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2013 WIAC Football Players of the Week
Week of November 11th - November 17th, 2013
Offense Defense
Zach Litchfield Devon Vance
K :: UW-Platteville DB :: UW-Platteville
UW-Platteville student/ athlete Pioneer kicker Zach Litchfield (Sr.-Waupaca/WI) is the WWS choice for WIAC football offensive player of the week.

At JJ Keller Field on Saturday (11/16) facing 2012 WIAC Champion UW-Oshkosh Litchfield kept the Pioneer dream of a NCAA D-III playoff appearance alive with a successful 37-yard field goal conversion -as time expired - giving the team a 17-16 win over the Titans.

UW-Platteville trailed 14-16 with less than 3 minutes remaining in the contest before a forced punt gave them an opportunity for post-season play.

Pioneer QB John Kelly (Sr.-Chicago/IL) moves the UW-P offense 49 yards on 12 plays in the final drive, setting up the game winning score at the UW-O 20 yard line, a 37-yard field goal attempt.

Litchfield converts the field goal with no time remaining, effectively ending the Titan season, giving UW-Platteville their 9th win of the 2013 campaign.

This season Litchfield has converted 7-of-10 field goal attempts and averaged 60.9 yards per kickoff with 4,083 yards to date.
UW-Platteville student/ athlete Pioneer defensive back Devon Vance (So.-Crystal Lake/IL) is the WWS choice for WIAC football defensive player of the week.

Trailing UW-Oshkosh 14-16 late in the fourth quarter - at Titan Stadium on Saturday (11/16) - Vance helped the Pioneer defense keep QB Nick Olla and the Titan offense from chewing up the remaining time on the clock with a key tackle of Olla on a 3rd down and 10, forcing a UW-O punt with under three minutes to play; the tackle giving UW-P's offensive unit one last chance at post-season play.

The Pioneer defense limited the high powered Titan offense to just 115 yards passing in the game, down from their season average of 225 yards per contest.

Vance finished with 12 tackles tied for the team lead.

This season Vance is ranked 10th in the WIAC in total tackles (73) averaging 7.3 stops per game, playing in all 10 contests.

The Pioneers' overall defense is ranked #4 in the conference, giving up 355 yards per game, limiting opponents to 149 yards rushing and 206 yards passing per game.
Week of November 4th - November 10th, 2013
Offense Defense
Andy Puccini Austin Blashka
RB :: UW-Platteville DB :: UW-Oshkosh
UW-Platteville student / athlete Pioneer RB Andy Puccini (Jr.-Bartlett/IL) is the 'once again' the WWS choice for WIAC football offensive Player of the Week.

Puccini rushed for 221 yards on 31 attempts, carrying the Pioneer load over a determined UW-La Crosse Eagles squad in a hard fought 20-10 UW-P home win on Saturday at Ralph E. Davis Stadium.

It was a defensive struggle early on in the contest with the Pioneers holding a slim 6-3 advantage over UW-L at the break, a pair of field goals the teams only points.

Puccini, scoring on a 4-yd 3rd quarter TD run -that gave UW-P a 13-3 advantage -eclipsing the 200 yard mark, is the first Pioneer RB to rush for over 200 yards in a contest since 2006 (M. Genslinger - 285 against UW-RF).

Pioneer QB John Kelly threw for 250 yards in the game, completing 22 passes to a trio of UW-Platteville receivers, including a 4th quarter 2-yd TD pass to WR Riley Bailey (Sr.-Elburn/IL) sealing the game at 20-3. Bailey finished with 7 receptions for 66 yards. Kelly finished the game 26-of -34 passing.

This season, Puccini, ranked 6th in the conference in rushing (592 yards), has averaged 6.4 rushing yards per attempt (92) 2nd in the league. He has scored 3-TDs playing in all 9 games.

