By Student Assistant Sean Kelly
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Freedom Football Conference announced its 1999 All-Star Team, and 13 members of the Plymouth State College squad were recognized for their efforts by the league’s head coaches.
The Panther defense, the top defensive unit in the conference, had eight selections including the FFC Defensive Player of the Year Colt Meredith (Saugus, MA), and the offense garnered five selections with freshman quarterback Matt Simpson (Auburn, ME) being named FFC Rookie of the Year.
Senior WR Charlie Schubert (Manchester, NH) junior center Chris Belmont (Campton, NH) and sophomore RB Russ Massahos (Windham, NH) were First Team selections on offense, and sophomore OL Chad Zibolis (Nashua, NH) was a Second Team pick.
Three other standouts who join Meredith on the First Team Defense are senior DE Sean Murphy (Elliot, ME) senior CB John McLaughlin (East Bridgewter, MA), and junior safety Jason Marcell (Stoughton, MA). Junior DE Clint Medas (Taunton, MA), sophomore LB Chris Kelliher (Goffstown, NH), senior LB Sans Milbury (Danvers, MA), and senior CB Jeff Beyer (Bedford, NH) were Second Team picks to close out the awards for the Panthers.
Simpson took over as the starting quarterback job three games into the season, and never looked back. The freshman has thrown for 1,490 yards in just seven games, averaging just under 200 yards a game. He also has connected on a remarkable 12 touchdowns passes while only being intercepted three times.
Schubert was PSC’s leading receiver this season with 54 catches for 948 yards (15.7 avg.) and eight touchdowns. He finished second in the FFC in receptions (5.4) and receiving yards (84.8/gm).
Belmont and Zibolis anchored an offensive line that helped block for fellow backs Massahos and Eric Taylor (Saratoga Springs, NY) who combined to rush for 1,363 yards and 14 touchdowns. Massahos led the way with 1,075 yards rushing and 12 TDs, along with 16 receptions for 113 yards. He broke the Panther and NCAA Division III single game touchdown record when he rushed for six touchdowns against Coast Guard.
PSC’s smothering defensive backfield of Meredith, Marcell, McLaughlin, and Beyer were all recognized for the outstanding play. Meredith led the way registering 52 tackles, five interceptions, one sack, and blocked three kicks, Marcell had 52 tackles, three interceptions, and forced three fumbles.
McLaughlin registered 43 tackles, one sack, and two interceptions, Beyer also had 43 tackles. As a group they combined for 34 pass break-ups (Meredith 9, Marcell 12, McLaughlin 7, Beyer 6).
Murphy and Medas were the top players on PSC’s defensive line, combining for 18 sacks this fall. Murphy had 11 sacks among his 46 tackles, along with 17 tackles for loss and one pass break-up. Medas finished with 45 tackles, including seven sacks, 16 tackles, and four fumble recoveries.
The linebacking duo of Milbury and Kelliher were also rewarded for their play this season . Kelliher had a team high 85 tackles (23 for a loss) he also registered five sacks and three interceptions. Milbury was just as productive 82 tackles (10 for a loss), three sacks, and five interceptions.
The Panthers, 7-3 overall under first-year head coach Chris Rorke, received their third consecutive post-season berth, and will host Salve Regina University this Saturday (Nov. 20) in the ECAC Division III Northeast Championship game at Currier Field (12 p.m.).