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Four Panthers receive weekly FFC Honors

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Four Plymouth State College football players were recognized by the Freedom Conference Monday for their performances in PSC's 43-13 non-conference victory last Saturday at Mount Ida College.

Junior Mike Bicchieri (Londonderry, N.H.) was selected FFC Special Teams Player of the Week, and seniors Russ Massahos (Windham, N.H.), John Walters (Wells, Maine) and Chris Kelliher (Goffstown, N.H.) were all placed on the FFC Weekly Honor Roll.

A 5'7", 192-pound kick returner/running back, Bicchieri had three kick-off returns for 116 yards (38.7 average), including a 63-yarder. He also rushed 11 times for 73 yards (6.6 avg.) and a five-yard touchdown, his fifth TD of the season.

A 5'11'', 200-pound tailback, Massahos rushed 13 times for 100 yards and three touchdowns against Mount Ida, increasing his FFC-leading total to 12 TDs, twice as many as anyone else. It was Massahos' third 100-yard rushing game this season, and he improves his career total to 3,223 yards, 19th on the all-time New England Division III rushing list. It is the fourth weekly FFC honor this season for Massahos.

A 6'3", 215-pound tight end, Walters caught five passes for a career-high 147 yards and one touchdown. He found the end zone on an 83-yard pass play midway through the second quarter after Mount Ida had cut PSC's lead to 14-7. It is the second time this season Walters has been on the FFC Honor Roll.

A 6'0", 200-pound linebacker, Kelliher continues to lead the FFC in tackles after making 13 stops against the Mustangs. He made six solo tackles and seven assisted, and he broke up one pass. Kelliher, who has led PSC in tackles the past two years, has 93 tackles on the season, along with three sacks, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries.

PSC, 6-3 overall, remains seventh in this week's ECAC Division III New England poll. The Panthers are tied for first in the FFC with Western Connecticut, both teams at 4-1 with one conference game remaining.

Plymouth State wraps up the regular season this Saturday (Nov. 10) in a conference affair at WPI (1:00 p.m.). A victory would assure PSC of at least a share of the FFC Championship, its first title since 1995