Our ‘Early Preseason Outlook’ coverage rolls on with a closer look at Plymouth State, which begins its season on Saturday, September 7th when they visit Castleton University for a 12 p.m. kickoff.
The Panthers’ 2018 Season: One year after posting a 9-2 record, the Panthers finished with a 6-4 mark, which included a thrilling 29-28 win over Framingham State, along with a hard-fought 10-7 win against Westfield State.
The Panthers did not compete in the NCAA Tournament last fall but certainly proved their nine-win season from 2017 wasn’t a fluke – this team is certainly capable of competing for the top spot in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) every season.
Plymouth State had 15 seniors on last year’s squad that will certainly be missed this season – these student-athletes were a big reason why the Green and White won 9 of 11 contests in 2017, so look for the rising seniors and juniors to lead the Panthers this upcoming season.
The 2019 Outlook: Plymouth State will be without some key members of last year’s team, as well as the 2017 squad, especially on defense. Graduation losses to Grant McGregor, Mitch Banuskevich, Brady LaFrance and Malcolm Huesman won’t be easy to replace however, the Panthers do return defensive back Matt Shea, who led the defense with 77.0 total tackles.
Defensive back David Salazar will also be a player to watch in the secondary, too. The rising sophomore averaged 5.3 total tackles per contest one year ago, while also recording 2.5 tackles for a loss of 10 yards.
Plymouth State graduated a slew of linebackers, but do return Elijah Bussell and Eric Smith. The duo combined for 53.0 total tackles last season.
On offense, the Panthers must find their replacement for quarterback Zack Edwards, a dual-threat signal-caller that concluded the 2018 season with 15 touchdowns (14 passing touchdowns).
David Hamilton returns for his final season at halfback after rushing for career-highs in yards (911) and touchdowns (eight) one year ago.
Wide receiver Jacob Szulc returns for his third season after leading the team with 26 receptions for 493 yards and seven touchdowns.
Plymouth State will also return a slew of offensive linemen, including Nick Cusano, who competed in all 10 contests one year ago, and Matt Palma, who appeared in nine games.
Plymouth State’s Schedule: We will learn more about this Plymouth State squad by the end of September – the opening month features a pair of non-conference foes, along with back-to-back conference clashes with Worcester State in week three and UMass Dartmouth in week four. Plymouth State beat the Lancers last fall but lost to the Corsairs. Can they win both conference games this season?
The Panthers will travel to Westfield State for an important conference meeting in week six before entertaining Framingham State in week seven for their Hall of Fame Game.
Weeks after their meeting with the Rams, the Panthers travel to Bridgewater State before capping their 2019 campaign with a trip to Western Connecticut on Saturday, November 16.
Players to Watch: David Hamilton (Halfback/ West Deptford, N.J.), Jacob Szulc (Wide Receiver/Concord, N.H.), Terrell Lewis (Wide Receiver/Nashua, N.H.), Jeremy Martin (Kicker/Charlton, Mass.), Nick Cusano (Offensive Line/Wethersfield, Conn.), Matt Palma (Offensive Line/Cheshire, Conn.), Matt Shea (Defensive Back/Windham, N.H.), and David Salazar (Defensive Back/West Newton, Mass.).
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After securing a hard-fought 17-7 win over Bridgewater State last weekend, the Plymouth State football team was voted this week’s Noontime Sports Team of the Week. (PHOTO CREDIT: Plymouth State Athletics)
By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports)
The Plymouth State University Panthers were selected as this week’s Noontime Sports Team of the Week following our weekly Fan Poll, which appeared on Twitter yesterday (Monday, October 9th).
One of four teams selected for this week’s honor, the Panthers earned 67 percent of the votes, while MIT and Middlebury College collected 13 percent. Merchant Marine gained just seven percent out of a total of 78 votes.
Plymouth State picked-up its fifth win of the season by defeating Bridgewater State, 17-7, last Saturday, thanks to Mitch Banuskevich, who amassed 208 yards of total offense, including 168 yards on 31 carries.
