August 31, 2004
Berlanga Lands Two Special Teams Awards
OVERLAND PARK, Mo. -- Senior placekicker Luis Berlanga (Monterrey, Mexico) was recognized as the Wilson@/Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Football Special Teams Player of the Week and the D2Football.com Pizza Hut Special Teams Player of the Week, announced
In the 77-12 'Cat victory against Minnesota State, Moorhead on Saturday, Berlanga booted 11 Point After Attempts (PATs) to set a MIAA record for most in a single game (this stat is not recorded at Northwest.) The 11 PAT attempts also tied an MIAA record that Pittsburg State's Daniel Chappell
holds in 2001. In addition, he booted six of his 11 kick-offs for a touchback in his Northwest debut.
Berlanga was a member of his country's all-star team to participate in the 2002 Aztec Bowl. He connected on a 37-yard field goal in the 15-9 loss to the United State's all-star team comprised of Division III elites.
Berlanga joined Brandon Landry from Missouri-Rolla (Offensive Player of the Week) and Brandon Jones from Pittsburg State (Defensive Player of the Week) as honorees from the MIAA and was one of five Honorable Mention Special Teams picks for the D2Football.com award.
•• Northwest Moves up in Both Major Polls
After a 77-12 thrashing of Minnesota State, Moorhead last Saturday, the Bearcats vaulted up to No. 14 in the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Poll and No. 15 in the D2Football.com Top 25 Media Poll. Last week (Aug. 24), Northwest took 19th in the AFCA Coaches Poll and 18th inthe D2Football.com Media Poll.
Northwest is one of three MIAA teams (Pittsburg State, Central Missouri State) tabbed in the AFCA poll and one of four MIAA squads (Pittsburg State, Central Missouri State, Emporia State) in the D2Football.com poll.
This week's opponent, West Chester (Pa.), received 11 votes in the AFCA poll.
Northwest tackles the Golden Rams this Saturday (Sept. 4) at Bearcat Stadium. Kick-off is slated for 11:00 a.m.
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