PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Three Plymouth State College football standouts who were key players in the Panthers’ 37-3 victory last Saturday at Maine Maritime have been recognized for their outstanding individual performances.
Sophomore quarterback Zach Matthews (Sanford, ME), junior linebacker Eric Taylor (Sarasota Springs, NY), and freshman running back Russ Massahos (Windham, NH) were selected to the Freedom Football Conference’s Weekly Honor Roll. Matthews was also named to the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III New England Honor Roll.
PSC, 1-0 overall, is ranked #1 in the first ECAC Division III New England weekly poll, released Monday (Sept. 14). The Panthers make their home debut this Saturday (9/19) at Currier Field against Brockport State, with kick-off set for 1:00 p.m.
A second-year player making his first career start, Matthews completed 14 of 19 passes for 187 yards, no interceptions, and a pair of touchdowns. He connected on a 24-yard scoring play with senior wide receiver Sam Carey (Hooksett, NH) in the third quarter, and a 63-yard TD with fellow wideout Joel Carey (South Pomfret, VT) early in the fourth quarter. Matthews is the FFC leader after one game in passing efficiency (191.09 rating). (The two Careys are not related).
Taylor led a Panther defense that limited Maine Maritime to three points and 158 yards of total offense. He intercepted two passes, with returns of 10 and three years. His first steal led to the touchdown that put PSC ahead for good at 10-3 in the second quarter. Taylor was also in on four tackles.
Massahos, a redshirt freshman who transferred to PSC from the University of Maine, was a Rookie Honor Roll selection. In his first college game, he carried the ball 10 times for 43 yards, including a 15-yard touchdown burst in the third quarter. Massahos also collected two passes for an addition 17 yards.
Although only a week into the season, PSC is among the FFC leaders in several statistical areas. The Panthers are first in rushing defense, scoring defense, total defense, passing offense and net punting, and second in passing defense, scoring offense, and turnover margin.