Prior to their win over the Bears, the Panthers defeated Worcester State, 16-6.
Plymouth State enters this week (week seven) with a 5-1 overall recorded and 3-1 ledger in Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) play. The Panthers will host Framingham State on Saturday, October 14th at 1 p.m.
Framingham State enters the week winners of five-straight, including a recent 32-16 victory over Fitchburg State, which saw senior Jaquan Harris tied the NCAA Division III record with five interceptions.
Happy Monday! With another weekend of college football in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Noontime Sports Offensive, Defensive and Special Team units of the week, as well as our offensive, defensive and special teams players of the week, too.
Offensive Player of the Week: Alex Corvese (Curry): Corvese concluded last Saturday’s contest against UMass Dartmouth with four touchdowns, including the game-winning score on a one-yard scamper that helped the Colonels erase a three-point (27-24) deficit. Corvese completed 29 of 44 for 377 yards and two scores, while rushing for 18 yards on 13 carries and two scores.
Defensive Player of the Week: Jaquan Harris (Framingham State): Harris recorded five interceptions last Friday in his team’s 32-16 win over Fitchburg State. The five picks tied a NCAA Division III record. Additionally, Harris established a new single-game program record with five interceptions, while tying the single-season mark for picks in a season with eight (currently).
Special Teams Player of the Week: Mark Wright (MIT): Wright connected on all nine kicks, including a trio of field goals with his longest boot coming from 35-yards out. He concluded last Saturday’s contest against Maine Maritime with 15 points.
Offensive Team of the Week:
Darius Adams (Coast Guard Academy): Facing a talented Springfield defense, Adams recorded a game-high four receptions for 74 yards and one score.
Abbi Bamgbose (UMass Dartmouth): Bamgbose concluded last Saturday’s contest against Curry College with 158 receiving yards and two touchdowns.
Mitch Banuskevich (Plymouth State): Banuskevich tallied 162 yards on 31 carries, while recording six receptions for 40 yards and one score as the Panthers defeated Bridgewater State, 17-7.
Timel Benton (Gallaudet): Sophomore quarterback Timel Benton ran for 128 yards on four carries and scored two touchdowns in the opening half for Gallaudet in its 73-23 rout of Anna Maria for its first win of the season. Benton completed 3 of 6 passes for 140 yards before he was lifted in the second half. He completed a 94-yard pass to Joell Dixon, which would of been a touchdown if not for an unsportsmanlike penalty on Dixon for showboating at the end of the play before he got into the end zone.
Jake Bonheyo (Gallaudet): Bonheyo, Gallaudet’s back-up quarterback came in for one quarter and ran the ball four times for a team best 131 yards and three touchdowns. On his first play under center, Bonheyo ran 45 yards for a touchdown. On the next two Gallaudet possessions, Bonheyo scored from 36 and 47 yards out as the Bison led 67-17 midway through the third quarter.
Noah Brum (Worcester State): Brum completed 22 of 36 passes for 217 yards and three touchdown, while rushing for 12 yards on three carries.
Cory Brandon (Husson): Brandon completed 15 of 24 passes for 234 yards, while tossing three touchdowns as the Eagles defeated the Privateers in a marquee Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) clash.
Mitchell Caron (Castleton): Caron completed 12 of 16 passes for 227 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for 15 yards on eight carries and one score against Mount Ida.
Brandonn Drumgole (SUNY Maritime): Drumgole led all receivers last Saturday with six receptions for 101 yards and one touchdown in his team’s setback to Husson.
Jake Eglintine (Springfield): Against Coast Guard Academy, Eglintine rushed for 106 yards on 18 carries and one score, while completing two of five passes for 30 yards.
Quinn Fleeting (Western Conn.): Fleeting accounted for three touchdowns, including two through the air in his team’s bounce-back win over Worcester State. Fleeting completed 13 of 17 passes for 218 yards and two scores, while rushing for 15 yards on four carries and one touchdown.
