Raymond Franze

Mountain East Conference - 2016

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First, congratulations to Northwest Missouri State on another fantastic season. I wanted to allow both NWMS and UNA to enjoy the spotlight before posting another MEC blog.

Another football season is in the history books for the Mountain East Conference. Shepherd continued to lead the conference; finishing one game away from a return trip to the national championship. Fairmont State followed a 6-4 regular season in 2015 with a 10-1 recordtheir only loss coming against Shepherd. Fairmont States efforts allowed the MEC to have a second team in the playoffs for two consecutive years. Notre Dame College improved from 5-6 a year ago, to 9-2 this season with their only losses coming against Shepherd and Fairmont Stateand narrowly missing out on the playoffs.

First-year head coach Dane Damron led the Cavaliers of UVA-Wise to a winning record (6-5) for the first time in quite a while. The Cavaliers best finish in the previous four seasons was 3-8 in 2012. For every positive season though, theres bound to be a few disappointments. The Charleston Golden Eagles went from making the playoffs in 2015 to 3-8 this season; and Concord continued on a downward trend since their semi-final appearance in 2014following last seasons disappointing 5-5 record with an even worse 2-9 record this past season. The Mountain Lions defense proved to be tough, but the offense struggled to produce points.

Each and every team, regardless of record, has players who excelled on and off the field. Below are various lists of players who were recognized throughout the season for their efforts.

Enjoy the off-season.


MEC Final Standings

Shepherd 13-1 *1
Fairmont State 10-2 *2
Notre Dame 9-2
UVA-Wise 6-5
Glenville State 5-6
West Liberty 4-7
WV Wesleyan 4-7
Charleston 3-8
WV State 3-8
Urbana 3-8
Concord 2-9

*Advanced to the NCAA Division II playoffs
1Advanced to semi-final round, lost at home to North Alabama
2Lost in the opening round of the playoffs at home to IUP


Photo courtesy of John and Pam Boyle



AFCA All-America Teams

First Team - Michael Anderson, RB WV Wesleyan
Second Team - Brett Benes, P Charleston


Photo courtesy of the Mountain East Conference and WV Wesleyan



NCAA Division II Conference Commissioners Association All Super Region 1 First Team

QB Jeff Ziemba, Shepherd
RB Michael Anderson, WV Wesleyan
WR Billy Brown, Shepherd*
TE B.J. Baldwin, Notre Dame
OL Lavonte Hights, Shepherd**

DL Quincy Redmon, Fairmont State
DL Myles Humphrey, Shepherd
LB Octavius Thomas, Shepherd
LB Zachary Blair, UVA-Wise*
DB Jacob Jean-Charles, Fairmont State

** - NCAA Division II CCA All-America First Team
*- NCAA Division II CCA All-America Second Team


Photo courtesy of the Mountain East Conference, Shepherd University


NCAA Division II Conference Commissioners Association All Super Region 1 Second Team

WR Mitchell Shegos, Notre Dame
P Brett Benes, Charleston
LB James Gupton, Shepherd
DB Jabari Weems, WV Wesleyan
S Tre Sullivan, Shepherd



2016 CoSIDA Academic All-District, District 1

Malik Grove, QB Notre Dame 3.61, Accounting
*Mitchell Shegos, WR Notre Dame 3.79, Biology
Tyrel Hill, DB Notre Dame 3.84, Math
Jake Chestnut, LB Notre Dame 3.76, Education
*Nick Barmoy, OL Shepherd 3.87, Sports Marketing
*Myles Humphrey, DL Shepherd 3.52, Recreation/Leisure Studies
**Logan Cox, DB Charleston 4.00, Chemistry
John Cominsky, DL Charleston 3.86, Biology/Chemistry
Avery Goff, OL West Liberty 3.94, Athletic Administration
Brandon Purk, P Urbana 3.70, Marketing/Management

**Academic All-America Division II First Team
*Academic All-America Division II Second Team



Photo courtesy of the University of Charleston


Photo courtesy of the Mountain East Conference, Notre Dame College




Harlon Hill Trophy Nominees

Michael Anderson, RB WV Wesleyan
Jeff Ziemba, QB Shepherd


Photo courtesy of the Mountain East Conference, Shepherd University




Cliff Harris Award Finalists - Small College Defensive Players of the Year

Quincy Redmon, DE Fairmont State
Zachary Blair, LB UVA-Wise



Photo courtesy of the Mountain East Conference, Fairmont State University



MEC Players of the Year

Offensive Player of the Year Michael Anderson (RB), WV Wesleyan
Defensive Player of the Year Quincy Redmon (DL), Fairmont State

Offensive Freshman of the Year Laurence King (WR), Fairmont State
Defensive Freshman of the Year Logan Deri (DB), West Liberty

