Story courtesy of the Missouri Valley Conference
Photo courtesy of Youngstown State Athletics
This week's Missouri Valley Football Conference Players of the Week include RB Jamaine Cook of Youngstown State; S Caleb Schaffitzel of Missouri State; LB T.J. Lally of South Dakota State; and PK Justin Syrovatka of South Dakota State.
RB Jamaine Cook, Youngstown State, 5-9, 215, Sr., Cleveland (Ohio) Midpark
Cook rushed for a 203 yards on 42 carries and had a touchdown in the Penguins’ 13-10 win over South Dakota. Cook had season-high totals in both carries and yards in the contest. He scored on one-yard run in the third quarter. He moved into third in rushing yards for a career in school history and eclipsed 1,000 yards for the third consecutive season. He had 103 yards on 23 carries in the first half and 90 on 19 totes in the second half.
S Caleb Schaffitzel, Missouri State, 6-0, 214, So., Fair Grove (Mo.) High
Schaffitzel snagged two interceptions, broke two MSU records and tallied 10 total tackles in Missouri State's near-upset of No. 1 North Dakota State on Saturday. The sophomore strong safety halted an NDSU drive late in the first quarter with a goal-line interception he returned 100 yards for the game's first score, making him just the fifth player in MVFC history -- and second this year -- to record a 100-yard interception return. It was the longest interception return in Missouri State history. Later, in the second quarter, he grabbed another pick, and returned it 27 yards to complete his second multiple-interception game in as many weeks and fifth pick in three games. He shattered the MSU single-season record for interception return yardage (216) and moved into second place on the Bears' career chart for INT yardage. The remarkable effort by Schaffitzel also marked his fifth double-figure tackle game of the season and pushed him over 100 tackles on the season. He is just the second MSU player since 2005 to hit triple digits in season tackles.
LB T.J. Lally, South Dakota State, 6-0, 225, Fr., Chicago (Ill.) Marmion Academy
Lally tied for the team lead with 10 tackles, notching three tackles for loss with two sacks, and forced a fumble in South Dakota State’s 16-12 come-from-behind victory at Southern Illinois. Lally’s forced fumble early in the fourth quarter set up a field goal that pulled the Jackrabbits to within 10-9.
PK Justin Syrovatka, South Dakota State, 5-9, 195, So., Sioux Falls (S.D.) Roosevelt High
Syrovatka was 3-for-3 on field goals, connecting from 28, 41 and 33 yards in the Jackrabbits’ 16-12 win over Southern Illinois on Nov. 3. Syrovatka also handled the kickoff duties for the first time this season, leading a special teams unit that allowed the Salukis an average of only 13.2 yards on six return attempts.