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TLU's Austin Mathews named ASC Co-Offensive Player of the Week

TLU's Austin Mathews named ASC Co-Offensive Player of the Week
(photo by Dustin Wyatt)

SEGUIN, Texas – Texas Lutheran running back Austin Mathews (Houston/Clear Creek) has been named the American Southwest Conference Co-Offensive Player of the Week after his record-setting performance Saturday in the Senior Day victory over Sul Ross State.
 
In TLU's 63-20 win, Mathews rushed for a school-record five touchdowns and added a career-best 225 rushing yards as the Bulldogs won their seventh game of 2018. TLU is now 7-2 with a 6-2 mark in the ASC.
 
At TLU's Bulldog Stadium, Mathews eclipsed the Bulldogs' single-game rushing touchdown mark with a five-yard run in the third quarter.
 
Mathews moved past five Bulldogs (David Wehmeyer, Mike Cantu, Kenny Gransberry, Marquis Barrolle, and current quarterback Kyle Grona) that shared the previous mark of four rushing touchdowns for a game. Grona tied the old mark last season in a road win over East Texas Baptist.
 
Against Sul Ross State, Mathews scored four first-half touchdowns with runs of three, one, one, and 10 yards.
 
Mathews, a junior in football athletic eligibility but a senior on track to graduate in May, joined 12 other Bulldogs in playing in his final home game. (Mathews started his TLU Athletics career in 2015 as a member of TLU Men's Soccer.)
 
Mathews shared this week's offensive award with East Texas Baptist quarterback Brian Baca, who threw for 292 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 144 yards in a 62-7 win over McMurry.
 
Mathews now has 899 rushing yards on 164 carries in 2018. He has scored 13 rushing touchdowns. He has four 100-yard rushing games in his last four contests, and he has 775 rushing yards in his last five games.
 
In the season finale for 2018, the Bulldogs travel to Georgetown, Texas this Saturday for a 1 p.m. road contest against Southwestern University (5-4, 4-4 ASC).
 
AMERICAN SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE FOOTBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Games: November 3, 2018
 
CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Brian Baca, QB, Jr., East Texas Baptist
East Texas Baptist junior quarterback Brian Baca (Pittsburg, Texas) threw for four touchdowns and 292 yards on 18-of-29 passing and ran 18 times for 144 yards in the Tigers' 62-7 victory at McMurry. He averaged 8.0 yards per carry and had a long of 39 yards. Baca threw scoring passes of three, 59, 21 and 28 yards to four different receivers. This is Baca's second Player of the Week of the season and fourth of his career.

CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Austin Mathews, RB, Jr., Texas Lutheran
Texas Lutheran junior running back Austin Mathews (Houston, Texas) rushed for a school-record five touchdowns and added 225 yards as the Bulldogs defeated Sul Ross State 63-20. He scored four first-half TDs on runs of three, one, one and 10 yards. Mathews also added another score in the third quarter.

CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Jalen Martin, LB, Sr., Mary Hardin-Baylor
Mary Hardin-Baylor senior linebacker Jalen Martin (Round Rock, Texas) had two interceptions and returned one for a 30-yard touchdown in the No. 2/2 Cru's 80-7 victory against Louisiana College. He broke up two other passes as well, while playing mainly in the first half.

CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Dedrick Strambler, S, Jr., Hardin-Simmons
Hardin-Simmons junior safety Dedrick Strambler (Midland, Texas) recorded a pair of interceptions for 55 yards and recorded a tackle while holding Belhaven to 136 yards in the No. 8/8 Cowboys' 61-13 win. This is Strambler's second Player of the Week of his career.

SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Aaron Sims, PR, Fr., Mary Hardin-Baylor
Mary Hardin-Baylor freshman punt returner Aaron Sims (Cameron, Texas) returned a punt 74 yards for a touchdown as the No. 2/2 Cru broke the ASC single-season record for punt return TDs in their 80-7 win against Louisiana College. This is Sims' third Player of the Week award of the season.

OTHER TOP PERFORMANCES
Offensive
Mary Hardin-Baylor junior quarterback Jase Hammack (Andrews, Texas) was 10-of-16 passing for 153 yards and three touchdowns despite sitting out most of the second half in the No. 2/2 Cru's 80-7 win over Louisiana College.

Howard Payne junior wide receiver DunTayviun Gross (Tyler, Texas) finished with 13 receptions for 151 yards and a touchdown in the Yellow Jackets' loss to Southwestern.

Hardin-Simmons freshman wide receiver Kevi Evan (Mount Vernon, Texas) had five catches for 92 yards and three touchdowns in the No. 8/8 Cowboys' 61-13 victory at Belhaven.

Southwestern junior quarterback Frederick Hover (Georgetown, Texas) rushed for 120 yards and four touchdowns and threw for 221 yards and a TD on 8-of-15 passing in the Pirates' 54-17 victory at Howard Payne.

Defensive
Texas Lutheran junior linebacker Derek Dunn (Houston, Texas) capped the Bulldogs' scoring with a 35-yard fumble return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of a 63-20 win against Sul Ross State. He also registered six total tackles and two for a loss.

Howard Payne junior linebacker Austin Killgore (Tarkington, Texas) led the Yellow Jacket defense with seven tackles, with 1.5 for a loss and two quarterback hurries in their loss to Southwestern.

East Texas Baptist senior defensive end Zack Walker (Monroe, La.) recorded seven tackles, including three for a loss and a sack of eight yards while holding the War Hawks to 98 yards rushing in the Tigers' 62-7 win at McMurry.

Southwestern freshman defensive back Evan Villastrigo (San Antonio, Texas) had 17 tackles, including a sack, in the Pirates' 54-17 win at Howard Payne. He helped hold the Yellow Jackets to less than a 100 yards rushing.

Special Teams
Texas Lutheran freshman kicker Juan Ocampo (Lockhart, Texas) remained perfect on the year by making all nine extra points in the Bulldogs' 63-20 win against Sul Ross State, making him 40-for-40 on PATs.

Howard Payne freshman punter Kyle King (Milano, Texas) averaged 44.4 yards on five punts with a long of 74 in the Yellow Jackets' loss to Southwestern.

Hardin-Simmons sophomore kicker Jamie Pogue (Abilene, Texas) hit a 21-yard field goal and was 8-for-8 on extra points in the No. 8/8 Cowboys' 61-13 win at Belhaven.

Southwestern freshman kicker Wil Herbst (Boerne, Texas) averaged 57.5 yards per kickoff and posted six touchbacks.