Puccini made the grade in Week 1 of this season, earning WWS player of the week honors, with a 149 yard performance against Buena Vista, a 42-17 Pioneer thumping of the visiting Beavers.
UW-Oshkosh student/ athlete Titan DB Austin Blashka (Sr.-Menasha/WI) is the WWS choice for WIAC defensive player of the week.

At Carson Park on Saturday, facing the UW-EC Blugolds, Blashka and the Titan defense limited the top running back in the league 'Golds RB Joel Sweeney to just 1 first down and zero points in the first half of play, en route to a 42-14 triumph, also the Titans 11th straight road win going back to last season.

Blashka topped the UW-Oshkosh defense with 7 total tackles, 5 of them solo stops, with the club recording an interception and a fumble, also enjoying a 35-0 advantage at the break.

UW-O WR Caleb Voss nabbed a Titan record 4 TD passes in the game, tying the WIAC record for a wide receiver, finishing the day with 5 catches for 101 yards.

The UW-Oshkosh rushing defense is ranked #3 in the conference, surrendering a stingy 121 yards on the ground per contest and 432 total yards per game, 2nd in the league behind UW-Whitewater.

This season Blashka has recorded 49 total tackles, averaging 5.4 stops per contest, playing in all 9 games.

In Week-8, facing UW-Whitewater in the WIAC 'game of the year', Blashka paced the squad with 9 total tackles in a tough 14-17 Titan home-loss to the Warhawks.
Week of October 28th - November 3rd, 2013
Offense Defense
Matt Behrendt UW-Whitewater
QB :: UW-Whitewater Defense
UW-Whitewater student / athlete Warhawk QB Matt Behrendt (Jr.-Westchester/IL) is once again the WWS choice for WIAC football offensive Player of the Week.

At Perkins Stadium, facing undefeated UW-Platteville in a conference showdown, the UW-Whitewater quarterback rallied the team from a 1st period 0-9 deficit, throwing three TD passes before the half, giving the club a 22-9 lead at the break, en route to a convincing 35-16 Warhawk homecoming win.

It was a standing-room only crowd with over 12,000 witnessing the WIAC 'Game of the Year' - both teams sporting identical 7-0 records heading into the contest - both clubs ranked in the top 10 nationwide, fighting for the WIAC Championship and an automatic bid to the 2013 NCAA D-III playoffs.

Behrendt, passing for over 1,800 yards this season, averaging 240 yards per game, (4th in the WIAC) completes a 1st quarter 11-yd pass to UW-W WR Joe Worth, closing the gap at 7-9, capping an 8-play, 60 yard Warhawk drive, also the last time the 'Hawks would trail in the contest.

The #1 ranked UW-Whitewater defense then stepped up - 'pounding the rock' against the high powered Pioneer offense - led by QB John Kelly (Sr.-Chicago/IL) - recording a stat-shattering 5 interceptions, with a pair of sacks, also limiting Platteville to a season-low 15 yards rushing in the contest.

Behrendt, throwing 23 TD passes this season, has thrown just 1 interception in 8 games (164-262-1) with a pass efficiency rating of 155.6, 2nd in the league.

The UW-W quarterback earned WWS player of the week honors twice this WIAC year; helping the team upset 2012 WIAC Champion UW-Oshkosh 17-14 in Week-8 and in Week-3 avenging a rare 2012 Whitewater home-loss with a 55-14 'Hawk spanking of Buffalo State.
Limiting powerhouse UW-Platteville to just 15 rushing yards and picking off the top QB in the league 5 times earns the UW-Whitewater defense the WWS player of the week honors.

The team held the high -flying Pioneers offense, averaging over 500 yards per contest, to just 271 total yards from scrimmage, and 16 points in a 35-16 home win at Perkins Stadium.

After trailing 9-0 in the first period the defense stepped up, saving the day for the Warhawks, sacking Pioneer QB John Kelly twice and forcing ill-advised throws, 5 of which were interceptions.