De’Andre Goldson-Fisher (Mount Ida): Against Castleton, Goldson-Fisher rushed for 163 yards on 23 carries and two scores, while hauling in one reception for 15 yards.
Udgam Goyal (MIT): Against Maine Maritime Academy, Goyal completed 17 of 20 passes for 135 yards, while tossing two touchdowns. He also rushed for 76 yards on nine carries and two scores.
Moe Harris (Castleton): Against Mount Ida, Harrs recorded 126 yards on 25 carries and two touchdowns, while hauling in one catch for 10 yards.
Stephen Johnson (Buffalo State): Against SUNY Cortland, Johnson led all receivers with five receptions for 138 yards and one touchdown.
Jared Lebowitz (Middlebury): Lebowitz completed 22 of 39 passes for 205 yards and three touchdowns as the Panthers captured its fourth consecutive contest of the season.
Brice Moore (Merchant Marine): Moore turned in an impressive performance against Norwich, rushing for 229 yards on 32 carries and one score, while completing three of seven passes for 80 yards and one touchdown.
Jacob Maher (Worcester State): Maher led all receivers with 93 yards on six catches, while hauling in a trio of touchdown passes.
Bobby Maimaron (Williams): The first-year signal-caller completed 17 of 24 passes for 282 yards and three touchdowns, while rushing for 52 yards on 10 carries and one score as the Ephs defeated Bowdoin in Williamstown.
Ryan McDonald (Tufts): Against Bowdoin, McDonald completed 18 of 25 passes for 215 yards, while tossing one touchdown. He also rushed for 72 yards on 13 carries and one score.
Canton Meadows (Gallaudet): Sophomore super back Canton Meadows had a strong first half as he ran nine times for 84 yards and three touchdowns. Meadows scored the game’s first, second and seventh touchdown in the first 22 minutes of play. Meadows third and final score came on a 25-yard run up the middle as the Bison lead grew to 31, 41-10.
James O’Regan (Amherst): O’Regan led all receivers last Saturday with 151 yards on seven receptions and one touchdown. His longest reception was an 81-yard touchdown, which occurred midway through the fourth quarter.
Jace Pena (UMass Dartmouth): Pena completed 12 of 27 passes for 214 yards and three touchdowns, including a 61-yard touchdown strike to Abbi Bamgbose.
Michael Pina (Mount Ida): Pina completed 18 of 32 passes for 210 yards and three touchdowns in his team’s setback to Castleton.
Blake Rice (WPI): Against Catholic, Rice completed 18 of 28 passes for 210 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed for 40 yards on 12 carries.
Koby Schofer (Trinity): Schofer concluded his team’s contest with a game-high 10 receptions and 202 receiving yards, while registering a pair of touchdown receptions.
John Smith (Husson): Smith rushed for 217 yards on 30 carries and one score, while recording a pair of receptions for 41 yards in his team’s big win over SUNY Maritime.
Frank Stola (Williams): Stola led all receivers with seven receptions for 172 yards and two scores. His longest reception was a 77-yard touchdown, which occurred early in the fourth quarter.
Nick Villanueva (Curry): Villanueva led all receivers last Saturday with 152 yards on 11 receptions – he averaged 13.8 yards per reception.
Jordan Wilcox (Springfield): Wilcox rushed for 187 yards on 21 carries and one score in his team’s sixth-straight win of the season.
Quron Wright (Framingham State):Against Fitchburg State, Wright rushed for 145 yards on 24 carries and two scores, while hauling in 34 yards on reception.
Defensive Team of the Week: Louie Akuffo (Gallaudet): Akuffo was all over the field for the Bison on defense last Saturday as he made play after play against Anna Maria College. The junior linebacker led the team with nine tackles, made one interception and returned it 14 yards, forced one fumble and had one pass break-up. Akuffo’s interception took place at the start of the second half and set up GU’s first touchdown in the third quarter. He was also part of a huge defensive stand for the Bison in the first half. The highlight for the Bison defense was denying the AMCATS the end zone after they got 1st and goal from the Gallaudet 1 late in the first quarter. Four straight rushes, up the middle, were stuffed by the Bison defense led by a trio of linebackers Tristan Boren, Louie Akuffo and Tony Libit. The Bison scored four plays later to completely sway the momentum in GU’s favor up 27-10.
