|Blaine Hawkins is on the D3football.com Team of the Week for the third time in his career.
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Games of Nov. 1-2, 2019
QB Blaine Hawkins, Jr., Central
Hawkins is the first Central quarterback to top 400 passing yards in a game, needing just 24 completions to reach 421 total yards in a 51-34 win over Simpson. He completed 19 straight passes and led Central to a 28-point third quarter. Hawkins completed 85.7 percent of his passes and finished with 499 yards of total offense, accounting for six touchdowns.
OL Mat Langsam, Teddy Hood, Ryan Ehrets, Chris Katchadurian, Tim Driscoll, Union
Paved the way for a rushing attack that went for 223 yards on 50 carries and three rushing touchdowns to help then-No. 5 Union secure its first Liberty League title since 2011 and first NCAA playoff appearance since 2006 in a 31-21 win at No. 8 Ithaca on Saturday. The Union offense, which also did not allow a sack, controlled the clock for 36:44.
RB Robert Shufford, Jr., Birmingham-Southern
Shufford set program records in the Panthers' 52-42 win over Austin College. He rushed for 250 yards on 31 carries and scored three touchdowns. His longest was a 51-yard touchdown. Rushing for his third straight 200 yard game, Shufford has post 100-plus yards in seven consecutive games.
RB Jala Coad, So., Brockport
Coad carried the ball 39 times for a career-high 210 yards and he also added two rushing scores as Brockport topped No. 18 Cortland in overtime, 32-26, on Saturday afternoon. Both of his rushing scores came in the fourth quarter to help the Golden Eagles rally from a 23-0 first half deficit. He also eclipsed 1,000 yards for his career.
WR AJ Johnson, Sr., Puget Sound
Johnson had 16 catches for 280 yards and two touchdowns as Puget Sound fell in a shootout, 60-55 to Pacific. Johnson averaged 17.5 yards per reception in setting a single-game school receiving yardage record, and increased his receptions on the season to 90.
WR James Douglas III, Sr., Eureka
Douglas scored four total touchdowns in Eureka's 50-49 NACC win vs. Lakeland while racking up 216 receiving yards on six receptions, notching three touchdown receptions of 48 yards, 16 yards and 65 yards, respectively, and rushing for one more.
TE Alex Lopez, Jr., Benedictine
Lopez caught 12 passes for 112 yards with two touchdowns in a 27-25 loss to Aurora. Seven of his catches culminated in first downs, and six of them were on third-down conversions. His back-to-back catches helped Benedictine convert from a second-and-15 situation in the second quarter and his last catch of the game accounted for 23 yards to set up a touchdown that enabled Benedictine a chance to tie in the closing seconds.
DE Jordan McInerney, Sr., Lake Forest
Jordan broke the Lake Forest record for sacks (5.5) in a game and tackles for loss (6.5) in a game, while also toppling the Lake Forest career TFL record (now 53.5) in the Foresters victory over Lawrence. The senior also led the Foresters with 13 total tackles, eight solo.
DT Mike Murphy, Jr., Illinois Wesleyan
Murphy totaled six tackles, three and a half for loss, with three sacks in a 40-12 win vs. Millikin. Murphy's three sacks give him 11.5 on the season and were part of a four-sack day for the Titans' defense.
DT Chase Struewing, Sr., Denison
Streuwing recorded five tackles, 2.0 sacks and one forced fumble in Denison's 42-7 win over DePauw. Struewing and the Denison defense held the Tigers to 36 rushing yards. Struewing accounted for two of Denison's five sacks on the day.
DE Gabe Villa, Jr., Carthage
Villa had a huge day from his defensive end position Saturday in Carthage's 46-14 win vs. North Park. Villa recorded five tackles, all solo, and every one of them a tackle for loss. He also had three sacks and four forced fumbles.
