WASHINGTON – The Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) named its players of the week for Nov. 11 and Gallaudet University senior running back Ryan Bonheyo (Frederick, Md.) was awarded with the Offensive Player of the Week honor after his impressive rushing performance in the rout of Anna Maria College, 35-7. Bonheyo's three-touchdown day helped the Bison win their first ECFC title and earn an automatic bid into the 2013 NCAA Division III football championship.
On Gallaudet's second possession of the first quarter, the senior running back accounted for all 96 yards in the two-play drive. He hauled in a 30-yard pass, ripping the ball away from two defenders, then broke free on a 66-yard run down the sideline to put the Bison up 6-0. Bonheyo scored the last two touchdowns of the game, both in the fourth quarter, on runs of 3 and 15 yards, respectively. He totaled a season-high 124 yards on 21 carries and three touchdowns on the day.
Bonheyo leads the Bison with nine rushing touchdowns this season and amassed 483 yards on the ground. He is also the team's top receiver (134 yards, two touchdowns).
Senior linebacker Melvin Booker of Becker College earned Defensive Player of the Week honors after registering school single-game records with 18 tackles, 4.5 sacks and five tackles for a loss in their 20-3 win over Castleton State on Saturday. Sophomore kicker Diogo Dietrich of SUNY Maritime earned Special Teams Player of the Week after having his best career-game, as he converted on three field goals and one point after attempt giving the Privateers the 16-7 win over Mount Ida. Privateers also took home Rookie of the Week honors as freshman Thomas Venier led the Maritime defense with a career-high eight tackles and an interception, helping them beat the Mustangs.
Gallaudet has a chance to go undefeated and earn the best record in school history on Saturday, Nov. 16, away at Maritime (N.Y.) at 1 p.m. The Bison look to extend their record 11-game winning streak, dating back to last year, to close out the regular season.