The Warhawk defense is ranked #1 in the conference, surrendering 224 yards per game, holding opponents to 75 yards rushing per game.

Top player for the team Warhawk DB Josh Williams (Sr.-Mukwonago/WI) had a stellar day for UW-W, recording a team-high 7 tackles, with 1 interception and 1 sack, playing a complete game.

DB Ryan Winske (So.-Omro/WI) recorded a pair of Kelly interceptions and 3 tackles in the contest- the WIAC 'Game of the Year'.
Week of October 21st - October 27th, 2013
Offense Defense
Matt Behrendt Kyle Wismer
QB :: UW-Whitewater DB :: UW-Whitewater
In a WIAC showdown at JJ Keller Field, facing 2012 WIAC Champion UW-Oshkosh, UW-Whitewater student / athlete Warhawk QB Matt Behrendt (Jr.-Westchester/IL) helped end the Titans 12 game conference win streak with a 17-14 'Hawk road-upset and is 'once again' the WWS choice for WIAC football offensive Player of the Week.

UW-Oshkosh and UW-Whitewater both enjoyed identical unblemished 6-0 records heading into Saturday's contest at Titan Stadium, which became a defensive struggle for both clubs - the Titans battling to a 14-10 halftime advantage against the high-powered 'Hawk offense - ranked #2 in the conference in points (184).

Behrendt, earning WWS player of the week honors in Week-3 of the season, a 55-14 UW-W road spanking of the Buffalo State Bengals, quieted the home crowd of over 3,000 in attendance with a 9-play, 66-yard 2nd quarter drive, capped by a 5-yard TD pass, giving UW-Whitewater a 10-7 lead.

After a scoreless 3rd quarter, Behrendt took two plays to go 74 yards for the go-ahead score in the final period - an 18-yard RB Booker Ross (Fr.-Aurora/IL) TD run - putting UW-W up 17-14.

Behrendt and the Warhawks played a mistake-free game, with Behrendt completing 22-of-40 pass attempts for 236 yards and 1-TD, with no interceptions and no penalties recorded by the team.

This season Behrendt has 1,070 yards passing with 9-TDs playing in all 7 games.
UW-Whitewater student/ athlete Warhawk DB Kyle Wismer (Sr.-Spring Grove/IL) is the WWS choice for WIAC defensive Player of the Week.

The undefeated WIAC Champion Titans faced 6-0 UW-Whitewater at JJ Keller Field on Saturday (10/26) both clubs ranked in the top 10 nationwide, sporting potent offenses and stingy defenses, both seeking WIAC supremacy.

Wismer put the lights out on a Titan comeback with a late 4th quarter mid-field interception of UW-Oshkosh QB Nick Olla, preserving a 17-14 Warhawk lead, and their undefeated season.

Wismer and the Hawk defense came up big against the high scoring Titan offense, and RB Cole Myhra, limiting the hard running UW-O back to 78 yards rushing and zero TD's in the contest, and the team to 14 first downs.

Olla had a pair of fumbles and was picked off twice by the tough Warhawk defense.

Wismer recorded 6 tackles in the game (5 solo).

This season Wismer has 33 total tackles (20 solo) ranked second on the squad, playing in all 7 contests. Last year Wismer, a WIAC First-team All-conference selection, was a team MVP.
Week of October 14th - October 20th, 2013
Offense Defense
Cole Myhra Scott Burzynski
RB :: UW-Oshkosh OLB :: UW-Eau Claire
UW-Oshkosh student/athlete Titan running back Cole Myhra (Sr.-Menomonee Falls/WI) is the WWS choice for WIAC football offensive Player of the Week.

Facing the River Falls Falcons at cold and rainy Ramer Field on Saturday (10/19), Myhra's 4-TD performance helped stretch the UW-Oshkosh football programs WIAC winning streak to 12 games with a convincing 41-13 road-win.

