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A first for Swartz and USF, conference defensive player of the week

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – University of Saint Francis University of Saint Francis defensive lineman Matt Swartz started a new club when the 6-foot, 267-pound nose guard blocked a Concordia University field goal that led to the game-winning touchdown on Saturday night. Swartz is the first USF D-lineman to be named NAIA National Defensive Player of the Week on Monday.

The Snider High School graduate blocked a Wyatt Mast 39-yard game-winning field goal attempt with 7.9 seconds to play leading to a 65-yard touchdown by USF cornerback Jack Givens, who scooped up the blocked field goal and took it to the house with just two seconds to play for a 34-27 USF victory.

Swartz finished with three sacks for minus-18 yards, four tackles, three solo and a quarterback hurry.

“We came out here, fought through the adversity, and found a way to get the win,” Swartz said after the dramatic finish. “I didn’t see Jack scoop it, but I knew something good was happening because of the explosion of sound,” Swartz recalled. “It’s a great feeling. I thought it was possible to get in there.”

Earlier on Monday afternoon, Swartz was named Mid-States Football Association Mideast League Defensive Player of the Week and Givens (Fort Wayne, IN / Carroll HS) was named MSFA MEL Special Teams Player of the Week.

This is the 23rd time in 22 seasons a member of the USF football program has earned an NAIA POTW award, the 10th time USF has won the defensive award.

Megan Salle

Megan Salle is the Sports Reporter and Weekend Sports Anchor for Fort Wayne’s NBC.

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