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American Southwest Conference Football Players of the Week
By American Southwest Conference media release
Sep 21, 2021
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OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEKJake Parker, WR, Sr., Howard Payne
Howard Payne senior wide receiver Jake Parker (Whitehouse, Texas) led the Yellow Jacket offense in a 55-21 win over Hendrix. He finished with seven catches for 181 yards and three touchdowns. He had catches of 20, 9 and 9 yards. This is Parker’s second Player of the Week award of his career.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEKJames Jakubowski, DE, Jr., Howard Payne
Howard Payne junior defensive end James Jakubowski (Tatum, Texas) led the Yellow Jacket defense that held Hendrix to 82 rushing yards in a 55-21 win. He finished with seven tackles, four solo, 2.5 for a loss, two sacks and a forced fumble.

SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK John Aldridge, K, Jr., Austin College
Austin College junior kicker John Aldridge (Richardson, Texas) totaled 10 points in the ‘Roos 16-7 win over Sul Ross State. He was 3-for-3 on field goals, connecting from 19, 21 and 31 yards, and was 1-for-1 on extra points. Aldridge also averaged 65 yards per kickoff with one touchback.

OTHER TOP PERFORMANCES

Offensive
Mary Hardin-Baylor senior wide receiver K.J. Miller (Orange, Texas) made his 2021 debut with seven catches for 139 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the No. 1 Cru’s 54-3 win against Southwestern (Texas). He caught a 71-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter and added another score on a 19-yard pass in the second quarter.

East Texas Baptist sophomore quarterback Troy Yowman (Beaumont, Texas) led the Tigers with 16-of-31 passing for 209 yards and three touchdowns in a 241-5 win over McMurry.

Belhaven sophomore running back Kolbe Blunt (Mobile, Ala.) finished with a career-high 101 yards rushing and four catches for 40 yards in the Blazers’ 21-16 loss at No. 6 Hardin-Simmons.

Sul Ross State senior Matthew DeLeon (Hondo, Texas) rushed for 71 yards on 16 carries with a touchdown in the Lobos’ 16-7 loss at Austin College.

Defensive
Mary Hardin-Baylor sophomore defensive line Josh Patteson (Port Neches, Texas) intercepted a pass and ran it back for 14 yards in a touchdown in the first quarter of a 54-3 win over Southwestern (Texas). He also forced a Pirate fumble which resulted in a score for the No. 1 Cru.

East Texas Baptist freshman defensive back Trent Scott (Grand Prairie, Texas) picked off two passes in the Tigers’ 24-15 win against McMurry. He also had eight tackles, six solo, and a pass breakup.

Belhaven freshman linebacker Emmanuel Stanley (East Marion, Miss.) had six tackles, including one for a loss, in the Blazers’ 21-16 loss at No. 6 Hardin-Simmons.

Hardin-Simmons sophomore linebacker Matt Mitchell (Wimberly, Texas) led the No. 6 Cowboys with 11 tackles and a quarterback hurry in a 21-16 win over Belhaven.

Sul Ross State freshman linebacker Jade Rios (San Antonio, Texas) tied for a game-high nine tackles, including three solo, and two for a loss of six yards in the Lobos’ 16-7 loss at Austin. He also forced a fumble and broke up a pass.

Special Teams
Texas Lutheran freshman punter Cameron Welch (New Braunfels, Texas) punted six times averaging 41.7 yards in the Bulldogs’ loss to Trinity (Texas). He had a long of 53 yards with one touchback.

Howard Payne graduate student kicker Blake Phipps (Dripping Springs, Texas) hit field goals from 25 and 26 yards out, recovered his own onside kick and was 7-for-7 in extra points in a 55-21 win over Hendrix. He also averaged 57.9 yards per kickoff with two touchbacks.

East Texas Baptist sophomore kicker Alberto Garcia (Huntsville, Texas) was 3-for-3 in extra points and hit a field goal with 3:27 left in the game to go up 24-15 against McMurry. He also averaged 58 yards per kickoff.

Sul Ross State junior punter Jaden Brown (Andrews, Texas) had eight punts for an average of 34.9 yards with a long of 51 and two inside the 20 in the Lobos’ 16-7 loss at Austin College.