September 9, 2013
MADISON, S.D. – Derek Elliott of Valley City State (N.D.), Preston Powell of Dakota State (S.D.) and Rashad Flanders of Mayville State (N.D.) were selected as North Star Athletic Association Football Players of the Week, announced Monday.
NSAA Football Offensive Player of the Week
Derek Elliott – Valley City State (N.D.) – 6'1", 211 lbs., Senior, running back – Valley City, N.D – Elliott had a career-high 266 rushing yards – second highest single game total rushing yards in VCSU football program history – in a 56-28 road loss at NAIA's top-ranked team Morningside (Iowa) in Sioux City on Sept. 7. He averaged 11.5 yards per carry and recorded touchdown runs of 77 yards and 23 yards in the first half. Elliott also recorded a 64-yard run in the third quarter to set up another VCSU touchdown (he rushed for a successful 2-point conversion after the touchdown).
NSAA Football Defensive Player of the Week
Preston Powell – Dakota State (S.D.) – 6'0", 215 lbs., Sophomore, strong safety – Forney, Texas – Powell recorded the first interception of the season for Dakota State in a 14-13 home defeat to Dordt (Iowa) on Sept. 7. He had eight tackles in the game – four solo tackles and four assist tackles.
NSAA Football Special Teams Player of the Week
Rashad Flanders – Mayville State (N.D.) – 6'1", 185 lbs., Junior, cornerback – Miami, Fla. – Flanders returned a kick-off touchdown of 95-yards in 27-7 loss to Graceland (Iowa) at the Metrodome in Minneapolis. He broke the scoring drought in the fourth quarter for the Comets with a 95-yard kick-off return for a touchdown.
Valley City State, receiving votes in the NAIA Football Preseason Coaches' Top 25 national poll, and Dakota State will kick off the first-ever NSAA football conference game on Saturday at 6 p.m. in Valley City, N.D. Also on Saturday at 1 p.m., Jamestown (N.D.) hosts Wiscosin-Stout; Mayville State welcomes Haskell (Kan.) and Presentation (S.D.) hosts Waldorf (Iowa).
Haskell (Kan.) @ Mayville State (N.D.) – 1 p.m.
Wisconsin-Stout @ Jamestown (N.D.) – 1 p.m.
Waldorf (Iowa) @ Presentation (S.D.) – 1 p.m.
Dakota State (S.D.) @ (RV) Valley City State (N.D.) – 6 p.m. First-ever NSAA Football conference game
(RV) Valley City State (N.D.)
Dakota State (S.D.)
Mayville State (N.D.)
Nick Huntimer, North Star Athletic Association Sports Information Director