Sports / September 20, 2015

McCaffrey earns Knox Student Performer of the Week

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.  


Gavin Crowell
Gavin Crowell is a senior psychology major with minors in neuroscience and journalism. He has been writing and editing for TKS since his freshman year. He has won three ICPA awards: 1st Place Sports News Story, 2nd Place Sports Feature Story and 3rd Place Sports Page Layout. During the summer after his sophomore year, Gavin had an internship with the Chicago Sun-Times, covering teams such as the Chicago Cubs, White Sox, Bears, Blackhawks and Fire. Following graduation, he intends to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology.
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Casey Mendoza
Casey Mendoza is a senior majoring in political science and double minoring in philosophy and Chinese. This is her fourth year working at The Knox Student, previously as a photographer and photo editor. Casey is the recipient of two awards from the Illinois College Press Association for photo essays. During the summer of 2014, Casey also worked as a photography intern for the Galesburg Register-Mail, covering local community events and working alongside award-winning reporters and photojournalists. During the winter and spring of 2015, Casey studied journalism and new media in Washington DC, learning more about the world's political arena, networking and gaining a greater understanding of the field. There, she worked as a Production Assistant at a documentary film company, The Biscuit Factory. During the summer of 2015, Casey will help produce a documentary on airline reservation technology for the Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC).

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