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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

November 23, 2004

Bearcats Rake in Awards

MARYVILLE, Mo. -- The Southwest Region Post-Regular Season Awards were announced late last week as six Northwest Missouri State football players were recognized. Also, five Bearcats were mentioned on the weekly award list handed out by today.

Senior wide receiver Jamaica Rector (Celeste, Tex.), who was the offensive co-player of the week for his 202 receiving yards on 11 catches and one TD in the 34-14 playoff win last Saturday, was tabbed as a First-Team Wide Receiver and Second Team Punt Returner. Junior defensive tackle Steve Williams (Bolingbrook, Ind.) along with senior kicker Luis Berlanga (Monterrey, Mexico), who set a Northwest playoff record with a 51-yard field goal and added a 22-yarder against Texas A&M-Kingsville, were the other 'Cats on the First Team. Redshirt freshman running back Xavier Omon (Beatrice, Neb.) and senior offensive tackle Brad Schneider (Lowden, Iowa) were Second Team selections.

Joining Berlanga and Rector on the weekly award charts were redshirt freshman quarterback Josh Mathews (St. Louis, Mo.), junior defensive end Dave Tollefson (Concord, Calif.) and senior linebacker Troy Tysdahl (Hubbard, Iowa). Mathews went for a career-high 286 yards on 18-of-33 passing and three TD's. He was a perfect eight-for-eight to begin the game. Tollefson kept up his team-leading sack pace with two vs. the Javelinas - he now has 8.5 on the year. He was part of a defense to limit TAMUK to a school playoff record-low 57 rushing yards. Tysdahl compiled nine total tackles, including eight of the solo variety. He added four tackles-for-a-loss.

For a complete listing of all the awards, please visit

Northwest Missouri State / Pizza Hut National Players of the Week

• Luis Berlanga - Special Teams, Aug. 31 (Honorable Mention)
• Luis Berlanga - Special Teams, Oct. 12 (Honorable Mention)
• Chad Bostwick - Defense, Oct. 19 (Honorable Mention)
• Adam Long - Defense, Oct. 19 (Honorable Mention)
• Joel Mathews - Special Teams, Oct. 19 (Honorable Mention)
• Adam Long - Defense, Nov. 2 (Honorable Mention)
• Joel Mathews - Special Teams, Nov. 9 (Honorable Mention)
• Jamaica Rector - Offense, Nov. 23
• Josh Mathews - Offense, Nov. 23 (Honorable Mention)
• Troy Tysdahl - Defense, Nov. 23 (Honorable Mention)
• Dave Tollefson - Defense, Nov. 23 (Honorable Mention)
• Luis Berlanga - Special Teams, Nov. 23 (Honorable Mention)

Northwest Missouri State Southwest Region Post-Regular Season Awards
• Jamaica Rector - Wide Receiver, First Team Offense
• Jamaica Rector - Punt Returner, Second Team Special Teams
• Steve Williams - Defensive Lineman, First Team Defense
• Luis Berlanga - Kicker, First Team Special Teams
• Xavier Omon - Running Back, Second Team Offense
• Brad Schneider, Offensive Line, Second Team Offense

For more information, please contact:

Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics | 660.562.1118 | Fax: 660.562.1582

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