David Bednarz (Fitchburg State): Facing a talented Framingham State offense, Bednarz came-up with 10 total stops, including four solo tackles and one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of two yards.
Luca Cerasani (WPI): Cerasani was a big part of the Engineers’ win over the Cardinals by tallying seven total tackles, including three sacks for a loss of 20 yards, two forced fumbles and five solo stops.
Almamy Conde (Hobart): Conde stuffed the stat sheet with four total stops, three solo tackles, including a sack for an eight yard loss, along with a fumble recovery (two yards) and interception (six yards).
Prince Gbaley (Plymouth State): Against Bridgewater State, Gbaley turned in a solid outing with seven solo tackles (and total tackles). He also recorded a quartet of pass break-ups and a pair of interceptions (18 yards).
Jack Gray (Gallaudet): Freshman strong safety Jack Gray (Atherton, Calif.) picked off Jayson Wallace’s throw at the Gallaudet 5 and returned it 95 yards for the touchdown as Gallaudet led 73-17 at the 3:53 mark in the third quarter. Gray’s 95-yard interception return for a touchdown is tied for the second longest in program history with Neal DiMarco (9/9/2011 vs. Catholic). GU went on to set numerous records in the 73-23 victory over Anna Maria College. Gray now has three interceptions and two forced fumbles for five turnovers this season for the buff and blue.
Joseph Grogan (Curry): Grogan turned in an impressive performance against the Corsairs, recording six solo stops – all six tackles added up for a loss of 26 yards. Two of his six tackles were a pair of sacks for an eight yard loss. He also registered one forced fumble in a 30-27 win over UMass Dartmouth.
Eric Nunez (Worcester State): Nunez concluded last Saturday’s game against Western Connecticut with seven solo stops, including a pair of tackles for a loss of six yards. Additionally, one of his seven stops was a sack for a loss of two yards.
Matt O’Donnell (Coast Guard Academy): Against Springfield, O’Donnell led the Bears defense with 12 total stops, including 10 solo tackles.
Jake O’Donoghue (Catholic): Against WPI, O’Donoghue tallied seven total stops, including three solo tackles, two sacks for a loss of 20 yards, two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 21 yards and two forced fumbles.
Kendal Parker (SUNY Maritime): Against Husson, Parker turned in a monstrous performance on defense, tallying 18 total tackles, including 14 solo stops and a pair of tackles for a loss of eight yards.
Austin Roberts (Norwich): Against Merchant Marine, Roberts accounted for 22 total stops, including nine solo tackles and 13 assists.
Jake Tavares (UMass Dartmouth): Against Curry, Tavares tallied 10 total stops, including eight solo tackles, three-and-a-half tackles for a loss of eight yards, one sack and one pass break-up.
Zach Thomas (Tufts): Thomas highlighted Homecoming Weekend at Tufts with four total stops, including one tackle for a loss of nine yards, one fumble recover, one quarterback hurry and three solo tackles.
Jakob Trautwein (Castleton): Trautwein tallied a game-high 16 total tackles, including 10 solo stops, one pass break-up, one forced fumble and one-and-a-half tackles for a loss.
Luke Washburn (Husson): Washburn registred 11 total stops against SUNY Maritime, including 10 solo tackles, two tackles for a loss of 19 yards, one sack (13 yards) and a quartet of quarterback hurries. He also recorded one pass break-up, too.
Trent Waters (Dean): Against Alfred State, Waters recorded a game-high 13 total tackles, including a team-high nine solo stops, along with two sacks for a loss of 21 yards and one forced fumble.
