Rivers, Cejudo Earn Valley Football Honors for Performances at South Dakota State

Joey Cejudo and Derek Rivers named MVFC Players of the Week.
Joey Cejudo and Derek Rivers named MVFC Players of the Week.

Youngstown State sophomore defensive end Derek Rivers and senior punter/placekicker Joey Cejudo were honored by the Missouri Valley Football Conference on Sunday for their performances in YSU's 30-27 win at South Dakota State yesterday.

Rivers earned the first Defensive Player-of-the-Week honor of his career while Cejudo picked up his second Special Teams Player-of-the-Week award this season and third time in his YSU career. Cejudo received league honors for his performance at Illinois.

Rivers had a career-high eight total tackles, a career-best six solo stops and had three sacks as the Penguins defeated South Dakota State 30-27 in Brookings. Rivers had a sack in the first quarter on a third-and-5, in the second quarter on a first-and-10 and the third quarter on a third-and-9. The YSU defense had six sacks in the game.

Cejudo nearly had a perfect game in the win over South Dakota State. He averaged 49.4 yards on five punts, made a 32-yard field goal, was 3-of-4 on PAT kicks and had two touchbacks on six kickoffs. He had his best game as YSU's punter just five days after he suffered a sprained right knee that almost forced him to miss the game. His last boot, a career-long 59-yard kick pinned SDSU at its own two-yard line and all but ended any comeback hopes for the Jackrabbits. He had punts of 44 (twice), 48, 52 and 59 in the game.

The Penguins, who have won three games against ranked foes this season, play host to South Dakota on Saturday at Stambaugh Stadium. Kickoff for the contest is set for 2 p.m.