September 22, 2008

Michigan Tech's Milbrath Named GLIAC Football "Offensive Player of the WeeK"

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BAY CITY, Mich. - Michigan Technological University sophomore runningback Phil Milbrath (Norway, Mich.) has been chosen as the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Football Offensive Player of the Week it was announced today by the league office. Ashland University senior linebacker Tom Brenner (Orrville, Ohio) was selected Defensive Player of the Week, while Hillsdale College junior placekicker Mark Petro (Rocky River, Ohio/Lutheran West) earned Special Teams Player of the Week Honors.

Phil Milbrath - Michigan Technological University GLIAC Offensive Player of the Week:
Phil Milbrath - Michigan Tech
(SO, RB, 5-9, 200, Norway, Mich.)

Phil Milbrath ran wild in the second half of Michigan Tech's 47-21 win at Northern Michigan last Thursday (Sept. 18). The tailback accounted for 133 yards and four touchdowns rushing in the final two quarters of the game as the Huskies outscored the Wildcats, 34-7, in front of a national TV audience. He finished with 189 yards for the game - just five short of his career high. Milbrath has scored 12 touchdowns in just four games this season. Offensive Honor Roll: Billy Cundiff - AU, Tim Hogue - FS, Mike Chambers - UF, Blake Smolen - GV, Aaron Waldie - HC, Deontrai Campbell - UI, Spencer Klukowski - NU, Carl Grimes - SV, Ed Sanders - WS.

Tom Brenner - Ashland University GLIAC Defensive Player of the Week:
Tom Brenner - Ashland
(SR, LB, 6-2, 223, Orrville, Ohio)

Tom Brenner had a team-high 12 tackles (6 solo), a sack, four tackles for loss (29 yards), an interception and a pass breakup in AU's 34-6 win over Tiffin. Brenner has intercepted three passes in the last two weeks, and leads the Eagles in tackles (37/22 solo), tackles for loss (7-37) and interceptions (3). AU had four interceptions, two sacks and recovered a fumble against the Dragons who entered the game with the sixth best passing attack in the country. Defensive Honor Roll:Kevin Noe - FS, Joe Knopick - UF, Jacob McGuckin - GV, Eric Weber - HC, Mike Dum - UI, Robert Haynes - MT, Tommy Paulsen - NU, John Jacobs - SV, Cornelius Dillard - WS.

Mark Petro - Hillsdale College GLIAC Special Teams Player of the Week:
Mark Petro - Hillsdale
(JR, PK, 5-10, 190, Rocky River, Ohio/Lutheran West)

Hillsdale College junior place kicker Mark Petro nailed three field goals overall, and accounted for the first six points of Hillsdale's 29-17 win over Indianapolis Saturday night. Petro, who ranks second in the GLIAC in scoring (9.5 ppg.), finished the game with 11 points overall. Special Teams Honor Roll:Tim Hogue - FS, Anthony Fields - UF, Todd Carter - GV, Tyler Cattelino - MT, Chris Kollias - NU, Jeremy Burr - SV, Myles McNichols - WS.

-----GLIAC Football Weekly Notes-----

Ashland - The Eagles forced five turnovers in last week's victory over Tiffin. That's the first time Ashland forced five turnovers in a game since Nov. 11, 2006, against Gannon. AU picked off four Tiffin passes. The last time Ashland had a quartet of steals in a game was on Nov. 5, 2004, at Indianapolis. AU allowed six points against the Dragons and that's the fewest points the Eagles have allowed since holding Indianapolis to three points in the final game of the 2005 season...senior linebacker Tom Brenner (Orrville, OH) had 12 tackles (6 solo), four tackles for loss, a sack and an interception last week. Brenner has three interceptions in the last two weeks. He leads the team in tackles (37/22 solo), tackles for loss (seven) and interceptions (three)...junior quarterback Billy Cundiff (Uniontown, OH/Green) has thrown a touchdown pass in 13 consecutive games. Last week, Cundiff had a career-best 26-yard run. The junior threw for 219 yards and two scores and rushed for 54 yards...AU continues to show great balance in the passing game. Four receivers have caught at least 18 passes. Three of those players are averaging 16.0 ypc., or better...AU didn't score in the first quarter last week against Tiffin. That's the first time the Eagles went scoreless in the first quarter since last year's game at Hillsdale (Sept. 15, 2007)...junior Dawon Harvey (Columbus, OH/Central State) is averaging 100.7 ypg., rushing in his AU career. Harvey has gained 1,410 yards in 14 games.