Rich Williams (Springfield): Williams tallied nine total stops against Coast Guard Academy last Saturday, including seven solo tackles, along with a tackle-and-a-half for a loss of 12 yards, one sack for a loss of 10 yards and an interception (53 yards).
Special Teams of the Week:
Chip Crowley (Coast Guard Academy): Against Springfield College, Chip Crowley recorded eight punts for 304 yards. Three of his boots landed inside the Pride’s 20.
Christian Humulock (Springfield): Against Coast Guard Academy, Humulock was a perfect five for five on extra points, as well as one for one on field goals.
Jake McDonough (Merchant Marine): McDonough was a perfect seven for seven on extra points in his team’s big win over Norwich.
James Tooker (UMass Dartmouth): Tooker connected on all five of his kicks, including a pair of field goals for a total of nine points. His longest boot was a 39-yard field goal, which came midway through the third quarter.
Another week of College Football, specifically D3 Football (New England and Northeast) is in the books, and now it is time to highlight this week’s Noontime Sports Team of the Week with players from offense, defense and special teams.
Players of the Week
Offensive Co-Player of the Week: Joe Germinerio (Brockport): Against SUNY Cortland, Germinerio recorded six touchdowns – three through the air, three on the ground – while registering 360 yards of total offense.
Offensive Co-Player of the Week: John Smith (Husson): Smith tallied a career-best 301 yards, while rushing for two scores as the Eagles soared passed Endicott for a 28-7 win.
Defensive Player of the Week: Marvey Mathurin (UMass Dartmouth): Mathurin, who was tabbed this week’s MASCAC Defensive Player of the Week, recorded 12 total tackles, including seven solo stops, two-and-a-half tackles for a loss and one and a half-sacks. Additionally, he registered a pair of quarterback hurries in his team’s 17-13 win over Western Connecticut.
Special Teams Player of the Week: Spencer Herrington (WPI): Herrington booted a career-long 41-yard field goal, while connecting on all four extra points as WPI claimed its initial NEWMAC win over Maine Maritime.
Offensive Team of the Week:
Mitch Banuskevich (Plymouth State): Banuskevich rushed for 157 yards on 22 carries for one score as the Panthers defeated Worcester State, 16-6.
Casey Boston (Alfred): Against Buffalo State, Boston completed 11 of 16 passes for 153 yards and two touchdowns, while adding 42 yards on eight carries and one score.
Tyree Brown (Brockport): Brown led all receivers with 179 yards on six receptions and one score as Brockport defeated SUNY Cortland, 52-38.
Michael Caban (Becker): Caban led all receivers on Saturday with 111 yards on eight receptions and one score.
Emanuel Calmar (Rochester): Calmar totaled 233 yards on 36 carries and two scores to lead Rochester passed Becker. He also recorded four catches for 52 yards.
Brendan Costa (Bates): Costa rushed for 97 yards on 16 carries and one score – he averaged 6.1 yards per carry.
Jack Dolan (Tufts): Dolan concluded Saturday’s game against Bates with three touchdown receptions, along with a game-high 118 yards on eight receptions.
Jake Eglintine (Springfield): Against Norwich, Eglintine amassed 106 yards of total offense, while tossing two touchdowns as the Pride improved to 5-0 on the season.
Steven Ferreira (SUNY Cortland): Ferreira completed 30 of 42 passes for 385 yards and four touchdowns in his team’s 52-38 setback.
Duane Gary (Western Conn.):Gary led all receivers with 116 yards on four receptions and one score in his team’s 17-13 setback to UMass Dartmouth.
Eddy Garcia-Montes (MIT): Garcia-Montes hauled in a game-best 119 receiving yards on six catches, while scoring twice in his team’s 35-7 win over Merchant Marine.
Stephen Gacioch (UMass Dartmouth): Gacioch amassed 280 yards of total offense, including 193 yards through the air as the Corsairs defeated West Conn., 17-13. Gacioch tossed one touchdown, while completing 15 of 26 passes.
