Northwest Notes Sept. 10, 2019

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Louie-McGee earns Big Sky

Special Teams Player of the Week honors

Montana senior Jerry Louie-McGee, the former Lake City High star, was named Big Sky Conference Special Teams Player of the Week.

Louie-McGee returned a punt 74 yards for a touchdown Saturday in Montana’s 61-17 victory over North Alabama in Missoula, Mont.

He returned five punts for a total of 150 yards — most in a game of any player in FCS football so far this season by a nearly 40-yard margin.

Louie-McGee is now tied for the most career punt return touchdowns (3) of any Grizzly with Marc Mariani (‘06-’09) and Levander Seagers (‘01-’04). That 150-yard total is also good enough for the second-most in UM history, passing Tuff Harris’ 142-yard total against South Dakota State in 2006, and now sitting behind Mike Rice’s all-time mark of 245 against Weber State in 1985.

Louie-McGee also led the Grizzlies in receiving against UNA, hauling in seven passes for 78 yards. He’s now on the cusp of making even more Montana history, needing just three more catches to set a new school record for career pass receptions.

This is the second Big Sky Special Teams Player of the Week honor for Louie-McGee, who earned his first in 2016 after scoring his first punt return touchdown at Northern Iowa.

Grove second at Montana

Open for fourth time

MISSOULA, Mont. — North Idaho College men’s and women’s golf coach Russell Grove finished second at the Montana Open for the fourth time last weekend at Larchmont Golf Course.

Grove shot 67-69-64—200, 16 under par for the 54-hole tournament. He finished one stroke behind Jimmy Mee of Libby, who shot 67-69-63—199 to win for the fourth time.

Former Post Falls standout Hillman earns player

of the week honors

Whitworth defensive back Zach Hillman, a senior from Post Falls High, was named defensive student-athlete of the week after the Pirates’ season-opening 50-24 victory at the University of La Verne.

Hillman had nine of his team-high 10 tackles by halftime, leading a defensive effort that held La Verne to only 109 yards in the first two quarters. Eight of his tackles were solo efforts as Whitworth took a 43-7 lead at the half. He also had a tackle for a 7-yard loss.

EWU wideout Dorton,

QB Barriere honored

Senior wide receiver Dre’ Sonte Dorton, who broke the school record with 289 receiving yards on 15 receptions in Saturday’s 59-31 victory over Lindenwood, was selected Monday as the STATS NCAA Football Championship Subdivision Offensive Player of the Week.

Dorton earned honorable mention FCS National Player of the Week honors from College Football Performance Awards.

Dorton’s 289 yards broke the receiving yardage record set by current Los Angeles Ram Cooper Kupp with 275 at Northern Colorado on Oct. 24, 2015.

Junior quarterback Eric Barriere, who completed 32 of 46 passes for 522 yards, five touchdowns and a 200.76 passing efficiency rating, earned Big Sky Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors from College Sports Madness, as well as honorable mention from STATS for the award that Dorton won.

Barriere recorded the second-most passing yards in school history. Gage Gubrud threw for 549 yards against Montana in 2017.

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