October 14, 2013

MIAC Football Athletes-of-the-Week

MIAC Football Offensive Player-of-the-Week

Tim Bona, Hamline
Columbia Heights, Minn. / Columbia Heights

The Hamline football team had reason to celebrate Saturday, as their win over St. Olaf was the team's first over a MIAC opponent since 2009. The Pipers' offensive leader was quarterback Tim Bona (Columbia Heights, Minn.), who racked up more than 300 yards of total offense and accounted for two touchdowns in the 31-28 win. For his big performance, Bona was named the MIAC Football Offensive Player-of-the-Week.

Bona was good in the passing game in Saturday's win, going 14-for-25 for 215 yards and two touchdowns and two interceptions. He was also the game's leading rusher on the ground, carrying the ball 11 times for 96 yards and a great 8.7 average. Bona came through with big plays as well. His 87-yard scoring strike to Naji El-Araby was the longest Hamline offensive play in 11 years, and his 43-yard run late in the third quarter set up the field goal that put the Pipers ahead for good. This season, Bona has thrown for 715 yards and four touchdowns, with 227 yards and two scores on the ground.

Thanks to Saturday's big win, Hamline is now 2-3 overall and 1-3 in conference play this season. The win snapped a 28-game conference losing streak, and the two wins are also a Hamline high since winning four games in 2009. The Pipers will hope to carry that momentum into a tough test Saturday at home. Hamline hosts No. 24-ranked Concordia at Klas Field in St. Paul with kickoff set for 1 p.m.

MIAC Football Defensive Player-of-the-Week

Anthony Hill, Hamline
Brooklyn Park, Minn. / Champlin Park

Hamline scored a historic win Saturday at St. Olaf, defeating the Oles 31-28 to score the Pipers' first MIAC win since 2009. Few players contributed to the win more than freshman Anthony Hill (Brooklyn Park, Minn./Champlin Park). The Hamline safety had a game-high 15 tackles, intercepted a crucial pass and added a pair of big plays on special teams. For his standout all-around performance, Hill was named the MIAC Football Defensive Player-of-the-Week.

Hill led all tacklers Saturday with 15 - seven solo and eight assist - and he had a tackle-for-a-loss and a pass breakup in his stat line as well. Hill's interception late in the fourth quarter stopped a St. Olaf drive at the Pipers' 21-yard line in the narrow win. He also blocked an extra point and recovered St. Olaf's onside kick attempt at the end of the game. Hill has been one of the MIAC's best defenders since league play began last month. In conference play, he leads the MIAC with 24 solo tackles, and he ranks second in the conference with 50 total tackles, 26 assists, 12.5 tackles per game and four pass breakups.

Thanks to Saturday's big win, Hamline is now 2-3 overall and 1-3 in conference play this season. The win snapped a 28-game conference losing streak, and the two wins are also a Hamline high since winning four games in 2009. The Pipers will hope to carry that momentum into a tough test Saturday at home. Hamline hosts No. 24-ranked Concordia at Klas Field in St. Paul with kickoff set for 1 p.m.

MIAC Football Special Teams Player-of-the-Week

Griffin Toomey, Saint John's
Anchorage, Alaska / South

The Saint John's football team scored another big win by a narrow margin Saturday with a 30-28 victory over Augsburg. The Johnnies' got a huge boost in the field position battle in the close game thanks to the punting of freshman Griffin Toomey (Anchorage, Alaska/South). The SJU punter averaged 40.2 yards on five kicks and put three of them inside the Auggie 20-yard line. For his performance, Toomey was named the MIAC Football Special Teams Player-of-the-Week.

Toomey punted five times Saturday for a total of 201 yards and an average of 40.2 yards per punt. His long for the day was 48 yards, and he had three inside the 20 and two fair catches. All three inside the 20 were downed at the 11 or better in the second half, with a 48-yard punt to the eight and a 32-yard punt to the 11 in the third quarter, and a 44-yard punt to the six in the fourth. This season, Toomey is second in the MIAC with an average of 39.2 yards per punt since taking over in the Johnnies' second game. His long of 64 yards and six fair catches both lead the MIAC, and his six inside the 20 are tied for second.

