Kansas City, Mo. – Northwest Missouri’s Brady Bolles has been named the MIAA/AstroTurf Football Offensive Athlete of the Week. ESU’s Kole Schankie earned Defensive Athlete of the Week honors with UCM’s Jaylen Zachery earning Special Team Athlete of the Week.
MIAA/AstroTurf Defensive Athlete of the Week
Kole Schankie, LB, Emporia State
Schankie had a career-high 14 tackles as Emporia State held Missouri Western scoreless until there were just 28 seconds left in a 17-3 Homecoming victory for the Hornets. It was just the third game this season an MIAA team has been held without a touchdown and the first time the Hornets have held an opponent with out a touchdown since a 13-0 win over Lindenwood at their 2013 Homecoming. His sack on a Griffon third down led to a punt and ESU would eventually score the first points of the game on the ensuing drive. He forced and recovered a fumble at the end of the third quarter and four plays later the Hornets would score their second touchdown to take a 14-0 fourth quarter lead. The 6-1 junior linebacker is a native of Madison, Kan. where he competed at Madison High School.
Others nominated: Kevin Berg, Northwest Missouri; Tyke Kozeal, Nebraska-Kearney; Brock Long, Fort Hays State; Austin Miller, Central Missouri; Roderick Ryles, Lindenwood.