Myhra saw his first 100+ yard game of the season, rumbling for 154 yards and 4-TD's on 27 attempts, adding to his season total yardage (505) ranked 2nd in the conference.

UW-Oshkosh trailed 7-0 early in the contest, but a pair of Myhra TD runs gave the visiting Titans a 20-7 lead starting second quarter action.

Myhra carried the load on a 2nd period, 16-play, 80-yard Titan drive that took 5:15 off the game clock, capped with a 2-yard TD run that put the game away at 27-7 before the half.

Last season Myhra earned WWS player of the week honors in Week-10 with a 3-touchdown day against UW-Stevens Point at JJ Keller Field, a 56-31 Titan home win.
UW-Eau Claire student / athlete Blugold linebacker/punter Scott Burzynski (Sr.-Stanley/WI) is the WWS choice for WIAC football defensive Player of the Week.

Burzynski paced the UW-EC team with 12 tackles (10 solo) at Perkins Stadium on Friday night, a rare night contest under the lights facing perennial WIAC powerhouse UW-Whitewater.

Despite the lop-sided final score of 42-0 in favor of the Warhawks, the loss wasn't due to a lack of effort on the Blugold defense which racked up 70 tackles in the game.

Burzynski forced a 1st quarter fumble of 'Hawk tight end Derric Junakin (Jr.-Cudahy/WI) and registered another fumble in the third period, which he also recovered.

Also the clubs' punter, Burzynski totaled 10 punts for 349 yards in the contest, a 34.9 yard average, with a 46 yard punt in the first quarter, and 2 punts landing inside the 20.

He also had 1 rushing attempt for 12 yards.

This season Burzynski has 43 total tackles (10 assisted) averaging 7.2 stops per contest, playing in all 6 games.
Week of October 7th - October 13th, 2013
Offense Defense
Jake Kumerow Ryan Stefaniak
WR :: UW-Whitewater LB :: UW-Oshkosh
UW-Whitewater student/ athlete Warhawk WR Jake Kumerow (Jr.-Bartlett/IL) is the WWS choice for WIAC football offensive player of the week.

The #7 ranked (AFCA) Warhawks trailed 6-7 ending 1st quarter action facing UW-Stout at Perkins Stadium (10/12) but Kumerow helped the team to a 34-10 halftime lead, grabbing 2-TD receptions, part of a three touchdown day for the UW-W wide receiver.

The game turned out to be a 'Hawk feast of the visiting Blue Devils, with over 10,000 in attendance (Family Day) to witness the lop-sided 55-13 UW-Whitewater home-win, also the teams' 13th consecutive win over UW-Stout, a streak dating back to 2001.

UW-Whitewater QB Matt Behrendt (Sr.-Westchester/IL) tossed a school record 6-TD passes, including a third quarter 4-yard TD strike to Kumerow that put the game away at 44-10.

Kumerow, (currently pacing the WIAC with a 21.3 yard average per catch), finished the day with 226 yards receiving on 11 receptions and 3-TD's.

Last week Kumerow made the grade in another 'Hawk blowout, taking a 70-yard Behrendt pass to' da haus' at Veterans Memorial Stadium facing UW-La Crosse, a 47-3 UW-W road spanking of the Eagles.
UW-Oshkosh student / athlete Titan linebacker Ryan Stefaniak (Sr.-Milwaukee/WI) is the WWS choice for Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) football defensive player of the week.

Facing UW-La Crosse at JJ Keller Field on Saturday (10/12) Stefaniak and the stiff Titan defense limited the visiting UW-L Eagles to 177 total yards from scrimmage, and a pair of field goals in a 30-6 UW-Oshkosh home win.

Stefaniak paced the Titan defense with 10 total tackles (9 solo), 1 sack of Eagle QB Andy Sires (Sr.-Houston/MN) and 2.5 tackles for loss of yardage. Sires and the Eagle offense was held to just 90 yards passing on 21 attempts.

