Sunday, November 10, 2013 | Valley Football
Valley Football Players of the Week - Nov. 9
This week's Missouri Valley Football Conference players of the week are QB Ashton Glaser of Missouri State; LB Carlton Littlejohn of North Dakota State; PK Tyler Sievertsen of UNI; QB Brion Carnes of UNI, and LT Matt Huffer of South Dakota.
QB Ashton Glaser, Missouri State
6-1, 215, Sr., Springdale (Ark.) High
Glaser completed 72 percent of his passes (21-of-29) and improved to 4-0 as the Bears' starting quarterback as he helped lead Missouri State to its first win in Carbondale since 2001 on Saturday. Glaser finished with 310 passing yards, passed for two touchdowns with no interceptions and rushed for another score. He finished with 338 yards of total offense as part of the squad's biggest offensive output (510 yards) since 2010. Sparked by Glaser's efforts, the Bears picked up their fifth league victory of the year -- the most by MSU since 1990.
LB Carlton Littlejohn, North Dakota State
6-1, 216, Jr., Minneapolis (Minn.) North High
Littlejohn made a game- and career-high 16 tackles in North Dakota State’s 28-10 home win over Illinois State. He made seven solo stops and had 1.5 tackles for loss. Littlejohn moved from outside linebacker to middle linebacker in place of injured starter Grant Olson in the second half. Illinois State had won four of its past five games, including the last three in a row by a 96-31 margin.
PK Tyler Sievertsen, UNI
6-2, 185, Sr., Cedar Rapids (Iowa) C.R. Kennedy High
Sievertsen scored the Panthers first and last points of the game against Youngstown State, knocking in the game winning, 34-yard field goal as time expired to clinch the 22-20 victory for the Panthers. Sievertsen finished with 10 points on the day, including his 49-yarder in the first quarter to get the Panther scoring started. He was 3-for-4 on 3-pointers, connecting on distances of 49, 37, and 34 yards, while missing a 44-yard attempt. Sievertsen is now seventh all-time at UNI with 252 career points.
QB Brion Carnes, UNI
6-1, 200, Jr., Bradenton (Fla.) Manatee High / Nebraska
In his first career start under center for the Panthers, Brion Carnes led UNI past the No. 9 ranked Youngstown State Penguins, 22-20. The junior finished the game 18-30-1 for 219 yards and two touchdowns. He also led the team in rushing yards with 65. Carnes and Chad Owens were in synch Saturday, linking up in the end zone twice during critical moments in the fourth quarter, putting UNI in position for the win.
LT Matt Huffer, South Dakota
6-7, 305, Jr., Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Washington
Huffer led a unit that piled up 223 yards rushing and 235 yards passing against 12th-ranked Montana. Huffer and the Coyotes allowed no sacks on 45 pass attempts and had two negative plays all game – a rush for one yard and a rush for three yards. The Coyotes had an eight-minute edge on time of possession and converted 7 of 17 third downs.
NOTABLE PLAYER OF THE WEEK SUBMISSIONS (Nov. 9)
- RB Trevor Bouma, South Dakota -- Bouma ran for a game-high 147 yards on 25 totes Saturday in a 31-27 loss to 12th-ranked Montana. Bouma finished two yards shy of his season high. He scored on a 38-yard run in the first half that gave the Coyotes a 14-3 lead. It was the longest run from scrimmage by a Coyote this season. Bouma also had four receptions for 34 yards.
- QB Kurt Hess, Youngstown State -- Hess completed 15-of-22 passes for 207 yards and touchdown and had a career-high two rushing scores in the Guins’ 22-20 loss at UNI. Hess had seven carries for 20 yards and scored on runs of four and three yards in the contest.
- WR John Lantz, Southern Illinois -- Lantz caught six passes for a career-high 139 yards on Saturday against Missouri State. It was the most receiving yardage total by a Saluki since 2010. He also completed both of his pass attempts, including a 23-yard touchdown pass to Josh Sullivan.
- Chad Owens, UNI -- Grabbed two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to put UNI up 19-14 with less than 10 minutes to go in the game. He finished with 60 yards through the air off six receptions, including his 13-yard and 2-yard touchdowns.
- WR Jason Schneider, South Dakota State -- Schneider caught seven passes for 110 yards and a touchdown in South Dakota State’s 29-0 victory over Indiana State. His touchdown reception covered 25 yards and built the Jackrabbit lead to 22-0 midway through the third quarter.
