Joey Sonnenfeld, Augsburg

Joey Sonnenfeld, Augsburg

Maple Grove, Minn. / Osseo

The Augsburg football team nearly upset No. 18-ranked St. Thomas Saturday, as the Auggies lost by just a field goal, 17-14. Augsburg's offense received a huge performance from sophomore Joey Sonnenfeld (Maple Grove, Minn./Osseo) in defeat. The wideout had a huge day, scoring one of the Auggies' two touchdowns and going over the 100-yard mark in receiving yards. For his performance, Sonnenfeld was named the MIAC Football Offensive Player-of-the-Week.

Sonnenfeld was spectacular against St. Thomas' tough defense, hauling in seven catches for 113 yards a touchdown. His 50-yard touchdown catch early in the second quarter helped Augsburg pull within a point at 7-6. This season, Sonnenfeld leads the MIAC in receiving yards (797), receiving yards per game (99.6) and receiving touchdowns (10) and he ranks second in yards per  catch (16.6). His 10 receiving touchdowns are tied for the eighth most in NCAA Division III.

With Saturday's narrow loss, Augsburg moved to .500 overall at 4-4, and 3-4 in the MIAC. All four Auggie losses have come to nationally-ranked conference foes, with three of the four coming by a total of eight points. Saturday, Sonnenfeld and his teammates will step outside the conference as they host Macalester for a nonconference game in Minneapolis. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.

2013 MIAC Football Athletes-of-the-Week

DATE       NAME       SCHOOL       AWARD      
11/18/2013       Anthony Kemper       Carleton       Offense      
        Landon Mathis       Bethel       Defense      
        Hakeem Bourne-McFarlane       Augsburg       Special Teams      
11/11/2013       Jeffrey Dubose       Gustavus       Offense      
        Mitch Heflin       Carleton       Defense      
        Thomas Schleusener       Gustavus       Special Teams      
11/04/2013       Joey Sonnenfeld       Augsburg       Offense      
        Michael Juberian       Augsburg       Defense      
        Thomas Schleusener       Gustavus       Special Teams      
10/28/2013       Griffin Neal       Concordia       Offense      
        Matt Mehlhorn       Bethel       Defense      
        Ben Wagner       Concordia       Special Teams      
10/21/2013       Erik Peterson       Bethel       Offense      
        Seth Mathis       Bethel       Defense      
        Jack Gilliland       St. Thomas       Special Teams      
10/14/2013       Tim Bona       Hamline       Offense      
        Anthony Hill       Hamline       Defense      
        Griffin Toomey       Saint John's       Special Teams      
10/7/2013       Jeffrey Dubose       Gustavus       Offense      
        Josh Treimer       Bethel
        Andrew O'Reilly       Bethel       Special Teams      
9/30/2013       Griffin Neal       Concordia       Offense      
        Zach Dilger       Gustavus       Defense      
        Andrew O'Reilly       Bethel       Special Teams      
9/23/2013       Austin Duncan       Hamline       Offense      
        Nolan Lortz       Saint John's       Defense      
        Bryce Hentges       Concordia       Special Teams      
9/16/2013       Josh Bungum       Saint John's       Offense      
        Josh Treimer       Bethel       Defense      
        Paul Graupner       St. Thomas       Special Teams      
9/9/2013       Griffin Neal Concordia       Offense      

      Josh Estes Carleton       Defense      
        Alexi Johnson       Saint John's         Special Teams