A.J. Wilson, Mac Roche, Matt Retzlaff win Frontier honors

A.J. Wilson from Montana Western, Mac Roche of Carroll College and Matt Retzlaff of Southern Oregon were named Frontier Conference football Players of the Week, the league announced today.

Wilson took home top defensive honors, while Roche received offensive honors, and Retzlaff was named the special teams award winner.

Wilson is a 6-1, 240-pound senior linebacker from Helena. In Montana Western’s 49-6 season-opening conference victory over Rocky Mountain College, Wilson scored three defensive touchdowns. He had two fumble recoveries for touchdowns (51- and 40-yard returns) and a 38-yard interception return for a touchdown. Wilson recorded five unassisted tackles, three assisted tackles, one tackle for loss and an additional interception.

David Meis of Montana Tech, Adam Bese of Eastern Oregon, James Dowgin of Carroll College and Julius Rucker of Southern Oregon were also nominated.

Roche is a 6-foot-2, 210-pound senior quarterback from Whitefish. In No. 4 Carroll’s 26-20 season-opening win over No. 1 Southern Oregon, Roche was 26 of 41 passing for 281 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions. He also rushed four times for 40 yards.

Quinn McQueary of Montana Tech, Jace Billingsley of Eastern Oregon, Teejay Gordon of College of Idaho and Melvin Mason of Southern Oregon.

Retzlaff is a 5-10, 190-pound junior wide receiver from Medford, Oregon. In No. 1 Southern Oregon’s 20-26 season-opening loss at No. 4 Carroll College, Retzlaff returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown. It was the sixth longest kick return for a touchdown in SOU program history. In his wide receiver position, Retzlaff caught four passes for 83 yards.

Matt Berg of Montana Tech, Seth Mason of Montana Western, Kevin McLemore of College of Idaho and Dylan Torgerson of Carroll College were also nominated.

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