Aurora's Zimbelman, CUW's Stewart, BenU's Mateus Earn NACC Football Weekly Honors

Aurora's Gavin Zimbelman (offense), Concordia Wisconsin's Troy Stewart (defense) and Benedictine's Tanner Mateus (special teams) have been named NACC Football Student-Athletes of the Week for games played Oct. 26, 2019.
Aurora's Gavin Zimbelman (offense), Concordia Wisconsin's Troy Stewart (defense) and Benedictine's Tanner Mateus (special teams) have been named NACC Football Student-Athletes of the Week for games played Oct. 26, 2019.

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (naccsports.org) --- Aurora University's Gavin Zimbelman (offense), Concordia University Wisconsin's Troy Stewart (defense) and Benedictine University's Tanner Mateus (special teams) have been named Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (NACC) Football Student-Athletes of the Week for games played Oct. 26, 2019, as selected by the league's sports information directors.


NACC Football Offensive Player of the Week

Gavin Zimbelman, Aurora University

Zimbelman, a junior quarterback from Manteno, Illinois, completed 23 of 34 passes for 327 yards and seven touchdowns in Aurora's 56-14 win over Rockford. He also ran for 61 yards on seven carries, averaging 8.7 yards per carry. Throwing for a NACC single-game-record seven scores for the fourth time this season, Zimbelman broke the NACC single-season mark for touchdown passes against the Regents. He now has 40, surpassing the previous mark of 34 set by Lakeland's Michael Whitley in 2015. Zimbelman finished the day breaking Aurora single-season marks for passing yards (2,362) and completions (177) and career marks for passing yards (5,235), attempts (689), completions (417) and touchdown passes (59).

This is Zimbelman's third NACC Football Student-Athlete of the Week honor this season.


NACC Football Defensive Player of the Week

Troy Stewart, Concordia University Wisconsin

Stewart, a junior linebacker from Trevor, Wisconsin, helped the Falcons defense limit the high-powered Concordia Chicago rushing attack, while shutting down the Cougars' passing game en route to a 34-15 victory. He returned an interception 15 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter and finished the game with six solo tackles, including a pair of sacks.


NACC Football Special Teams Player of the Week

Tanner Mateus, Benedictine University

Mateus, a freshman punter/placekicker from Belvidere, Illinois, booted an 18-yard field goal with just 1:42 to play to keep Benedictine undefeated in league play with a 17-14 win over Eureka. The kick came in harsh conditions with driving wind and pouring rain. Mateus was also 2-of-2 on point-after attempts and averaged 38 yards on four punts while placing two inside the Red Devils' 20-yard line.

This is Mateus' second NACC Football Student-Athlete of the Week honor this season.

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NACC Football Student-Athletes of the Week

Games Played Offense Defense Special Teams
Sept. 5-7 Gavin Zimbelman, Aurora Jalaan Owens, Benedictine Tanner Kuhne, Eureka
Sept. 14 Jacolby Maxwell, Aurora Dwayne Rackard III, CUW Tanner Kuhne, Eureka
Sept. 21 Drew Barth, Eureka Mykael Ignaszak, WLC Gabe Christenson, CUW
Sept. 28 Dezmon Eddie, Lakeland Sam Bartlett, Lakeland Andrew Colley, Lakeland
Oct. 5 Lance Moise, CUC Mykael Ignaszak, WLC Tanner Mateus, Benedictine
Oct. 12 Gavin Zimbelman, Aurora McNemon Vincent, Lakeland Tanner Kuhne, Eureka
Oct. 19 Dezmon Eddie, Lakeland Josiah McDermit, CUW Kyle Ericsson, Lakeland
Oct. 26 Gavin Zimbelman, Aurora Troy Stewart, CUW Tanner Mateus, Benedictine
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Last Week's Results

Date Away Home Notes Status Links
Sat., Oct. 26 Wisconsin Lutheran * 6 Lakeland 39 Final
  Rockford * 14 Aurora 56 Final
  Concordia Wisconsin * 34 Concordia Chicago 15 Final
  Eureka * 14 Benedictine 17 Final
* Conference


This Week's Games

Date Away Home Notes Status Links
Sat., Nov. 02 Wisconsin Lutheran * 17 Concordia Chicago 14 Final
  Lakeland * 49 Eureka 50 Final
  Benedictine * 25 Aurora 27 Final
  Rockford * 27 Concordia Wisconsin 41 Final
* Conference


2019 NACC Football Standings

    Conference Overall
GP W-L PCT PF PA GP W-L PCT PF PA L10 STRK
Aurora* # 7 7-0 1.000 364 129 11 9-2 0.818 541 276 8-2 Lost 1
Benedictine 7 6-1 0.857 222 104 10 7-3 0.700 268 192 7-3 Won 2
Eureka 7 4-3 0.571 221 211 10 6-4 0.600 345 319 6-4 Won 3
Concordia Chicago 7 3-4 0.429 150 243 10 5-5 0.500 241 315 5-5 Lost 1
Concordia Wisconsin 7 3-4 0.429 131 182 10 5-5 0.500 216 210 5-5 Won 1
Lakeland 7 3-4 0.429 274 212 10 4-6 0.400 364 318 4-6 Lost 3
Wisconsin Lutheran 7 2-5 0.286 101 209 10 2-8 0.200 159 302 2-8 Lost 2
Rockford 7 0-7 0.000 141 314 10 1-9 0.100 212 424 1-9 Lost 9

*-NACC champion
#- Automatic Qualifier to NCAA Championship

Glossary
GP: Games Played
W-L: Win-Loss Record
PCT: Winning Percentage
PF: Points For
PA: Points Against
L10: Last 10 games
STRK: Current Streak

Standings are updated with the completion of each game.