Fort Hays State’s Dante Brown and Sterling Swopes earned MIAA football weekly honors on Monday after the Tigers wrapped up a share of the MIAA title with a 58-0 victory over Northeastern State on Saturday at Lewis Field Stadium.
Brown has now been named special teams player of the week a staggering five times this season. The junior place-kicker/punter connected on field goals of 24, 21 and 29 yards and made all seven extra-point attempts against NSU.
The Ontario native has FHSU’s single-season scoring record with 114 points on the season.
Swopes, a sophomore defensive end from Blue Springs, Mo., was the defensive player of the week after recording six tackles, a half sack, a forced fumble, two tackles for loss and a pass breakup as the Tigers notched their second shutout of the season.
Co-offensive player of the week honors went to Emporia State quarterback Braxton Marstall and Northwest Missouri running back Josh Caldwell.
Marstall earned the honor for the third straight week and fifth time this season after a 300-yard passing game in the Hornets’ 35-28 victory at Central Oklahoma.
Caldwell rushed for 182 yards and scored four touchdowns in Northwest’s 48-21 road victory at Central Missouri.
Game time set for FHSU-UIndy
Game time for Saturday’s first-round playoff matchup between Fort Hays State and UIndy has been set for noon Central time (1 p.m. Eastern time) at Key Stadium in Indianapolis, which is in the Eastern Time Zone.
The matchup features respective conference champs in the Tigers and Greyhounds, who won the Great Lakes Valley Conference with a 7-0 league mark. The Tigers enter 9-2 overall while UIndy is 9-1.
“Great football team, great football program,” UIndy coach Bob Bartolomeo said of Fort Hays in a video on UIndy’s athletics’ website. “They’re back-to-back champions in their league, which is a very, very strong league.
“We’re looking forward to the opportunity to compete. Fort Hays presents a big challenge for our football team.”
The Tigers moved up three spots to No. 19 in the last American Football Coaches Association Division II poll of the regular season.
Despite beating Northwest Missouri 17-16 in their matchup on Nov. 3 in Maryville, the Tigers are a spot behind the No. 18-ranked Bearcats.
UIndy is ranked No. 12 in the poll.