ATLANTA - The SAA announced the football Players of the Week for games played Saturday, October 15 and Millsaps' Taz Watson raced to OPOW honors after guiding the Majors to victory. Berry's Mamadou Soumahora helped corral the typically high-flying Hendrix offense to win DPOW while his Viking teammate, Obie Brannon, filled in nicely following an injury to capture Special Teams Player of the Week.
SAA Football Offensive Player of the Week - Taz Watson of Millsaps
Taz Watson (pictured at right) of Millsaps carried the rock 25 times for 152 yards and scored 4 touchdowns in a 41-28 shootout victory over against Birmingham-Southern this weekend. Watson averaged 6.1 yards per carry and snapped off a long run of 28 yards in the win.
SAA Football Defensive Player of the Week - Mamadou Soumahoro of Berry
Mamadou Soumahoro led the Vikings to a huge 24-14 win over the then undefeated and 22nd-ranked Hendrix College Warriors on Saturday. The junior racked up five total tackles, three tackles for a loss and added a batted pass and two sacks. Soumahoro's two sacks put him at ten on the year, breaking the Berry single-season sack record and is now ranked third in the nation for total sacks and fourth in sacks per game (1.43). He led a defensive front that held the third-ranked offense in the nation for total offense to just 14 points, the Warriors' lowest point total since Nov. 16, 2013. Soumahoro and the Vikings D held the second-best running back in the conference, Dayton Winn, to just 49 yards on the ground when he had been averaging over 105 yards per game.
Soumahora with the hit for the Vikes
SAA Football Special Teams Player of the Week - Obie Brannon of Berry
Obie Brannon was clutch in the Vikings big 24-14 win over the then 22nd-ranked Hendrix College Warriors. The freshman kicker entered the game in the second quarter after starter Mitchell Blanchard left the game with an injury, and nailed both field goal attempts including a long of 38. Brannon also handled kickoff and punting duties where he averaged 38.8 yards per punt and placed three inside the opponents 20. He also averaged 61.5 yards per kickoff. Brannon's performance helped the Vikings defense hold the then No. 3 offense in the nation to just 14 points, their lowest point total since Nov. 16, 2013. With poor starting field position for Hendrix, running back Dayton Winn, who averaged over 105 yards per game coming into Saturday, was held to just 49 yards on the ground.
Other notable performances from around the league:
Slade Dale led the Vikings to a big 24-14 win over the then undefeated and 22nd-ranked Hendrix College Warriors on Saturday. The sophomore QB racked up 281 total yards and ran for a 22-yard score to give the Vikings the lead in the second quarter. Against one of the top defenses in the conference, Dale led the Vikings to 409 yards of total offense and led all rushers with a career-high 137 yards. Hendrix came into the game with a +9 turnover margin, but Dale kept the slate clean completing 18-32 passes for 144 yards.
University of Chicago senior quarterback Burke Moser surpassed the 300-yard passing mark for the fourth-straight game in a 33-26 Homecoming victory against Rhodes College on Saturday. He completed 25 of 45 passes for 332 yards and three touchdowns. Moser currently ranks second in the SAA and 10th in NCAA Division III in passing with 326.5 yards per game.
Sophomore P.J. Settles continues his terrific season as he finished with 410 yards of total offense including 334 yards in the air with a touchdown pass. He also ran for two touchdown scores in the Lynx matchup against Chicago.
WashU senior quarterback J.J. Tomlin completed 23-of-36 passes for 368 yards and four touchdowns in the Bears' 34-6 win over Sewanee Saturday at home. Tomlin broke Thor Larsen's (1994-97) all-time WashU mark for total offense with 7,411 yards.
University of Chicago senior linebacker Jackson Garrey's defensive effort helped the Maroon win Saturday's Homecoming game 33-26 over Rhodes College. Garrey made nine tackles, forced two fumbles and recorded one sack to go with one pass breakup. Garrey's sack and forced fumble at the end of the fourth quarter ended a Rhodes comeback and preserved UChicago's win. He currently leads the SAA with 12.5 tackles per game, which ranks 13th in NCAA Division III.
Junior safety Michael Kramer recorded a career-high 14 tackles in Saturday's 24-14 loss to Berry. The Heber Springs, Ark. native had seven solo tackles and a pass break-up.
Hector Sandoval led the Majors with 6 solo tackles and 2 important pass breakups in a shootout with Birmingham-Southern this weekend.
Sophomore defensive tackle Jack Skipper had a fantastic game defensively for the Lynx, picking up eight tackles, 2.5 sacks, and 2.5 tackles for loss. Skipper was a menace on the defensive side of the ball, causing havoc all afternoon.
Sophomore linebacker Jake Coon made a game-high 12 tackles in the Bears' 34-6 win over Sewanee Saturday at home. Coon and the defensive unit limited Sewanee to 320 yards of total offense and forced five punts in the win.
Junior Kyle Edmiston shattered his previous career high of 43 yards with a 49 yard field goal late in the second half to tie the game with Chicago at 10 at the time. Edmiston was also 3-for-3 on extra points and two touchbacks on kickoffs.
Hendrix senior punter Spencer Smith set a school record by averaging 44.5 yards per punt in Saturday's 24-14 loss to Berry. He punted four times for a total of 178 yards. He recorded a long a of 46 yards and pinned two punts inside the 20 yard line.
Junior kicker Dan Kalvaitis was perfect on the day in the Bears' 34-6 win over Sewanee Saturday at home. Kalvaitis was 2-for-2 in field goals (18, 30) and made all three of his extra points. He leads NCAA Division III in field goal percentage (1.000, 7-for-7).
The SAA sports information directors contributed to this report