PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Three Plymouth State College football players have received recognition from the Freedom Football Conference for their individual performances in last Saturday’s 31-19 loss to Bentley at Currier Field. Two of the players were also named to the ECAC New England Weekly Honor Roll.
Freshman running back Russ Massahos (Windham, NH) was chosen FFC Rookie of the Week, and received ECAC Weekly Honors. Junior defensive back John McLaughlin (E. Bridgewater, MA) received FFC and ECAC Weekly Honorable Mention, and junior kick returner Brent Bardellini (Milford, MA) was an FFC Honor Roll selection.
With the departure of running back Jeff Parker (due to injury) early in the first quarter, Massahos was called on to take his place. Massahos would come up with a big game, carrying the ball 24 times for 123 yards and reaching the end zone twice, with five- and three-yard carries. The 123 rushing yards was the first 100-yard game of his career. Massahos is tied for third on the team with three touchdowns.
McLaughlin recorded his FFC-leading fifth interception, coming in the middle of the third quarter. McLaughlin also had a pass break up, fumble recovery, and made four tackles. McLaughlin for the season has 24 total tackles and is tied for the team with two fumble recoveries.
The Panthers had good field position for most of the game largely due to Bardellini. The junior returned six kickoffs for 168 yards, 47 of those yards coming on one return. Bardellini was also on the receiving end of two passes for 22 yards to finish the game with 190 all-purpose yards.
PSC, 4-3 overall and 2-2 in the FFC, fell to #8 in this week’s ECAC Division III New England poll. The Panthers are in third place in the conference behind Springfield (7-0, 5-0) and Kings Point (5-2, 3-1).
The Panthers will travel to Connecticut this Saturday (Oct. 31) to play FFC opponent Coast Guard (1:30 p.m.). The Bears are 0-3 in the conference, but defeated the Panthers 19-0 in last year’s contest.