Findlay, Ohio - Saint Xavier University junior strong safety Casey Weidenbacher (Naperville, Ill./Naperville North) and senior kicker/punter Shane Longest (Wilmington, Ill./Wilmington) were named the Mid-States Football Association (MSFA) Mideast League Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week, respectively, Monday for their performances in SXU's 13-10 road win over No. 12 Walsh University (Ohio) this past Saturday. It is the second time this season the Cougars have nabbed the weekly defensive award and the fourth straight week for the special teams honor, including three to Longest.
Weidenbacher finished the game with six tackles, but had a significant interception at the goal line with seconds to play before halftime that stifled a possible Walsh scoring drive with the Cavaliers at the SXU eight-yard line. With the game decided by three points, the interception proved to be a prominent turning point.
Longest hit both his field goal attempts (43 and 31 yards) and his lone extra-point attempt in a game where every score mattered. In addition, Longest kept Walsh in poor field position a majority of the game by averaging 46.0 yards per punt on three attempts and having two kickoffs downed for touchbacks.
Saint Xavier (5-0 overall) gets ready for a huge Homecoming weekend hosting No. 6 ranked Ohio Dominican University, a team coming off a big 30-20 upset win over No. 2 University of Saint Francis (Ind.) Saturday. The Homecoming game will kick off at 1 p.m. Saturday at Bruce R. Deaton Memorial Field in Chicago.Click here to go to the MSFA Mideast League Players of the Week page