Ferris State - The nationally 24th-ranked Ferris State Bulldogs put up a valiant fight, but second-ranked Grand Valley State was too much to overcome as the Lakers recorded a 31-13 triumph over FSU Saturday (Sept. 20) evening in the Anchor-Bone Classic before a record crowd of 14,612 fans at Lubbers Stadium in Allendale, Mich...It came in a battle of unbeaten teams as FSU dropped to 3-1 overall and 2-1 in the GLIAC while the Lakers improved to 3-0 both overall and in conference play... Ferris cut a 14-point Laker deficit in half with 9:26 to go in the second quarter on senior back Paris Holloman's (Rochester Hills/Avondale) two-yard TD run following an 83-yard Bulldog drive that took 13 plays and nearly eight minutes off the clock. The Bulldogs again came within a touchdown with 3:41 left in the third quarter as redshirt freshman quarterback Tom Schneider (Jerome/Addison) plunged in from the one-yard line to cap a seven-play drive covering 58 yards... Ferris State outgained the second-ranked Lakers for the game as FSU tallied 360 yards of total offense on 67 plays compared to 332 yards on 52 plays for the Lakers. Ferris managed 167 yards on the ground with Paris Holloman running for a team-high 63 yards. Tom Schneider was 20-of-32 in the air for 193 yards.

Findlay - The Oilers lost their second straight game on Saturday 28-7 against Wayne State...All 28 of the Warriors points were scored in the first half...As a team, the Oilers turned the ball over three times and created three turnovers themselves but gave up the huge first half when Wayne State accumulated 286 of their 329 yards...Junior running back Melvin Jackson had 54 yards rushing on 18 carries while junior wide receiver Jonathan Bell churned out 53 yards on nine carries. ..After racking up nine sacks in their first two games...Findlay has been shutout in the quarterback takedown area in their past two contests...Junior wide receiver Mike Chambers has a team-high 29 receptions on the season for 285 yards.

Grand Valley State - Grand Valley State now leads the all-time series with Ferris State by a 24-12-1 margin. The Lakers have won 11-of-the-last-12 meetings between the schools, including eight straight...GVSU is 94-6 in its last 100 games and 101-10 since the start 2000...Grand Valley State has won 35 consecutive regular season games and 33 straight GLIAC games. GVSU is 66-3 in its last 69 GLIAC contests...The Lakers have appeared in the AFCA top 25 in 100 straight polls...Sophomore running back James Berezik (Fraser, Mich./Warren DeLaSalle) broke the 100-yard rushing mark for the third time this season and the seventh in his career. Berezik rushed for 108 yards on 13 carries vs. Ferris State...Junior running back Blake Smolen (Grosse Ile, Mich.) rushed for 45 yards and one TD on seven carries, caught three passes for 58 yards and two TDs, while returning two kickoffs for 38 yards for 141 all-purpose yards.

