All-CCIW in the family

The Wheaton Thunder get to say that they have the CCIW player of the week two games running: Junior linebacker Mikey Swider was honored for his defensive efforts in week six and sophomore quarterback Johnny Peltz was named top offensive player for week seven.

It is not all that rare for teammates to earn conference accolades in back-to-back weeks. What makes this situation special is that Swider and Peltz are cousins, cousins who have fathers who coach at Wheaton, cousins who have played football together for the better part of two decades. And on Saturday the two of them got to hoist the Little Brass Bell together, the trophy for winning the rivalry game against North Central.

Peltz earned CCIW offensive player of the week honors for his performance in the game, completing 22 of 28 passes for 236 while also rushing for 83 yards in Wheaton’s 34-31 win over the Cardinals. It was only the second start of Peltz’s collegiate career.

Peltz’s honors came one week after Swider was honored as CCIW defensive player of the week for his performance on Oct. 18 against Millikin. In that game, Swider led the way with 17 tackles as the Thunder defense held Millikin to only three points.

The Swider-Peltz family has a rich history of athletic success both inside and outside Wheaton sports. The past two weeks shows that the legacy appears to be firmly intact.

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