Findlay, Ohio – Saint Xavier University freshman defensive back Clayton Fejedelem (Lemont, Ill./Lemont) and senior kicker Tom Lynch (Frankfort, Ill./Southern Illinois University/Joliet JC/Lincoln-Way East) were named the Mid-States Football Association (MSFA) Mideast League Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week, respectively Monday for their impressive play in Saturday's 75-33 home win over Taylor University (Ind.). It is the third time this season that SXU has secured the MSFA's weekly defensive honor, but the first time that it has gone to Fejedelem. Lynch also won the distinction back on October 3, which marks both the second time he and the Cougars have secured the recognition.
Fejedelem led Saint Xavier with nine total tackles (seven solos), including a tackle for a loss of four yards, in Saturday's victory. He also had an interception and a pass break-up in the game. His interception came late in the third quarter and helped lead to a Lynch field goal that put the Cougars ahead, 68-26. He returned the pick 26 yards to the Taylor 30-yard line.
Lynch did it all Saturday setting a school, MSFA and NAIA record for points in a game by a kicker with 21 (4 FGs, 9 XPs). The previous NAIA single-game mark was 20 points set twice, once in 1982 and again in 1986. He also became Saint Xavier's all-time leading scorer surpassing former SXU kicker Shane Longest (2004-07), who finished with 317 career points. Lynch now has 322 career points. Two of Lynch's field goals Saturday were over 40 yards (42, 48). He currently leads all levels of college football (NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA) in scoring by a kicker with 91 points (14 FG, 49 XPs).
Saint Xavier (8-0 overall/3-0 MSFA) heads to Ann Arbor, Mich., on Saturday, October 29, for a MSFA Mideast League match-up against Concordia University (Mich.). The game is scheduled for a 1 p.m. (eastern) start at River Rat Stadium in Ann Arbor.