KINGS POINT, N.Y. (Oct. 22, 2018) – The NEWMAC Conference announced the weekly honors for football for the week ending Oct. 21 and USMMA junior kicker Gavin Gartner (Cedar Park, Texas) was named the Special Teams Player of the Week for the second-consecutive week. The accolade comes after his performance in the Mariners' big 25-24 come-from-behind home victory over WPI this past Saturday, Oct. 20.
Gartner accounted for five of the Mariners' points in the victory. He nailed a 33-yard field goal in the third quarter and was 2-for-2 on PATs, with both coming in the fourth quarter, including the go-ahead PAT with just 38 seconds left. He also had a big day on kickoffs, averaging 52.8 yards on five kickoffs, including a huge touchback after the game-winning touchdown.
This is the third-straight week that the Mariners have garnered the Special Teams Player of the Week, as Gartner earned it last week (Oct. 15) and classmate Joe Vitelli (Warrington, Pa.) earned it two weeks ago (Oct. 9).
For the complete release from the NEWMAC, click here.
A look at the updated national statistical rankings show that the Mariners still rank in the top-25 in the country in eight categories. They are ninth with a .243 third-down conversion percentage, 11th in rushing offense (273.1 yards per game), 15th in rushing defense (65.1 yards per game), 16th with two blocked punts, 20th with just three interceptions against, 21st with their .857 win percentage, 22nd with 15.31 passing yards per completion and 23rd with a .640 fourth-down conversion percentage.
Individually, three Mariners rank in the top-25 in the nation in a statistical category – Vitelli is second in the country with 712 combined return yards, Gartner ranks 10th with 1.29 field goals per game and senior Trever Huss' (Orange City, Iowa) two fumble recoveries are tied for 25th.
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The Mariners are in a bye week this week and return to action on Saturday, Nov. 3, when they travel down to Washington, D.C. for a NEWMAC showdown with Catholic University. Kickoff is slated for noon at Cardinal Stadium in our nation's capital. Live stats and a live video stream of the game will be available with links on the USMMA Football Schedule Page.
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