Thanks to Saturday's big win in a matchup of one-loss teams, the Johnnies improved to 5-1 overall and 3-1 in the conference, in sole possession of second place by a half-game and just one game behind first-place Bethel in the loss column. The Johnnies are ranked in both polls, at No. 23 in the AFCA poll and No. 25 in the D3football.com ranking. SJU will look for its sixth win of the season Saturday when it travels to Northfield to face Carleton in a MIAC showdown at 1 p.m.

Sep. 1: All times Eastern
7:00 PM
Coast Guard at Anna Maria
7:00 PM
Defiance at Baldwin Wallace
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Washington and Lee at Johns Hopkins
Video
7:30 PM
Trine at Manchester
Live Stats
8:00 PM
Millsaps at Belhaven
Sep. 2: All times Eastern
6:00 PM
Mass-Dartmouth at Mount Ida
6:00 PM
Delaware Valley at Wesley
7:00 PM
Muhlenberg at Wilkes
7:00 PM
N.C. Wesleyan at Stevenson
7:00 PM
Western New England at Springfield
Video Live Stats
7:00 PM
Fitchburg State at Becker
Video Live Stats
7:00 PM
Albright at Salisbury
7:00 PM
WPI at MIT
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Salve Regina at Worcester State
7:00 PM
Bridgewater State at Curry
7:00 PM
Morrisville State at St. Lawrence
10:00 PM
Adrian at Pacific
Sep. 3: All times Eastern
12:00 PM
Endicott at Framingham State
Live Stats
12:00 PM
Washington U. at Carnegie Mellon
Live Stats
12:00 PM
Chicago at Case Western Reserve
12:00 PM
Husson at Alfred
12:00 PM
SUNY-Maritime at Maine Maritime
Video
12:00 PM
Cortland at Heidelberg
12:00 PM
Otterbein at Buffalo State
12:00 PM
Ursinus at Bethany
12:00 PM
Sewanee at Kenyon
1:00 PM
King's at Moravian
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Kean at Christopher Newport
1:00 PM
McDaniel at Catholic
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Lebanon Valley at Franklin and Marshall
Video Live Stats
1:00 PM
Plymouth State at Castleton
Live Stats
1:00 PM
RPI at Norwich
1:00 PM
Randolph-Macon at Dickinson
1:00 PM
Oberlin at Kalamazoo
1:00 PM
Emory and Henry at Ferrum
Video Live Stats
1:00 PM
Wooster at Washington and Jefferson
1:00 PM
Alfred State at William Paterson
1:00 PM
St. Vincent at Alma
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Concordia (Wis.) at Finlandia
1:00 PM
Olivet at St. John Fisher
1:00 PM
Rowan at Widener
Audio
1:00 PM
Hobart at Brockport
Live Stats Audio
1:00 PM
Union at Ithaca
1:00 PM
Susquehanna at Lycoming
1:00 PM
Utica at Misericordia
1:00 PM
The Apprentice School at Methodist
1:00 PM
TCNJ at UW-Whitewater
1:30 PM
Wilmington at Bluffton
1:30 PM
Monmouth at Hope
1:30 PM
Bridgewater at Gettysburg
1:30 PM
Muskingum at Waynesburg
1:30 PM
Juniata at Grove City
2:00 PM
Wisconsin Lutheran at Trinity Int'l
2:00 PM
Lakeland at Carroll
Video Live Stats
2:00 PM
UW-Stevens Point at St. Norbert
2:00 PM
Austin at Hendrix
2:00 PM
Maranatha Baptist at Martin Luther
Live Stats
2:00 PM
Millikin at Greenville
Live Stats
2:00 PM
Eureka at Knox
Live Stats
2:00 PM
