ETSU Football announces Bowman Jewelers Player of the Game awards
The entire defensive unit earned Bowman Jewelers Defensive Player of the Game honors Saturday versus No. 18 Samford.
ETSU Football announces Bowman Jewelers Player of the Game awards
Monday, November 21, 2016

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Nov. 21, 2016) – Following each game during the 2016 college football season, ETSU head coach Carl Torbush announces the Bowman Jewelers Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Game, along with the “Effort Play of the Game” “Impact Play of the Game” and “Show Team Players of the Week” awards.      

Below are the recipients from Saturday’s 15-14 win over No. 18 Samford. 

OFFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE GAME

Dalton Ponchillia – WR – Nashville, Tenn.

-- Graded out at 86-percent

-- Finished with four receptions for 68 yards and one touchdown

-- Led the Bucs in receiving yards and tied a team high with four receptions

-- His touchdown reception came on a 24-yard play on 3rd-and-19 in the third quarter, which made it 14-9

Drake Powell – WR – Clinton, Tenn.

-- Graded out at 86-percent

-- Four receptions for 59 yards

-- The four receptions tied a team high

-- His 27-yard reception on the final drive moved the ball to the Samford 37-yard line

-- Also had a key 17-yard first down catch on a 4th-and-16 play, which led to the Ponchillia touchdown  

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME

THE ENTIRE DEFENSIVE UNIT

-- Held Samford to 265 yards of total offense (143 rushing/122 passing)

-- Samford’s 265 yards marked its second lowest output of the season (257 at Central Arkansas)

-- The 265 yards allowed by the Bucs marked their lowest total this season

-- Samford’s 122 yards passing marked a season-low

-- In the second half, ETSU held Samford to 49 offensive yards (28 rushing/21 passing)

-- The Buccaneer defense held the Bulldogs to 2-of-10 on third down chances, while limiting Samford’s offense to being on the field for only 16:13 for the game … ETSU’s 43:47 time of possession set a new single-game record

-- Held Samford to 2-of-4 inside the red zone, which included Dylan Weigel’s (Pickerington, Ohio) forced fumble and Tremond Ferrell’s (Washington, Ga.) fumble recovery 

SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE GAME

JJ Jerman – K – Seymour, Tenn.

-- Was 3-for-3 on field goal attempts, including the game-winning 28-yard make as time expired to lift ETSU to the 15-14 win

-- Put the Bucs on the board with a 38-yard make with 8:57 remaining in the second quarter, making it a 7-3 contest, while his second attempt of 39 yards pulled ETSU within two, 14-12, with 5:34 remaining in the fourth quarter

-- Second game-winning field of the season (at Kennesaw State)

-- His three field goals tied a career high, while it was one shy of tying the program record for most makes … The three field goals are also tied for the most by a SoCon kicker this season 

EFFORT PLAY OF THE GAME

Senior wide receiver Chad Pritchard (Johnson City, Tenn.) earned the Effort Play of the Game honors … With ETSU trailing 14-9 and a little over eight minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, the Bucs faced 3rd-and-25 from the Samford 36-yard line when Austin Herink (Cleveland, Tenn.) found Pritchard for 26 yards and a Buccaneer first down … The play eventually led to Jerman’s 39-yard field goal to pull ETSU within two, 14-12. 

IMPACT PLAY OF THE GAME

Sophomores Dylan Weigel (Pickerington, Ohio) and Tremond Ferrell (Washington, Ga.) earned Impact Play of the Game honors … Weigel forced his first fumble of the season on a key drive where Samford had 1st-and-10 at the ETSU 17 with a 7-3 lead and 3:40 remaining in the first half, but Weigel knocked the ball loose from Roland Adams and Ferrell recovered to stop a potential scoring drive. 

SHOW TEAM PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

This week Coach Torbush and the Buccaneer coaching staff recognized Emmett Robinson (Greeneville, Tenn.) and Elijah Mathes (Johnson City, Tenn.) as the “Show Team Players of the Week.” 

Robinson is a 5-foot-10, 170-pound freshman wide receiver and Mathes is is a 6-foot-0, 179-pound freshman defensive back.   

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