Two Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association football players had standout performances in their respective MIAA openers last week and were honored Tuesday as selections to the D3football.com's National Team of the Week Oct. 8; Adrian College's kicker Cooper West and Hope College's quarterback Mason Opple.
Opple, a senior accounted for four touchdowns (three pass, one run) during Hope's 51-0, MIAA-opening win at then-No. 24 Trine. Opple capped the first possession of the game with a 3-yard touchdown and finished with a game-high 102 yards rushing, accouting for 315 yards of total offense while sitting out the fourth quarter. Opple completed 18 of 29 passes, including touchdown passes of 8, 7 and 20 yards.
West went 3-for-3 on field goals of 30, 20 and 18 yards, but it was West's final kick that was the game-winner with three seconds left in regulation to lift Adrian to a 30-27 victory over Kalamazoo. That marks the second consecutive game that Adrian has won with West's leg and on the last play of the game (West booted a 26-yarder against Wisconsin Lutheran in double overtime, 32-29, on Sept. 21).
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MIAA Student-Athlete Honored by D3Football.com
Adrian - Cooper West | team story link
Hope - Mason Opple | team story link