Hope College kicker Darren Ford and linebacker Aaron O’Meara have been selected Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Players of the Week for their performances during a 31-7 homecoming win against Trine on Saturday.
Ford earned the league’s special teams honor for the second week in a row. The senior from Howell, Michigan (Howell HS) delivered five punts inside the opposing 20-yard line and contributed seven points against the Thunder.
Ford went a perfect 4-of-4 on extra-point attempts and made a 32-yard field goal. He also averaged 35.5 yards per punt and 59.4 yards over five kickoffs.
This is the third time in Ford’s career he has been named MIAA Player of the Week.
O’Meara is the MIAA Defensive Player of the Week after leading the Flying Dutchmen with 13 tackles against Trine. This is his first MIAA honor.
Seven of O’Meara’s tackle were solo. He also recorded 1 ½ tackles for loss, including one sack.
With O’Meara’s help, Hope limited the nation’s fifth-leading rushing offense to 76 yards for the entire game — 236 yards below Trine’s season average.