Western’s Ferris, Wilson earn Frontier POW

Montana Western football players J.D. Ferris and A.J. Wilson took home Frontier Conference Player of the Week honors, the league announced today.

Ferris received the top offensive award, while Wilson received defensive honors for the second straight week. Marcus Montano of Southern Oregon took home the special teams award.

Ferris is a 6-foot, 170-pound true freshman quarterback from Dillon. Ferris completed 15 of 30 passes for 144 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. His TD was the game-winner with 18 seconds left in the game in Western’s 24-20 win over the College of Idaho.

The quarterback also ran the ball 19 times for 166 yards and a touchdown.

Montana Tech’s Nolan Saraceni was nominated for the award, as were Calvin Conners of Eastern Oregon, Teejay Gordon of College of Idaho, Jade Olsen of Rocky Mountain College and Tanner Trosin of Southern Oregon.

Wilson is a 6-1, 240-pound senior linebacker from Helena. He recorded nine unassisted tackles, two assisted tackles, two tackles for loss and an interception. Last week he won the honor with three defensive touchdowns.

Montana Tech’s Tyler Gavlak was also nominated. So were Jared Jensen of Eastern Oregon, Jordan Kessen of Rocky Mountain College, Nate Moore of College of Idaho and Kyle Smith of Carroll College.

Montano is a 5-11, 190-pound freshman kicker from Manteca, California. In No. 1 Southern Oregon’s 38-35 come-from-behind win over Eastern Oregon, Montano kicked 27-yard field goal with just 4 seconds remaining in the game.

Montana Tech’s Matt Berg was passed over despite kicking four field goals, including a 46-yard boot, in the Orediggers’ 19-10 win over then-No. 4 Carroll College. Also nominated for the award were Hartvig Bondo of College of Idaho, Evan Connolly of Rocky Mountain College and Colter Hamel of Carroll College.

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