Matt Mehlhorn, Bethel

Matt Mehlhorn, Bethel

Lakeville, Minn. / South

The Bethel football team continues to meet every challenge in its path this fall, with the latest coming in the form of a 41-17 win over upstart Gustavus at home on Saturday. Defensive back Matt Mehlhorn (Lakeville, Minn./South) had his fingerprints all over Royals' latest victory, highlighted by a defensive touchdown that ranks as the longest play in school history. For his outstanding and record-setting performance, Mehlhorn was named the MIAC Football Defensive Player-of-the-Week.

The Bethel sophomore etched his name in the record books when he intercepted a Gustavus pass in the end zone and returned it 100 yards for the longest play in the Royals' storied history. That huge play added to Mehlhorn's big day, which included nine tackles (seven solo) with the interception, a pass breakup and a blocked field goal. This season, Mehlhorn has racked up 32 tackles (18 solo), an interception, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery to help Bethel remain undefeated.

Thanks to Saturday's victory over the Gusties, Bethel remains in control of the MIAC title race as the league's only unbeaten team at 7-0 overall and 5-0 in the conference. The Royals remained ranked No. 5 by and No. 8 by the AFCA. Saturday, Bethel will try to stay undefeated and take one more step towards a conference title when it travels to nearby St. Paul. Bethel will face Hamline at the Pipers' Klas Field Saturday at 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