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Mario Pender

MEC announces Week 6 football honors

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. — Mario Pender (Glenville State), Marquis Hamilton (UVa-Wise) and Carl Gorman (WVSU) have earned Mountain East Conference Player of the Week honors for their play in the sixth week of the season.

Pender, a sophomore from Cape Coral, Fla., is the Offensive Player of the Week after helping the Pioneers to a 41-35 win over Concord on Saturday. He rushed for 212 yards on 21 attempts, including a 73-yard carry, and had a pair of touchdowns in the win.

Hamilton, a sophomore from Washington, D.C., is the Defensive Player of the Week after helping UVa-Wise post its first shutout in its Division II era with a 17-0 win over Urbana. He had a pair of interceptions to go along with five tackles, including two for a loss in the victory. The Cavs held Urbana to just 39 yards passing and 147 yards of total offense.

Gorman, a freshman from Aldie, Va., is the Special Teams Player of the Week after helping the Yellow Jackets to a 61-42 win over Kentucky State. Gorman had a 94-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against the Thorobreds and had another return for 21 yards. He also had 10 carries for 56 yards and had two receptions for 21 on offense.

Other Top Performances

Offense: Calil Wilkins (WVSU) had three touchdowns and 166 yards rushing against Kentucky State … Isaiah Bowman (CU) had his first career 100-yard rushing day with 101 against Glenville State … Jaleel McLaughlin (NDC) added 194 more yards to his total and scored a pair of touchdowns … Tyson Bagent (SU) was 18-of-31 for 253 yards and four TDs … Khalik Hamlin (FSU) had 85 yards on 18 carries against Notre Dame … Luke Casey (WVWC) was 11-of-18 for 160 yards and three scores in the Bobcats first win of the season … Isaiah Young (UU) had 78 yards on 20 carries for the Blue Knights.

Defense: Cliff Clark (WLU) had 18 tackles, including 15 solo stops, against Shepherd … Daniel Robinson (GSC) had five tackles and his first career interception against Concord … Duray Hall (UU) had a season-high 17 tackles (nine solo) vs. UVa-Wise … Chrys Lane (SU) had eight tackles (all solo), including a TFL in a win over West Liberty … Michael Porter (FSU) had a pair of interceptions for the Falcons against Notre Dame … Derrick Butler (WVWC) had four tackles, one interception and one fumble recovery in a win over Charleston … Alec Henderson (CU) had five tackles and a 32-yard interception return for a touchdown for the Mountain Lions.

Special Teams: Tanner Harding (NDC) had a school record 42-yard field goal in a win over Fairmont State … Trevor Owens (WISE) booted an MEC record 81-yard punt and averaged 40.4 on the day … Christian Morris (WLU) averaged 44.3 yards on eight punts, including one of 70 and another of 62 … Brandon Purk (UU) had a career-high 10 punts and had four go over 50 yards … Adam Fulton (CU) had four punts at an average of 49 yards per attempt.

2018 MEC Players Of The Week

Sept. 3: Jaleel McLaughlin (NDC)
Sept. 10: Jaleel McLaughlin (NDC)
Sept 17: Tyson Bagent (SU)
Sept. 24: Tyson Bagent (SU)
Oct. 1: Jaleel McLauglin (NDC)
Oct. 8: Mario Pender (GSC)

Sept. 3: Guam Lee (NDC)
Sept. 10: Stephen Turner (FSU)
Sept. 17: Kahzin Daniels (UC)/Buster Henderson (WISE)
Sept. 24: Cedric Amadi (UC)/Mikel Toliver (UU)
Oct. 1: Bozton Sanders (UU)
Oct. 8: Marquis Hamilton (WISE)

Special Teams
Sept. 3: Kahliq Muhammad (UU)/Luke Walls (CU)
Sept. 10: Lyrics Klugh (FSU)
Sept. 17: Lyrics Klugh (FSU)
Sept. 24: Owen Rozan (WLU)
Oct. 1: Tanner Harding (NDC)
Oct. 8: Carl Gorman (WVSU)

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