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2018 NCAC Football Players of the Week

OFFENSIVE DEFENSIVE
 
November 12th
 

Isaac Avant, Wabash
(Indianapolis, Ind./Warren Central)

Wabash’s Isaac Avant ran for 150 yards and caught two passes for nine total yards to help Wabash to a 24-17 victory over DePauw in the 125th Monon Bell Classic Saturday. Avant’s 150 yards is the most in a single game against the DePauw defense this season, facing a Tigers team that limited opposing teams to an average of 49 rushing yards per game. He moved to sixth on the Wabash single-season rushing list, finishing the year with 1,181 rushing yards. 

 

Terrance Crowe, Wittenberg
(Springfield, Ohio/Springfield)

Wittenberg’s Terrance Crowe generated 19 tackles, a sack and a 50-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown in the Tigers 27-21 victory over Wittenberg on Saturday. The win secured Wittenberg as one of three co-champions of the NCAC, posting an 8-1 record within the conference.  

November 5th

Melvin Briggs, Oberlin
(Holly Springs, N.C./St. David's)

Oberlin junior Melvin Briggs totaled over 200 yards rushing for the first time in his career and scored two touchdowns, including the game-winning score in double overtime to lift the Yeomen over the Terriers, 47-44. Briggs averaged 11.8 yards per carry, totaling 213 yards on his 18 attempts. He accounted for 20 of the team’s 25 yards on the game-winning drive in double overtime, including the walk-off 4-yard TD run. Briggs had three runs of 45 yards or more in the game, including a 62-yard rip to end the third quarter after Hiram took the lead.

Jonathan Seay, Wittenberg
(Miramar, Fla./Miramar)

Wittenberg junior linebacker Jonathan Seay led the No. 20/21 Tigers’ defensive effort in a 42-13 league win at Ohio Wesleyan on Saturday. He paced the unit with eight tackles (5 solo, 3 asst.), which included a half a tackle-for-loss. He also forced one fumble and picked off two passes, highlighted by returning a pick back 12 yards for a score late in the fourth quarter. The Tigers entered the fourth quarter with a narrow 14-13 lead over the Bishops, but ultimately broke the game open on the defensive side of the ball with three pick-sixes in the final frame.

October 29th
 

Alex Minton, Denison
(Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park)

Alex Minton became the first player in Denison football history to post back-to-back 200-yard rushing games as he totaled 219 yards and three TDs on 22 carries in the Big Red’s 48-20 win over Hiram. He added three receptions for 47 yards and a score through the air to finish with 266 all-purpose yards. Denison piled up 377 yards rushing, the seventh best day in program history. Minton also surpassed 1,000-yards rushing for the second-straight year.

 

Jake Page, Wabash
(West Lafayette, Ind./Central Catholic)

Wabash’s Jake Page picked off two passes, including an interception on the final play of overtime to secure a 28-21 victory over Wittenberg. Page intercepted a pass in the fourth quarter to preserve the lead at the time for the Little Giants. He then stepped in front of a Wittenberg pass near the end zone of the extra period after Wabash had scored on its offensive try to take the lead. Page also recorded nine tackles in the game.

October 22nd
 

Alex Minton, Denison
(Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park)

Alex Minton rushed for a career-high 226 yards on 32 carries against Ohio Wesleyan Saturday. The Battling Bishops entered the game leading the conference in total defense, giving up just 277 yards per game. Minton’s 226 yards were the seventh-best rushing day in Denison football history and the most yards by a Denison back since Michael Barnes tied the Denison single-game record with 270 yards on Sept. 6, 2008 against Kalamazoo. Minton had a 58-yard run in the first quarter that set up Denison's first touchdown of the game. At 814 yards with three games to play, Minton is on pace to post his second-straight 1,000-yard season. 

 

Jackson Garrett, Wabash
(Carmel, Ind./Westfield)

Wabash’s Jackson Garrett made a career-high 11 tackles including two sacks for losses totaling 16 yards. He also recorded his first career interception and returned it 36 yards to setup a Wabash field goal. The Little Giants defense held Oberlin to seven points in a 32-7 victory. 

October 15th
 

Randy Tucker, Hiram
(Twinsburg, Ohio/Twinsburg)

Hiram senior quarterback Randy Tucker lifted the Terriers to a 28-24 victory over Kenyon College on Saturday afternoon, orchestrating two fourth-quarter touchdown drives to erase a 10-point deficit. Hiram had the ball just twice in the final frame, as Tucker led the team to a score with drives, capping the first with a three-yard pass. He then put together a 17-play drive that chewed over eight minutes of game time before finishing it off with a two-yard run to win the game. Tucker finished the day 20-of-33 for 231 yards and a pair of touchdown passes. 

 

D'Andre Brown, Wooster
(Atlanta, Ga./Benjamin E. Mays)

Wooster junior D’Andre Brown had a career day during Wooster’s 27-21 win over Oberlin. Brown logged a career-high 10 tackles and recorded his second-career two-sack game. Brown logged a seven-yard strip sack in the first quarter in the red zone and added a second strip sack in the fourth quarter inside Wooster’s 30-yard line. The junior had three other tackles for loss and batted down a pass in the second quarter. 

October 8th    
 

Andy Hunt, DePauw
(Indianapolis, Ind./Heritage Christian)

DePauw wide receiver Andy Hunt caught the go-ahead score in a 28-26 victory over Oberlin on Saturday. Trailing 20-19 with 5:06 remaining in the third quarter, Cam Haynes connected for a 41-yard touchdown with Hunt to put the TIgers up 26-20. Hunt finished the day with 14 catches for 129 yards and a touchdown. 

