PLYMOUTH, N.H. – A first-year member of the Plymouth State College football team and a former star of the Panther men’s soccer team was honored by the Freedom Football Conference after his record-breaking performance last Saturday, as well as two other Panther players.
Senior Jesse Elderkin (Concord, NH) was named Freedom Football Conference Rookie of the Week after connecting on a FFC- and PSC-record 50-yard field goal in Saturday’s 13-10 loss at SUNY Brockport. Elderkins’s record-breaking boot came in the first quarter and at the time gave PSC a 10-0 lead.
Elderkin has become an interesting story for the Panthers. A four-year veteran and three-year starter on the PSC soccer squad, he was the Little East Conference Player of the Year and a First Team All-New England pick in 1998 after scoring 16 goals for the Panthers. Elderkin was a three-time winner of the LEC Men’s Soccer Player of the Week award last season, including the third week of September, exactly a year ago.
In addition, Elderkin is in his first season as head boys’ soccer coach at Plymouth Regional High School. He was unable to join the Panthers’ team bus to Brockport because of a coaching commitment, so he made the 10-hour trip with a family member and arrived after midnight the night before the game, and the record-breaking kick.
PSC players selected to this week’s FFC Weekly Honor Roll include senior WR Charlie Schubert (Manchester, NH) and sophomore LB Chris Kelliher (Goffstown, NH). Schubert caught a career-high nine passes for 89 yards and his second touchdown of the season. He leads the FFC with 6.5 receptions per game. Kelliher led PSC with 13 tackles, including four behind the line of scrimmage, her collected his first interception of the season.
Despite holding a 10-0 lead, PSC ended up on the losing end of a 13-10 decision at Brockport, falling to 1-1 overall this season under first-year head coach Chris Rorke. The Panthers, who fell from No. 1 in New England to No. 6, open the FFC slate this Saturday (Sept. 25) at Norwich University, which is off to a 2-1 start and is up to No. 8 in New England.