INDIANAPOLIS - Senior quarterback Connor Barthel (Indianapolis/Cathedral) threw for 246 yards and a pair of touchdowns last week in route to taking Great Lakes Valley Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors, while sophomore Brad Schickel (Louisville, Ky./St. Xavier) was dubbed the league's Special Teams Player of the Week after kicking a game-winning field goal. The performances came in a 34-24 win at McKendree University last Saturday, extending the Greyhounds' win streak to four and securing sole possession of first place in the GLVC standings.
Barthel guided an efficient offensive attack versus the Bearcats, finishing 27-for-36 (.750) for 246 passing yards, two TDs and zero interceptions. The Indianapolis native engineered an 11-play, 53-yard drive that ended with a game-winning 36-yard field goal with just two minutes remaining.
He also led the Hounds down the field on a 13-play, 75-yard march on the opening possession of the second half to break a a 17-17 tie. The series, which featured a key 13-yard scramble by the QB to convert a 3rd & 10 situation, was capped by a 17-yard scoring strike from Barthel to freshman Nate Deno.
Barthel also found freshman Malik Higgins in the end zone for a five-yard score midway through the second.
It marks the second career weekly award for Barthel and first since week seven of the 2013 campaign. He currently ranks sixth in all of Division II in completion percentage (.690) on the season.
Meanwhile, Schickel collected his first-ever weekly GLVC award. The Louisville, Ky., product racked up 10 points on the day, including the game-winning score with a 36-yard field goal with just 1:58 to go.
Earlier in the game, Schickel got the Hounds on the board with a career-long 45 yarder in the first quarter. He finished 2-for-2 on field goal attempts while hitting all four PAT kicks.
Schickel also handled punter duties, averaging 36.5 yards on four punts, including dropping two inside the McKendree 20-yard line.