Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College Thunder Football strong safety Tyrik Carmickle was named Minnesota College Athletic Conference Eastern Division Defensive Player of the Week for games played on Saturday, September 30, 2017.
Carmickle had a career day at strong safety in the Thunder’s 22-21 win over Itasca Community College last Saturday at Spartan Field in Superior. Tyrik was a part of 14 tackles, plus he forced two fumbles and recovered two fumbles. He also had two tackles for loss and forced a safety. Carmickle is a sophomore from Junction City, Kansas.
The Thunder rallied from a 21-12 halftime deficit to defeat MCAC Eastern Division opponent Itasca Community College and earn their first win of the 2017 season. The Thunder defense allowed just two offensive touchdowns in the game, and held strong on a goal-line stand in the final minute with two consecutive tackles for losses and a blocked field goal attempt as time expired. The Thunder defense forced two safeties in the second half to score four points total, which ultimately provided the difference in the Thunder’s one point margin in the 22-21 final score.
The 2017 Thunder Football team is currently 1-4 on the season. The Thunder host their final home game this Saturday when they play Vermilion Community College at 2:00 p.m. on October 7 at Spartan Field in Superior. The team will then play two consecutive games on the road.
The Minnesota College Athletic Conference is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association. The football conference includes 12 teams which are divided geographically into Eastern and Western Divisions. More information about the conference is available from the league’s website located at http://www.mcacsports.org.