By Tammi Waters, Student Assistant
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Five members of the Plymouth State College Football team have received Freedom Football Conference post-season honors, with two individuals earning First Team All-Star recognition and three players taking home Second Team accolades.
Senior captain Chris Belmont (Campton, NH) and junior Chris Kelliher (Goffstown, NH) were selected to the FFC First Team, while senior captain Jason Marcell (Stoughton, MA) and juniors Chad Zibolis (Nashua, NH) and Russ Massahos (Windham, NH) all made the Second Team.
Belmont, a starter at center for the Panthers, received his third consecutive FFC All-Star selection. He and Zibolis, who was named to the Second Team at tackle for the second year in a row, were the anchors to an offensive line that was plagued with injuries. They helped PSC tie for third in the conference in total offense with 315 yards a game.
A Second Team pick last season, Kelliher was voted onto the FFC First Team this year after an outstanding campaign at linebacker. He was selected to the FFC Honor Roll three times this season, and was twice named FFC Defensive Player of the Week (Oct. 16 and Oct. 30). He led PSC and ranked second in FFC in tackles (109), fourth in tackles for loss (12), and fourth in fumbles forced and recovered (4).
Marcell came on strong toward the end of the season, finishing third on the team in tackles (61) from his safety position. He also collected two interceptions, one fumble recovery, three forced fumbles and six pass break-ups. Marcell capped his career last Saturday by rushing for a touchdown on a fake punt.
Massahos earned his second straight All-FFC selection after a workhorse season in the Panther backfield. He led PSC in rushing (805 yards) and scoring (nine TDs) and was the team’s second leading receiver (25 receptions). Massahos was a four-time selection to the FFC Weekly Honor Roll, and finished with 1,017 all-purpose yards from scrimmage.
The Panthers won their last three games to finish 5-5 overall under second-year head coach Chris Rorke. PSC went 3-3 in FFC games, sharing third place with Norwich and Kings Point.