By RICK PETERSON
Emporia State linebacker, a former Rossville standout, has earned MIAA Football Defensive Player of the Week honors for his play in the Hornets' 15-12 come-from-behind win at Fort Hays State last Saturday.
Hammes led Emporia State's defense with 12 tackles against Fort Hays State, with two of his tackles coming on the Tigers' final drive while they were driving for a potential game- tying or winning score.
Hammes had a touchdown-saving tackle after a 29-yard gain on second down with under a minute left and then was in on the third down stop with 25 seconds left.
As a team the Hornets held the Tigers, the second-ranked passing team in the MIAA, to under 150 passing yards.
Northwest Missouri’s Mike Hohensee was named the offensive athlete of the week and Pittsburg State’s Cross Holmes was named the special teams athlete of the week.
Hohensee passed for 270 yards (14 of-18, three touchdowns) and rushed for 68 yards and a touchdown as he led Northwest to a 66-13 Homecoming win over No. 17 Nebraska-Kearney.
Holmes tied the Pittsburg State single-game record for the second time this season by booting four field goals in Pitt State’s 26-20 victory over Central Oklahoma. The freshman kicker matched his season long kick by connecting on a 54-yard field goal with 2:24 to play in the first quarter. He converted four of five field goals on the day, also making kicks from 25, 35 and 49 yards in the game.