LB Andre Evans, Jr., Centre
Evans was credited with 23 tackles on the day, which was two shy of the Centre single game program record set by Adam Hay in 2007. In addition to recording the tackles, 10 of them solo, Evans also recorded a sack, 2.5 tackles for loss, as well as forcing and recovering a fumble.
LB Tony Slaughter, Sr., Mass-Dartmouth
Slaughter registered 13 total tackles (12 solo), including a pair of sacks and three tackles for losses of 11 yards, in the Corsairs' 28-12 victory at Western Connecticut. He set the school single-season record for tackles for loss, with 18.
LB Dante Capozzoli, Jr., Kean
Capozzoli had a game-high 12 tackles, along with 2.5 sacks, four tackles for a loss, a forced fumble and a quarterback hurry as Kean blanked William Paterson for the third straight season.
CB Nathan Parkin, Sr., Chapman
Parkin helped lead Chapman to a 26-21 win over Pomona-Pitzer. He hauled in three interceptions to go along with five tackles (all solo), and added three pass breakups. His final pick came in the corner of the end zone on Pomona-Pitzer's final drive and sealed the win. His second interception gave the ball back to the Panthers for their go-ahead drive in the third quarter.
S KJ Kelley, Fr., East Texas Baptist
Kelley stopped two Southwestern drives while the game was close. He recorded three interceptions in the game with one in the second quarter and two in the fourth quarter. With 7:03 left in the second, he picked off his first pass at the ETBU 5, preserving the 14-10 lead. In the beginning of the fourth quarter, he picked off his second ball as ETBU led, 35-23, at the ETBU 10 returning it 16 yards to stop another SU threat. His final pick came at the 4:37 mark in the fourth quarter at the SU 36-yard line.
S Nick Miyler, Sr., Monmouth
Miyler had arguably the best game of his career in a 21-20 overtime win at the University of Chicago, to help Monmouth clinch the Midwest Conference South Division title. His 11 tackles, 10 solo, led the team, but his biggest stop came in overtime when his jarring hit knocked the ball loose on a two-point conversion in overtime to secure the win. Earlier in the game, he forced a fumble after a 32-yard gain, ending the Maroons drive at the Monmouth 48.
CB Tyrone Collins, Fr., Albion
Collins intercepted a pass on the final play of the first half and with 1:06 left in the fourth quarter in a 24-14 win against Trine. He also returned a blocked field goal attempt 72 yards for a touchdown that put Albion up 17-14 with 2:29 left in the third quarter. Collins had seven tackles, five solo.
K Maki Medici, Jr., Utica
Medici comprised the entirety of the second half scoring to help Utica put away Alfred in a 19-10 win. He went 4-for-4 on field goals with a career-long 48-yard field goal in the second half. With the Pioneers down 10-7 late in the second quarter, Medici hit a 34-yarder through the uprights as time expired to tie the game heading into halftime. With the defense shutting the Saxons out in the second half, Medici shouldered the scoring load for Utica with additional field goals of 21, 30, and 48 yards to lift Utica to the win. He also made his lone PAT attempt of the day.
P Cole Westberry, Sr., Averett
Westberry averaged 54.8 yards per punt with a long of 62, with two of his four being pinned inside the 20 in a 31-13 win against Maryville. The Scots managed just 1 punt return yard.
RET Jordan Gunter, Sr., Centre
Gunter set the tone for Centre in the Colonels' 42-27 win at Rhodes. With the score tied at 7-7 in the first period, Gunter fielded a Rhodes punt and raced 75 yards to the end zone for his second career punt return touchdown. Gunter finished with 121 return yards on three returns for the day.
ST Willie Julkes, Sr., Concordia-Moorhead
Julkes blocked two extra points - including the game-deciding point-after in overtime - in the Cobbers' one-point win at No. 4 St. John's. In addition to his game-changing extra point blocks, Julkes set the tone in the game by returning the opening kickoff 78 yards. Julkes has now blocked a school-record five punts or kicks this season, the most in Division III.