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Gateway grad Woodson earns weekly honor from Mid-American Conference

Michael Love
| Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016, 7:24 p.m.

Gateway graduate Thomas Woodson found it tough sledding at nationally ranked Wisconsin on Saturday.

He finished with 136 yards passing, including long strikes of 35 and 27 yards, and Akron had 224 total yards in the 54-10 setback.

But one week earlier, Woodson had a game for the ages in the history of Zips football.

The junior earned Mid-American Conference Eastern Division Offensive Player of the Week recognition after a record-setting day in Akron's 47-24 victory over Virginia Military Institute on Sept. 3.

Woodson made his 11th consecutive start at quarterback and went 23 of 32 for a career-high 407 yards and a career-best and school-record six touchdowns.

The former touchdown record of five was set in September 2012.

The MAC honor was the second of Woodson's career.

Akron returns to action Saturday at noon at Marshall. The game will be broadcast on the CBS Sports Network.

The Zips will host Appalachian State, which took nationally ranked Tennessee to overtime Sept. 3, a week from Saturday before the start of MAC play.

Johnna Beehner

Gateway alum Johnna Beehner, a freshman on the Methodist University (Division II) women's golf team, earned a third-place finish Monday in her first collegiate tournament.

She shot 74s (4 over) in both rounds of the BCS Southern Showdown at Highland Park Golf Course in Birmingham, Ala.

Her Sunday score led the five Methodist “A” team golfers and put her in a tie for fourth heading into Monday's second round.

As a team, Methodist placed second overall with a six-player team score of 614 (305-309). The total was 10 strokes behind champion Berry (Ga.).

Beehner and the Methodist squad will play at the Martin & Wallace Invitational in Cortland, N.Y., Sept. 24 and 25.

Michael Love is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-388-5825 or at mlove@tribweb.com.

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