ROCK HILL, S.C. - The South Atlantic Conference Football Players of the Week have been announced for the week ending October 11, 2009. Mars Hill College running back Jonas Randolph was named Offensive Player of the Week, Wingate University safety Robert Fletcher was named Defensive Player of the Week, and Brevard College punter Eric Watts was named Special Teams Player of the Week.
Randolph, a sophomore from Daleville, Ala. (Daleville HS) carried the ball 40 times for 248 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Lions to a 34-28 victory over SAC rival Newberry College Saturday night. MHC was a perfect 4-for-4 in the redzone with all four red zone scores coming on touchdown carries by Randolph. The four touchdowns tied a school record set back in 2002 by Cedric Johnson. His efforts put Randolph over the 1,000-yard mark (1,122 yds) for the season. He is averaging 187 yards per game and 5.8 yards per carry. Randolph wins the award for the third time this season.
Fletcher, a redshirt freshman from Lancaster, S.C. (Lancaster HS) had 11 solo tackles, two forced fumbles and one fumble return for a touchdown as the Bulldogs rallied to defeat Lenoir-Rhyne University 50-49 in South Atlantic Conference football action Saturday afternoon at Moretz Stadium. Fletcher wins the award for the second time this season. In the second quarter, Fletcher picked up a fumble in stride and took it 52 yards to pay dirt. The touchdown cut the Wingate deficit to 28-14. The score marked the third time Fletcher has found the end zone this season. Fletcher and his opportunistic teammates forced three turnovers, recovering three fumbles Saturday.
Watts, a sophomore from Powhatan, Va. (Old Dominion University) punted the ball seven times for 318 yards, with three of his kicks traveling over 50 yards as he consistently pinned the Pioneers offense deep in their own territory, forcing them to march the length of the field against the Tornados defense. Watts kicked a season-long 75-yarder in the second quarter and added kicks of 55 and 54 in the game as he averaged 45.4 yards per kick, pinning the Pioneers inside their 20-yard line twice. In addition to his punting duties, Watts also played wide receiver, catching two passes for 67 yards, including the game-winning 33-yarder in overtime to clinch the Tornados first winning season in modern program history.