Wilson only Bulldog to make KCAC 1st team

By Steve Sell
November 18, 2014

McPherson College surprisingly landed only one first-team selection on the All-KCAC football team announced on Monday.

Senior Jimmy Wilson, a standout linebacker, earned the top nod from the coaches.

The Bulldogs also had four second-team selections and five honorable mention picks.

Wilson topped the Bulldogs in tackles with 88, 52 were solo stops and 19 were for a loss. He was second on the team with four sacks along with five pass breakups, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.

Offensive linemen Will Thacker and Collin French made the second team. The offensive line helped produce 1,875 yards on the ground, averaging 170.5 a game. The line allowed a just 17 sacks in 11 games.

Freshman Dalton Whitfield was named All-KCAC second-team Utility Player for his efforts in all three facets of the game. He had a net average of over 40 yards per punt, 47 tackles from his linebacker position, and 101 yards rushing on 37 attempts. He played both ways the final few games of the season due to a wave of injuries that sapped the team of its depth.

Preseason KCAC first-team selection Grant Narcisse played nose tackle and was a big run-stopper for the Bulldogs, but oddly was only picked to the second team despite an outstanding year. He had 39 tackles, but was in on just about every play. His best games came against the conference's top rushing teams.

Offensive lineman Calon Bibbs was named honorable mention. He helped the offense to average 4 yards per carry.

 Freshman running back Miles Balthazor earned honorable mention as well. The Valley Center native averaged 4.4 yards per rush and rushed 733 on the season. He had a 238-yard game against Sterling.

Trent Reif made the honorable mention squad as a fullback. He made several plays on special teams for the Bulldogs as well and ended the year with five tackles and multiple downed punts.

Ben Kimbrough’s team-high six sacks, totaling 41 yards in losses, helped him land honorable mention. He accumulated 50 total tackles, with 32 being solos. The senior also had three fumble recoveries and three forced fumbles.

Trent Forrester was also named honorable mention from his linebacker position and would have been higher had he not missed three games with an injury. He ended the year with 84 tackles, putting him second on the team. Of those 51 were solo tackles and 12.5 were for a loss. The game of the year for Forrester was the first home contest against Kansas Wesleyan as he racked up 24 tackles with 14 being unassisted.