11/20/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 11/20/2019 18:15
Lewis, a 5-foot-11-inch running back from Tacoma Washington, broke the South Dakota Mines season rushing record, finishing the year with 1,385 yards, which also tops the RMAC rushing rankings. He also set a SD Mines school record for most carries in a season with 308. In the NCAA, Lewis ranked eighth overall in total rushing yards and 10th in rushing yards per game (125.9).
Lewis closed out the season with nine rushing touchdowns and one receiving. He also had 16 catches for 139 yards this season. During the season he had eight games where he rushed over 100 yards.
'From day one, came into the Hardrocker football program with a blue collar mind-set and has been playing at a gold standard for us at running back,' said Hardrocker football head coach Zach Tinker.
Sefa, a 6-2 place kicker from Rosharon, Texas, also set a milestone in 2019, becoming the all-time leading scorer in Hardrocker History with 190 points. He also holds the record for most extra points in a career with 106. He finished the year making good on 13-20 field goals, was 27-28 on extra points, racked up 3,408 yards on 57 kickoffs with 21 touchbacks.
Sefa ranked second in the conference for field goals with 65 percent. He had a long of 47 yards this season; and was 13th overall in scoring with 66 points.
, , and earned RMAC Honorable Mention for defense while and received recognition on the offensive side.
Peterson, a 6-1 sophomore linebacker from Boulder, Colorado -- who earned CoSIDA Academic All-District and RMAC All-Academic First Team honors earlier this year -- led the Hardrockers in total tackles with 114, collected 2.5 sacks, 11 tackles for a loss, one interception, one broken up pass, one forced fumble and QB hurry.
Jackson, a 6-0 junior defensive back from Aurora, Colorado, had three interceptions on the season, two of which were returned for touchdowns. He also led the 'Rockers with 10 broken up passes and added a fumble recovery as well.
Chapman, a 6-2 sophomore defensive lineman from Colleville, Texas, led SD Mines with six total sacks for a loss of 32 yards and 12.5 total tackles-for-a-loss of 53 yards. He also was credited with two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and 65 total tackles.
Carroll, a 6-0 sophomore linebacker from Gatesville, Texas, closed out the season with two interception, one retuned for a touchdown, three tackles-for-a -loss of 11 yards, 66 total tackles and one broken up pass.
Hunt, a junior wide receiver from Arvada, Colorado, led the Hardrockers with five touchdown catches, and 547 receiving yards on 33 catches.
Smith, a 6-5, 350 pound right tackle from Celina, Texas, helped solidify an offensive line that helped the offense accumulated 2,529 yards rushing.
'We're ecstatic to have all the RMAC honorees from 2019 returning to lead a very strong 2020 team,' Tinker added.
- Adams State University's Tariq Bitson, CSU-Pueblo's Jackson Wibbels and Colorado Mesa's Justin White were named the 2019 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) Football Offensive, Defensive, and Special Teams Players of the Year, respectively. The major awards were announced on Wednesday, along with the All-RMAC Teams.
In addition, John Matocha from Colorado School of Mines took home Offensive Freshman of the Year and Brandin Obrecht of Adams State earned Defensive Freshman of the Year. Colorado School of Mines head coach Gregg Brandon was named Coach of the Year for the second straight season.
The major awards, along with All-RMAC First and Second Teams were voted on by the conference's 11 head football coaches, who could not vote for their own players. Those that received at least one First Team vote were named Honorable Mention.
Bitson makes it two straight years a Grizzly has earned Player of the Year, previously Adams State did not have one since 2004. Bitson was a monster on the field as he hauled in a total of 11 touchdowns and averaged an incredible 144.9 yards per game which ranks first in DII and is almost 20 yards per game ahead of second. Bitson, unfortunately, got hurt in the 9th game of the season as he was on pace to break the NCAA DII yards in a single season. He still finished the season with a total of 1,304 yards on 63 receptions.
Wibbels was a force on the defensive line for the ThunderWolves as he totaled nine sacks and 18 tackles for loss. Wibbels helped lead a defense that allowed under 20 points in eight of their games including a shutout against Black Hills State.
White was the primary kickoff returner for the Mavericks as he returned 15 kicks and totaled 571 yards. He averaged just over 38 yards per return which included a 100-yard TD return. White also added one punt return touchdown out of his two he returned.
Colorado School of Mines' John Matocha helped lead the Orediggers to a perfect 11-0 record at quarterback and was named the Offensive Freshman of the Year. The versatile QB finished the season 7th in the RMAC in rushing yards per game with 53.3 and third in passing yards per game with 235.2.
Obrecht of Adams State was named the Defensive Freshman of the Year. The Grizzly played in all 11 games and was second on the team with a total of 58 tackles and 10.5 tackles for loss. Obrecht also chipped in with one interception and one fumble forced and one fumble recovery.
Brandon was named Coach of the Year after leading the Orediggers to their 13th consecutive winning season and claiming the RMAC Championship. Colorado School of Mines finished the regular season undefeated for the first time since 2004 and currently are ranked No. 7 in the Division II National Football Coaches Association (NFCA) poll.
The First Round of the NCAA Playoffs will kickoff on Saturday with two RMAC teams hosting the first round. The No. 3 seed in the Super Region 4, Colorado School of Mines is set to host Sioux Falls while the No. 4 seed CSU-Pueblo will host Augustana (SD).
