Three Griffons named to Don Hansen All-Region football team

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ST. JOSEPH – Three members of the Missouri Western football team were named to the Don Hansen All-Super Region Three Team. Brandin Dandridge was named first team return specialist and third team defensive back. Tyler Basch was named second team kicker and Hayden Eatinger was named to the third team offensive line.

Dandridge was also a first team All-MIAA selection as a returner and a second team selection at defensive back. The senior averaged 13 yards per punt return with one touchdown and a long return of 58 yards. At cornerback, Dandridge led the MIAA with 15 passes defended and was tied for second in the conference with four interceptions.

Basch was also a second team All-MIAA selection at kicker. In his senior season, Basch went 13-for-17 on field goal attempts, including an MWSU record tying 58-yard field goal in the Agent Barry Live United Bowl.

Eatinger picked up his second postseason honor of 2018 after being named first team All-MIAA. The junior center started all 11 games on an offensive line that helped pave the way for the Griffons’ 229-yard per game rushing average and an MIAA-best 5.6 yards per carry average. Eatinger also anchored the group that allowed and MIAA-low six sacks all season.

The Don Hansen team carries out the legacy of long-time small college football advocate Don Hansen, who passed away at age 75 on Aug. 29, 2010. Hansen, from Brookfield, Ill., started and published Don Hansen’s National Weekly Football Gazette for three decades, selecting NCAA Division II All-America teams for the first time in 1988. Don Hansen’s Football Gazette began selecting Division II All-Region squads in 2003.
The first-team and second-team All-Region selections advance to a national ballot from which the 2018 Don Hansen NCAA Division II All-America team will be selected.

— MWSU Athletics —