Mon, Oct. 1, 2012 - [Football]
Kansas Wesleyan has landed its first NAIA National Player of the Week as Marc Porras has been named as the NAIA Football National Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts in the Coyotes' 28-24 win over Friends University on Saturday at Salina Stadium.
Porras, a junior from Stockton, Calif., was also named KCAC Football Defensive Player of the Week earlier in the day and was recognized by Beyond Sports Network as one of the top players of the week at the NAIA level.
In Saturday's game, Porras intercepted three passes, one in the first quarter and one in the third quarter and the last coming late in the fourth quarter. He also had nine total tackles, five of them solo stops, and a pass breakup in the game. It was his last interception that was post pivotal in Wesleyan's win. The Coyotes had just turned the ball over to Friends and the Falcons were looking to score what would have been the potential game winning touchdown. Porras stepped in front of the halfback pass, picking it off in the end zone, allowing the Coyotes to possess the ball for the final four and a half minutes to win the game.
It was his fifth interception of the game, ranking him second in the NAIA in that category at this point in the season.
Casey Clarke of Campbellsville (Ky.) has been named the NAIA National Football Special Teams Player of the Week and John Dostal of Hastings (Neb.) has been tabbed National Football Offensive Player of the Week.
Clarke, a senior place-kicker from London, England, scored all 15 points for Campbellsville in the Tigers' 15-14 victory at Kentucky Christian on Sept. 29. Clarke, who is in his first season playing American football, broke two program records and tied two others in leading the Campbellsville to its first victory of the season. His career-long 52-yard field goal with 4:17 remaining in the third quarter tied a 22-year-old school record set by Steve Tow in 1990. Clarke also tied the record for most field goals attempted (5), while breaking the mark for most field goals made (5) and points scored by a kicker (15). His five field goals are the fifth-most made in an NAIA football game, one shy of tying the NAIA record. In addition to the 52-yarder, Clarke connected on 20, 34, 37 and 41 yard attempts.
Dostal, a senior quarterback from Omaha, Neb., passed for a career-high 314 yards and four touchdowns in Hastings' 40-30 victory over then-No. 22 Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) on Sept. 29. He completed 19-of-32 passes to eight different receivers and had no interceptions. Additionally, Dostal rushed for 80 yards on 10 attempts en route to 394 yards of total offense - 75.3 percent of the Broncos total offensive output.
The Coyotes, who moved up three spots to No. 20 in the latest NAIA Football Top 25 Coaches' Poll, are back in action on Saturday when they head to Hillsboro to take on Tabor College for a 2 p.m., kickoff from Joel Wiens Stadium. Fans can catch the game live on the internet at http://kwucoyotes.ihigh.com.