Six GPAC teams still undefeated
After two weeks of the college football season, six Great Plains Athletic Conference teams remain undefeated at 1-0, while four have one loss.
At the top of the football standings are Concordia, Dordt, Hastings, Morningside and Northwestern, all of which are 1-0. Dakota Wesleyan, Briar Cliff, Doane and Nebraska Wesleyan each dropped their opening game.
Morningside sits atop the polls as the No. 1-ranked team in NAIA football after falling in last year's national championship game 30-27 in overtime to Marian University (Ind.).
Three Mustang players took home conference player of the week honors for their performances last week.
Northwestern's Davis Bloemendaal, Hasting's Garrett Griffeth and Doane's Jordan Pedersen all nabbed conference honors this week.
Bloemendaal, a quarterback, was named the offensive player of the week after he helped 13th-ranked Northwestern defeat Bacone College, Okla., 55-37. Bloemendaal completed 17 passes for 316 yards and four touchdowns. He also rushed for 61 yards and two touchdowns.
Griffeth, a defensive back, earned defensive player of the week honors after he recorded seven tackles and nabbed two interceptions to help Hastings defeat Kansas Wesleyan.
Pedersen, a kicker, was picked as the conference's special teams player of the week. Pedersen set the Hastings' school record for field goals made in a game with four in a loss against Friends University, Kan.
Bane first game success
For the last four years, Jon Bane has been a synonymous name with Dakota Wesleyan University football.
The Temple, Texas, native has started at quarterback for the Tigers since the 2010 season. Saturday marked the fourth time Bane was under center for Wesleyan in a season opener and in each of those games, he has thrown a touchdown pass.
As a freshman, Bane threw for 146 yards and one touchdown against the Dordt in his first season opener. As a sophomore against Dakota State, Bane threw for 308 yards and four touchdowns. In his junior year, he threw for 211 yards and two touchdowns against Dakota State, and Saturday he threw for 257 yards and three touchdowns against Wisconsin-Stout in his final season opener for DWU.
Bane went 3-1 in season openers with his first loss coming Saturday against Wisconsin-Stout. Prior to this season, the Tigers -- with Bane under center -- beat Dakota State twice and Dordt College once in season openers.
Saturday, Bane and Wesleyan open conference play against Briar Cliff University at 1 p.m. Saturday at the DakotaDome.
Nelson selected men's soccer defensive player of week
Dakota Wesleyan's Alex Nelson was selected the Great Plains Athletic Conference defensive player of the week, it was announced Tuesday.
Nelson, a sophomore from Sioux Falls, plays goalkeeper for the Tigers. Last week, he helped Wesleyan go 1-0-1, including a double-overtime tie with No. 16 Jamestown Sunday. Nelson had 18 saves during the week with 13 coming against Jamestown.
So far this season, Nelson held teams scoreless in two games and has only allowed one goal. DWU (2-0-1) is one of two GPAC teams without a loss. The other is No. 13 Hastings.
Adam Wood took home honors for the offensive player-of-the-week. Wood, a forward from Midland University, scored a total of four goals in two games to help Midland win three games last week.