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TLU senior linebacker Derek Dunn named ASC Defensive Player of the Week

Derek Dunn (48). Photo by Dustin Wyatt.
Derek Dunn (48). Photo by Dustin Wyatt.
SEGUIN, Texas -- Texas Lutheran senior linebacker Derek Dunn (Houston/North Shore) has been named the American Southwest Conference Football Defensive Player of the Week after playing a leading role in TLU's 27-0 shutout of Southwestern on Saturday night.
 
Dunn collected 11 total tackles, recorded two sacks for 18 yards and made five tackles for loss resulting in 24 total yards lost by the Pirates.
 
TLU held Southwestern to 158 total rushing yards on 55 carries, an average of 2.9 yards per carry. The Pirates came into the game against TLU having rushed for more than 300 yards in each of their previous two games.
 
TLU dominated Southwestern in Bulldog Stadium and went to 2-0 in the ASC by forcing six turnovers and shutting out the Pirates for the first time in nine all-time meetings.
 
Southwestern came into the American Southwest Conference match-up averaging 48.5 points per game. But TLU's defense held the Pirates scoreless, recovered all four of Southwestern's fumbles, and intercepted a pair of Pirate passes.
 
TLU (2-1, 2-0 ASC) faces sixth-ranked Hardin-Simmons at 6 p.m. Saturday in Abilene, Texas. The Cowboys are 3-0 and 2-0 in the ASC.
 
AMERICAN SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE FOOTBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Games: September 28, 2019
 
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Kevi Evans, WR, So., Hardin-Simmons
Hardin-Simmons sophomore wide receiver Kevi Evans (Mount Vernon, Texas) set a school record with nine catches for 269 yards and three touchdowns in the No. 7/7 Cowboys' 51-6 win at Louisiana College. He also set the school record for the longest reception with a 96-yard TD from Brennen Wooten. Evans ad touchdowns of 46, 96 and 35 yards to earn his second career Player of the Week award.

SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Jefferson Fritz, P, Jr., Mary Hardin-Baylor
Mary Hardin-Baylor junior punter Jefferson Fritz (Kaufman, Texas) ran for 36 yards on a fake punt on the No. 1/1 Cru's opening drive to keep a scoring drive alive in their 65-0 win over Howard Payne. He averaged 41.0 yards per punt on three kicks and pinned the Yellow Jackets inside their 20-yard line on all three boots. He had punts downed at the one and six-yard lines and had another punt fair caught at the 15-yard line.

OTHER TOP PERFORMANCES
Offensive
Texas Lutheran sophomore quarterback Wade Freeman (Richmond, Texas) rushed for a career-high 117 yards and scored on runs of 10 and 12 yards to lead the Bulldogs to a 27-0 win over Southwestern. Freeman averaged 6.2 yards per carry on his 19 rushes. He also completed 6-of-10 passes for 91 yards and no interceptions.

Mary Hardin-Baylor freshman wide receiver Ernest Musue (Austin, Texas) posted the first 100-yard receiving day of his collegiate career with three catches for 101 yards and two touchdowns in the No. 1/1 Cru's 65-0 win over Howard Payne. He had scoring grabs of 51 and 27 yards.

East Texas Baptist senior Jeremiah Robertson (Huntington, Texas) had his second 100-yard rushing game this season with 115 yards and a career-high three touchdowns helping the Tigers to a 48-13 win at Sul Ross State. He had rushing TDs of 25-yards, 2-yards, and 1-yard.

Belhaven junior quarterback Mario Asagunla (Jackson, Miss.) led the Blazers with 71 yards on eight carries with a touchdown, was 4-of-5 passing for 51 yards and a score and had two catches for 15 yards in the Blazers' 46-18 victory at McMurry.

Defensive
Mary Hardin-Baylor senior defensive tackle Joey Longoria (Pearland, Texas) had seven total tackles and two tackles for loss as the No. 1/1 Cru defense shut down Howard Payne offense 65-0. The Yellow Jackets managed just six first downs and 80 yards of total offense as UMHB shut them out for the third consecutive season.

East Texas Baptist sophomore corner back Terrance Allen (Mount Pleasant, Texas) had an interception in the first quarter in the end zone when the game was still scoreless at Sul Ross State. His pick was a momentum shift as the Tigers took over on the 20-yard line and scored on that drive. The pick came on a second and goal from the two-yard line. He finished with four tackles and 1.5 for loss in the 48-13 victory over the Lobos.

Belhaven sophomore defensive back Phazion Locke (Mobile, Ala.) led the Blazers with seven tackles a forced fumble and a pass breakup as the Blazers won at McMurry 46-18.

Special Teams
East Texas Baptist freshman kicker Alberto Garcia (Huntsville, Texas) went 6-of-7 on extra points and averaged 47 yards on kickoffs with one touchback after replacing the Tigers' injured starter in their 48-13 win at Sul Ross State.