Saginaw Valley State's Jonathon Jennings Named GLIAC Football "Offensive Player of the Week"

Saginaw Valley State's Jonathon Jennings Named GLIAC Football "Offensive Player of the Week"

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BAY CITY, Mich. - Saginaw Valley State University sophomore quarterback Jonathon Jennings (Columbus, Ohio/Westerville South) was named the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) "Offensive Player of the Week" after completing 25-of-33 passes for 338 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for 39 yards and two more scores in SVSU's 28-20 win over No. 15 Wayne State University last Saturday.  Grand Valley State University senior defensive lineman Andre Thomas ( Detroit, Mich./Denby) earned "Defensive Player of the Week Honors," while Northwood University  junior punter Tony Hite (Valparaiso, Ind.) was tabbed "Special Teams Player of the Week."


Ashland - AU had five interceptions in Saturday’s win over Findlay. The last time AU had five picks in a game came in the final game of the 2010 season against Lake Erie…three AU slot backs – D.J. McCoy (Cleveland, Ohio/Collinwood), Anthony Taylor (Arlington, Va./Washington-Lee) and Jordan McCune (Bellville, Ohio/Clear Fork) - scored touchdowns against Findlay. The last time AU had three running backs score at least one touchdown apiece came at Gannon in the final game of the 2007 season…junior defensive back Donnie Dottei (Toledo, Ohio/Whitmer) had two interceptions against Findlay and has a team-leading five picks. Dottei also had eight tackles against the Oilers…McCoy rushed for 149 yards on 28 carries against Findlay. That’s his second consecutive 100-yard effort and the 13th of his career…AU has an eight-game winning streak at Jack Miller Stadium…senior Gregg Berkshire (Ashland, Ohio) kicked two field goals against Findlay and has 15 this season. The school single-season record is 16.  Berkshire has done that twice.


Ferris State - FSU suffered its first home loss of the 2011 campaign on Saturday (Oct. 29) as the Bulldogs dropped a 24-17 setback to the Indianapolis Greyhounds at FSU’s Top Taggart Field... The Bulldogs fell to 5-4 overall and 4-4 in league action with their second consecutive loss while Indianapolis held onto a share of first place in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) North Division standings by improving to 7-2 overall and 6-2 in the conference.  FSU had been a perfect 4-0 at home this season entering the game, which was played before a “Kids Day” crowd of 2,075 fans... The Greyhounds had 406 yards of total offense to 362 for the Bulldogs while both teams had 22 first downs. The Bulldogs were limited to only 73 rushing yards on 39 carries with freshman fullback Jamaal Jackson (St. Joseph) pacing the ground game with 40 yards on 10 attempts.  Senior quarterback Tom Schneider completed 24-of-39 passes for 289 yards and a score, but was sacked three times.


Findlay - The Oilers saw their three-game winning streak stopped at Ashland on Saturday as they fell 34-19.  Junior QB Clay Belton completed 17-of-38 passing attempts for a career-high 292 yards and three touchdowns, but also set a new single game record with five interceptions in the loss.  Sophomore WR Seth White caught a career-high nine passes for 99 yards and a score while sophomore TE Jaryd Brown recorded four receptions for 78 yards... Junior RB back Monterae Williams was held to only 35 rushing yards on 13 carries in the game.  Defensively, senior safety Isaiah Ballard registered a team-high 12 tackles while junior linebacker Brandon Butler had ten.  Ballard also tallied 154 kickoff return yards on four attempts.  He had a season-long 62-yard return in the loss.



Grand Valley State - Grand Valley State has won five straight games since starting the season 1-3 overall and 0-3 in GLIAC action…Grand Valley State sophomore QB Heath Parling (Plymouth, Mich./Salem) leads the nation in pass efficiency rating (182.42) and ranks third in TD passes with 29. Parling’s 29 TD passes ranks seventh all-time for a single-season in GVSU history. In the last five games, Parling has a pass efficiency rating of 220.73, is completing 67.6 percent of his passes for 1,262 yards with 20 Tds and  just one interception…Senior DT Andre Thomas (Detroit, Mich./Denby) has 50 tackles, 13.0 TFL, 7.5 QB sacks and nine QB hurries this season…Fellow senior Brad Howard (Mishawaka, Ind.) leads the team in tackles with 69, while also recording 10.5 TFL and 3.5 QB sacks.



