Tech’s Connor Wines named Defensive POW

Tech’s Connor Wines named Defensive POW
Montana Tech linebacker Connor Wines closes in on Southern Oregon quarterback Wyatt Hutchinson Saturday at Alumni Coliseum. (Bill Foley photo)

WHITEFISH — Montana Tech senior linebacker Connor Wines was named the Frontier Conference Defensive Player of the Week, the league announced today.

The 6-foot-2, 245-pound Gardiner native led the Oredigger defense in Saturday’s 38-31 win over then-No. 23 Southern Oregon.

Wines recorded four solo tackles, three tackles for loss (-30), four assisted tackles and three quarterback sacks. His third sack came late in the fourth quarter and took SOU out of scoring field position.

Jayden Dawson of College of Idaho, Justin Hughes of Eastern Oregon, Kendell Jefferson of Rocky Mountain College and Reece Quade of Carroll College were also nominated.

Offensive Player of the Week: Brenden Kelly, Eastern Oregon University
Kelly is a 6-foot-2, 205-pound, senior wide receiver from Kennewick, Washington. In No. 18 Eastern Oregon’s 48-24 road loss to College of Idaho, Kelly caught seven passes for 281 yards and two touchdowns.

He set school records for receiving yards in single game, single season (1,140) and career receiving yards (2,967). Kelly’ second touchdown catch was his 29th career scoring catch which tied a school record.

Ryan Arntson of Carroll College, Jacob Bakken of Rocky Mountain College, Jet Campbell of Montana Tech and Darius-James Peterson of College of Idaho are also nominated.

Special Teams Player of the Week: Kyle Mitchell of College of Idaho
Mitchell is a 6-foot-2, 175-pound junior kicker from Herriman, Utah. In College of Idaho’s 48-24 upset home conference win over No. 18 Eastern Oregon, Mitchell was a perfect 6 of 6 P.A.T.’s and kicked field goals of 29 and 37 yards. Mitchell’s performance tied C of I’s single-game kick scoring record with 12 points. He also had three touchbacks on kickoffs.

Billy Williams of Rocky Mountain College and Shane Sipes of Carroll College and Tanner Zenke of Eastern Oregon were also nominated.

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