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Local briefs: USF's Yoder wins back-to-back POTW honors

Monday, October 14, 2013 - 9:16 pm

University of Saint Francis backup quarterback David Yoder now has a “back-to-back” to add to his resume after being named Mid-States Football Association Mideast League Offense Player of the Week for the second consecutive week.

Yoder, from Goshen and Concord High School, piled up impressive numbers playing only about 20 minutes to rally the Cougars out of a 7-3 deficit late in the first half to a 45-20 win over then No. 10 St. Xavier University on Saturday night.

Yoder earned his third overall POTW award by throwing for two touchdowns, rushing for the go-ahead TD and passing for 262 yards.

Yoder came on in relief of starter Josh Miller for the second consecutive week and directed USF back into the lead after SXU had gone ahead 7-3 with just 4:02 left to play in the second quarter. Yoder guided USF on a 10-play, 72-yard drive in just 2:42 and back into the lead with 1:09 to play in the first half. He connected on 5-of-7 pass attempts including a 30-yard connection with Cam Smith to the SXU 1-yard line on a third-and-two from the SXU 41-yard line.

In the third quarter, the 6-foot-3 senior connected for TD passes of 23 and 75 yards and completed 9-of-15 passes for 120 yards to help USF open up a 31-13 lead.

Yoder finished 15-for-23 passing, a 65 percent completion percentage. In his last two games coming off the bench, Yoder has completed 44-of-65 passes for 512 yards and five TDs.

Yoder, who was named POTW once in 2012, gave USF its sixth POTW in its first five games. He becomes the first USF team member to earn back-to-back POTW honors since Austin Coleman did it on special teams in 2011. He is the first USF quarterback to win back-to-back POTW honors since Antoine Taylor did it in 2002.

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Coverage will be on WLYV, 1450-AM,radio and begins at 4:45 p.m. The Fighting Saints are No. 20 in this week's NAIA Top 25. This will be the first time in 16 seasons USF has started the season playing six consecutive NAIA Top 25 teams to open the season. USF (Illinois) will be the Cougars' eighth consecutive ranked opponent including their two NAIA Football Championship Series games in 2012.

Gibson leads IPFW men in Dayton golf event

Oliver Gibson carded a career-low 71 Monday (one-over-par) in the first round of the Dayton Flyer Invitational, as the squad stands 14th in the field with a first-round 304. IPFW finished ahead of IUPUI's 310 and Cincinnati State's 312, while sitting just behind St. Bonaventure (302), Wright State (300), Valparaiso (297), Dayton (295), and Loyola (295). Cleveland State leads the field after one round with a 284, just ahead of Western Kentucky, Bradley and Northern Kentucky, each tied with 288. Gibson's career-best has him in a tie for 12th after the first 18 holes, while Drake Devereux is tied for 32nd with a 74. Daniel Shepard and Dan Wert finished one stroke apart, Shepard tied for 76th with a 79 and Wert tied for 83rd with an 80. Jacob Groninger rounded out the Mastodon five with an 81 (tying for 86th), as David Waterson - playing as an individual - carded a 79, also tying for 76th with Shepard. The squad returns to action Tuesday for the second day of competition at the event.

TinCaps, Mad Ants looking for mascots at tryout Oct. 26

The Fort Wayne TinCaps and the Fort Wayne Mad Ants are holding a joint audition on Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Wambsganss Gymnasium at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne as they search for the newest members of their seasonal entertainment staff. The teams are in search of enthusiastic and experienced candidates to serve as their mascots, Johnny and the Mad Ant, respectively, for the teams' coming seasons.

Prior experience is not necessary, but a background in performance or cheerleading is preferred. The TinCaps have 70 home games each baseball season (April to September), with many community appearances scheduled on both game days and non-game days. The Mad Ants' season runs from late November to early April, with most of the team's 24 home games taking place in the evening. Mascot candidates will be asked to appear at community events as well. A flexible schedule is appreciated. These are not full-time positions.

The tryout will be held from 2-6 p.m. There is no fee or advance paperwork required. Interested candidates should contact Abby Naas with the TinCaps at 1-260-482-6400 or by email, naas@tincaps.com, or Heidi Busch with the Mad Ants at 1-260-469-4667 x 108 or Heidi@fortwaynehoops.com. Concordia Theological Seminary is located at 6600 N. Clinton St. in Fort Wayne. The gymnasium is about one-half mile onto the campus.