Thursday, September 26, 2013

Players of the Week- Grinnell Game

Sophomore Kicker Jonathan Gurchak hit the perfect trifecta on player of the week honors in the Foresters 15-7 victory over Grinnell College this week. Gurchak was named the Coaches Special Teams Player of the Week, the Midwest Conference Special Teams Player of the Week, and the Forester Athlete of the Week. The MWC honor was Gurchak's second of the season.

"Jon did a tremendous job. Two things that didn't show up on the stat sheet, per se, were his saves on errant snaps. The second one, where he tipped it to himself, scrambled to the right, and then performed an unpracticed rugby style punt, really saved us. Had that play turned out differently, it could very easily have led to an easy score, and the momentum of the game could have shifted significantly," said Head Football Coach Jim Catanzaro.

Gurchak had a solid day kicking field goals as well, as he connected on 2-3 field goals. His only miss, on a 50 yard attempt, clanged off the cross bar, only inches shy of tying a school record.

"I have great confidence in Jon. He didn't get all of that one, but I won't hesitate to give him another opportunity to connect on that. Jon works tirelessly on his craft. His work and his relationship with Coach Pease, has lead to a marked improvement from last season to this year," said Coach Catanzaro.

The other Foresters who were named to the Coaches Player of the Week Awards were: 

Offensive POTW: Wide Receiver, George Vidas (Sophomore)- Taft High School, Chicago, IL.
George recorded 5 catches for 89 yards and 1 TD.

Defensive POTW: Linebacker, John Preston (Junior)- Tabor Academy, Sanbornton, NH.
John recorded 8 Tackles, 1 TFL, and 1 Interception.

Scout Team POTW: Linebacker, Josh Klumak (Freshman)- Grant High School, Round Lake, IL.

Center Tommy Mitchell was named Lineman of the Week

Lineman of the Week: Center Tommy Mitchell (Senior)- Marist High School, Chicago, IL.