Players from Montana Tech and Southern Oregon were named Frontier Conference Football Players of the Week.
Offensive Player of the Week was Soutern Oregon’s Austin Dodge. Dodge is a 6-2, 205-pound sophomore quarterback from Vancouver, Wash. In addition to his Frontier honors, Dodge was also named the NAIA National Offensive Player of the Week.
In Southern Oregon’s 68-22 upset win over No. 24 Eastern Oregon, Dodge was 23 of 30 passing for 468 yards and five touchdowns, all in the first half. He had the fourth most passing yards in a single game in Southern Oregon history. Other players nominated included wide receiver Alec Bray of Montana Tech.
Defensive Player of the Week was Southern Oregon’s Marquice O’Leary. O’Leary is a 5-10, 185-pound freshman linebacker, from Fontana, Calif. In Southern Oregon’s 68-22 upset victory over No. 24 Eastern Oregon, Frank had 6 solo tackles, two assisted tackles, one tackle for loss of three yards, one interception and one pass break up. Also nominated was defensive end Mike Waldman of Montana Tech.
Special Teams Player of the Week was Montana Tech kicker Matt Berg. Berg, from Butte, is a 5-9, 180-pound freshman kicker. In Tech’s 42-6 win at Dickinson State, Berg had field goals of 32 and 33 yards for the Orediggers. He was four of five in extra point kicks, and was 2-for-2 in field goals. Also nominated Colin Amsler of Southern Oregon.
Other Orediggers that have earned Player of the Week honors so far this season include Nick Baker, Mike Touzinsky, Ketwaun Frank and Travis Farewell.
Cline swings to Frontier POW
WHITEFISH —Shersteen Cline of Montana Tech was named Frontier Conference Volleyball Player of the Week.
Cline is a 5-11 senior outside hitter from Big Sandy. Montana Tech won two matches over the weekend. The Orediggers beat the University of Great Falls 3-1 and Carroll College 3-2. Carroll was in the receiving votes category of the NAIA Top-25.
Cline averaged nearly five kills per set with a hitting percentage of .260. She also averaged ,89 digs and .33 solo blocks.
Also nominated were Anna Dewald of Rocky Mountain, Elli Graff of Carroll College, Paige Latimer of Montana Western, Ashley Marchant of Westminster College, Abby Nicholas of MSU-Northern, Jenna Prescott of the University of Great Falls and Niurka Toribio of Lewis-Clark State.
Montana’s Coyle is Big Sky POW
Montana linebacker Brock Coyle was named co-Defensive Player of the Week by the Big Sky Conference, the league announced Monday.
Coyle, a 6-foot-2, 240-pound junior from Bozeman, tallied a team-high 11 tackles with a sack, a fumble recovery and two pass breakups in Montana’s 40-17 win over Northern Colorado. Coyle picked up a fumble and returned it 23 yards to set up a Grizzly touchdown. Montana allowed 62 rush yards, forced five turnovers and amassed four sacks.
Coyle shared the award with Sacramento State linebacker Jeff Badger, a 5-11, 225-pound senior from Windsor, Calif. Badger recorded a game-high 12 tackles and had an interception and a sack in the Hornets’ 27-22 road win over Southern Utah. Badger had five solo stops. His interception late in the fourth quarter secured the Sacramento State victory. Badger led a Hornet defense that held the Thunderbirds to just 61 rushing yards and six second-half points.
Portland State quarterback Kieran McDonagh was named the Offensive Player of the Week. McDonagh, a 6-1, 240-pound freshman from Vancouver, Wash., threw for 280 yards, rushed for 66 and accounted for six touchdowns in Portland State’s 77-10 victory over Idaho State. McDonagh scored on runs of 26, 11, 2 and 2 yards. He caught a 22-yard touchdown pass and passed for one score. He completed 15 of 23 passes for 280 yards. He accounted for 366 total yards. PSU scored its most points since a 105-0 win over Delaware State in 1980. The Vikings rushed for a school-record 437 yards.
Eastern Washington’s Shaquille Hill is the Special Teams Player of the Week. Hill, a 5-10, 180-pound freshman from Stockton, Calif., returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown to spark Eastern Washington’s 55-17 victory over North Dakota. Later in the first half, Hill returned a kick 41 yards to set up a touchdown to give the Eagles a 27-10 lead. Hill ranks third in the FCS with an average of 37.33 yards per kick return. Eastern Washington leads the nation in kick returns with a 31.80 average.