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September 25, 2000

FFC honors for two Panthers

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Two members of the Plymouth State College football team, one from the defense and one from the offense, have been recognized by the Freedom Football Conference for their efforts in last Saturday's home victory over Norwich University.

For the second time in three weeks, junior DB Mike Pelletier (Concord, NH) was selected FFC Defensive Player of the Week. He was joined this week in the honors department by junior RB Russ Massahos (Windham, N.H.), who was named to the FFC Weekly Honor Roll.

The two were instrumental in PSC's 14-9 triumph over Norwich in the FFC opener last Saturday at Currier Field. The victory helped PSC, 2-1 overall, move up to fifth in this week's ECAC New England Division III weekly poll.

A 6'1", 205-pound safety, Pelletier was PSC's leading tackler for the second time in three weeks. He was credited with 15 tackles overall against the Cadets, including six unassisted. He also had a key pass break-up on Norwich's last drive in the fourth quarter, helping preserve the Panther victory. Pelletier lead PSC and ranks second in the FFC in tackles (12.0 per game), and is tied for second in the conference in interceptions (0.7 per game).

A 5'10", 210-pound halfback, Massahos was responsible for both PSC touchdowns in the five point win over Norwich. He scored on a two-yard run in the second quarter to give PSC a 7-6 halftime lead, and added a fourth quarter TD by converting a screen pass from 32 yards out. Massahos finished the afternoon with 130 total yards - 84 yards on 31 rushing attempts, 32 on his one reception, and 14 yards on one kick-off return. He is fourth in the FFC in rushing (88.3 yds/game) and all-purpose yards (119.3 yds/game) and 10th in scoring (4.0 pts/game).

PSC faces defending FFC champion and pre-season favorite Western Connecticut this Saturday (Sept. 30) in Danbury, Conn. The Colonials are ranked #1 in the ECAC New England Division III poll. Western defeated the Panthers last season (12-9) with a field goal on the final play of the game, just the second win over PSC in 23 career meetings.

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