Wheeler continues to roll along in OUA football


oua_logoFor the second straight week, Hamilton native Darryl Wheeler had a great performance in the Western Mustangs 60-7 win over the Windsor Lancers and was named Special Teams Player of the Week.

The Ontario University Athletics football selection came after Wheeler, a punter and kicker, scored 16 points while averaging 42.6 yards punting and putting two inside the 20-yard line on five punts.

Wheeler added eight kickoffs for 426 yards, including a 62-yard bomb for a single. Going perfect on all kicking attempts, the second-year player booted two field goals, kicked three rouges and had seven extra points in the win. He also added 1.5 tackles in the effort.

Named the OUA’s offensive start of the week was running back Nathan Riva, of Western,

Riva (LaSalle, Ont.) tied a Western Mustangs record with a five-touchdown performance in the ’Stangs win on Sept. 19. The second-year running back added 131 yards on 14 carries and 94 yards on four catches. Four touchdowns came on rushing attempts and the other came off a Michael Faulds pass.

He is among the nation’s leaders in rushing, all-purpose yards, scoring and receiving. Riva is also the Pioneer Petroleums OUA Male Athlete of the Week.

On defence, the honour went to end Shomari Williams, of Queen’s Gaels.

Williams (Brampton) was a defensive force for the Gaels in their 20-8 victory over the Ottawa Gee-Gees on Sept. 19. In his first game as a Gael, Williams recorded six solo tackles, three assisted tackles, two sacks and a fumble recovery. His effort helped the Gaels record just their third victory over the Gee-Gees in the past 10 years.

Last week, Williams was named one of the CFL’s top prospects for its 2010 draft.