Hillsdale - Saturday's 29-17 win by Hillsdale College over the Greyhounds was the first in Indianapolis for the Chargers since Sept. 30, 1995...It was also the most lopsided score result in the series between the two teams since 2003...Eight of the previous 10 meetings between the teams had been decided by eight points or less...Hillsdale has won the last three games over Indianapolis played in even-numbered years (2004, 2006, 2008)...Senior wide receiver Aaron Waldie tied a school record with his 24th career touchdown pass in the game...He had 18 of those TD receptions in 2007...This is the second straight year Hillsdale has started a season 3-1 after four games...Junior running back Vinnie Panizzi has rushed for at least 94 yards in each of the team's first four games of the season...Ten of Hillsdale's past 11 wins overall have come by 12 points or more, while all four of the team's losses in that span have come by four points or less...Head coaches Joe Polizzi (Indianapolis) and Keith Otterbein (Hillsdale) were teammates at Hillsdale College in the 1970s...Junior linebacker Mat Szula took back an interception 40 yards one week after returning a fumble a school-record 82 yards.

Indianapolis - Freshman Deontrai Campbell (Ft. Wayne, Ind./South Side) registered his second collegiate 100-yard rushing game ... Jace Morrison's (Dale, Ind./Heritage Hills) 38-yard field goal in the fourth quarter was the first field goal make for UIndy this season and marked a career long for the junior ... Senior Kevin Sanford (Dayton, Ohio/Chaminade-Julienne) went over 2,000 yards receiving in his career, moving him into fourth place on the school's all-time list ... Sanford's TD catch was the 15th of his career, moving him into a tie for fifth in program history.

Michigan Tech - Michigan Tech took possession of the Miner's Cup with its 47-21 win at arch rival Northern Michigan last Thursday (Sept. 18) in a game that was broadcast live on FSN Detroit and CBS College Sports. The Huskies' win over NMU was their fifth in the last seven games in the series and just their second ever over the Wildcats at the Superior Dome ... Phil Milbrath (Norway, Mich.) ran wild in the second half of Michigan Tech's 47-21 win at Northern Michigan last Thursday (Sept. 18). The 5-9, 200-pound tailback accounted for 133 yards and four touchdowns rushing in the final two quarters of the game as the Huskies outscored the Wildcats, 34-7. He finished with 189 yards for the game - five short of his career high. Milbrath has scored 12 touchdowns in just four games this season. He also averages 143.8 yards per game ... Senior Keith White (Rhinelander, Wis.) hauled in five passes for 156 yards and a touchdown at NMU. The 6-4, 225-pound receiver leads the GLIAC in receiving yards per game at 112.2 ... Robert Haynes (Lansing, Mich./Sexton) intercepted his fourth pass of the season last Thursday - maintaining his GLIAC-leading average of 1.0 per game. The Huskies' track star returned that interception for a touchdown - marking the second pick six of his career ... Tech quarterback Steve Short (Iron Mountain, Mich./Kingsford) completed 13-of-17 passes for 242 yards and a touchdown vs. NMU. He also rushed 10 times for 33 yards and a score. The junior co-captain has managed Tech's offense extremely well this season, with the GLIAC's second-best pass efficiency rating (169.8). The Huskies are also tops in the league in both third-down conversions (45.7 percent) and fourth-down conversions (80.0 percent).

Northern Michigan - A new Superior Dome record of 8,672 was on hand Thursday night to watch the Northern Michigan-Michigan Tech football game...The old record of 8,432 was set against Ferris State on Oct. 5, 1991...The ‘Cats take to the road for the second time for 2008 with a date at Ferris State on Saturday...Mark Bossuah was held for under 100 yards for the first time this season as he collected 96 yards on 19 carries...For the season, Bossuah has 360 yards and three of the four rushing touchdowns...Zach Nichols had nine receptions against the Huskies for 85 yards...Nichols currently leads the team with 18 receptions...Dan Elmore hauled in three passes against MTU, but had 108 yards of receiving...Wells leads the team in receiving yards with 249 as he collected 47 on Thursday night...The NMU defense currently has 11 sacks on the season, which ties what they did all of last year...Nathan Yelk had 12 total tackles (six solo and six assisted) against the Huskies and is currently second on the team with 21 total tackles (12 solo and nine assisted)...Andrew Strobel leads the ‘Cats with 25 total tackles (18 solo and seven assisted)...Eight players have at least one sack on the season, leading the way with two are David Reese, Scott Avery and Jacob Reimer

