CHICAGO – Saint Xavier University senior linebacker Zach Dolph (Crest Hill, Ill./Joliet Catholic) and senior kicker/punter Spencer Nolen (Columbia, Tenn./Nevada/UT-Chattanooga/Columbia Central) were both honored by the Mid-States Football Association (MSFA) Monday for their performances in Saturday's 12-6 home victory over MSFA Midwest League foe William Penn University (Iowa) in Chicago. Dolph claimed the MSFA Midwest League Defensive Player of the Week honor, while Nolen was named the MSFA Midwest League Special Teams Player of the Week. It is the second time this season that each player has earned this recognition.
Dolph set a new school record with 23 total tackles (five solos) in Saturday's game. He led a Saint Xavier defensive effort that gave up just six points and 199 yards of total offense. It was the fewest points allowed by the SXU defense this season. The previous school record was 20 tackles set by two players (Sean Kenney and Joe Miller) in the same game, a 42-13 victory over University of Saint Francis (Ind.) on November 10, 2007.
Nolen hit two key field goals, including a career-high-tying 50-yard attempt, to aid the winning effort Saturday. He tied the game, 3-3, in the second quarter with a 31-yarder and then put Saint Xavier up, 6-3, with a 50-yarder midway through the third quarter. In addition, Nolen had seven punts for 282 yards, including a long of 49 yards. He also converted a key fake punt with a team-high 16-yard rush in the fourth quarter continuing a drive that led to the eventual go-ahead touchdown for the Cougars.
Saint Xavier (5-3 overall/2-1 MSFA) heads to Davenport, Iowa, on Saturday, November 2, for a pivotal MSFA Midwest League showdown with No. 8 Saint Ambrose University (Iowa). The game is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start at Brady Street Stadium in Davenport.