UW-Oshkosh, winning their 11th consecutive WIAC contest, had 3 takeaways and a total of 6 sacks in the contest. The UW-O win streak is the 3rd longest in WIAC history.

This season Stefaniak has 26 solo-stops and 36 total tackles, playing in all 5 games.

Last year Stefaniak played in 25 games for the WIAC Champion Titans, recording 132 total tackles (92 solo) 7 sacks, 2 interceptions and 2 forced fumbles, along with 29 stops for loss of yardage.
Week of September 30th - October 6th, 2013
Offense Defense
John Kelly Reese Dziedzic
QB :: UW-Platteville LB :: UW-Oshkosh
UW-Platteville Pioneer QB John Kelly (Sr.-Chicago/IL) rewrote the UW-Platteville school record books with his stat-shattering performance against the Eau Claire Blugolds on Saturday (10/5) and is the WWS choice for WIAC football offensive player of the week.

It was a tale of two halves at Ralph E. Davis Stadium with the visiting 0-3 Blugolds enjoying a 20-14 halftime advantage over the 3-0 Pioneers.

Kelly opened up the potent UW-P offensive attack in the second half of play, throwing 5 TD passes, and the Pioneers defense did the rest, sacking 'Golds QB Mark Munger 8 times, en route to a 49-27 UW-Platteville homecoming win.

Completing 32-of-39 pass attempts for 442 yards put Kelly in elite company, 4th on the schools' all-time list in yards per game, and his 7 TD completions ties the UW- Platteville school record.

Kelly completed TD passes to 6 different receivers, including a pair of TD completions to Pioneer wide receiver Quinn Buschbacher, a 14-yd first quarter TD, and a 4th period 6-yard TD reception that put the game away at 42-27.

Pioneer WR Ryley Bailey (Sr.-Elburn/IL) paced the team with 10 receptions for 145 yards and 1 TD, an 18-yard 3rd period completion that gave the Pioneers a 21-20 advantage.

The seven TD completions ties the UW-Platteville school record set by Bryce Corrigan vs. Stout in 2012 and vaults Kelly into the WIAC all-time record book.

Kelly earned the WWS player of the week honors in Week 2 last year with a 52-35 Pioneer win over the Dubuque, IA Spartans, passing for 262 yards and 4-TDs.
UW-Oshkosh student/ athlete Titan linebacker Reese Dziedzic (Fr.-Crystal Lake/MN) is the WWS choice for WIAC defensive player of the Week.

At Don and Nona Williams Stadium on Saturday (10/5) Dziedzic snuffed out a late 4th quarter game-winning Blue Devil drive with a mid-field interception of UW-Stout QB Hank Kujak, helping preserve the Titans 28-26 advantage, and their winning streak of 11 conference games dating back to last season.

Dziedzic recorded a team-high 12 tackles in the contest, along with 1 tackle for loss, 1 sack and 1 pass breakup, playing an all-around complete game.

UW-Oshkosh coasted to a 21-0 1st quarter lead before the Blue Devils answered, scoring on their next 6 offensive possessions, closing the gap at 23-28 ending 3rd period action.

Facing tough Central College at Schipper Stadium in Pella, Iowa last month (9/7) Dziedzic paced the team in tackles (11, 7 solo) in a 24-20 UW-O road-win over the Dutch.
Week of September 23rd - September 29th, 2013
Offense Defense
Nick Olla UW-Whitewater
QB :: UW-Oshkosh Defense
UW-Oshkosh student / athlete Titan QB Nick Olla (Sr.-Kewaskum/WI) is the WWS choice for WIAC football offensive Player of the Week.

A potent and balanced Titan offensive attack, led by Olla, cruised to a lop-sided 56-3 non-conference home win facing the Alma (MI) Scots at JJ Keller Field in Oshkosh, the teams' third win of the 2013 campaign.

The UW-Oshkosh defensive unit limited the visiting Scots to 48 passing yards and 6 first downs in the contest, enabling the Titan offense time to accumulate a staggering 555 yards of production.

