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Massahos receives Gold Helmet Award

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Plymouth State College's standout running back has received the top weekly award handed out by the New England College Football Writers for the second time in his career.

Senior Russ Massahos (Windham, N.H.) earned this week's Coca Cola Gold Helmet Award. The announcement was made Wednesday at the N.E. Writers' weekly luncheon at Harvard University.

The writers give out a weekly Gold Helmet award for New England's outstanding college football players - one each for University Division (1-AA) and College Division (II & III). Massahos also earned the award once in 1999 after scoring a record six touchdowns against Coast Guard.

Massahos was also the Freedom Football Conference Offensive Player of the Week and a selection on the ECAC Northeast Weekly Honor Roll after his role in PSC's 21-14 win over Kings Point. The 5'11", 200-pound co-captain rushed 32 times for 145 yards the three touchdowns. He capped PSC's first possession with a one-yard TD run, then added a 32-yard scoring burst in the second quarter on PSC's first play after recovering a Kings Point fumble. Massahos added his third TD in the third quarter, breaking loose on a 60-yard run. He also led the Panthers in receiving with three catches for 44 yards.

Masshos is also inching up on the all-time New England Division III rushing list. He improved his career totals last week to 2,821 yards, which is second on the PSC career list and 26th among New England career rushers.

PSC, 3-2 overall and 2-1 in the FFC, moved from eighth to seventh in this week's ECAC Division III New England poll. The Panthers host Springfield this Saturday (Oct. 13) at noon in the Homecoming contest at Currier Field.