By Student Assistant Sean Kelly
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Four Plymouth State College football standouts have been recognized for their outstanding individual performances in a 40-0 non-conference win over Kean University on Saturday.
Senior linebacker Sans Milbury (Danvers, MA) was named Freedom Football Conference Defensive Player of the Week. Freshman quarterback Matt Simpson (Auburn, ME), sophomore running back Russ Massahos (Windham, NH) and senior defensive back Jason Marcell (Stoughton, MA) were selected to the FFC Weekly Honor Roll. Milbury and Massahos were also named to the ECAC Division III New England Weekly Honor Roll.
PSC, 6-3 overall, is ranked #7 in the ECAC Division III New England weekly poll released Monday (Nov.8). The Panthers are still alive for a third consecutive ECAC playoff birth.
Milbury led a Panther defense that kept Kean of the scoreboard for PSC’s second straight shutout. He had five tackles, two solo and three assisted, and he also had three interceptions, returning one 21 yards for a touchdown that put PSC up 34-0.
A freshman, Simpson completed 16 of 28 passes for 138 yards, no interceptions, and a touchdown. He connected on a 9-yard scoring play with the senior wide receiver Charlie Schubert (Manchester, NH) early in the fourth quarter for his 10th touchdown completion of the season. Simpson is second in the FFC in passing efficiency (130.09 rating).
Massahos gained 191yards on 24 carries and ran for two touchdowns. He also hooked up with Simpson for receptions of four and 26 yards. His first touchdown run for 19 yard put PSC up 7-0 in the first quarter, and his second for 68 yards stretched the lead to 20-0. Massahos has broken the 1,000 yard mark for the first time in his career, with 1,023 yards on 204 carries (5.0 avg.)
Marcell set up two touchdowns by converting two fake punts into first downs, and blocked a Kean punt attempt. One first down was a 22-yard pass completion to Tim Shaw (Bristol, RI), and the second was a rush for 42 yards. On the defensive side of the ball he had three tackles, two for a loss, and a pass break up.
The Panthers defense leads the FFC in several areas. PSC is first in total defense (251.2 yds/gm) and rushing defense (103.1 yds/gm). The special teams are also leading the FFC in kickoff returns with an average of 22.4yds.
The Panthers are on the road again this Saturday (Nov. 13) when they wrap up the regular against WPI at 1:00 p.m.