McKendree, Missouri S&T Garner Weekly GLVC Football Awards


INDIANAPOLIS – McKendree University senior quarterback Reece Metcalf and Missouri S&T junior defensive end Tershawn Wharton and junior punter Jonathan Banowetz have been named the Great Lakes Valley Conference Players of the Week in football, it was announced by the league office Monday.

Reece Metcalf, McKendree
Sr., QB, Mt. Carmel, IL
Major: Accounting
Team Result: 34-17 win at Kentucky State

Completed 18-of-22 passes for 260 total yards and posted a career-high four touchdown passes, all of which came in the first half

Converted his first 11 passes seasons to start the game

One of his TD passes was a career-long 75-yard strike to Steven Towns, Jr., just before halftime to give the Bearcats a 27-10 lead

Improved season totals to 35-of-47 passing (74.5 percent) for 518 yards with seven touchdowns

Earns his second career Offensive Player of the Week award (10/31/16)

Last McKendree Offensive Player of the Week:  Preston Thompson (11/14/16)




Tershawn Wharton, Missouri S&T
Jr., DE, University City, Missouri
Major: Engineering Management

Team Result: 27-16 win at Northwood

Led the Miners with nine tackles, including four for a loss and 1.5 sacks in region road win

Forced two fumbles, both of which were recovered by S&T

First forced fumble came midway through the second quarter at the Northwood 24-yard line, which S&T turned into its third touchdown of the first half

Second forced fumble came with the Timberwolves at the S&T 4-yard line; the sack/fumble was recovered by S&T to stop the scoring chance late in the first half

Earns his second career Defensive Player of the Week award (10/30/17)

Last Missouri S&T Defensive Player of the Week:  Tershawn Wharton (10/30/17)



Jonathan Banowetz, Missouri S&T
Jr., P, O’Fallon, Missouri
Major: Mechanical Engineering

Team Result: 27-16 win at Northwood


Averaged 40.4 yards on seven punts, including two punts downed inside the 20-yard line

On four punts in the second quarter, he averaged 44 yards per kick to keep Northwood pinned back in its own territory

Saw a 53-yard punt in the third quarter fumbled by Northwood on the return

Earns his first career Special Teams Player of the Week award

Last Missouri S&T Special Teams Player of the Week:  Roderick Chapman (10/16/17)