Nine Doane Football players earn postseason accolades from GPAC Conference

Nine Doane Football players earn postseason accolades from GPAC Conference
Seward native Seth Majerus was named first-team all-defense by the Great Plains Athletic Conference on Tuesday. Photo via Doane athletics.

The Great Plains Athletic Conference released its 2018 all-conference teams on Tuesday morning. The regular season concluded for all 10 GPAC teams this past Saturday.

Senior safety and Seward native Seth Majerus was a first-team all-conference selection defense after a vote of all conference coaches.

Majerus, who was an honorable mention selection last season, finished his senior year with 63 total tackles, including 5.5 tackles for loss. Majerus led the team with three interceptions this season. Those all came in the first half of a 30-3 win at Dakota Wesleyan on Nov. 3. One of those three INTs was an 18-yard pick six on the game’s first play from scrimmage.

Majerus’ performance at Dakota Wesleyan garnered him NAIA Defensive Player of the Week honors last Monday.

Offensively, Majerus finished with three catches for 16 yards – all three receptions were for touchdowns. Two of them were three-yarders against Jamestown, while the other was a 10-yard snag against Dakota Wesleyan.

Senior left tackle Isaac Sorenson was named second-team offense, while junior kicker Bryce Cooney was selected as a second-team specialist.

Cooney led the GPAC this season with 12 field goals made, but he also led the league with eight misses. Cooney’s 51-yarder against Friends University back on Aug. 25 was the longest field goal made by any kicker in the GPAC in 2018.

Cooney was the GPAC Special Teams Player of the Week on Nov. 5 after making three field goals in the third quarter against Dakota Wesleyan.

Doane had two players named to second-team all-conference defense – senior Chayton Crow (safety) and junior Anthony Malone (defensive end).

Crow was Doane’s lead tackler this year with 82 total stops, including 5.5 TFL. He had two interceptions, including a 33-yard pick six against Friends, and a team-best six passes defended.

Malone led the Tigers this season with nine tackles for loss, including two sacks. He also had a fumble recovery.

Earning honorable mention recognition was junior quarterback Jack Kalinasenior running back Garrett Sonderupsenior defensive end Connor Hughes, and sophomore linebacker Nathan Williams.

Kalina, a first-year starter and transfer from the UNO baseball program, finished third in the GPAC with 214.3 passing yards per game. He threw 18 touchdowns and only six interceptions. Kalina threw for 200 or more yards in eight of Doane’s 10 games this season.

Hughes, who was also an honorable mention selection in 2017, had an impressive senior campaign with 43 total tackles and a team best 9.5 stops for loss. He also finished with 3.5 sacks and a fumble recovery.

Williams made a noticeable impact as a first-year starter. The Kearney native finished fourth on the team with 47 total tackles, including seven TFL. He finished with a team-high five sacks, including a critical third down sack against Concordia in the closing seconds of a 21-16 win on Senior Day.

Williams also had an interception and fumble recovery in 2018.

Sonderup led the Tigers in rushing with 631 yards on the ground and two touchdowns. In 36 games played, Sonderup accumulated 1,548 career rushing yards and 10 career rushing scores.

Through the air, Sonderup was Doane’s fourth best receiver this season with 22 grabs for 220 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Before 2018, Sonderup had only 151 receiving yards and one receiving touchdown in his playing career.

The Tigers ended the 2018 season with a 6-4 record and a 5-4 mark in GPAC play. Doane missed the playoffs for the second straight season, but they’ve finished with an overall record of 5-5 or better for each of the last eight seasons.

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