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Noontime’s D3 Football Team of the Week: Monday, Feb. 22, 2021

By NoontimeSports.com

The third week of the NCAA D-III spring football season concluded this past weekend, which means it is time to share our second Noontime Sports Team of the Week.

This week’s team includes student-athletes from the following schools: Brevard College, Huntingdon College, Pacific Lutheran University, and Whitworth University.

And in case you missed it, we shared (and posted) our first spring football team of the week earlier this month on Monday, February 8, 2021.

As always, thanks for stopping by to read today’s Team of the Week, and make sure to come back later this week for more spring football posts.


Noontime Sports D-III Spring Football Team of the Week (Feb. 22, 2021)

Dante Anderson (Brevard): Anderson led the Tornadoes defense with 11 total tackles, including seven solo stops, one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of four yards and one pass break-up.

Landon Cotney (Huntingdon): The Hawks signal-caller amassed 249 yards of total offense in his team’s spring season debut last Saturday against Brevard. Cotney completed 25 of 31 passes for 165 yards and one touchdown while rushing for a game-high 84 yards on 13 carries.

Kalen Davis-White (Pacific Lutheran): Davis-White led the Pacific-Lutheran defense with 12 total tackles, including two tackles for a loss of five yards and a half-a-sack for three yards.

Jaylen Gonzales (Whitworth): Against Pacific Lutheran, Gonzales led the Pirates defense with 13 total tackles, including five solo stops, two pass break-ups, and one quarterback hurry.

Ethan Peloquin (Whitworth): Peloquin caught five passes for 66 yards and two touchdowns in his team’s 28-10 win over Pacific Lutheran.

Casey Peppers (Huntingdon): Peppers posted a team-high 10 total tackles, including eight solo stops, two tackles for a loss of 11 yards, one sack for a loss of 10 yards to go with two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble.

Jaedyn Prewitt (Whitworth): Against Pacific Lutheran, Prewitt recorded 236 yards of total offense, including 207 passing yards and three touchdowns (one of his scores was on the ground). The Pirates’ quarterback completed 18 of 28 passes while rushing for a season-high 29 yards on four carries.

Nate RaPue (Whitworth): Against Pacific Lutheran, RaPue converted all four extra points and punted the ball five times for a total of 208 yards. Three of his punts landed inside his opponent’s 20-yard line. He also registered 273 yards on five kickoffs for an average of 54.6 yards per kick.

Cole Starr (Huntingdon): Starr registered 14 points on a pair of extra points, along with four field goals, including a 34-yard boot. He also recorded seven kickoffs for 375 yards for an average of 53.6 yards per kick.

Tucker Spencer (Huntingdon): Against Brevard, Spencer tallied four solo tackles, including two sacks for a loss of 28 yards, one forced fumble and one pass breakup.

USAC Will Kick Off Its Spring Season This Saturday

By NoontimeSports.com

The USA South Athletic Conference (USAC) is set to kickoff its spring season this weekend, joining a slew of other NCAA D-III, NAIA, and FCS squads that will be in action tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday.

Brevard College will look to continue its success from 2019 on Saturday when they begin their spring season. (PHOTO COURTESY: Tommy Moss/Brevard College Athletics)

Brevard College and Huntingdon College will kickoff the truncated season on Saturday, February 20 before other teams return to the gridiron, both next week and the week after – Saturday, March 6, to be exact.

The USAC spring season will conclude with a championship game on Saturday, April 3 between the winner of the East and West Divisions.

Five teams, including Huntingdon, secured first-place nods in last week’s preseason coaches poll while Averett University and North Carolina Wesleyan College garnered a pair of first-place nods as two members of the East Division.

Let’s get you set for the opening weekend of USAC football with a quick preview of Saturday’s match-up between Huntingdon and Brevard:

Huntingdon has not played a football game since November 30, 2019 when they lost to Mary Hardin-Baylor in the second round of the NCAA D-III Tournament. The game marked the end of an exciting run for the Hawks, who captured the USAC crown with an 8-4 record, including a 6-1 mark in league play.

Four Hawks earned postseason honors from D3Football.com, securing spots on the 2019 All-South Region Team, including Otis Porter, who departed the Huntingdon program as the all-time leader in receptions (160), receiving yards (3,045), and touchdown receptions (35). Darrell Hixon, who also joined Porter on the same team, returns this spring to anchor an offensive line that helped the Hawks offense average 404.2 yards per game.

Brevard enjoyed one of its best seasons in program history in 2019, posting an 8-2 overall record, which included an Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Scotty Whitelaw Bowl win over Carnegie Mellon.

The eight wins were the most recorded by a Tornadoes squad since the 2009 squad won seven contests.

Dante Anderson will be one of many student-athletes to watch on this Tornadoes squad, both on Saturday and this season – the Hartwell, Georgia native, who was named a first-team all-conference defensive back in 2019, guided a Brevard defense that recorded a league-high 21 interceptions and five touchdowns. The Tornadoes defense will certainly be a unit to watch on Saturday as they will square-off against a Hawks offense that will feature nine new starters.

Huntingdon coach Mike Turk, who has won 110 contests with the Hawks, knows Saturday’s contest is an important one for his team, which he says is “playing for a trophy” this spring.

“As long as there’s a trophy on the line, we’re gonna approach it like we always have and try to do everything we can to reach that goal,” said Turk, via Solomon Crenshaw Jr. of the Alabama Newscenter.

Brevard and Huntingon will square-off at 2 p.m. – the game will be played in Montgomery, Alabama and can be seen on the Hawks’ YouTube channel.