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With the seventh week of the New England Division III Football season in the books, it is time to unveil our offensive, defensive and special teams players of the week, which is powered by Zelos Athletics.
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This season, Noontime Sports will select at least one player for our three weekly honors: offensive, defensive and special teamer of the week.
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Co-Offensive Player of the Week: Ryan Jones (Coast Guard Academy | Quarterback | Punxatawney, Pa.): Ryan Jones became the fourth signal-caller in academy history to throw for 4,000 yards last Saturday as the Bears defeated Maine Maritime Academy, 33-8.
Jones concluded last Saturday’s game with a career-high 353 passing yards while tossing a season-best three touchdowns, including two scores to Justin Moffatt, which helped Coast Guard bounce back from their second conference setback of the season.
The senior signal-caller posted his highest completion rate (76.5 percent) of the 2019 season by completing 26 of 34 passes. The three touchdown passes were the most he has thrown in a single-game fall.
Through seven contests, Jones has completed 125 of 223 passes for 1,382 yards and 10 touchdowns. The 10 touchdowns are the most he has tossed in a single-season with the Bears.
Co-Offensive Player of the Week: Randy Morgan (Becker College | Halfback | Spring Hill, Fla.): Randy Morgan broke the Becker College single-season rushing record this past weekend by tallying 188 yards on 27 carries while scoring two touchdowns.
The 188 yards bumped Morgan’s total to 733 rushing yards through six games this season, which shattered the original mark of 674 yards, which was established by Jacob Holmes in 2015.
Morgan, who is averaging 122.2 rushing yards per game, has rushed for 100 yards or more in four games this season. The 188 rushing yards from this past weekend against Nichols College is the most he has accumulated in a single-game this fall. Last week, he rushed for 152 yards against Husson University.
The first-year tailback leads the Hawks with seven rushing touchdowns.
Defensive Player of the Week: Desmond Dias (Dean College | Linebacker | Rochester, Mass.): Desmond Dias has become a player to watch on the Dean College defense this season, especially the past two weeks.
Against Anna Maria College last Saturday, the first-year linebacker posted a season-high 12.0 total tackles which helped the Bulldogs score an important conference win in Paxton, Massachusetts. Dias ended the game with five solo stops, two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 15 yards and one sack for a loss of 13 yards.
In five games this season, Dias has tallied 32.0 total tackles, including 15 solo stops and six tackles for a loss of 35 yards. He also recorded one pass break-up, which occurred this past weekend against Anna Maria.
Special Teamer of the Week: Nick DiCairano (Endicott College | Kicker | Trumbull, Conn.) Against Curry College this past weekend, Nick DiCairano posted 11 points off eight extra points and a 47-yard field goal which helped the Gulls of Endicott College pick-up their fifth win of the season.
DiCairano has tallied 11 points or more three times this fall – he has also booted a 47-yard field goal in three games this season, including in his team’s season-opener against Framingham State.
Through six contests this season, DiCairano has tallied 52 points off 31 extra points and seven field goals.