by Alan Babbitt
The two played integral roles in the Flying Dutchmen's 29-24 victory at previously unbeaten Albion College on Saturday.
Dooley, pictured left, recorded two of Hope's season-high four interceptions against Albion. The senior from Detroit, Michigan (Clarenceville HS) also made three tackles in his first game at Albion since an injury there during the 2016 season sidelined him for the entire 2017 season.
Dooley contributed to a defense helped the Flying Dutchmen hold Albion under its season average of 51.3 points.
Opple, pictured right, accounted for four touchdowns and 328 yards of total offense against the Britons, including a career-high 280 yards passing. The junior from Hudsonville, Michigan (Hudsonville) threw two touchdown passes, caught a touchdown from receiver Christian Bos, and ran in the go-ahead score on a 1-yard plunge to start the fourth quarter.
Opple completed 21-of-29 passes for his second-highest percentage in a Hope uniform at 72.7.
This is the first MIAA Player of the Week recognition for both Dooley and Opple.