Ashland University junior tailback Vance Settlemire has earned his first Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week honor following a 200-yard, four-touchdown effort on Saturday (Oct. 31) night at home against Grand Valley State.
In the No. 5-ranked Eagles' 45-31 win against the No. 9 Lakers, Settlemire ran 22 times for 147 yards and two touchdowns, and also caught six passes for 53 yards and two more scores. He scored a touchdown in each quarter – a one-yard run in the first, a 15-yard catch in the second, a 10-yard catch in the third and a 46-yard run in the fourth.
Settlemire is the first Eagle to score four touchdowns in one game since former teammate Anthony Taylor crossed the goal line on four rushing touchdowns in his school-record 311-rushing yard game at Lake Erie on Oct. 5, 2013.
Settlemire is the fourth Eagle to earn a GLIAC weekly award this season, following junior backup quarterback-punter-tight end Austin Bruns (Sept. 21), sophomore kicker Aidan Simenc (Oct. 12) and sophomore quarterback Travis Tarnowski (Oct. 19).
Home, Very Sweet Home
This is the seventh season for the Eagles at Jack Miller Stadium/Martinelli Field, and to say they enjoy playing in the still-relatively-new digs on Broad Street is an understatement.
Ashland is 31-7 (.816) at home since 2009, and has won 11 straight at "The Jack."
Ashland, which already has clinched the 2015 GLIAC South Division championship, is 3½ games ahead of second-place Ohio Dominican.
In the previous five seasons of GLIAC divisional play, the biggest gap for a division winner was three games for the 2012 Eagles and the 2013 Panthers.
Climbing Up The Eagle Charts
Tarnowski's 2,562 passing yards is fourth-most in a single-season in Eagle history, and his 23 touchdown passes are tied for fifth-most. Career-wise, his 4,729 passing yards and 39 touchdown passes both are third-highest in program history.
Bruns' 45.3-yard gross punting average would be the best in Eagle annals.
Sophomore tight end Adam Shaheen's 57 catches this fall are tied for eighth-best in a season.
Settlemire needs 21 rushing yards to earn the program's 20th all-time 1,000-yard season. His 84 points are tied for sixth-best all-time, and his 14 touchdowns are tied for fourth.
Simenc's 44 extra points are third-most in a single season in AU history.
Ashland's offense has racked up 138 points and 1,697 total yards in the last three games. It also averaged more points per game in five October games (42.6) than in four September contests (38.5)…The Eagle defense allowed fewer points (23.2) and total yards (345.6) per game in October than in September (24.5 and 384.3)…The average distance of the Eagles' seven scoring drives against the Lakers was 77 yards.