Sarwinski, Flowers highlight 16 Gorillas on All-MIAA list

Pitt State has four players earn 1st team All-MIAA honors Tuesday.
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PITTSBURG, Kan. – Pittsburg State has 16 players earn All-MIAA recognition on Tuesday, including four players earning 1st team All-MIAA honors.

Local players earning All-MIAA recognition include PJ Sarwinski (Galena), Zeke Wall (Carl Junction), Kaden Roy (Webb City), Elijah Harris (Pittsburg) and Brandon Mlekus (Frontenac). Below is the complete list of Pitt State athletes earning All-MIAA recognition.

1st team

OL Trase Jeffries

K Cross Holmes

LB PJ Sarwinski

DB Dallis Flowers

2nd team

WR Jalen Martin

DL Zeke Wall

DL Kaden Roy

KR Dallis Flowers

3rd team 

OL Riley Teutsch

DB Jordan Hendy

Honorable Mention

RB Tyler Adkins

RB Caleb Lewis

WR Elijah Harris

TE Kaizer Newell

OL Kory Woodruff

LB Luke Jennings

DB Brandon Mlekus


Sixteen members of the Pittsburg State University football team earned All-MIAA honors Tuesday (Nov. 16) following a vote of the conference head coaches.

Senior defensive back Dallis Flowers, freshman placekicker Cross Holmes, sophomore offensive lineman Trase Jeffries and junior linebacker P.J. Sarwinski were named to the first-team All-MIAA squad, while senior wide receiver Jalen Martin, senior defensive lineman Kaden Roy and junior defensive lineman Zeke Wall, garnered second team All-MIAA accolades along with Flowers as a kick returner.

Senior defensive back Jordan Hendy and redshirt freshman Riley Teutsch were named to the third-team All-MIAA squad, while senior running back Tyler Adkins, junior wide receiver Elijah Harris, redshirt freshman linebacker Luke Jennings, freshman running back Caleb Jewis, junior defensive back Brandon Mlekus, sophomore tight end Kaizer Newell and junior offensive lineman Kory Woodruff all received honorable mention All-MIAA recognition.

Flowers (Chicago, Ill.) made 21 tackles and posted a team-leading four interceptions and six pass break-ups. He also averaged 33.7 yards per kickoff return – a new Pitt State single season record. Flowers leads the MIAA and ranks fourth in NCAA Division II in kickoff returns and ranks third in the conference in interceptions.

Holmes (Aurora, Ill.) converted 18 of 23 field goals on the season, including three 50 plus yard kicks. He leads the MIAA and NCAA Division II in field goals (2.0 pg).

Jeffries (Broken Arrow, Okla.), Teutsch (Catoosa, Okla.) and Woodruff (Sioux City, Iowa) all anchored an offensive line that helped the Gorillas average 31.6 points and 410.4 total yards per game.

Sarwinski (Galena, Kan.) made a team-leading 84 tackles (51 solo) with 12.0 tackles-for-loss, 3.5 quarterback sacks, an interception and two pass break-ups. He ranks in the top 10 in the MIAA in tackles and tackles-for-loss. Jennings (Gardner, Kan.) registered 42 tackles (24 solo) and 2.5 tackles-for-loss in eight games played.

Martin (Detroit, Mich.) caught 53 passes for 832 yards (15.7 ypc) and five touchdowns, while Harris (Pittsburg, Kan.) made 37 receptions for 664 yards (18.0 ypc) and seven scores. Newell (Broken Arrow, Okla.) caught 10 passes for 108 yards (10.8 ypc) and three touchdowns.

Roy (Webb City, Mo.) posted 68 tackles (39 solo) with 4.5 tackles-for-loss and 2.0 quarterback sacks, while Wall (Carl Junction, Mo.) made 36 tackles (16 solo) with 6.5 tackles-for-loss and 4.0 quarterback sacks.

Hendy (Sunnyvale, Calif.) posted 32 tackles (20 solo) and registered three interceptions and three pass break-ups. Mlekus (Frontenac, Kan.) made 68 tackles (47 solo), 3.0 tackles-for-loss, one interception and five pass break-ups.

Adkins (Broken Arrow, Okla.) carried the ball 143 times for 652 yards (4.6 ypc) and seven touchdowns, while Lewis (Burleson, Texas) rushed 123 times for 522 yards (4.2 ypc) and three scores. Lewis also caught 14 passes for 106 yards (7.6 ypc).