Hillsdale - The Hillsdale College football team got back on the winning track with a 14-10 win over Northwood University Saturday…The win earned the Chargers their fourth straight winning season, the first time they have achieved that since 1993-96…It was also Hillsdale’s third win over Northwood in the past four meetings, the first time the Chargers have done that since a 3-1 streak from 1994-1997…Junior RB Joe Glendening missed the game, but senior RB Brad Spencer ran for a career-high 97 yards in his absence... Senior Nick Hixson made six tackles on defense and caught the game-winning 75-yard touchdown pass that gave Hillsdale the lead for good in the fourth quarter…The Charger defense has allowed a total of four touchdowns in its last 12 non-overtime quarters, dating back to the win over Michigan Tech Oct. 15…The defense also allowed a season-low 44 passing yards.


Indianapolis - UIndy earned its first five-game winning streak since 1998 with a 24-17 victory at Ferris State last week...The 17 points allowed represent a season low for the Hounds in GLIAC play…Three Greyhound defenders finished with double-digit tackle totals – SAF John Strickland (12), LB Mike Davis (12) and CB Jerrett Ban (11)…Sophomore Klay Fiechter and redshirt-freshman Matt Ripp combined for 145 of UIndy’s 188 rushing yards, with Ripp’s 57 representing a personal best…Sophomore QB Chris Mills threw three touchdown passes to three different receivers, while his first-quarter interception marked just the second turnover by the Hounds all season…Senior Ryan Forney needs 10 more receiving yards to became the fourth-ever Greyhound to amass 1,000 yards receiving in a season…Junior Mar’Quone Edmonds’ second-quarter TD upped his single-season program record for receiving touchdowns to 13.



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Lake Erie - The Storm trailed 31-7 before mounting a second-half comeback Saturday at Ohio Dominican, but ultimately fell short, 38-30, when they were unable to recover an onside kick attempt in the final minute... Lake Erie outgained ODU 447-365, but turned the ball over four times... senior QB Sean Bedevelsky completed 29-of-47 passes (both season highs) for 279 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. He also ran for a season-high 92 yards and two touchdowns. It was the 14th time in his career he both threw and ran for touchdowns in the same game and was the fifth time he rushed for two scores in a game... Bedevelsky’s 371 yards of total offense pushed him past the 10,000-yard mark for his career (10,139)... senior WR Brandon James reached double digits in catches for the second straight week. He caught a game-high 11 passes for 90 yards, including a touchdown, and went over the 200-receptions mark for his career (202). The touchdown grab was also the 20th of his career.



Michigan Tech - Wide receiver Steve Worthy (Detroit, Mich./Renaissance) tied a school record with three receiving touchdowns in Tech’s 24-20 loss at Grand Valley State last Saturday (Oct. 29). The senior had nine catches for 165 yards in the contest. The three effort tied a school record held by five others—most recently Keith White at Winona State on Aug. 25, 2007 … Tech’s last three losses have come by a combined 13 points … The Huskies’ defense held Grand Valley State, which had averaged 58 points in its previous four games, to just 24 points. Only three teams have scored more than 16 points against Tech this season … Senior Ian Coughlin (Royal Oak, Mich./Bishop Foley) posted a game-high 13 tackles vs. GVSU including nine solos, three tackles for loss and a sack. The linebacker ranks second on the team in tackles this season with 64 … Senior Todd Storm (Calumet, Mich.) had a sack on Grand Valley State’s second play from scrimmage. It was his sixth sack of the season and 17th of his career—third most all-time at Tech … Freshman Tyler Scarlett (Clarkston, Mich.) eclipsed the 2,000-yard mark for passing yards this season with 278 at Grand Valley last Saturday. Scarlett is just the fourth different QB in school history to ever reach the 2,000-yard plateau. At 2,003 yards, he is just 192 yards shy of breaking Steve Short’s (2002-06) school passing record of 2,194 … Tech will play its first home game since Oct. 15 with this Saturday’s (Nov. 5) tilt vs. Ferris State.


Northern Michigan - NMU snapped its 5-game losing streak with a 59-3 victory over Tiffin University on Saturday (Oct. 29) afternoon from the Superior Dome…It was the most points NMU has scores since Sept. 12, 2009 when the ‘Cats put up 62 against Tiffin…It was the first time all season that NMU had the advantage in time of possession…Eight different Wildcats scored touchdowns …Brandon Parson tied a Superior Dome record with two interceptions …Morgan Stenz had a 97-yard fumble return for a touchdown…Cody Scepaniak, Nick Awrey, Brent Parrett, Junior Michel and Parson all scored their first touchdowns of the season…Carter Kopach finished 14-of-20 for 131 yards and two touchdowns through the air and rushed for 55 yards.



