A couple of local athletes have claimed the first Mid-South Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week. Randy Hippeard (UVA-Wise) and Brian Abshire (Cumberlands) brought home the hardware.
Hippeard passed for 564 yards in a 61-55 Wise victory over North Greenville College. The junior quarterback from Stafford, VA completed 32 of 48 passes on the day, including six touchdowns and only one interception (all new school records). Wise came back from a 14-point halftime defecit to win their second straight game against an NCAA DII opponent.
Abshire returned an interception 58 yards for a touchdown as the Cumberlands defeated Union College, 24-19. The sophomore free safety finished the afternoon with 10 tackles (7 solo). The Patriots defeated Union in the first divisional game of the season for the Mid-South Conference.