Northwest Missouri State University junior kicker Parker Sampson has been named the MIAA's football special teams player of the week presented by Mammoth Turf. It marks the fifth consecutive week that the Bearcat football team has had a player earn one of the league's weekly honors.
Sampson (Kansas City, Missouri) was a perfect 4-for-4 on field goals, including a career-long 53-yarder in a 34-23 win at Emporia State. The 53-yarder is the longest made field goal this season in the MIAA. It also ties for the second-longest field goal made in Bearcat football history. Pat Johnson set the Northwest record with a 54-yard field goal vs. Washburn (Sept. 7, 1985). Shawn Geraghty made a 53-yard field goal vs. William Jewell (Sept. 17, 1977).
Sampson made field goals of 35, 53, 41 and 27 yards at Welch Stadium on Saturday. Sampson accounted for the final nine points in the game and built Northwests lead from 25-23 to 34-23 in the final 15:46 of game play at Emporia State. Sampson also added two extra points to tally 14 points in the game. He kicked off eight times and had four touchbacks.
Sampson has scored a team-high 54 points and ranks tied for No. 5 in the nation in points scored. Sampson is 8-of-11 on field goals and is 30-of-31 in extra points. Sampson has made five consecutive field goals entering this week's game in Arrowhead against Pittsburg State.
The Bearcats (5-0 overall) will take on Pittsburg State (5-0 overall) Saturday at noon at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.
Northwest's MIAA Players of Week - 2019
Sam Phillips, LB - Defensive Player of the Week (Sept. 9)
Braden Wright, QB - Offensive Player of the Week (Sept. 16)
JerrellGreen, DB - Defensive Player of the Week (Sept. 23)
ImoniDonadelle, RET/WR - Special Teams Player of the Week (Sept. 30)
Parker Sampson, PK - Special Teams Player of the Week (Oct. 7)
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