Rapid City, S.D. / Stevens
In its recent winning streak, Gustavus' special teams have certainly been "special," thanks in large part to kicker/punter Thomas Schleusener (Rapid City, S.D./Stevens). The Gustie junior continued his tremendous season with a perfect placekicking day and 10 points in a 34-19 win over Carleton Sunday, in addition to a 45.5 yards per punt average in the field-position game. For his performance, Schleusener was named the MIAC Football Special Teams Athlete-of-the-Week for the second week in a row.
Schleusener was a perfect 4-for-4 on PATs and a perfect 2-for-2 on field goals Saturday to score 10 points in the kicking game in Gustavus' latest victory. His two field goals came from 22 and 33 yards out. He was also outstanding as a punter, with a total of 182 yards on four punts for his tremendous 45.5 average. He had a long of 57 yards, two inside the 20 and one touchback. Schleusener's 55 points leads all MIAC kickers, and he's 8-for-13 on field goals and 31-for-34 on PATs this season.
Thanks to Saturday's big win, the Gusties are assured of a winning season overall at 6-3, and will finish at least .500 in conference play with a 4-3 record. Gustavus is a game behind a trio of teams tied for second place at 5-2 in the league. The Gusties conclude their 2013 season Saturday with a trip to Moorhead, Minn., to face No. 24-ranked Concordia (7-2, 5-2 MIAC) in a tough final test. The season finale kicks off on the Cobbers' home field at 1 p.m.