(INDIANAPOLIS) – Marcus Shellenbarger has been named the Great Midwest Athletic Conference's Defensive Player of the Week after helping Walsh to its first victory of the season. The defensive lineman from Mt. Vernon finished the game with six tackles, 2.5 of which were quarterback sacks, and forced and recovered a fumble in the Cavaliers' 23-17 win at Kentucky Wesleyan.
The aforementioned involvement of the Panthers' turnover was arguably the most important play of the game. In the final minute of the game, Kentucky Wesleyan resumed possession and had an opportunity for a game-winning drive. On the second play of that drive, Panther quarterback rushed for 15 yards to the Walsh 37-yard line before Shellenbarger stripped the ball away and recovered the fumble to secure the win.
His 2.5 sacks were also pivotal as all three plays they were occurred on all helped stall Kentucky Wesleyan drives and prevented the Panthers from scoring. Overall he led a defense that limited Week 4 Offensive Player of the Week Landan Thomas to just 49 yards rushing.
The win was the first for the Cavaliers this season and the first for John Fankhauser in his head coaching career.
Walsh now preps for a talented Ohio Dominican squad this Saturday. The two will gather under the lights at Tom Benson Stadium for a 7 p.m. kickoff.