Coach of the Year Monte Cater, Shepherd





All-MEC First Team

QB Jeff Ziemba, Shepherd
QB Malik Grove, Notre Dame
RB Michael Anderson, WV Wesleyan
RB Marvin Elam, Charleston
RB D.J. Greene, Notre Dame
WR Dante Absher, Glenville State
WR Billy Brown, Shepherd
WR Mitchell Shegos, Notre Dame
TE B.J. Baldwin, Notre Dame
FB/H-Back Jamie Deason, Shepherd
OL Justin Adamson, Notre Dame
OL Rodney Carroll, Fairmont State
OL Lavonte hights, Shepherd
OL Justin Johnson, Charleston
OL Coleman Osborne, Concord
OL Paul Smith, Concord

DL Myles Humphrey, Shepherd
DL Claudy Mathieu, Notre Dame
DL James King, Shepherd
DL Kevin Pharaon, WV Wesleyan
DL Quincy Redmon, Fairmont State
DL Darnell Vickers, Wes Liberty
LB Zachary Blair, UVA-Wise
LB James Gupton, Shepherd
LB Zachary Malone, Concord
LB Marcus Porter, Fairmont State
LB Rhakeem Stallings, Charleston
LB Octavius Thomas, Shepherd
DB Jacob Jean-Charles, Fairmont State
DB Jeremiah Johnson, Concord
DB Tre Sullivan, Shepherd
DB Stephen Turner, Fairmont State
DB Jabari Weems, WV Wesleyan

P Brett Benes, Charleston
K Trent Martin, UVA-Wise
KR/PR Laurence King, Fairmont State

All MEC Second Team

QB Cooper Hibbs, Fairmont State
QB Dakota Conwell, West Liberty
RB Terrell Charles, Fairmont State
RB Brandon Hlavach, Shepherd
RB Eric Kyle, Glenville State
WR Fabian Guerra, Fairmont State
WR Laurence King, Fairmont State
WR Dan Monteroso, West Liberty
WR Trevon Saunders, Urbana
FB/H-Back Nick Passodelis, Charleston
OL Corey Ernest, West Liberty
OL Clifton Flemming, Glenville State
OL Jacob Kingston, Shepherd
OL Donnie Richards, WV Wesleyan
OL Cody Wilburn, Fairmont State
OL Brandon Wooten, Shepherd

DL Jalon Avent, Notre Dame
DL John Cominsky, Charleston
DL Darryl Johnson, Concord
DL Alex Robinson, Glenville State
DL Demetrius Lofton, Glenville State
LB Cliff Clark, West Liberty
LB Dennis Gardeck, WV State
LB Jerry Iweh, Fairmont State
LB Marcus Umu, Glenville State
LB Onslow Williams, Notre Dame
DB Kevin Coffie, WV State
DB Logan Deri, West Liberty
DB Solomon Dixon, West Liberty
DB Emanual Ivey, Fairmont State
DB Chris Jones, Shepherd
DB Earon Settles, Glenville State

P Ruan Venter, Shepherd
K Brett Benes, Charleston
KR/PR C.J. Davis, Shepherd




MEC Players of the Week

Week Offense Defense Special Teams
1 Emmanuel Smith (WR), Notre Dame Zachary Blair (LB), UVA-Wise Chandler Carrera (K), Glenville State
2 Fabian Guerra (WR), Fairmont State Kyle Alexander (DB), WV State Ruan Venter (P), Shepherd
3 Michael Anderson (RB), WV Wesleyan Nick Lopez (DB), Glenville State Brandon Purk (P), Urbana
4 Billy Brown (WR), Shepherd DAngelo Niler (LB), Shepherd Sam Keil (K), Fairmont State
5 Mitchell Shegos (WR), Notre Dame Zachary Blair (LB), UVA-Wise Trent Martin (K), UVA-Wise
6 Jeff Ziemba (QB), Shepherd Ed Kargbo (DB), UVA-Wise Marvelle Ross (KR, WR), Notre Dame
7 Connor Jessop (QB), Shepherd Stephen Turner (DB), Fairmont State Osman Kargbo (KR, WR), West Liberty
8 Tajuan Green (QB), Urbana Demonne Cox (DB), Fairmont State Laurence King (KR/WR), Fairmont State
9 Brycen Lee (QB), UVA-Wise Kevin Pharaon (DL), WV Wesleyan Chandler Carrera (K), Glenville State
10 Michael Anderson (RB), WV Wesleyan Myles Humphrey (LB), Shepherd Solomon Dixon (KR, DB), West Liberty
11 Matt Kinnick (QB), WV State Emanuel Ivey (DB), Fairmont State / Claudy Mathieu (DL), Notre Dame CJ Davis (KR, WR), Shepherd

Players of the WeekBy Position:
Offense: QB (5), WR (4), RB (2)
Defense: DB (6), LB (4), DL (2)
Special Teams: KR (5), K (4), P (2)

Players of the WeekBy School:
Shepherd (7)
Fairmont State (6)
UVA-Wise (5)
Notre Dame (4)
Glenville State (3)
WV Wesleyan (3)
Urbana (2)
West Liberty (2)
WV State (2)


I can be reached at Raymond.franze@d2football.com.

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Updated 12-26-2016 at 10:13 PM by Raymond Franze

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