Josh Treimer, Bethel

Josh Treimer, Bethel

Burnsville, Minn. / Burnsville

The sixth-ranked Bethel football team started its season with a 30-17 victory over Wartburg in front of the Royals' home fans, with senior Josh Treimer (Burnsville, Minn.) turning in quite the defensive highlight reel. The Bethel cornerback intercepted three passes - all in the first half - and returned one for a touchdown as he led Bethel to its first victory of 2013. For his performance, Treimer was named the MIAC Football Defensive Player-of-the-Week.

Treimer made three tackles to contribute to Bethel's defensive effort, but it was his work against the Wartburg passing game that stole the show. He halted the visitors' first drive with a pick at the Bethel 41-yard line, which led to a Royals' field goal. He struck again in the second quarter, this time picking off a pass at the Wartburg 27-yard line and returning it all the way for a touchdown. His third interception came just before halftime to help Bethel take a 16-0 lead into the locker room. Treimer's three interceptions lead the MIAC after two weeks of the season, and he also added a pass breakup to his incredible stat line.

Bethel, which was ranked as high as No. 6 in the preseason, moved up to No. 7 in the poll following Saturday's victory. The Royals will have one more nonconference tune-up this week as the rest of the MIAC starts conference play. Bethel hits the road for its first game away from Arden Hills Saturday when it visits Buena Vista for a 1 p.m. kickoff. The Royals open MIAC play on Sept. 28 at Carleton.

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