WICHITA — As expected, two Bethany College football players were honored Monday afternoon for their roles in the Swedes’ stunning 34-24 upset of then-No. 16 Ottawa on Saturday.
Steven Williams was named KCAC Defensive Player of the Week and Adam Maisch was named Special Teams Player of the Week.
Williams made 19 tackles, 12 of which were solo. He also had a tackle for a loss of three yards as well as a pass break-up.
"Steven has been one of our leaders on defense the last two years," Bethany co-defensive coordinator Jarrod Wirt said. "He has worked very hard to improve every day and is very deserving of this accomplishment."
Williams has recorded 23 tackles this season, 16 solo and seven assisted, three tackles for loss, one pass breakup and one fumble recovery.
"Steven is by all accounts a leader on and off the field," co-defensive coordinator Joe Gordon said. "Saturday night, his hard work and investment in perfecting his craft at linebacker was front stage. It was truly a reflection of his dedication and commitment to his love for the game and his teammates, who he plays for. I'm happy for him and this honor is well deserved. I look forward to watching him continue to grow and develop into one of our league's top linebackers as the season progresses."
Maisch also was integral in the Swedes' upset win. He drilled both field goal attempts, 41 yards and 32 yards, and nailed all four extra points. His 10 points proved vital.
"Adam has become a weapon for our team due to his ability to kick off deep as well as make clutch field goals," Bethany coach Manny Matsakis said. "I am really looking forward to his progress as the season unfolds."
Maisch is currently ranked second in the KCAC in kick scoring, tallying 16 points.