First POTW award for Northwest QB
By Brian Lentz, NWCC Sports Information Director
Following a historic performance in last week’s victory at Coahoma, Northwest quarterback Ren Hefley has been chosen as this week’s MACCC Offensive Player of the Week, the conference announced on Tuesday morning.
Hefley, a native of Little Rock and a Presbyterian College transfer, passed for a career-high 317 yards and completed 20 of his 27 pass attempts in the Rangers’ 44-21 triumph at Coahoma last Thursday. However, his most notable feat was passing for six touchdowns, something only three other Northwest quarterbacks have ever accomplished in a single game.
For the season, Hefley is 128-for-194 with 1,715 yards, 18 touchdowns and three interceptions. He is currently averaging 245 passing yards per game and leads the nation in passing touchdowns, while ranking second in passing yards per game, trailing only Pat McQuaide of Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Hefley is the third Northwest player to earn Player of the Week honors, joining defensive teammate Jykeveous Hibbler (Week 1 vs. Mississippi Gulf Coast) and tailback Jamarien Bracey (Week Five vs. East Mississippi).
Northwest (7-0, 4-0 MACCC North) will host Holmes on Thursday for Homecoming and the regular season home finale at Bobby Franklin Field. The Bulldogs are much improved, coming in at 4-3 overall (3-2 MACCC North) and winners of three of their last four contests.
Pregame coverage begins at 6:30 P.M. on Ranger TV (nwccrangers.com/watch) and WHCQ-LD 8, with kickoff coming at 7 P.M. on Action News 5 Plus, available on your Roku, Apple TV or basic antenna (Channel 5.5).