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Three Panther Football players honored

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Plymouth State College's lethal connection of freshman Matt Simpson (Auburn, Maine) and senior Charlie Schubert (Manchester, NH) played havoc with the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy last Saturday, and Monday they were two of the three Panthers honored by the Freedom Football Conference.

A senior wide receiver, Schubert was selected FFC Co-Offensive Player of the Week, while Simpson, a freshman quarterback, was named FFC Rookie of the Week. PSC senior linebacker Sans Milbury (Danvers, Mass.) was also named to the FFC Weekly Honor Roll.

The Panthers exploded with their best offensive output of the season Saturday, pounding Kings Point 49-27. PSC, which had scored just 52 points in its first four games combined, erupted for the most points in a game since a 52-3 victory at UMass Lowell on Sept. 30, 1995 and the most at Currier Field since a 49-14 verdict over Maine Maritime on Oct. 15, 1994.

The victory improved PSC's overall record to 3-2, and its conference record to 2-1 under first-year head coach Chris Rorke. The Panthers moved up a spot to No. 7 in the ECAC New England Division III poll.

A 5'10", 180-pound senior, Schubert had the best day of his four-year career. He reached career highs Saturday with 10 receptions, 206 yards and three touchdowns, scoring from 22, 8 and 65 yards out. He has caught seven touchdown passes this fall, including at least one in all five Panther games. For the season, Schubert has caught a career-high 30 passes for 598 yards, improving his career totals to 81 catches, 1393 yards and 13 TDs.

Schubert shared FFC Offensive Player of the Week honors with his former teammate, Western Connecticut's Brent Bardellini, who caught nine passes for 215 yards and a school-record four touchdowns.

A 6'2", 180-pound freshman, Simpson completed 19-of-33 passes for 344 yards and four touchdowns with just one interception. He tossed three TD passes to Schubert and a 15-yarder to senior Bill Scott (Reading, MA) in the fourth quarter. Simpson has completed 52.2 percent and thrown for 689 yards, six touchdowns and just one INT since taking over at QB two-and-a-half games ago.

A 6'2", 230-pound senior, Milbury shared the team lead with 10 tackles against Kings Point, along with grabbing his first interception of the season and recording one quarterback sack. Despite missing one game this season, Milbury leads the team with 52 tackles, including 27 solo stops.

The Panthers play their third straight FFC home game this Saturday (Oct. 16) at Currier Field with a Homecoming contest against Springfield College. The game will be televised live on WMUR-TV, beginning at 12 noon.

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