Fort Hays State senior running back Kenneth Iheme earned MIAA Offensive Athlete of the Week honors on Monday for his efforts in the 21-17 win over Pittsburg State on Saturday.
Iheme rushed for a career-high 189 yards on 28 carries with two touchdowns. Iheme's biggest rush of the night shifted the momentum to FHSU after falling down 17-0. Right after a fumble forced by the Tiger defense, Iheme ran 47 yards to the end zone to cut the deficit to 10. Later in the second quarter, Iheme had a 27-yard run to get the ball from the FHSU 3 to the 30, tripped up by the last man to beat. However, it led to a 70-yard touchdown pass on the next play, cutting the PSU lead to three. In the fourth quarter, Iheme sparked the Tigers again with a 38-yard run to get the ball in Gorilla territory. Later on the drive, he scored a 2-yard touchdown, which proved to be the game-winning score with 11:34 remaining.
Iheme joins Jacob Mezera (Week 1 Offensive Athlete of the Week), Brandon Brown (Weeks 1 and 4 Special Teams Athlete of the Week), Nathan Shepherd (Week 2 Defensive Athlete of the Week), Monterio Burchfield (Week 3 Offensive Athlete of the Week), and Jose Delgado (Week 5 Defensive Athlete of the Week) as Tigers to earn weekly MIAA honors this season. The Tigers have had a player earn a weekly MIAA honor each week this season.
The other MIAA Football Athlete of the Week honors went to Cody Lindsay of Missouri Western (Defensive Athlete of the Week) and Tyler Basch of Missouri Western (Special Teams Athlete of the Week).