Big win over Texas Wesleyan fuels KCAC honors.
McPherson College has swept the initial Football Player of the Week honors handed out by the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference for the 2017 season after the Bulldogs' 43-14 season-opening win over Texas Wesleyan University on Saturday.
Quarterback Ed Crouch was named KCAC Offensive Player of the Week, while linebacker Thomas Lanktree earned KCAC Defensive Player of the Week honors and placekicker Jack Reid was named the KCAC Special Teams Player of the Week.
The three student-athletes were selected for their performances by a vote of the league's sports information directors.
Crouch completed 12 of 24 passes for 201 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another 75 yards on 11 carries against the Rams. He played sparingly in the third quarter - limited primarily to handoffs - and was held out in the fourth quarter as the game was already out of reach.
Lanktree had five tackles, including a tackle for loss, and returned an interception 41 yards for a third-quarter touchdown.
Reid, a true freshman, hit three field goals (20, 40, 20) and four extra points in his collegiate debut. After shaking off rookie jitters - he missed his first extra point attempt - Reid rebounded to hit his final seven kicks of the day. He also averaged 59.7 yards on nine kickoffs, doing his part to help pin Texas Wesleyan deep it its own territory.
The victory over Texas Wesleyan was the Bulldogs' first on-the-field victory in a season opener since their KCAC championship season of 2010.
McPherson is idle this weekend, returning to the field Saturday, Sept. 16 against Bethany College in Lindsborg to open the KCAC schedule. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.