Happy Monday, everyone!
The first official weekend of spring college football is in the books, which means it is time to unveil our initial Noontime Sports Team of the Week.
This week, we’re highlighting a few NCAA D-III student-athletes that competed this past weekend, but as the spring season progresses, we will include FBS and Division II players, too.
Noontime Sports’ Football Team of the Week (Feb. 8, 2021)
Austin Bertness (Trinity (Texas)): Bertness led all receivers in his team’s 11-point win over Austin with a game-high nine receptions for 124 yards and three touchdowns.
Kyle Bell (Howard Payne): Bell posted a game-high 19 total tackles, including 10 solo stops against Texas Lutheran.
Tommy Bowden (Mary Hardin-Baylor): In his team’s first contest of the spring season, the sophomore signal-caller rushed for a pair of touchdowns while throwing for 104 yards and another score. The Cru scored a convincing 41-0 victory over Belhaven last Saturday.
Ben Brockman (Southwestern): Brockman led all defenders with 11 total stops, including eight solo tackles to go with one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. Southwestern opened its spring season with a 28-17 setback to East Texas Baptist.
Seth Cosme (Texas Lutheran): Cosme totaled 313 yards of total offense against Howard Payne, including 83 yards on 16 carries and two touchdowns. He completed 14 of 22 passes for 230 yards and two scores.
Blake Hinton (Hendrix): Hinton led his team with seven catches for 123 yards and two touchdowns. He averaged 17.6 yards per reception in his team’s initial spring win against Millsaps.
Amryn Jeffrey (Millsaps): Against Hendrix, Amryn Jeffrey completed 19 of 34 passes for 206 yards and four touchdowns.
Landon McKinney (Howard Payne): Against Texas Lutheran, McKinney tallied 377 yards of total offense, including 68 yards on eight carries and two touchdowns. He completed 19 of 28 passes for 309 yards and two touchdowns.
Wyatt Messex (Trinity (Texas)): Messex enjoyed a successful start to his team’s spring season by completing 22 of 34 passes for 249 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for. game-high 46 yards on 14 carries.
Will Newman (Rhodes): In his team’s first contest of the spring season, Newman led the Rhodes defense with 12 total tackles, including 11 solo stops and two tackles for a loss of three yards against Birmingham-Southern.
Jake Parker (Howard Payne): Parker caught a game-high 11 passes for 195 yards and one touchdown against Texas Lutheran.
Mason Perkins (Texas Lutheran): Perkins averaged 20.5 yards per reception in his team’s initial spring contest against Howard Payne. Perkins caught 10 passes for 205 yards and two touchdowns.
Blake Phipps (Howard Payne): Against Texas Lutheran, Phipps tallied eight points on five extra points and a 42-yard field goal.
Branden Rew (Birmingham-Southern): Rew led all defenders in his team’s 52-0 win over Rhodes with three receptions for 98 yards and two touchdowns.
Aaron Rideaux (Austin): Against Trinity (Texas), Rideaux led his team with six grabs for 94 yards and two touchdowns. He averaged a game-high 15.7 yards per reception.
Austin Russell (Millsaps): Russell hauled in a game-high 128 receiving yards on nine grabs, along with three touchdowns. He averaged 14.2 yards per reception.
Colton Strickland (McMurry): Against Sul Ross State, Strickland posted eight total tackles, including five solo stops, three-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 19 yards, one-and-a-half sacks for a loss of 15 yards, and two quarterback hurries.
Kord Tuttle (Pacific Lutherlan): Against Pugent Sound, Tuttle posted 11 total stops, including eight solo tackles to go with one interception (14 yards). He finished last Saturday’s game with two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 19 yards and one sack for a loss of 15 yards.
Duncan Varela (Pugent Sound): In his team’s first spring season contest against Pacific Lutheran, Varela led all rushers with 132 yards on 35 carries and two touchdowns. He also caught two passes for 14 yards and one touchdown.
Liam Vincifora (Millsaps): Vincifora concluded his team’s initial spring contest with 10 total tackles, including six solo stops, two tackles for a loss for 46 yards, and one sack for five yards.
Jacob Wood (Hendrix): Wood enjoyed a very successful start to his team’s spring season by completing 17 of 29 passes for 218 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for a game-high 146 yards on 15 carries and one touchdown.