Football Dominates Centennial Weekly Honors

Sunday, September 16, 2012

players of the week In beating McDaniel yesterday, the Muhlenberg football team excelled in all three phases of the game. Today, top players from all three phases were honored by the Centennial Conference.

Senior quarterback Dan Deighan was named co-offensive player of the week, junior defensive back Andrew Onimus was tabbed defensive player of the week, and senior wide receiver John Gruver was the special teams player of the week.

Deighan (left) accounted for the first three touchdowns of the 33-0 win, rushing for two in the first quarter and passing for one in the third. He finished with 91 yards rushing on only eight carries and passed for 158 yards, becoming the fourth quarterback in CC history to pass the milestones of 1,000 yards rushing and 4,000 yards passing. Deighan also punted twice for a 42.5-yard average, landing both kicks inside the 20.

Onimus (center) was one of the leaders of a Muhlenberg defense that allowed only 168 total yards in pitching its second straight shutout. He made 10 tackles, a team-high eight of which were solo, including a sack and a tackle for loss on a punt return.

The Mule defense has not allowed a point in the last 172:58, dating back to the first quarter of the season opener at The Apprentice School. In CC games, dating back to last year, Muhlenberg will bring a streak of three straight shutouts into this Saturday’s game against Johns Hopkins.

Gruver (right) set up the Mules in good position for two scores with his kick returning. He returned a punt 29 yards to the McDaniel 24 in the first quarter, setting up a two-play touchdown drive, and returned a free kick after a safety 36 yards to the Green Terror 34, setting up a five-play TD march. Gruver accumulated 77 yards on four total returns in the game.