 

Kor'Darius Melton, Ohio Wesleyan
(Warner Robins, Ga./Houston County)

Ohio Wesleyan defensive end Kor’Darius Melton scored two defensive touchdowns in less than 90 seconds against Kenyon on Saturday. He started with an eight-yard fumble return to increase the Bishop lead to 21-0 in the first quarter. Melton then intercepted a pass and returned it 27 yards for touchdown just a minute and 25 seconds later. He finished his day by recovering a Kenyon fumble on the opening possession of second half, setting up an OWU field goal attempt. 

October 1st
 

Jake Kennedy, Wittenberg
(Bellefontaine, Ohio/Bellefontaine)

It was a shootout under the lights in Granville, as the Wittenberg University football team defeated Denison University in a 4OT thriller, 68-66. Jake Kennedy would finish the day completing 31 passes on 43 attempts for 421 yards and a Wittenberg-record seven touchdowns. The seven TD passes also tied the current NCAC record set by former Earlham QB Justin Rummell in two different games in the early 2000’s. Kennedy also dove across the pylon on the final two-point conversion effort to seal the Tiger victory.

 

Chandler Nicholson, DePauw
Bedford, Ind./North Lawrence)

DePauw senior linebacker Chandler Nicholson helped lead the Tiger defense with two interceptions in a 38-17 victory over Ohio Wesleyan on Saturday. He also provided a half sack and four total tackles, including one and a half for loss. Nicholson’s interception in the third quarter was returned 36 yards for a defensive touchdown to put DePauw up 35-10 at the time.

September 24th
 

Canaan Gebele, Denison
(Annapolis, Md./Broadneck)

Canaan Gebele was responsible for six of Denison’s seven touchdowns in a 52-27 victory over Oberlin on Saturday. Gebele passed for 239 yards and four touchdowns and led the team with 18 carries for 60 yards and a score. He also recorded the first touchdown reception of his career on a 6-yard “Philly Special” passing play from wide receiver David Weimar. Gebele is currently third on Denison’s career passing yardage list with 6,087 yards. He needs 459 yards to pass Max Paulus as the career leader.

 

Beau Greenwood, Wooster
(Pittsburg, Pa./Mount Lebanon)

Wooster sophomore Beau Greenwood did his part to help the Fighting Scots to its first win over DePauw since 2013. The safety recorded a career-high two interceptions as the Fighting Scots totaled five takeaways on the day. Greenwood’s first interception came in the end zone on the game’s opening drive. His second pick came in the fourth quarter at Wooster’s 42-yard line with the Scots leading by three with just under three minutes to go.

September 17th
 

Gabe Philhower, Ohio Wesleyan
(Reynoldsburg, Ohio/Reynoldsburg)

Ohio Wesleyan kicker, Gabe Philhower provided all of the OWU scoring in the Bishops’ thrilling 9-7 win over Wooster. Philhower set the tone early, connecting on a 22-yard field goal early in the first quarter to give Ohio Wesleyan a 3-0 lead, then gave a glimpse of things to come by drilling a 20-yard field goal on the final play of the first half to bring the Bishops within one, 7-6. His final kick came with :18 left in regulation, a 27-yarder that provided the 9-7 final.

 

Nate Keirn, Denison
(Medina, Ohio/St. Ignatius)

Denison junior defensive end Nate Keirn racked up six tackles, one and a half sacks, three tackles-for-loss and two QB hurries in Denison’s 42-0 shutout win over Allegheny on Saturday. The shutout was Denison’s first since 2015.

September 10th
 

Alex Victor, Allegheny
(Miami, Fla./G. Holmes Braddock)

Allegheny junior Alex Victor made six receptions for 199 yards and a touchdown in the Gators’ 27-20 win over Wooster on Saturday. He opened the game’s scoring with a 91-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter, a career long and the second longest in Allegheny program history. He also added receptions of 48, 29, and 19 yards, while gaining 14 rushing yards. After his 199-yard performance, Victor is now the all-time leader in career receiving yards in Allegheny history with 2,035, needing just 21 career games to break the 14-year old record.

 

Jose Franco, Wabash
(Bronx, N.Y./Cardinal Hayes)

Wabash freshman Jose Franco recorded his first career interception and fumble recovery in a 16-13 win over Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Saturday. The freshman intercepted a pass in the end zone to end an 11-play drive by the Pointers, who had moved the football into the red zone with Wabash holding a four-point lead , 10-6, at the time. Franco also finished the game with five tackles, including three solo tackles.

September 4th
 

Jake Kennedy, Wittenberg
(Bellefontaine, Ohio/Bellefontaine)

Wittenberg's Jake Kennedy threw for 230 yards and three touchdowns in a season-opening 34-21 victory over Westminster on Saturday, Sept. 1. Kennedy completed 22 of his 34 passes, a 64.7% clip. The senior quarterback also rushed for a touchdown in the win. 

 

Robert Alvarez, Wooster
Fort Washington, Md./Riverdale Baptist)

Wooster junior Robert Alvarez significantly impacted the outcome of Wooster's 44-34 win at Bluffton on Saturday. Alvarez scored a first-quarter defensive touchdown by way of a 33-yard fumble return, in what marked the Scots' first fumble return touchdown on an opponent's rushing play since 2007. In the third quarter, Alvarez had a strip sack that was recovered by the Scots and gave the offense possession on Bluffton's 15-yard line.