Udgam Goyal (MIT): Goyal completed 20 of 30 passes for 217 yards, while tossing three touchdowns as the Engineers claimed its second-straight NEWMAC win with a 35-7 victory against Merchant Marine.
Moe Harris (Castleton): Harris was unstoppable on Saturday against Anna Maria, rushing for a game-high 209 yards on 39 carries and three scores.
Dario Highsmith (Wesleyan): Highsmith rushed for a pair of scores and 95 yards on 15 carries as the Cardinals soared
Sean McAllen (WPI): McAllen rushed for 182 yards and two scores, while hauling in a pair of receptions for 11 yards and one touchdown, as the Engineers defeated Maine Maritime at Alumni Stadium.
Ryan McDonald (Tufts): McDonald turned in an impressive outing against Bates, tossing four touchdowns, while rushing for 81 yards on 21 carries and one score. McDonald completed 21 of 36 passes for 245 yards.
Alex McLaughlin (Bridgewater State): McLaughlin did it all against Westfield State, rushing for three scores on 23 carries for 176 yards, while completing one of two passes for seven yards.
Sean Richardson (St. Lawrence): Against Western New England, Richardson completed 18 of 30 passes for 274 yards, while tossing three touchdowns.
Anthony Service (Western New England): Service completed 14 of 28 passes for 193 yards, while tossing the game-winning strike in overtime to lift the Golden Bears passed St. Lawrence. Service also rushed for a game-high 111 yards on 18 carries and two touchdowns.
Chad Shade (Springfield): Shade tallied 101 yards on 11 carries and one score in his team’s fifth win against Norwich. Shade tallied the longest burst of the day – a 35-yard run – while averaging 9.2 yards per carry.
Curtis Smith (SUNY Maritime): Against Alfred State, Smith led all receivers with 162 yards on seven receptions and one touchdown.
Nas Sinkfield-Shelton (Becker): Sinkfield-Shelton amassed 310 yards of total offense, including 220 yards through the air in his team’s fifth contest of the season against Rochester. He concluded the game with a touchdown pass to Michael Caban.
Jayson Wallace (Anna Maria): Against Castleton, Wallace completed 14 of 34 passes for 200 yards and two touchdowns.
Jordan Wilcox (Springfield): Wilcox rushed for a game-high 111 yards on 21 carries and one score to lead the Pride passed Norwich last Saturday.
Thomas Wright (SUNY Maritime): Wright completed last Saturday’s game with 252 passing yards, along with 50 yards on 10 carries. He completed one touchdown pass to Curtis Smith, while rushing for one score with eight seconds remaining in the first quarter.
Defensive Team of the Week:
Ricco Aaron (Dean): Aaron led the Bulldogs’ defense with 20 total stops, including 12 solo tackles, two tackles for a loss of three yards and one quarterback hurry.
Michael Bianco (Becker): Bianco led the Hawks’ defense with 10 total tackles, including three solo stops in his team’s setback to Rochester. Bicano concluded the contest with one pass break-up and a tackle for a loss of five yards.
Max Breschi (Bates): Breschi concluded Saturday’s game against Tufts with six total stops, including one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 15 yards, one sack for a loss for 13 yards and one fumble recovery.
Carty Campbell (Trinity): Campbell tallied a team-high seven solo stops, along with one tackle for a loss and one interception returned for 34 yards in his team’s 17-9 win over Williams College.
Zach Howard (Westfield State): Howard paced the Owls’ defense with eight total tackles (seven solo), two tackles for a loss of 10 yards and one interception returned for 33 yards.
Jake Lombardo (Union): Lombardo led Union’s defense with 15 total tackles, including one tackle for a loss, one forced fumble and four solo stops as the Dutchmen edged Morrisville State, 28-27.
Nicholas Milgate (Alfred): Milgate led the Saxons’ defense against Buffalo State with 10 total stops, including two tackles for a loss of 16 yards and one interception for seven yards.
Julius Mizro (Brockport): Mizro concluded Saturday’s contest with eight total tackles (seven solo stops), including two tackles for a loss of 11 yards, one forced fumble and an interception returned for 37 yards.