Olla finished the day 17-of-26 passing for 265 yards and 3-TD's, including a 40-yd. 1st quarter scoring strike to WR Caleb Voss (Sr.-Van Dyne/ WI), giving UW-O an early 7-0 advantage, one of a pair of TD's tossed to the veteran Titan wide receiver.

UW-Oshkosh RB Cole Myhra (Sr.-Menomonee Falls/WI) added a pair of rushing TDs, part of a 200+ yard effort on the ground for UW-O.

Last season Olla saw action in 7 contests, backing up former starter Nate Wara at QB, and also catching two TD passes at WR.
The UW-Whitewater Warhawk defensive unit is the WWS choice for WIAC football defensive player of the week.

At Perkins Stadium on Saturday (9/28) UW-Whitewater's defense allowed just 189 total yards from scrimmage facing Mid-States Football Association (MSFA) opponent Waldorf College (IA) in a 65-0 Warhawk blowout home-win.

The 'Hawk defense recorded six turnovers in the contest, including a 2nd quarter 88 yard interception returned for a TD by defensive back Andrew Keister (Sr.-Evansville/IL), the WWS choice for last weeks defensive Player of the Week.

Linebacker Cole Klotz (Sr.-Elm Grove/WI) paced the team with nine tackles (6 solo), including 2 tackles for loss, with thirty Hawk defenders recording at least 1 tackle in the game. UW-W lineman Loussaint Minett (Sr.-Whitewater/WI) picked up 1 sack on Warrior QB Sam Fisk.

The 65 points scored is the third most accumulated in Warhawk school history, just shy of the 70 points scored against UW-Eau Claire in 1958, a game which had 10 TD's recorded.

Whitewater scored a school record 75 points facing Lakeland College in 2006.
Week of September 16th - September 22nd, 2013
Offense Defense
Matt Behrendt Andrew Keister
QB :: UW-Whitewater DB :: UW-Whitewater
UW-Whitewater avenged a 2012 6-7 loss to Buffalo State College on Saturday (9/21) with a 55-14 thumping of the Bengals at Coyer Field behind Warhawk QB Matt Behrendt (Sr.-Westchester/IL), the WWS choice for WIAC football offensive player of the Week.

UW-Whitewater's NCAA record 46-game win streak was snapped by Buffalo at Perkins Stadium last season, but the visiting Warhawks return the favor this year, as Behrendt leads the 'Hawk offense to 7 scores in the first half of play, taking a 45-7 advantage at the break.

The Warhawks rolled up 397 yards of offense and limited the Bengals to just 182 yards from scrimmage, a far cry from last season's game where the team could only convert a pair of field goals against the Bengal's stiff defense.

Behrendt completed 13-of-26 pass attempts for 186 yards and 3-TDs including a 2nd quarter 32 yd. scoring strike putting the contest away at 38-7.

Last year Matt played in 8 games backing up starter Lee Brekke, completing 67-of-113 pass attempts with 5-TDs, rushing 38 times for an additional 185 yards.
UW-Whitewater student/athlete Warhawk DB Andrew Keister (Sr.-Evansville/IL) is the WWS choice for WIAC football defensive player of the week.

At Coyer Field in Buffalo NY on Saturday (9/21) UW-Whitewater took a 45-7 advantage into the locker room at halftime facing the Bengals, the Warhawk defense limiting the home team to 182 total yards from scrimmage in a 55-14 road-win.

Keister recorded 4 tackles in the contest, along with a pass break-up in the end-zone and a fumble recovery returned for a 30-yd. TD, blowing the game wide open at 45-7 in the second quarter.

The road-win over the Bengals avenges a 2012 UW-Whitewater 6-7 loss to Buffalo that snapped the Warhawks 46-game win streak, the longest in NCAA history (all divisions).

