The Great Plains Athletic Conference has announced its weekly best in football.
Offense – Davis Bloemendaal, Quarterback – Northwestern College
Northwestern College running back Davis Bloemendaal is this week’s GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Offensive Player-of-the-Week. Blomendaal, a senior from Orange City, Iowa, helped lead 12th-ranked Northwestern to a 55-27 win over Midland last weekend in Fremont. Needing a win to secure a playoff berth Bloemendaal threw for a school record, and matched a GPAC record, with seven touchdown passes in a single game. The senior completed 21-of-28 passes for a career-high 395 yards and also rushed for a game-high 69 yards on nine carries. He moved into third place all-time at Northwestern with 68 passing touchdowns. Northwestern won its sixth straight game and improved to 8-2 overall. Northwestern will travel to Missouri Valley Saturday November 23 for the opening round of the NAIA Football Championship Series. Kick off will be at NOON.
Defense – Isaiah Twitty, Linebacker – Northwestern College
Northwestern College linebacker Isaiah Twitty is this week’s GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Defensive Player-of-the-Week. Twitty, a senior from Chesapeake, Virginia helped lead 12th-ranked Northwestern to a 55-27 win over Midland in the final game of the regular season. The senior linebacker led the Red Raiders with 8.5 tackles, including two solo stops. Twitty recorded 3.5 tackles for a loss and registered one sack and forced fumble that led to a defensive touchdown, leading to the first score of the game. Northwestern won its sixth straight game and improved to 8-2 overall, earning a playoff berth. Northwestern will play at Missouri Valley at NOON in the NAIA FCS First Round next Saturday.
Special Teams – Seth Wardyn, Return Specialist – Nebraska Wesleyan University Nebraska Wesleyan University return specialist Seth Wardyn is this week’s GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Special Teams Player-of-the-Week. Wardyn, a junior from Grand Island, Nebraska returned a blocked field goal 87 yards for a touchdown to put NWU ahead early in the 1st quarter for one of four 1st quarter TDs in the Prairie Wolves 43-14 victory. Wardyn also returned a punt ten yards and finished with five tackles and a pass breakup in the secondary. NWU ended the season with 6-4 (6-3 GPAC). Also with Saturday’s win Nebraska Wesleyan Coach Brian Keller notched his 100th career win with the Prairie Wolves.