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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

Oct. 29, 2007

Omon, Erspamer Named MIAA Players of the Week

MARYVILLE, Mo.-Northwest seniors Xavier Omon and Jared Erspamer have been named the MIAA's Offensive and Defensive Football Players of the Week, respectively, for the period ended Oct. 29. Both were instrumental in helping Northwest clinch at least a share of its second consecutive MIAA championship this past weekend with its 28-27 win against Washburn.

Erspamer had a team-high 13 tackles and was voted by the media as the Don Black Award winner, given to the Northwest Homecoming Most Valuable Player. Nine of his tackles were solo stops and five were recorded behind the line-of-scrimmage. He also had one tackle on special teams for a 3-yard loss on a punt return.

Omon recorded his 13th consecutive 100-yard effort and scored two touchdowns in the win. He carried 32 times for 143 yards and tied the game at 21-21 with his 1-yard leap into the end zone on fourth down.

Omon was the nation's leading scorer heading into the contest and needs 247 yards to become the first Division II player to rush for 1,500 yards in four seasons.

It's the fourth such honor for Omon in 10 weeks this season and the sixth time he's earned the award in his career. Erspamer earned defensive POW honors back on Oct. 8 for his play against Pittsburg State.

For more information, please contact:

Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics
sid@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1118 | Fax: 660.562.1582

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