Linebacker Ian MacDonald of Dordt University is this week’s GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Defensive Player-of-the-Week. MacDonald, a junior, from Edmond, Oklahoma, had a pair of interceptions on the afternoon. His first interception came near the end of the first half in the end zone when Concordia was trying to tie the game. His return helped set up a field goal at the half to extend the lead to 10-0. He was instrumental in limiting Concordia’s running game to 6 yards, with 10 total tackles. MacDonald intercepted his second pass and returned it inside the five-yard line to set up Dordt’s final score. The Defenders have a bye week and will next be in action on September 30.
Eli Stader of Northwestern College is this week’s GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Special Teams Player-of-the-Week. Stader, a junior from Cedar Grove, Wisconsin, was a perfect 3-for-3 on field goals with makes from 48, 47, and 26. His 47-yard FG was into the wind at De Valois Stadium. Additionally, he was a perfect 6-for-6 on PAT attempts in Northwestern’s 51-7 win over Doane. On the season, he has three made field goals of 45 yards or longer. The Red Raiders travel to Yankton, South Dakota to take on Mount Marty on September 23. Kick off will be at 7 pm.