KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Fort Hays State had two players earn MIAA Football Athlete of the Week honors on Monday (Nov. 13). Kenneth Iheme earned Co-Offensive Athlete of the Week, while Brandon Brown earned Co-Special Teams Athlete of the Week. This is the third time this season Iheme earned the Offensive Athlete of the Week honor, while it is the fifth time this season Brown earned Special Teams Athlete of the Week.
Iheme shares the offensive honor this week with Josh Crockett of Central Oklahoma. Iheme produced his sixth 100-yard rushing game of the season with exactly 100 yards on the ground in a 41-7 win over Nebraska-Kearney. He also caught two passes for 14 yards, giving him 114 all-purpose yards for the day. Iheme moved up to eighth on the all-time rushing list at FHSU, now with 2,407 yards in his career. Iheme has rushed for an MIAA-best 1,218 yards this season. Crockett led UCO in receiving with six catches for 137 yards and two touchdowns in the Bronchos 62-21 win over Northeastern State.
Brown shares the special teams honor this week with Austen Eskew of Northwest Missouri State. Brown had 11 kicking points in the 41-7 win over Nebraska-Kearney and was perfect on all five PAT attempts in the game. With 91 points on the season, Brown broke his own single-season record for kicking points at FHSU, passing the mark of 88 points he set last season. Eskew blocked a pair of Missouri Western punts in a 30-0 victory in the regular-season finale. Eskew got his hands on a first quarter punt that helped set up the Bearcats at the Griffon 27 yard line. In the second quarter, Eskew again disrupted a Missouri Western punt that Northwest recovered on the 20 yard line. Five plays later, the Bearcats would score on a one-yard touchdown run.
The Tigers have now had honorees in 10 of 11 weeks this season, including Jacob Mezera (Week 1 Offensive Athlete of the Week), Brandon Brown (Weeks 1, 4, 7, 10, and 11) Special Teams Athlete of the Week), Nathan Shepherd (Week 2 Defensive Athlete of the Week), Monterio Burchfield (Week 3 Offensive Athlete of the Week), Jose Delgado (Week 5 Defensive Athlete of the Week), and Kenneth Iheme (Weeks 6, 9, and 11 Offensive Athlete of the Week).