Brandon Morris (Wesleyan): Morris accounted for seven total tackles, including one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 15 yards and one forced fumble in his team’s 31-9 win over Hamilton.
Matt Nicolai (MIT): Nicolai paced the Engineers’ defense with 10 total stops, including seven solo stops, two interceptions and one pass break-up.
Austin Parker (Alfred State): Against SUNY Maritime, Parker recorded 12 total stops, including nine solo tackles and one interception.
William Rivera (Endicott): Against Husson, Rivera recorded 15 total tackles, including three tackles for a loss of 13 yards, one sack for a nine yard loss and a fumble recovery.
Justin Warner (Rochester): Warner tallied a team-high 10 total stops, including eight solo tackles, while registering four-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 16 yards as Rochester defeated Becker in Leicester, Massachusetts.
Special Teams of the Week:
Jason Barrientos (Fitchburg State): Barrientos recorded his longest punt of the season of 50 yards, while tallying 131 yards on five boots in his team’s 24-17 win over Massachusetts Maritime Academy.
Jacob Cheney (Brockport): Cheney tallied 506 yards on nine kickoffs, including a pair of touchbacks in his team’s 52-38 win over SUNY Cortland.
Finn Kearns (UMass Dartmouth): Kearns punted the ball seven times on Saturday for 207 yards with three boots landing inside the West Conn. 20-yard-line.
Vinny Lalumia (Western New England): Against St. Lawrence, Lalumia punted the ball eight times for 298 yards, including three boots that landed inside his opponent’s 20-yard line. One of his eight punts resulted in a touchback.
Brett Renzi (Brockport): Renzi connected on all seven extra points, while converting a 33 yard field goal in his team’s 52-38 win over SUNY Cortland.
Noontime Sports is proud to announce its first-ever ‘Team of the Month’ award – a monthly honor for a school’s athletic team. And with it being the final day of September, we are pleased to announce that Plymouth State’s football team has earned our initial honor of ‘Team of the Month’ for September.
Under the direction of head coach Paul Castonia; the Panthers have enjoyed a successful start to their 2016 campaign, winning four-straight contests, including a dramatic overtime week two victory against Mount Ida College. Plymouth State’s four-consecutive victories match their start from 2007.
Plymouth State began its campaign with an impressive 20-7 win over Castleton on September 3 – it was the program’s first win in Vermont since September 4, 2010. First-year tailback David Hamilton rushed for 64 yards on 16 carries, along with one touchdown, while sophomore quarterback Zack Edwards completed 14 of 22 passes for 157 yards, while tossing one touchdown. Senior defensive back RJ Ramsden paced the Green and White’s defense with nine total tackles, including seven solo stops – he also recorded an interception.
One week later, the Panthers defense came-up with a critical stop in overtime to defeat Mount Ida by a score of 30-28 (OT). Edwards tossed three touchdowns in the win, first-year wide-out Jacob Szulc hauled in eight catches for 122 yards – he also caught a pair of touchdown passes – and junior defensive back Blair Zentek concluded the game with two pass break-ups, along with five total tackles.
A team effort on offense, defense and special teams helped the Panthers defeat Western Connecticut State University on the road in week three – the win was the program’s first Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) victory of the season. Sophomore tailback Mitch Banuskevich highlighted the team’s rushing attack, tallying 78 yards on 15 carries, while Hamilton registered 33 yards on 14 carries and one score. Senior defensive back Zach Ziemba concluded the game with a season-best 13 solo-stops with one of those tackles being a tackle for a loss of two yards.
Last weekend, the Panthers’ bumped their win total to 4-0 as they defeated UMass Dartmouth at home by a score of 30-14. Hamilton rushed for his third touchdown in the season, while first-year defensive back Matt Shea registered a team-best eight solo stops.
The Panthers begin their October slate on the road tomorrow when they visit Westfield State for a 2:00 p.m. kick-off.