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TLU quarterback Wade Freeman named ASC Co-Offensive Player of the Week

Photo by Dustin Wyatt.
Photo by Dustin Wyatt.
SEGUIN, Texas -- After leading Texas Lutheran to a 31-21 road win Saturday at East Texas Baptist, Bulldog sophomore quarterback Wade Freeman (Richmond/Bush) has been named the American Southwest Conference Co-Offensive Player of the Week.
 
Freeman threw for three touchdowns and rushed for another in the conference-opening victory in Marshall, Texas.
 
Making just his second career start at quarterback, Freeman completed 10 of 14 passes for 151 yards and threw three touchdowns. He twice hooked up with CJ Romero - for scores of 43 and seven yards,  and he connected with Mason Perkins for a 13-yard touchdown.
 
Freeman also scored himself - on a one-yard plunge in the first quarter. He rushed for 58 yards on 12 carries and had an 18-yard rush on fourth down to give TLU a key first down in the final quarter.
 
The Bulldogs (1-1, 1-0 ASC) continue ASC play this week as they host Southwestern University on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. in TLU's Bulldog Stadium (Frank L. Dunne Field).
 
AMERICAN SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE FOOTBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Games: September 21, 2019
 
CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Wade Freeman, QB, So., Texas Lutheran
Texas Lutheran sophomore quarterback Wade Freeman (Houston, Texas) threw for three touchdowns and rushed for another in the Bulldogs' 31-21 road win over East Texas Baptist. He completed 10 of his 14 passing attempts for 151 yards and had two TD passes to CJ Romero (43 and seven yards) and one TD strike to Mason Perkins (for 13 yards). He also rushed for 58 yards and another touchdown on 12 carries.

CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Jaquan Hemphill, RB, Sr., Hardin-Simmons
Hardin-Simmons senior running back Jaquan Hemphill (Coleman, Texas) rushed for 198 yards and two scores and added a 25-yard touchdown reception in No. 7 Cowboys' 63-20 win over Howard Payne. He tied the school record with 37 career rushing touchdowns, earning his fifth career Player of the Week honors.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Cory McMahan, DB, So., Sul Ross State
Sul Ross State sophomore defensive back Cory McMahan (Austin, Texas) broke a 0-0 tie in the first quarter with a 76-yard interception return for a touchdown in the Lobos' 21-7 at McMurry. McMahan also totaled three solo tackles and a break up.

SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Anthony Avila, K, So., Mary Hardin-Baylor
Mary Hardin-Baylor sophomore kicker Anthony Avila (Troy, Texas) hit all three of his field goals tries and added two extra points to account for 11 of the No. 1 Cru's points in the 23-13 win over Belhaven. He converted field goals of 44, 27 and 20 yards.

OTHER TOP PERFORMANCES
Offensive
Howard Payne sophomore quarterback Caleb Estes (Rockwall, Texas) was 16-of-31 passing for 178 yards and two touchdowns in the Yellow Jackets' loss to No. 7 Hardin-Simmons.

Mary Hardin-Baylor freshman running back Jo'Vel McDaniel (Texas City, Texas) scored the No. 1 Cru's first touchdown and went on to post the first 100-yard rushing game of his career in a 23-13 victory over Belhaven. On the day, he had 137 rushing yards on 21 carries and one TD.

East Texas Baptist senior running back Jeremiah Robertson (Huntington, Texas) kept the Tigers in the game with two rushing touchdowns and 150 yards rushing on 16 carries in their 31-21 loss. He had an 85-yard run to give ETBU their first touchdown of the game in the second quarter and then had a 26-yard run in the fourth quarter to pull ETBU within 10.

Southwestern senior running back David Brandenburg (Spring, Texas) ran five times for 30 yards and caught two passes for 64 yards with a touchdown in the Pirates' 50-3 win over Louisiana College.

Defensive
Howard Payne sophomore defensive back Connor Day (Splendora, Texas) led all tacklers in a loss to No. 7 Hardin-Simmons with 11, six solo, and picked off two passes.

Mary Hardin-Baylor senior defensive tackle Joey Longoria (Pearland, Texas) had five total tackles and two tackles for loss despite missing part of the second half with an injury in the No. 1 Cru's 23-13 win against Belhaven.

Texas Lutheran junior linebacker DaKwa Davis (Magnolia, Texas) collected 13 total tackles for the second consecutive week in the Bulldogs' 31-21 road win over East Texas Baptist. Davis also had an interception that he returned 25 yards down to the ETBU 3-yard line. He also collected 2.5 tackles for six yards in losses.

East Texas Baptist senior cornerback Anton Clark (Mansfield, Texas) helped the Tigers' defense when two players went down, leading the team with a career-high 14 tackles, six solo, in a loss to Texas Lutheran. He had two sacks 13 yards and 3.5 TFLs for 16 yards.

Southwestern junior linebacker Ben Brockman (Midland, Texas) led the Pirates with six total tackles, including five solo, and blocked and recovered a punt at the Louisiana College 18, setting up a touchdown in a 50-3 victory.

Hardin-Simmons senior safety Dedrick Strambler (Midland, Texas) had four tackles, an interception return for 44 yards and forced a fumble in the No. 7 Cowboys' 63-20 victory at Howard Payne.

Special Teams
Howard Payne freshman punter McGwire Martin (Canton, Texas) had seven punts for 284 yards for a 40.6 average in a loss to No. 7 Hardin-Simmons. He also recorded a long of 53 yards, two inside the 20 and two touchbacks.

Southwestern sophomore kicker Wil Herbst (Boerne, Texas) set the field position game with two touchbacks, connected on a 20-yard field goal and all five extra points in the Pirates' 50-3 win against Louisiana College.

Hardin-Simmons junior kicker Jamie Pogue (Abilene, Texas) hit all eight extra points and had two touchbacks on kickoffs as the No. 7 Cowboys won at Howard Payne 63-20.