Frontier names weekly top football players

Melvin Mason, Adam DeBruycker and Jordan Rueschhoff earned Frontier Conference Player of the Week honors in football, the league announced Monday.

Mason, a 5-foot-11, 205-pound sophomore running back from Southern Oregon, won the offensive award. He was also named NAIA National Offensive Player of the Week. In No. 22 Southern Oregon’s 38-35 win over No. 2 Carroll College, Mason rushed 27 times for 202 yards and three touchdowns, including a 40-yard scoring run in the second half.

Bryce Baker of Rocky Mountain College, Tyler Hulse of Montana Western, TeeJay Gordon of College of Idaho, Zach McKinley of Montana State-Northern and Mac Roche of Carroll College were also nominated for the award by their coaches.

DeBruycker,  6-1, 210-pound sophomore from Carroll College, won the defensive honor. In No.2 Carroll’s 35-38 season opening conference loss at Southern Oregon, DeBruycker recorded 11 solo tackles and six assisted tackles.

Kyle Cothern of College of Idaho, Tyler Craig of Montana State-Northern, Elu Lavea of Rocky Mountain College, Jay Owens of Montana Western and Alex Stork of Southern Oregon were also nominated.

Rueschhoff, a 6-foot, 200-pound senior kicker from MSU-Northern took home the special teams award. In Northern’s 38-24 non-conference home win over Dickinson State, Rueschhoff was 2 of 2 field goals including a 47-yarder and was 4 of 5 PAT’s.

Elijah Carter of College of Idaho, Jared Mayernik of Carroll College, Ryan Steska of Rocky Mountain College and Dakota Wainwright of Montana Western were also nominated.

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