In what world do you throw for 587 yards and 3 TDs, lead your team to a come-from-behind win over another undefeated, ranked, opponent and not end up on Roll Call? The one where your receiver grabs 17 passes for 273 yards in the same game. These are good problems to have.
Away we go:
FOOTBALL: Fort Hays State’s James Walker grabbed offensive player of the week honors for his big day in the Tigers’ win over Truman State — a must-win with Emporia State coming to town on Saturday. Walker went for 200 yards rushing, the first such effort for FHSU since 2005. He’s third in the MIAA in rushing at 93 yds./game. Oh, and nice mohawk, JW.
VOLLEYBALL: Emporia State is 13-0, No. 3 in the country and their two best players are playing like, well, their two best players. Outside hitter Arica Shepard and setter Ting Liu took MIAA honors this week after another big week where A. Shep averaged just over 4 kills per game and T. Liu was almost at 13 for assists per game. And they also beat No. 19 Truman, the team that’s ended their season the last two years. Oh, and I wrote a story about them today.
FOOTBALL: So as a former receiver — er, tight end that is — as any former whatever can attest, not in your wildest dreams do you think about having the game Corey Schultz had for Ottawa in its win over McPherson. And he’s the offensive POW for it. On the defensive side, it looks like Friends has a new star-in-the-making in freshman defensive end Dexter Davis, who had 4 1/2 sacks in the Falcons’ 45-7 win over Southwestern. Opposite Jordan Highley, he could learn a thing or two. Now he’s got to do it against good competition. Southwestern’s Jess Maddos was the man on special teams.
VOLLEYBALL: So is there usually a big contingent of Haysville-ites at Friends games or what? They’ve got two Slates on the roster, both Campus products, Lorielle and …. Chandra, who is the KCAC hitter of the week. The senior middle sparked a 3-game win streak for the Falcons with 32 kills. Tabor’s Mandi Phillips repeated as setter of the week and Sterling’s Kesley Deerinwater was the libero/defensive honoree.
MEN’S SOCCER: Kansas Wesleyan senior Arturo Guizar wasn’t just the KCAC player of the week, he hit ‘em up for national honors, too, scoring three goals in wins over undefeated William Jewell and Graceland, which was ranked. KWU goalkeeper Diego Millan was the defensive POW.
WOMEN’S SOCCER: Friends swept the women’s awards, with soph. forward Abbey Cunningham as the offensive top dog and freshman Lisa Nguyen on defense. They’re both from the 316 if you’re keeping track. I am.
CROSS COUNTRY: KWU’s Ernest Cruz was the men’s winner and Crystal Stegman, also a ‘Yote, was the women’s.
FOOTBALL: There’s something in the air … I think it’s all these games between top 10 opponents coming up. I walked outside today and the temp has dropped … feels like football weather, finally. And Butler running back Ricky Jacques and Fort Scott RB Jasmin Hopkins seem like they’re ready for battle. The co-offensive players of the week had big games, with Jacques going for 151 yards and 1 TD in a win over Air Force Prep and Hopkins going for 267 and 2 TDs in a win over Garden City. If you haven’t seen Hopkins play yet, do yourself a favor and go check dude out. His game is nice. Fort Scott linebacker Lavonte David and Hutch DB Matthew Pearson were the co-defensive POWs. Both returned picks for TDs in wins last week, and Pearson, another WICHITAN, also picked up a fumble and took it to the house. Butler punter/kicker Logan Ortiz was the special teams player of the week. Think Bill Snyder wishes he was in Manhattan right now? Seriously, though, Josh Cherry is TERRIBLE. How is he a DI kicker? Where’s our old HFCBS to pull the plug?
I think that’s all I got. If this was your first Roll Call, welcome to my Wolfpack.