Major Award Winners
Offensive Player of the Year: Tariq Bitson, ASU
Defensive Player of the Year: Jackson Wibbels, CSUP
Special Teams Player of the Year: Justin White, CMU
Defensive Freshman: Brandin Obrecht, ASU
Offensive Freshman: John Matocha, CSM
CB: Aaron Simpson, DSU | Tevin Donnell CSUP
S : Malik Brown, NMHU | Nick ciccio, CMU
ILB : Kyle Rosenbrock, CSUP | Averie Mansfield, CSM
OLB : James Maxie, CSUP | Jimmy Bauer, CSM
DT : Will Lydle, WCU | George Marpaung, FLC
DE : Jackson Wibbels, CSUP | Alani Pututau, ASU
QB : John Matocha, CSM
RB : Michael Zeman, CSM | , SDSMT
WR : Tariq Bitson, ASU | Tevon Wright, CSC | Dejuan Dantzler, DSU
TE : Chase Hess, DSU
OL : Grant Stewart, CSM | Elijah Reed, CSUP | Justin Calderon, CSC | Cody Ullestad, CSM | Jared Maciejczak, CSC
KR : Justin White, CMU
PR: Isaiah Diggs, CSUP
K: James Baird, DSU
P: Garrett Boyd, WCU
CB: Deandre Barthwell, CSC | Ka'Lonn Milton, FLC
S: Alex Lilliard, DSU | Jamaal Sears, CSUP
ILB: Tyler Lewis, CSC | Desmond Marfizo, WCU
OLB: Mack Minnehan, CSM | Luke Conilogue, CSUP
DT: Alu Taito, ASU | Reed Rowan, CMU
DE: Luke Jeter, CSM | Mason Newton, CMU
QB: Dalton Holst, CSC
RB: Elijah Myles, CSC | Sei-J, Lauago, DSU
WR: Peter Anderson, CMU | | Josh Johnston, CSM | Cole Thurness, CSC
TE: Preston Guerra, CSUP
OL: Caden Sink, CMU | James Parker, CSUP | Nathen Aceves, DSU | Andrew Berrier, WCU | Jonah Stupar, CSUP
KR: Stevann Brown, CSC
PR: Cole Thurness, CSC
K: Erick Ruiz, ASU | , SDSMT (tie)
P: Justin Dwinell, CSUP
Devante Loggins, CMU - CB
Emery Taylor, CSUP -CB
Anthony Makransky, CSM - CB
, SDSMT -CB
Josh Nelson, Western -CB
Devin Chandler, DSU - CB
Ereon Nash, ASU - CB
Mason Pierce, CSM -CB
Dylan Hendrickson, DSU -DE
Brockton Sterling, CSM -DE
Alex Weber, Western - DE
, SDSMT -DE
Cole Miller, BHSU - DE
Scott Adams, CSM - DT
Jacoby Mills, NMHU - DT
Jack McAdams, CSM -DT
Tyler Heaton, DSU - DT
Rob Luckett, ASU - DT
Trey Botts, CSUP - DT
Brady Opp, CSUP - DT
Ricky Hayes, CMU - DT
, SDSMT - ILB
Ben Aumauve, ASU - ILB
James Kohlschmidt, CSM -ILB
Lane Farris, WCU - ILB
Syrr Barnes, DSU - ILB
Malaki, Malaki, DSU - ILB
Darrian Stickney, FLC - ILB
Eli Schoettmer, NMHU - ILB
Brandon Farmer, CSM -KR
Xavier Smith, DSU -KR
Malcom Wesley, WCU -KR
Dan List, CSUP -OL
, SDSMT - OL
Siotame Ha'unga, DSU - OL
Aleki Tapa, ASU - OL
Matt Armendariz, CSM - OL
Zach Heckman, CSM - OL
Adeeb Jaouni, DSU - OL
Juan Estrada, CSC - OL
Joseph Morgan, BHSU - OL
Sean Johnson, CSUP - OL
Sam Ambrogio, BHSU - OL
Joey Orrino, WCU -OL
Trevor Philio, CSUP - OLB
, SDSMT - OLB
Robert Garlock, WCU - OLB
Nolan reeve, CSM - OLB
Bailey Rosenstrauch, BHSU - OLB
Tyler Lewis, CSC - OLB
Xander Witt, WCU - PR
Austin Toussaint, CSM - P
Jacob Parks, BHSU - P
Isaac Maestas, CMU - P
John Buksa, ASU - QB
D.J. Penick, CSUP - RB
Jeff Hansen, FLC - RB
Payten Gilmore, BHSU - RB
Austin Micci, CSUP - RB
Josh Gurnaby, BHSU - S
Kobe Brewster, CSM - S
Geoff Keating, CSM - S
Turner Dairan, CMU - S
Dominick Fletch, WCU - S
Cory McLellan, CSUP - S
Donovan Robinson, ASU - S
Darrell Mcintyre, NMHU - TE
Dagan Rienks, CMU - TE
Zach Russell, FLC - TE
Matt Bargas, CSC - TE
Garrett Hyles, CSM - TE
Zach Peterson, CSM - TE
Ziere Banner, ASU - WR
Kielar Harpham, BHSU - WR
Jalen Powell, DSU - WR
Sean O'Dell, CSM - WR
Nick Williams, CSUP - WR
, SDSMT - WR
James Bryant, WCU - WR
Kasey Allison, DSU - WR