Last season Keister registered 20 tackles (14 solo), 3 pass defensed and 1 forced fumble, playing in 8 contests.
Week of September 9th - September 15th, 2013
Offense Defense
Joel Sweeney Kevin Ybarra
RB :: UW-Eau Claire DB :: UW-Platteville
UW-Eau Claire student/ athlete Blugold running back Joel Sweeney(Sr.-Tomah/WI) is the WWS choice for WIAC football offensive Player of the Week.

The UW-Eau Claire offense didn't have the best of days with the football facing St. John's at Clemens Stadium in Collegeville, MN on Saturday (9/14) recording a pair of fumbles and two interceptions, but Sweeney's determination and effort showed on the stat sheet as he finished the day with 266 yards rushing (shy of his career high 281) on 43 attempts, scoring 2 TD's, in a closely played 17-14 'Golds road loss to the Johnnies.

The Blugold senior RB put the team on his back in the second half of play, with a 17-yard score in the third period and a 14-yard rumble for a TD in the final quarter, closing a 17-7 UW-EC gap.

Last season Sweeney paced the WIAC in yards per contest, averaging 122.3 yards per game, finishing the year with 1,223 yards, scoring 16 TD's, playing in all 10 games.

In his 4-year college career Sweeney has pounded the turf for 3,175 yards, fifth on the Blugolds' all-time list.
After falling behind 7-0 on the road at Chalmers Stadium on Saturday (9/14), facing the Dubuque Spartans, the Platteville defensive line stiffened up.

In the second period of play the Pioneer defense allowed only a field goal - and the offense recorded 3-TD's - taking a 21-10 half-time advantage, en route to a 38-24 win.

The Platteville defense registered 4 quarterback sacks of Spartan QB Bryan Bradshaw (Sr.-Crystal Lake/IL) and 2 interceptions in the road-win.

Ybarra had a pair of pass break-ups in the contest and led the team with 11 total tackles, 6 solo.

Last season Ybarra played in 4 games and had 8 tackles against Dubuque, a 52-35 UW-Platteville home-win at Pioneer Stadium (9/8).
Week of September 2nd - September 8th, 2013
Offense Defense
Andy Puccini Cody Seibel
RB :: UW-Platteville LB :: UW-Stevens Point
UW-Platteville starts the 2013 gridiron season with a 'W' in the win column thanks in part to a 149 yard performance on the ground by Pioneer student/ athlete running back Andy Puccini (Jr.-Bartlett/IL)... the WWS choice for WIAC football offensive Player of the Week.

Facing the visiting Buena Vista Beavers at Pioneer Stadium Puccini's 21 rushing attempts helped keep UW-P drives alive (and the Beavers offense off the field) as the Pioneers rolled to a 42-17 victory.

Puccini scored on a first period 23 yard scamper, giving the Pioneers a 13-0 cushion, and later added runs of 11 yards and 13 yards...the club holding the ball for 34 minutes of play, racking up 528 yards of offensive production.

Puccini saw limited action last season, playing in one WIAC contest.

UW-P QB's John Kelly (Sr.-Chicago/IL) and Bryce Corrigan (Jr.-Plainville/IL) combined for 4-TD passes in the game, and 245 yards passing.
UW-Stevens Point student/athlete Pointer linebacker Cody Seibel (Sr.-Kewauskum/WI) paced the defense with 9 solo tackles, 2 forced fumbles and 1 sack in a 49-20 Pointer thumping of visiting Rockford (IL) on Saturday (9/7) and is the WWS choice for WIAC defensive player of the week.

Seibel was a wrecking ball on defense, registered 4 tackles for loss of yardage, recovering 1 of the two forced fumbles, also recording a 1st period sack on opposing Rockford Regent QB Andrew Stochl (Sr.-Fox Lake/IL) for a loss of 7 yards.

Seibel has played in 23 contests in his 4-year college career, including 5 last year, before an injury sidelined him for the remainder of the season.