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Raddatz, Parks get MIAC Football weekly honors

Mark Brown photo
Mark Brown photo

Senior Nick Raddatz and Josh Parks on Monday were named MIAC Defensive and Offensive Athletes of the Week. It was the first such honor for Raddatz, and the fourth of his career for Parks.

Raddatz's first-quarter interception near midfield set up an opening touchdown and he added eight solo tackles in Saturday's 17-7 home win over No. 9-ranked Bethel. He helped a defense that limited the Royals to 11 first downs and 244 yards of total offense.

Over his last two games against Gustavus and Bethel, Raddatz had a hand in 20 tackles to go with his Bethel interception and a key blocked punt against Gustavus.

Parks didn't score a touchdown but his 33 carries for 168 yards let him break Ben Wartman's school career record of 4,076, and helped the offense generate 25 first downs. It was Parks' 22nd career 100-yard rushing game, and he closed his career in 41 games with 60 touchdowns, 4,180 rushing yards, 477 receiving yards and a 7.1 ypc clip. He holds the conference-game TD record and is second among conference players in touchdown among all games.

It also was just the second 100-yard rushing day allowed by the stingy Bethel defense over its last 30 games.

Parks has recorded two of the five 100-plus yard rushing games allowed by St. John's over the Johnnies' last 34 games.

Over the last two seasons, Parks recorded at least one 100-plus yard rushing game against each of the eight MIAC opponents.

Saturday's win let St. Thomas share the MIAC title -- its seventh league crown in the last 10 years.