By George Hodgson, Student Assistant
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Three Plymouth State College football players have received recognition from the Freedom Football Conference, with one of those players also receiving Weekly Honors from the Eastern College Athletic Conference, for their individual performances in last Saturday’s 27-12 win over Kean University.
Senior wide receiver Joel Carey (South Pomfret, VT) was chosen FFC Offensive Player of the Week and junior kick/punt returner Brent Bardellini (Milford, MA) was named FFC Special Teams Player of the Week. Junior defensive back Jeff Beyer (Bedford, NH) was selected FFC Defensive Honor Roll and received Honorable Mention from the ECAC.
Carey would make things easier for sophomore quarterback Eric Rush (Hampton, NH), who was making only his second career start. Carey had a career day, catching six passes for 134 yards and one touchdown. Two minutes into the second quarter, Rush threw a 39-yard strike to Carey for PSC’s second touchdown of the day. Carey also had a very big completion on a third-and-15 play that covered 55 yards. Carey is currently ranked 6th in the FFC in receptions (3.3 per game) and receiving yards (52.3 per game).
Bardellini’s mobility and speed was at its finest when he returned a kick-off 85 yards for a touchdown that pushed the lead to 20-6 early in the second quarter. The kick-off return for a touchdown was the first in Bardellini’s career, adding to his six career TDs on punt returns. Bardellini later added a 25-yard return to conclude the day with 122 all-purpose yards. The junior speedster ranks 2nd in the FFC with 26.4 average on 22 kick-off returns, and also ranks 2nd in punt returns with a 9.6 average.
Beyer led a strong defense for the Panthers, coming up with a team leading 10 tackles, including seven solo stops. The defensive back disrupted the Kean passing game all day, by breaking up three passes and intercepting another. The Panther backfield gave up only six completions to Kean wide receivers.
PSC is now 6-3 on the season and 3-2 in the FFC. The Panthers are tied for 5th with UMass Dartmouth in the ECAC New England Division III polls, and currently in a three-way tie for 2nd with Kings Point and W.P.I. in the conference. PSC will play its final game of the season Saturday (Nov. 14) against W.P.I. at Currier Field (1:00 p.m.). Kings Point will finish out its season at home on Saturday against Coast Guard.