PIKEVILLE – After an electric punt return to open the season and a monster night of nine tackles and two sacks, the University of Pikeville’s Elijah Bell and Arthur Williams earned Mid-South Conference Football Player of the Week honors, league officials announced on Monday.
The weekly honors, Bell with the special-teams award and Williams with the defensive honor, are the first handed out by the conference this season.
Williams led the Bears (1-0) to a 32-13 MSC East Division win over Bluefield (Va.) on Thursday night. He posted nine tackles – seven solo – and had three tackles for a loss, including two sacks. Williams posted one of the Bears’ seven forced fumbles in Thursday’s win.
Bell scored the first touchdown of the game on a punt return in Pikeville’s victory over Bluefield. He returned the punt 44 yards to give the Bears the lead. The productive Bell finished the game with two punt returns for a 25-yard average. Bell returned one kickoff for 20 yards in the win.