With a total of 282 passing yards, 55 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns in total, Prairie Fire quarterback Matt McCaffrey has been named the Knox Student performer of the week. On top of this esteemed achievement, McCaffrey has also been announced as the MWC Performer of the Week for his efforts in a come-from-behind victory against Carleton College.
Entering the matchup without a win, McCaffrey knew the team needed to come away victorious. Over the course of the Carleton game, McCaffrey threw for a solid 282 yards and passed for one touchdown. After the Prairie Fire lost the lead in the second half, McCaffrey used his legs to score a touchdown for the Prairie Fire and bring his team to within four. After the score Koerber attempted an onside kick that was successful and recovered by Emini. With the Prairie Fire down 16-20 and a little over two minutes left, McCaffrey used his legs again for a 25 yard touchdown run putting the Fire back on top 23-20. The game was then sealed away after Gabel intercepted a pass from the Carleton.
McCaffrey comes from New Trier High School in Wilmette, where he played varsity football and baseball. This is a man who is used to pressure and thrives in it. In his second year starting at quarterback, McCaffrey seems to have developed more comfort with the offense. With two senior wide receivers and many underclassmen still learning the offense, McCaffrey knows that he has people on the field that he can trust and that he needs to be a leader for the new guys on the team.
Knox (1-1) had a bye week this week before heading up to Appleton, WI where they will face off against Lawrence College (1-1) on September 26th.