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TLU freshman safety Daniel Enriquez named ASC Tri-Defensive Player of the Week

TLU freshman safety Daniel Enriquez named ASC Tri-Defensive Player of the Week
SEGUIN, Texas -- Texas Lutheran freshman safety Daniel Enriquez (Edinburg/Vela) has been named the American Southwest Conference Tri-Defensive Player of the Week after his two-interception performance in the Bulldogs' 38-27 road victory over No. 6 Hardin-Simmons.
 
Enriquez intercepted a pair of passes in the first half and returned one 58 yards for a touchdown just before the end of the first half. His first interception set up a short 17-yard scoring drive.
 
The interception just before the half had Enriquez crossing the goal line with just 12 seconds to play in the first half.
 
Enriquez finished the game with seven total tackles and a tackle for loss.
 
The Bulldogs moved to 3-1 overall and to 3-0 in the ASC with the huge road win.
 
TLU hosts Louisiana College in Seguin this Saturday at 6 p.m. It's Alumni and Family Weekend for the Bulldogs.
 
AMERICAN SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE FOOTBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Games: October 5, 2019
 
CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Jase Hammack, QB, Sr., Mary Hardin-Baylor
Mary Hardin-Baylor senior quarterback Jase Hammack (Andrews, Texas) accounted for five touchdowns in about two quarters of action in his first start of the season. He threw for four touchdowns on 10-of-16 passing for 217 yards and ran for another score to lead the No. 1/1 Cru to a 79-0 victory over McMurry.

CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Jaquan Hemphill, RB, Sr., Hardin-Simmons
Hardin-Simmons senior running back Jaquan Hemphill (Coleman, Texas) ran for a school-record 304 yards on 32 carries with three touchdowns in the No. 6/6 Cowboys' 38-27 loss to Texas Lutheran. He averaged 9.5 yards per carry with scoring runs of 10, 57 and a school-record 97 yards. This is Hemphill's second Player of the Week season and sixth of his career.

TRI-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Anton Clark, CB, Sr., East Texas Baptist
East Texas Baptist senior corner back Anton Clark (Mansfield, Texas) posted a career-high 15 tackles including a momentum changing sack in the end zone that ended in a touchdown for the Tigers by KJ Kelly. He had a forced fumble on a sack in the fourth quarter that sealed the win and also had one break up. Clark also had 2.5 tackles for a loss of 13 yards and 1.5 sacks in ETBU's 28-17 victory over Belhaven.

TRI-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Daniel Enriquez, S, Fr., Texas Lutheran
Texas Lutheran freshman safety Daniel Enriquez (Edinburg, Texas) intercepted two passes and returned one for a 58-yard touchdown in the Bulldogs' 38-27 road win at No. 6/6 Hardin-Simmons. Enriquez's first interception of the first half set up a short 17-yard scoring drive. The second interception, returned for the touchdown, came late in the first half and gave TLU a 17-10 lead. When Enriquez crossed the goal line, 12 seconds remained in the first half. Enriquez also had seven total tackles and a tackle for loss.

TRI-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – E'Monte Smith, DE, Jr., Mary Hardin-Baylor
Mary Hardin-Baylor junior defensive end E'Monte Smith (Austin, Texas) had 2.5 sacks for 10 yards and 3.5 tackles for loss of 26 yards among his five total tackles in the No. 1/1 Cru's 79-0 victory at McMurry. His strip sack and recovery set up a UMHB touchdown. Smith led a Cru defense that posted its second consecutive shutout and allowed just 54 yards of total offense to the War Hawks.

SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK – McGwire Martin, P, Fr., Howard Payne
Howard Payne freshman punter McGwire Martin (Canton, Texas) had five punts for 217 yards, a 43.4 average, in the Yellow Jackets' loss to Louisiana College. Martin had a long punt of 58 yards and booted two inside the 20-yard line with one touchback.

OTHER TOP PERFORMANCES
Offensive
Sul Ross State senior running back Williton Grear (Austin, Texas) rushed for 173 yards and a score on 21 carries as the Lobos won 21-9 over Southwestern. Grear's score was a 54-yard run for a touchdown. He averaged 8.2 yards per carry for his second straight 100-yard rushing game.

Louisiana College junior wide receiver Zion Williams (Pineville, Texas) received seven catches for 93 yards and touchdown with a 13.3 yards per catch in the Wildcats' 27-21 win at Howard Payne.

East Texas Baptist senior quarterback Brian Baca (Pittsburg, Texas) threw three touchdown passes en route to a 28-17 win against Belhaven. He had passes of 85-yards, 58-yards, and 2-yards. Baca was 16-for-26 for 247 yards and rushed for 22 yards.

Texas Lutheran senior running back Austin Mathews (Houston, Texas) scored a pair of touchdowns in a 38-27 win at No. 6/6 Hardin-Simmons. His 30-yard touchdown run near the end of the third quarter came on a 4th-and-2 play and gave TLU a 31-20 lead. Mathews also scored on a 1-yard run in the second quarter with a total of 12 carries for 64 yards.

Belhaven junior running back Brad Foley (Memphis, Tenn.) rushed for 153 yards on 18 carries with one touchdown in the Blazers' 28-17 loss to East Texas Baptist.

Defensive
Sul Ross State sophomore defensive back Cory McMahan (Austin, Texas) had an interception with a 10-yard return, five total tackles, and a punt block that resulted in a teammate's touchdown return in the Lobos' 21-9 victory at Southwestern.
Hardin-Simmons senior defensive end Zai Zai Smith (Stamford, Texas) 1ad a career-best 10 tackles, including two tackles for a loss of 10 yards in the No. 6/6 Cowboys' 38-27 loss to Texas Lutheran. 

Louisiana College sophomore linebacker Micah Latin (Gloster, La.) recorded three tackles, including a pair of sacks for 14 yards, in the Wildcats' 27-21 victory at Howard Payne.

Belhaven senior linebacker David Lewis (Marrero, La.) led the Blazers with 11 tackles, 2.5 for a loss of 13 yards, 1.5 sacks and one pass breakup in their loss at East Texas Baptist.

Howard Payne senior linebacker Britt Boler (Midland, Texas) led the Yellow Jackets with eight tackles, one for a loss of three yards, and two pass breakups in a loss to Louisiana College.

Special Teams
Mary Hardin-Baylor sophomore kicker Anthony Avila (Troy, Texas) 2-of-3 field goals and 7-for-7 extra points to account for 13 points in the No. 1/1 Cru's 79-0 win at McMurry. He converted field goals of 30 and 24 yards before missing his first field goal of the season.

Hardin-Simmons junior kicker Jamie Pogue (Abilene, Texas) hit field goals from 40 and 32 yards and hit all three of his extra points in the No. 6/6 Cowboys' loss to Texas Lutheran. The 40-yarder tied his career long.

Texas Lutheran sophomore punter Justice Porter (Cypress, Texas) punted eight times for 35.3 yards per punt with four inside the 20-yard line in the Bulldogs' 38-27 victory at No. 6/6 Hardin-Simmons.