MIAC Football Athletes-of-the-Week - Sept. 23, 2013

MIAC Football Offensive Player-of-the-Week

Austin Duncan, Hamline
New Orleans, La. / Jesuit

Though Hamline came up just short in Saturday's 20-17 overtime loss to Carleton, Piper football fans will long remember the effort of running back Austin Duncan (New Orleans, La./Jesuit). The sophomore star set school single-game records for carries and rushing yards as he nearly reached the 300-yard mark in an incredible performance. For his record-setting night, Duncan was named the MIAC Football Offensive Player-of-the-Week.

Duncan's school records of 48 carries for 298 yards - a 6.2 average - nearly carried Hamline to victory in its MIAC opener. He added two catches for eight yards to amass 306 total yards in a rare MIAC night game Saturday in St. Paul. Duncan's longest run of the night was 59 yards, as he broke the previous Hamline record by 70 yards and nearly matched the all-time MIAC record (314). Duncan leads the MIAC with 471 rushing yards, and his average of 235.5 yards per game leads the conference and all of NCAA Division III. He was never stopped for a loss on even one of his 48 carries Saturday.

Hamline's loss Saturday night evened its record at 1-1 thus far in 2013, with an 0-1 start in conference play. The Pipers will hope for another elite performance from their star sophomore this Saturday when they travel across the metro area to take on Augsburg in another tough MIAC matchup. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. in Minneapolis.

MIAC Football Defensive Player-of-the-Week

Nolan Lortz, Saint John's
St. Cloud, Minn. / Tech

The Saint John's football team pulled off one of the biggest upset in Division III Saturday when it knocked off second-ranked rival St. Thomas 20-18 in front of 10,800 fans on the Tommies' home field. The Johnnie defense came up big in the game, holding UST to 18 points and creating several crucial turnovers. Leading the way was senior defensive back Nolan Lortz, who led the Johnnies in tackles and picked off a pass to set up for the game-winning field goal. For his performance, Lortz was named the MIAC Football Defensive Player-of-the-Week.

Lortz finished with 10 tackles - eight solo - to lead Saint John's to the big victory. However, his biggest play came late in the third quarter when he intercepted a pass and returned it 22 yards to the St. Thomas 21-yard line. That set up a 34-yard field goal that ended up being the difference in the two-point win. Lortz - who made his first career start a week earlier - now has 14 tackles and two interceptions in 2013. His two picks rank second in the MIAC and his 10 solo tackles are the 15th most thus far.

The win helped the Johnnies improve to 3-0 (1-0 MIAC) under new Head Coach Gary Fashing, and they entered the Top 25 rankings at No. 21 in both the AFCA Coaches' Poll and D3football.com poll. SJU and Lortz hope to continue their spectacular start Saturday when they host (RV) Concordia in a huge matchup of 3-0 teams. The game kicks off in Collegeville at 1 p.m.

MIAC Special Teams Player-of-the-Week

Bryce Hentges, Concordia
Sauk Centre, Minn. / Sauk Centre

Saturday was a huge day for the Concordia football team. First their Troll rivalry trophy was featured on ESPN College GameDay, broadcasting in nearby Fargo, N.D., then the Cobbers defeated St. Olaf to retain the Troll in a thrilling 33-29 victory. Senior Bryce Hentges (Sauk Centre, Minn.) had a huge hand in the win, as he returned a kick for a big touchdown to answer an Ole score and averaged 41.5 yards on four returns to give Concordia great field position throughout the game. For his performance, Hentges was named the MIAC Football Special Teams Player-of-the-Week.

After St. Olaf scored a touchdown to cut the Cobber lead to just 13-7, Hentges took the ensuing kickoff and raced 85 yards for his huge momentum-changing touchdown. He also had returns to the Concordia 46 and 43 yard lines and racked up 166 yards on his four returns. Hentges had a big interception ad four tackles on defense as well. The return touchdown was the first in the MIAC this season, and Hentges ranks first in the MIAC with 186 kick return yards, and second with a 37.2 average.  

Thanks to Saturday's big victory, the Cobbers kept The Troll and improved to 3-0 overall and 1-0 in the MIAC. Concordia is currently receiving votes in both the AFCA Coaches' Poll and D3football.com Top 25. The Cobbers and Hentges hope to keep it rolling this weekend as they head to Collegeville for a huge matchup of undefeated teams. Concordia takes on No. 21-ranked Saint John's Saturday at 1 p.m.

2013 MIAC Football Athletes-of-the-Week


 

DATE

 

 

 

NAME

 

 

 

SCHOOL

 

 

 

AWARD

 

 

 

9/23/2013

 
 
 

Austin Duncan

 
 
 

Hamline

 
 
 

Offense

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Nolan Lortz

 
 
 

Saint John's

 
 
 

Defense

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Bryce Hentges

 
 
 

Concordia

 
 
 

Special Teams

 
 
 

9/16/2013

 
 
 

Josh Bungum

 
 
 

Saint John's

 
 
 

Offense

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Josh Treimer

 
 
 

Bethel

 
 
 

Defense

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Paul Graupner

 
 
 

St. Thomas

 
 
 

Special Teams

 
 
 

9/9/2013

 
 
 

Griffin Neal




Concordia

 
 
 

Offense

 
 
 

 
 
 

Josh Estes




Carleton

 
 
 

Defense

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Alexi Johnson

 
 
 

Saint John's

 
 
 

