Senior safety Seth Majerus and junior place kicker Bryce Cooney each earned weekly honors from the Great Plains Athletic Conference for their performances in a 30-3 win over Dakota Wesleyan on Saturday.
Majerus, who just played the final road game of his college career, had perhaps the most memorable performance of his career. On the first play from scrimmage just 16 seconds in, Majerus returned an interception 18 yards for a touchdown to give Doane an early 7-0 lead.
Later in the first half, he picked off a pass in the end zone when Dakota Wesleyan had third and goal at the five-yard line.
Majerus finished Saturday’s game with three total interceptions – all in the first half. He also had Doane’s only offensive touchdown of the game Saturday – a 10-yard touchdown reception on the first play of the second quarter.
“It’s huge,” Doane head coach Chris Bessler said of Majerus’ day Saturday. “When you have someone who’s been playing for 2-3 years, a captain, come and make big plays that make a difference in the game, that’s what good teams do, and we did a very nice job of doing that (Saturday).”
Majerus caught a pair of three-yard touchdown passes in a 44-13 win over Jamestown back in mid-September. Prior to Saturday, he hadn’t had an INT since the 2016 season.
The performance Saturday also earned Majerus the honor of being named the NAIA National Defensive Player of the Week on Monday. He was the first player on Doane’s team to earn a national honor this season.
Cooney meanwhile, after missing from 53 and 37 yards in the first half, knocked in three field goals (26, 36, 37 yards) in the third quarter of Saturday’s win. He was also 3-for-3 on point afters, giving him 12 total points on the day.
The three field goals in a single game set a new season-high for Cooney, who now leads the GPAC with 12 total field goals made on the season.
His 51-yarder against Friends back on week one is the longest field goal that any kicker in the GPAC has made in 2018. It was also two yards shy of the school record.
Earlier this fall, Cooney was put on the Fred Mitchell Award Watch List. Read more about that here.
Doane (5-4, 4-4 GPAC) plays its final game of the 2018 regular season when they welcome intrastate rival Concordia (3-6, 2-6 GPAC) to Al Papik Field. Kickoff from Crete is set for 1 p.m. Coverage on Ol’ Red 99.5 begins at 12:30 with the Doane Tailgate Pregame Show.
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