Oct 18, 2021 9:30 PM

Missouri Western kicker Thomas Kopcho named MIAA Specialist of the Week

Posted Oct 18, 2021 9:30 PM
Courtesy of the MIAA.
Courtesy of the MIAA.

By TOMMY REZAC

St. Joseph Post

Missouri Western place kicker and Omaha native Thomas Kopcho was named the MIAA Special Teams Player of the Week Monday after his record-setting performance against Northeastern State Saturday.

Kopcho was a perfect 5-for-5 on field goals, including a long of 44 yards. He also connected on all six of his point-after attempts to score a school and league record of 21 points in a single game as a kicker, helping the Griffons to a 57-24 win at Spratt Stadium Saturday.

His five made field goals also tied a school record. Head coach Matt Williamson said Kopcho had trouble gaining confidence early in the season, but had noticed him making strides in practice and decided to give him a shot.

"He was just so frustrated at the beginning of the season," Williamson said. "He was a little bit inconsistent and those guys get in their heads a little bit. So, it was really good to see him do that. I know he has it in him. I knew he always did."

Missouri Western stays home this weekend to face Pittsburg State. Kickoff from Spratt Stadium on Saturday is set for 4 p.m. The game will be carried live on KFEQ Radio (680 AM, 95.3 FM).