Defenders Sweep GPAC Honors

Defenders Sweep GPAC Honors

(Tuesday, November 24; Sioux Center, Iowa) The Great Plains Athletic Conference and Hauff Mid-America Sports have announced the football players-of-the-week for games played Saturday, November 21. Dordt swept the honors with Levi Jungling (Senior; Pella, Iowa) named offensive-player-of-the-week; Jalen Placide (Senior; Oakland, California)  named defensive-player-of-the-week and Brett Zachman (Sophomore; Leesburg, Florida) named special teams-player-of-the-week.

Jungling caught three passes for 121 yards and three touchdowns and he ends the season with 59 catches for 837 yards and nine touchdowns.  His game on Saturday lifted his career totals to 206 catches for 3,557 yards for a 14.2 yards per catch average.

“Levi embodies what our program is all about.  He has become a major weapon and a matchup problem in this conference. Our quarterbacks know that when they are throwing to Levi, something special is likely to happen,” said Dordt coach Joel Penner.

Placide led the team with 14 tackles and an interception as the Defenders shut out its second opponent in a row and limited Briar Cliff to 135 yards on offense.  Placide’s interception was his third of the season and the seventh of his career.

“It’s great to see Jalen earn this recognition.  Jalen has a diverse skill set in our secondary and has the ability cover, fit the run game, and tackle in space,” said Penner.

Zachman claimed the honor for the second week in a row and converted all six point after tries he attempted.  He ends the season 41-46 on point after tries and was a perfect 9-9 on field goal attempts. 

“Brett has been Mr. Dependable this season.  His practice habits and his commitment to constant growth play into his success as a kicker,” said Penner.