By Student Assistant: Sean Kelly
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Three Plymouth State College football players were recognized by the Freedom Football Conference for their performances in last Saturday’s 21-0 victory against WPI, PSC’s fourth straight win and third consecutive shutout.
Freshman quarterback Matt Simpson (Auburn, ME) was selected FFC Rookie of the Week. Senior tailback Eric Taylor (Saratoga Spring, NY) was named the FFC’s Offensive Honor Roll, and senior defensive back John McLaughlin (East Bridgewater, MA) was named to the Defensive Honor Roll.
Simpson completed 12 of 17 passes for 162 yards, and two touchdowns (44 and 10 yards). He has had a remarkable first season throwing 12 touchdowns and just three interceptions in eight games. Simpson is second in the FFC in pass efficiency with a 127.69 rating. He has received weekly rookie honors from the FFC five times this fall.
Taylor came off the bench to rush 36 times for 137 yards and one touchdown, along with catching two passes for nine yards. His touchdown in the third quarter put the Panthers up 14-0. This was the second 100-yard rushing effort Taylor has put together this season. Taylor’s special teams effort has him ranked second in the FFC in kickoff returns, averaging 21.8 yards per attempt.
McLaughlin’s team-high six tackles and four pass breakups helped lead a Panthers defense that kept WPI off the scoreboard. The multi-dimensional player also had three punt returns for 10 yards and one kickoff return for 21 yards.
The Panthers, 7-3 overall and 4-2 in the FFC, return to the ECAC Championship game for the third straight year this Saturday when they face Salve Regina at 12 p.m. Salve defeated PSC in last year’s ECAC playoff game, but Plymouth State captured this year’s regular season game, 16-7.