- WR Zach Vraa, North Dakota State -- Had five catches for 109 yards and two touchdowns by halftime as North Dakota State jumped out to a 21-7 lead and beat Illinois State 28-10. He caught TD passes of 27 yards in the first quarter and 26 yards in the second quarter.
- Sybhrian Berry, Missouri State -- Posted a team-high 9 tackles, including a game-high 5 solo stops, to help lift the Bears to a key league win over Southern Illinois. Berry halted a key Saluki drive in the first quarter with an end zone interception that kept SIU out of the end zone from the MSU 6-yard line. He also broke up a pair of passes and defended three passes in all.
- LB Ali Cheaib, Youngstown State -- Cheaib had five solo stops, including three TFLs, in the Penguins’ 22-20 loss at UNI. He also had a pass breakup and a quarterback hurry.
- Jordan Gacke, UNI -- Finished the game against Youngstown State with six tackles. The senior also notched his first career interception, returning it for 15 yards. The interception came late in the third quarter, shifting the momentum in UNI’s direction for good. He leads the team in tackles with 76.
- S Dontae McCoy, Illinois State -- Posted a career-best 12 tackles at North Dakota State on Saturday. The Palos Heights, Ill., native topped his previous career best of seven tackles with a career-high 12, including nine solo stops against the Bison. McCoy also added a tackle for loss.
- DE Marshall Peugh, South Dakota State -- Peugh recorded a career-high nine tackles, including a sack, to lead Jackrabbit defenders in a 29-0 shutout of Indiana State. It marked the first Jackrabbit shutout since 2010 and the first over a league opponent since a 41-0 home victory over Indiana State in 2009.
- SS Aaron Swift, South Dakota -- Swift intercepted a pass on the third play of the game and returned it 60 yards for a TD and a 7-0 lead against 10th-ranked Montana. It was the second interception against UM QB Jordan Johnson in more than 250 attempts this season. Swift led the Coyotes with six tackles. He registered a sack and forced a fumble against the Griz, who rushed for 53 yards on 24 attempts.
- LB Jameer Thurman, Indiana State -- Set a career high with 17 total tackles at nationally-ranked South Dakota State. Thurman was also credited with one half of a quarterback and a tackle for loss at SDSU.
- LB Tyler Williamson, Southern Illinois -- Williamson led the Salukis and set new career-highs with 11 tackles and 2.5 tackles for loss in Saturday’s game against Missouri State. In addition, he had SIU’s only sack of the day. Williamson also had another sack and a forced fumble, but it was erased by a penalty.
- LB Jesse Bobbit, South Dakota State -- Bobbit blocked a punt late in the first half to set up a field goal that extended the lead to 15-0 at half. He also recorded a pair of tackles, including a half-tackle for loss.
- RB Trevor Bouma, South Dakota (also nominated for Offensive Player of the Week)
- TB Martin Ruiz, Youngstown State -- Ruiz finished with 179 all-purpose yards in the Penguins’ 22-20 loss at UNI. He had 88 yards on 24 carries and returned four kickoffs for 93 yards.
- TE Gannon Sinclair, Missouri State -- Sinclair, a transfer, from North Dakota College of Science, snagged a pair of TDs -- from 19 and 7 yards -- to help lead the Bears past SIU on Saturday. He pulled in a career-high 5 receptions for 68 yards and was instrumental in helping MSU overcome an early 14-0 deficit.
- LB Jameer Thurman, Indiana State (also nominated for Defensive Player of the Week)
- RS Tay Willis, Southern Illinois -- Willis returned the opening kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown against Missouri State. It was SIU’s first kickoff return for a touchdown this season. He also became the first Saluki to return the game’s opening kickoff for a touchdown since Larry Warner in 2008.
- PK/P Miles Bergner, South Dakota -- Bergner made field goals of 38 and 21 yards against 12th-ranked Montana Saturday. His 38-yarder gave USD a 27-24 lead with 1:48 to play. Bergner also averaged 40 yards on six punts and pinned two inside the 20. One was downed on the 1.
- P Chris Sullens, Missouri State -- Sullens averaged 41.8 yards on four punts, including three that were downed inside the 20. His day also included a season-long 59-yard punt.
- RS Tay Willis, Southern Illinois (also nominated for Newcomer of the Week)