Pitt State QB Sexton named MIAA Offensive Player of the Week

Mak Sexton accounted for 5 TD's last Thursday against #13 Central Missouri.
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PITTSBURG, Kan. – Pittsburg State sophomore quarterback Mak Sexton has been named the MIAA Offensive Player of the Week.

PSU/UCM HIGHLIGHTS

Sexton accounted for five total touchdowns last Thursday in the team’s 35-16 win over #13 Central Missouri (4 passing, 1 rushing). The sophomore connected with Elijah Harris for two touchdowns and Mario Kirby and Christian Carter for one touchdown each, while also rushing for a touchdown. Sexton finished with 223 passing yards in the game.

Pitt State will host Nebraska-Kearney on Saturday at 7 PM in their home opener.

FULL RELEASE FROM THE MIAA:

The MIAA named its first football athletes of the week presented by Mammoth Turf for the 2021 season. Pittsburg State’s Mak Sexton was named the offensive athlete of the week, Central Oklahoma’s Dylan Buchheit was selected as the defensive athlete of the week, and Northwest Missouri’s Mike Hohensee was named the special teams athlete of the week.

Offensive Athlete of the Week – Mak Sexton – Pittsburg State
Pittsburg State’s redshirt sophomore quarterback Mak Sexton was responsible for all five Gorilla touchdowns in PSU’s 35-16 season opener victory over No. 13 Central Missouri last Thursday (Sept. 2) in Warrensburg. In just his sixth career start, Sexton passed for 232 yards, four touchdowns and added a seven-yard rushing score against the defending MIAA co-champions.

Defensive Athlete of the Week – Dylan Buchheit – Central Oklahoma
The Bronchos sophomore safety Dylan Buchheit recorded a game-high 11 tackles in UCO’s 24-20 season opener win over Missouri Western Thursday night (Sept. 2). Buchheit accounted for nine solo tackles, two assisted stops and one forced fumble. After the Bronchos first quarter touchdown, Buchheit forced a fumble in Griffon territory which set up a UCO field goal, awarding the Bronchos with a 10-0 lead in the game.

Special Teams Athelte of the Week – Mike Hohensee – Northwest Missouri
Northwest Missouri’s sophomore punter Mike Hohensee recorded the longest punt of MIAA football’s opening weekend when he unleashed a 73-yard punt in the third quarter against Fort Hays State. During the Bearcats 15-7 victory over the Tigers, Hohensee punted seven times for an average of 41.4 yards per punt. Four of his seven punts were downed inside the FHSU 20-yard line, including a pair at the one-yard line.

NOTABLE PERFORMANCES
Offense
TJ Davis – Nebraska Kearney
Junior running back TJ Davis ran 15 times rushing for 139 yards and three touchdowns in UNK’s 38-0 victory over Missouri Southern Thursday night (Sept. 2). Davis’ longest carry of the night was for 32 yards while also going 8-for-12 with 160 yards in the air.

Defense
Cade Harelson – Emporia State
The Hornets redshirt junior linebacker Cade Harelson was credited with seven tackles, including three for a loss, in ESU’s 38-7 win over NSU. The ESU defense forced three and outs on nine of NSU’s first 11 possessions. Harelson came close to recording the Hornets first safety since 2017 with his 14-yard sack back to the RiverHawks one yard line in the third quarter.

Special Teams
Kameron Lake – Washburn
The Ichabods sophomore kicker scored 16 points in Washburn’s 72-16 in over Lincoln last Thursday (Sept. 2) which ties for the second most points scored by a kicker in Washburn’s single season scoring chart. Lake hit all 10 extra point attempts and went a perfect 2-for-2 on field goal attempts, hitting a 23-yarder and a career-best 41-yard attempt. Seven of Lake’s 13 kickoffs resulted in Blue Tigers touchbacks. He averaged 56.2 yards per kickoff, forcing Lincoln to start at an average of its own 26-yard line.

ALSO NOMINATED FOR VOLLEYBALL ATHETE OF THE WEEK
Offense: Stephon Brown – Central Oklahoma, Braden Gleason – Emporia State, Al McKeller – Northwest Missouri, Mitch Schurig – Washburn
Defense: Layke Heimerman – Fort Hays State, Jacey Nutter – Nebraska Kearney, Sam Phillips – Northwest Missouri, Luke Jennings – Pittsburg State, Jacob Anderson – Washburn.
Special Teams: Alex Quevedo – Central Oklahoma, Nick Williams – Missouri Southern, Tim Davis – Northeastern State.

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