By George Hodgson, Student Assistant
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Two Plymouth State College football players were named to the 1998 Don Hansen’s Football Gazette All-East Region Team, and three players selected to the ECAC Division III New England All-Star Second Team.
A pair of juniors, linebacker Colt Meredith (Saugus, MA) and offensive lineman Chris Belmont (Campton, NH), were named to the Football Gazette All-East Region Third Team, and the ECAC All-New England Second Team. Senior wide-receiver Joel Carey (South Pomfret, VT) was also selected to the All-New England Second Team.
Meredith finished a strong junior season leading the Panther defense. He led the team with 84 total tackles, 47 solos, and 11 tackles for a loss. The linebacker broke up three passes and intercepted one pass for seven yards. The junior showed his field awareness this season by blocking a punt and recovering two fumbles while forcing another. Meredith was named to the Freedom Football Conference All-Star First Team last month.
Belmont led the Panther offensive line with his consistent run and pass blocking abilities. The junior helped PSC to a 131.1-yards rushing per game, and opened holes that led to 20 total rushing touchdowns this season. Belmont was named to the Second Team All-Conference, and the 1998 Good Works Team as selected by the AFCA. The junior was also named to the 1998 GTE Academic All-America District I, and All-Academic Team for the FFC.
Carey finished the season strong, and established himself as the go-to guy on passing downs. The senior had 33 catches for 522 total yards, and scored three touchdowns. The wide-receiver had several big catches on fourth down situations which named him First Team All-FFC honors.
The Panthers finished the regular season at 7-3 and received an ECAC bid. PSC finished its season against Salve Regina down in Newport, RI. The Panthers suffered a 36-6 loss to the Seahawks of Salve Regina University.