JOPLIN, MO. — After a big performance in Saturday’s win over Central Oklahoma, Missouri Southern defensive back Dylan Bolden has been named MIAA Co-Defensive Player of the Week along with Northwest Missouri’s Jackson Barnes.
The sophomore had a pick-six to give the Lions an early lead in the first quarter. He followed that up by picking up his second interception of the game in the final minute to help secure the 14-10 win. Bolden finished with two tackles, including one for a four yard loss.
Bolden says, “It’s a very, very, very important accomplishment. We worked hard, my teammates helped me work hard. My defensive line, they actually helped me, they got good pressure on the quarterback this game, which allowed me to be where I needed to be and the quarterback to throw the ball faster than he wanted to.
Atiba Bradley, Missouri Southern head coach, says, “[It’s a] tremendous honor. Tremendous honor. Again, there’s a lot that goes into it and a lot that he’s done, but even as a team and as a defense, anytime you get honors, it means you did well as a unit, and he just was the star light of the day.”
Bolden leads the MIAA and is second in Division II in interceptions this year with three.