Northwood - The Northwood football team dropped tough 46-45 contest to rival Saginaw Valley State Saturday afternoon ... the Timberwolves had season-highs in every offensive statistic in the game, finishing with 300 yards rushing and 175 yards passing ... Spencer Klukowski (Rockford, Mich.) accounted for five touchdowns in the game - three passing and two rushing ... he finished the contest with 299 yards of total offense, rushing for 124 yards and passing for 175 yards ... Antoine Carr (Pontiac, Mich./Central) finished the game with three receiving touchdowns ... his final TD came on a fumble recovery off a pass from Klukowski to Quillan Mathis (Detroit, Mich./Finney) ... Carr entered this season with three career receiving touchdowns - he already has four TD receptions on the season ... the Timberwolves scored 17 points in the opening quarter against the Cardinals after scoring 14 total points in the first two games of the season combined ... NU will host Findlay Saturday at Noon.

Saginaw Valley State - Saginaw Valley defeated rival Northwood in the 35th Annual Axe Bowl 46-45 in a game that saw a combined 996 yards of total offense. SVSU bring back the axe to University Center for the first time since 2005. SVSU quarterback Dan Stiefel (Emmett, Mich./Sterling Heights Stevenson HS) threw the Cardinals first three passing touchdowns on the season Saturday afternoon. Stiefel would finish the afternoon 27-for-44 for 404 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. Emeott paced the Cardinals on the ground with 86 yards on 17 carries. Grimes hauled in seven catches for 162 yards and touchdown, while fellow receiver Mike Meade (Elk Hart, Ind.) caught nine passes for 106 yards. The Cardinals defense was lead by Jacobs who had 15 tackles to go along with his interception and fumble recovery. Senior Mike LeVand (Grandville, Mich. / Grandville HS) had 13 tackles and one pass break-up and Matt Black (Toronto, Ont. / Northern Secondary School) chipped in with eight tackles and one forced fumble.

Tiffin - Defensive back Chris Evans posted 10 tackles with 8 solo stops, a tackle for loss, and an interception to lead the Dragons...Arthur Allen and Rahsan Wilson also had 8 tackles each in the defensive secondary...Dyshaun Edwards had 4 receptions for 67 yards and Greg Raspberry had 3 catches for 62 yards to lead the receivers...Matt Root had a difficult day at quarterback, completing 21 of 45 passes for 201 yards but with 4 interceptions... Cameron Mobley had 162 all-purpose yards with 84 yards in kick returns, 42 receiving yards, and 36 rushing yards.

Wayne State - The Warriors are off to a 3-1 start for the second time in the last three years, but only the third time since 1984 (1991 and 2006) ... WSU has equaled last season's win total ... after surrendering four fourth quarter leads a year ago, WSU has allowed only three fourth quarter points this year ... on its first possession, the Wayne State offense had a 12-play, 78-yard scoring drive (both plays and yards were season-bests) culminating in a Joique Bell (Benton Harbor, Mich.) touchdown run ... with the score, Bell became just the fourth player in GLIAC history with 300 league points ... on a third-and-eight from the UF 41, freshman quarterback Kevin Smith (Detroit, Mich./Central) hit sophomore wide receiver Ed Sanders (Detroit, Mich./Renaissance) along the left sideline and he outraced everyone to the end zone for WSU's longest play from scrimmage of the season ... with his second PAT of the game, senior place-kicker David Chudzinski (Belleville, Mich.) moved into fifth place on the WSU all-time scoring list with 167 points surpassing John Hazely's (1946-49) total of 166 ... following a UF fumble, Smith connected with Bell for a 10-yard completion ... on the play, Bell became WSU's career leader in all-purpose yards surpassing Hall of Famer Joe Gough's (1991-94) total of 4,536 yards.

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