WAYNE – Sophomore linebacker Alex Kowalczyk and senior kicker Alex Powders were recently highlighted by the league following their performance in this past weekend’s Homecoming Wayne State College football victory.
According to a release from Wayne State Athletics, WSC defeated Minnesota State-Mankato, 41-33 on Saturday to improve to 5-1 overall (1-1 NSIC South Division).
Kowalczyk (Sioux Falls, SD/O’Gorman HS) was credited with 18 total tackles (eight solo) and one forced fumble which was returned for a 34-yard touchdown by teammate Gerale Flye.
This is the second time Kowalczyk has earned NSIC Defensive Player of the Week (9/12) and third time overall he has been named Defensive Player of the Week. Last season, Kowalczyk also garnered NSIC Defensive Player of the Week honors against Minnesota State when he had 13 tackles, three tackles for loss and one sack in a 35-24 come-from-behind win at #11 Minnesota State-Mankato.
For the season, Kowalczyk leads WSC with 56 total tackles and ranks third in the NSIC with 9.3 tackles per game.
Powders (Council Bluffs, IA/Thomas Jefferson HS) connected on two field goals from 26 and 24 yards as well as going 5-for-5 on extra points. He accounted for 11 total points in the game and averaged 40.5 yards on two punts with four touchbacks on seven kickoffs averaging 60.4 yards per kickoff. This is just the second time in his career that Powders has earned NSIC Special Teams Player of the Week (9/27/2021).
For the season, Powders is 24-25 on PAT kicks and 4-5 on field goals.
A top offensive performer listed was sophomore quarterback Nick Bohn who accounted for 359 yards of total offense and two scores in a 41-33 win over Minnesota State. He completed 10 of 16 passes for 266 yards and two scores. He added 93 yards rushing on 13 attempts.
The NSIC Offensive Player of the Week was redshirt sophomore quarterback Will Madler from Northern State.
The Wayne State College football team will next visit Augustana University (5-1, 1-1 South) on Saturday, October 14 at 1 p.m. Pregame coverage on Big Red Country ‘KTCH’ 104.9 and waynedailynews.com with Voice of the Wildcats, Aaron Scheffler will be at 12:30 p.m.