  Special Teams

Sep. 23: All times Eastern
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at Bridgewater State 34, Fitchburg State 25
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Sep. 24: All times Eastern
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Christopher Newport 17, at TCNJ 0
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at Hobart 27, Union 23
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at Thomas More 20, Carnegie Mellon 16
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at Massachusetts Maritime 32, Worcester State 14
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at Endicott 37, Nichols 0
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MIT 30, at Maine Maritime 13
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at Buffalo State 40, Morrisville State 24
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at Salve Regina 48, Coast Guard 10
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St. Lawrence 20, at RPI 14
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at Framingham State 23, Western Connecticut 17
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at Montclair State 21, Rowan 14
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at Stevenson 54, FDU-Florham 15
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at Trinity (Conn.) 38, Bates 7
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at Western New England 59, Curry 28
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at Utica 24, Cortland 13
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Colby 9, at Williams 7
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at Middlebury 40, Bowdoin 3
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at Amherst 34, Hamilton 0
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Kean 24, at William Paterson 13
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at DePauw 66, Hiram 17
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Franklin and Marshall 45, at Juniata 22
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at Kenyon 31, Allegheny 7
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Salisbury 35, at Southern Virginia 0
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Albright 20, at Delaware Valley 17
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Lycoming 28, at Misericordia 24
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at Plymouth State 30, Mass-Dartmouth 14
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at Husson 35, Alfred State 0
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at Springfield 28, WPI 23
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at Moravian 24, Dickinson 10
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at Denison 45, Wooster 7
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at Wittenberg 24, Wabash 14
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at St. Vincent 57, Grove City 32
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at Susquehanna 55, Gettysburg 40
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at King's 21, Lebanon Valley 17
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at Alfred 20, Ithaca 6
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at Widener 25, Wilkes 23
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at McDaniel 30, Ursinus 27
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at Muskingum 28, Marietta 10
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at Minnesota-Morris 28, Iowa Wesleyan 27
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at John Carroll 42, Heidelberg 14
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Ohio Northern 16, at Otterbein 10
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Case Western Reserve 35, at Waynesburg 7
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at Franklin 44, Bluffton 38
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Rose-Hulman 23, at Defiance 15
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at Centre 49, Chicago 27
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at Mount St. Joseph 38, Manchester 19
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Hanover 49, at Anderson 25
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at Merchant Marine 55, Rochester 7
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Johns Hopkins 30, at Muhlenberg 24
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Concordia-Chicago 42, at Maranatha Baptist 10
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Washington U. 36, at Birmingham-Southern 21
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UW-Platteville 56, at Lakeland 0
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at Northwestern (Minn.) 38, Martin Luther 20
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at Eureka 28, MacMurray 13
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at Westminster (Mo.) 35, Greenville 14
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Dubuque 30, at Luther 17
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Monmouth 52, at Lake Forest 6
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St. Thomas 33, at St. John's 21
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at Augsburg 49, Carleton 17
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Bethel 44, at St. Olaf 7
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at Hamline 42, Gustavus Adolphus 40
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at UW-Whitewater 35, Morningside 21
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at Hardin-Simmons 48, Texas Lutheran 38
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at UW-River Falls 42, Southwestern 22
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Simpson 17, at Buena Vista 9
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at St. Scholastica 49, Crown 13
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Cornell 46, at Beloit 41
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at Carthage 27, Augustana 24
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Coe 48, at Nebraska Wesleyan 17
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at Wartburg 56, Finlandia 0
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at Wheaton (Ill.) 10, Elmhurst 6
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Hendrix 42, at Millsaps 14
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Illinois Wesleyan 45, at North Park 10
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at Macalester 34, Grinnell 0
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at Ripon 33, Knox 19
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Illinois College 40, at Lawrence 15
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UW-Oshkosh 77, at Morthland College (Ill.) 0
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Central 42, at Loras 34
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at Geneva 35, Thiel 27
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UW-Eau Claire 40, at Wisconsin Lutheran 14
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St. John Fisher 42, at Brockport 38
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UW-Stevens Point 44, at Adrian 19
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UW-La Crosse 41, at Carroll 7
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at Berry 41, Sewanee 3
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Westminster (Pa.) 38, at Bethany 9
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Ohio Wesleyan 29, at Oberlin 16
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at Tufts 17, Wesleyan 14
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Final
Mount Union 49, at Baldwin Wallace 7
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at Capital 35, Wilmington 21
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at Southwestern Assemblies 23, Austin 17
Cancelled
Langston at McMurry
Video Live Stats
Final
at North Central (Ill.) 42, Millikin 7
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Final
at Chapman 19, Trinity (Texas) 17
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Sep. 24: All times Eastern
Final
at Thomas More 20, Carnegie Mellon 16
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Final
at Hobart 27, Union 23
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Final
Christopher Newport 17, at TCNJ 0
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at Wittenberg 24, Wabash 14
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Final
Salisbury 35, at Southern Virginia 0
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Final
Albright 20, at Delaware Valley 17
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Final
at Utica 24, Cortland 13
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Final
at Stevenson 54, FDU-Florham 15
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Final
at Franklin 44, Bluffton 38
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Final
Johns Hopkins 30, at Muhlenberg 24
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Final
St. Thomas 33, at St. John's 21
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at UW-Whitewater 35, Morningside 21
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Final
at Hardin-Simmons 48, Texas Lutheran 38
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at Wheaton (Ill.) 10, Elmhurst 6
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UW-Platteville 56, at Lakeland 0
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UW-Oshkosh 77, at Morthland College (Ill.) 0
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Central 42, at Loras 34
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St. John Fisher 42, at Brockport 38
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Mount Union 49, at Baldwin Wallace 7
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at North Central (Ill.) 42, Millikin 7
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