MacMurray at Rockford
2:00 PM
Gustavus Adolphus at Westminster (Mo.)
Video Live Stats
2:00 PM
UW-La Crosse at Luther
2:00 PM
Beloit at Lake Forest
2:00 PM
Concordia-Moorhead at Jamestown
2:00 PM
Crown at Hamline
Live Stats
2:00 PM
Carleton at Macalester
2:00 PM
Bethel at Dubuque
2:00 PM
St. Scholastica at St. John's
Video Live Stats Audio
2:00 PM
St. Olaf at Grinnell
2:00 PM
Buena Vista at Mayville St.
2:00 PM
Simpson at UW-Stout
2:00 PM
Aurora at Carthage
2:00 PM
UW-River Falls at Coe
2:00 PM
Ripon at Concordia-Chicago
Video Live Stats
2:00 PM
Elmhurst at Loras
2:00 PM
Huntingdon at Louisiana College
2:00 PM
North Central (Ill.) at Robert Morris-Chicago
2:00 PM
Benedictine at Wheaton (Ill.)
2:00 PM
John Carroll at UW-Oshkosh
Audio
2:30 PM
Southern Virginia at Earlham
Live Stats
2:30 PM
Lawrence at Presentation
4:00 PM
UW-Platteville at George Fox
4:00 PM
La Verne at Puget Sound
Video Live Stats
4:00 PM
Central at Whitworth
5:00 PM
Hartwick at Western Connecticut
Live Stats
6:00 PM
Wabash at Albion
6:00 PM
Maryville (Tenn.) at Berry
6:00 PM
Augustana at Mount St. Joseph
6:00 PM
Thomas More at Franklin
Live Stats
6:00 PM
Hampden-Sydney at Averett
7:00 PM
Denison at Marietta
7:00 PM
Hiram at Westminster (Pa.)
7:00 PM
Thiel at Allegheny
7:00 PM
Capital at Wittenberg
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Shenandoah at Gallaudet
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Illinois College at Rose-Hulman
Video Live Stats
7:00 PM
Geneva at Frostburg State
7:00 PM
Nichols at Westfield State
7:00 PM
Greensboro at Guilford
Live Stats
7:00 PM
LaGrange at Birmingham-Southern
7:00 PM
Hardin-Simmons at Southwestern
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Anderson at North Park
7:00 PM
Ohio Wesleyan at Mary Hardin-Baylor
7:00 PM
East Texas Baptist at Texas Lutheran
7:10 PM
St. Thomas at UW-Eau Claire
Video Live Stats
7:30 PM
Hanover at Centre
8:00 PM
Willamette at Rhodes
8:00 PM
Cornell at Iowa Wesleyan
Live Stats
8:00 PM
Augsburg at Northwestern (Minn.)
Live Stats
8:00 PM
Southwestern Assemblies at Howard Payne
8:00 PM
Sul Ross State at UT-Permian Basin
8:30 PM
Redlands at Trinity (Texas)
Sep. 1: All times Eastern
7:00 PM
Washington and Lee at Johns Hopkins
Video
Sep. 2: All times Eastern
6:00 PM
Delaware Valley at Wesley
7:00 PM
Albright at Salisbury
Sep. 3: All times Eastern
12:00 PM
Cortland at Heidelberg
1:00 PM
TCNJ at UW-Whitewater
2:00 PM
North Central (Ill.) at Robert Morris-Chicago
2:00 PM
John Carroll at UW-Oshkosh
Audio
2:00 PM
Huntingdon at Louisiana College
2:00 PM
St. Scholastica at St. John's
Video Live Stats Audio
2:00 PM
Benedictine at Wheaton (Ill.)
4:00 PM
UW-Platteville at George Fox
4:00 PM
Central at Whitworth
6:00 PM
Thomas More at Franklin
Live Stats
6:00 PM
Wabash at Albion
7:00 PM
East Texas Baptist at Texas Lutheran
7:00 PM
Ohio Wesleyan at Mary Hardin-Baylor
7:00 PM
Hardin-Simmons at Southwestern
Live Stats
7:10 PM
St. Thomas at UW-Eau Claire
Video Live Stats