Northwood - NU dropped a 14-10 contest at Hillsdale Saturday afternoon (October 29) … the star of the game for Northwood proved to be junior punter Tony Hite (Valparaiso, Ind.) … he averaged 48.8 yards per punt over four punts at Hillsdale …  Hite’s only punt that traveled less 50 yards was downed at the one yard line … His net punting average for the game was 46.2 yards … Carlos Love (Romulus, Mich./Gibraltar Carlson) led the NU defensive effort, finishing with 10 tackles and an interception … his interception came in the first quarter and took place at the Hillsdale two-yard line … Aaron Shavers (Detroit, Mich./Inkster) scored Northwood’s lone TD of the game, which came on an eight-yard run that put the Timberwolves up 10-7 in the third quarter.




Ohio Dominican helmet Ohio Dominican - Ohio Dominican’s football team racked up 38 points in a 19:52 stretch of play to score its second straight win, a 38-30 victory over Lake Erie…The Panthers have scored 100 points in the past two games and the defense has forced nine turnovers…ODU has attempted at least 45 rushes in six of nine games and 51 or more in four games…Jeremy Fudge accounted for a career-high five TDs, including a career-high three passing scores…Mike Noffsinger became the first back in school history to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a season as he now has 1,030…Justin Bell (14) and Cody Culbertson (13) both had career highs in tackles, and Culbertson also had his first career interception.



 Saginaw Valley State - SVSU picked up its second straight win against a ranked team, this time knocking off No. 15 Wayne State by a score of 28-20.  The victory moves the Cardinals record to 6-2 overall on the season and into a first place tie in the GLIAC, setting up two important games to close out the season.  The Cardinals improved their record at Wayne State to 15-2 all-time.  The offense had a solid afternoon amassing 512 yards of total offense against a defense that was allowing just 331 yards a game.  Sophomore quarterback Jonathon Jennings picked apart the Warriors, throwing for a career high 338 yards on 25-of-33 passing with a pair of touchdowns through the air to extend his streak to eight straight game this season with at least two touchdowns.  He would also add two rushing touchdowns on the afternoon as he rushed for 39 yards on nine carries.  Sophomore receiver Jeff Janis caught five passes  for 109 yards and two second quarter touchdowns that sent the Cardinals into halftime with a 21-17 advantage.



 Tiffin -  Tiffin University committed 7 turnovers at Northern Michigan, leading to a 59-3 defeat at the Superior Dome. Tiffin had 5 interceptions and 2 fumbles leading to 17 Wildcats points…Tiffin’s only points of the day came on a 33 yard Seth Pekoe field goal as time expired in the first half…Dan Pitts finished completing 18 of 43 passes with 4 interceptions for 255 yards. Brendton Williams was the prime beneficiary in receiving yards, totaling 121 yards on 5 catches. Obadiah Dykes had 35 yards receiving with 3 catches, while Marcus Beaurem had 33 receiving yards and 140 all purpose yards…Rennick Dutton led the Dragons with 10 tackles while Logan Snell and Theron Carter had 9 tackles for apiece. Dewon Tufts had 8 tackles on the line while Michael Gomez also had 6 tackles.


Wayne State - Wayne State had its six-game home field winning streak end ... senior Josh Renel (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester Adams) garnered 177 all-purpose yards on 51 rushing, 28 receiving and 98 on kickoff returns to move past Joe Gough (1991-94) for second place on WSU’s all-time chart for all-purpose yards with 4,573 ... Joique Bell of the New Orleans Saints has the school record at 8,055 ... senior linebacker Zach Easterly (Southfield, Mich./Cass Tech) made a career-high 11 tackles (9 solo, 2 assisted), including one for loss in his first start of the year ... senior wide receiver Troy Burrell (Port Huron, Mich.) extended his reception streak to 31 as hed led the Warriors in receptions (5) and receiving yards (49) vs. SVSU ... sophomore kicker Stefan Terleckyj (Warren, Mich. / Warren Mott) averaged a career-best 45.4 yards on seven punts with five inside the 20 (four inside the 10), and only allowed a total of -1 yards in punt returns ... he also recovered an onside kickoff.

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