Alexi Johnson, Saint John's

Alexi Johnson, Saint John's

Shakopee, Minn. / Shakopee

Saint John's started its 2013 season, and the Gary Fasching era with a dramatic comeback victory, scoring 10 points in the final 55 seconds to stun UW-River Falls Friday night. The game-tying and game-winning points were delivered in the final minute by the foot of Alexi Johnson (Shakopee, Minn.), as the freshman kicker proved to be poised beyond his years. His clutch PAT and field goal in the final minute of Friday's win resulted in Johnson's selection as the first MIAC Football Special Teams Player-of-the-Week of the 2013 season.

Johnson's final stat line read 2-for-2 on extra points and 1-for-1 on field goals, but the stats don't tell the story of his huge performance with the game on the line. Following a five-yard delay of game penalty, Johnson was called to kick a longer-than-normal PAT to tie the game with 55 seconds to play, which split the uprights. SJU got the ball back and one big play, and ran the freshman kicker out to try a game-winning 40-yard field goal with just two seconds left, which also sailed between the posts to give the Johnnies an unforgettable season-opening victory. The field goal was the longest distance recorded by an SJU freshman since Brandon Keller's 41 yarder in 2001.

Johnson and the Johnnies started the season 1-0, and joined the other six MIAC teams in action in the win column, as the conference was a combined 7-0 against nonconference foes Friday and Saturday. SJU will try to win its second-straight game to open the season Saturday, when they host UW-Eau Claire in its home opener in Collegeville, Minn., at 1 p.m. The Blugolds lost to a MIAC opponent, No. 2 St Thomas, in their opener, 52-7.

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