Rallying from a 17-point fourth-quarter deficit to win a football game doesn't happen if a defense doesn't answer the bell when it needs to the most.
Spencer Nehls and his Charger teammates on defense did just that, and the senior safety was recognized for his efforts Monday morning.
Nehls was named the Great Midwest Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week, the first time a Charger football player has earned a weekly award in our new conference. The award was chosen and announced by the conference office.
Hillsdale was down 27-10 in the fourth quarter of Saturday's game against Michigan Tech. The defense, spearheaded by Nehls, took over from there, allowing the Huskies 19 total yards and no first downs in the fourth quarter, while the offense mounted its comeback. The Chargers pulled out a 31-27 victory, improving to 2-0 on the season.
Nehls led the team with 10 total tackles and had a tackle for loss. He made a key stop on Michigan Tech's second possession of the fourth quarter that forced another three-and-out, putting Hillsdale in greater position to pull out the victory.
Nehls hails from Ada, Michigan and attended Forest Hills Central High School.