BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Cumberlands’ (Ky.) Malik Thornton and Jahmal Hutsell and Pikeville’s (Ky.) Xavier Malone are the Mid-South Conference Football Players of the Week, conference officials announced on Monday.

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MSC Football Defensive Player of the Week

Malik Thornton – Cumberlands (Ky.) – Fr. – Defensive Back – Eatonton, Ga.

Thornton had two interceptions and two tackles in the Patriots’ 24-23 upset over No. 11 Georgetown (Ky.).His first interception came at the end of the third quarter and set up a Cumberlands field goal after the return.Thornton’s second interception he retuned 74 yards for a touchdown to give the Patriots a 24-23 lead.He earns weekly honors for the first this season and in his career.

MSC Football Offensive Player of the Week

Xavier Malone – Pikeville (Ky.) – Fr. – Quarterback – Knoxville, Tenn.

Malone threw for 417 yards with six touchdowns and one interception in Pikeville’s 66-41 victory over Campbellsville (Ky.).He completed 17 of his 25 passes with a long of 81.Malone also rushed four times for 38 yards.He earns weekly honors for the first time this season and in his career.

MSC Football Special Teams Player of the Week

Jahmal Hutsell – Cumberlands (Ky.) – Fr. – Wide Receiver – Cincinnati, Ohio

Hutsell ran a kick back 88 yards for a touchdown in the victory over Georgetown.It was the Patriots first kickoff return for a touchdown since 2015.Hutsell earns weekly honors for first time this season and in his career.

MSC Football Players of the Week

Date

Offensive

Defensive

Special Teams

Aug. 29

Will McDonald

(Lindsey Wilson)

Trevor Griffin

(Cumberland)

Ian Sauter

(Lindsey Wilson)

Sept. 5

Roques Dowdy

(Thomas More)

Jailen Clemons

(Faulkner)

Noel Patterson

(Lindsey Wilson)

Sept. 12

Lee Kirkland

(Pikeville)

Mark Pruitt

(Campbellsville)

Harlin Brown

(Cumberlands)

Sept. 19

Lee Kirkland

(Pikeville)

DJ White

(Georgetown)

Ian Sauter

(Lindsey Wilson)

Sept. 26

Joaquin Collazo III

(Bethel)

Chad Holleran

(Georgetown)

Noel Patterson

(Lindsey Wilson)

Oct. 3

Jaiveyon Tucker

(Faulkner)

Calen Warren

(Bethel)

Cam Jones

(Cumberlands)

Oct. 10

Joaquin Collazo III

(Bethel)

DJ White

(Georgetown)

Elgin Phillips

(Thomas More)

Oct. 17

Joaquin Collazo III

(Bethel)

Damon Byrnes-Mitchell

(Cumberlands)

Ian Sauter

(Lindsey Wilson)

Oct. 24

Xavier Malone

(Pikeville)

Malik Thornton

(Cumberlands)

Jahmal Hutsell

(Cumberlands)