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October 11, 2005

Two Plymouth State Football players recognized by ECAC

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Two members of the Plymouth State University football team have been recognized by the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) for their performances in a Panther victory last Saturday.

Junior defensive tackles Jeff Ethier (North Attleboro, Mass.) was selected ECAC Division III Northeast Co-Defensive Player of the Week, and junior running back Kyle Clark (Bradford, N.H.) received Weekly Honorable Mention. They were the leaders that helped PSU down Becker College last Saturday, 31-8. In addition, Ethier was selected to the d3football.com Team of the Week.

A 6-1, 245-pound tackle, Ethier (left) led a Panther defense that kept Becker off the scoreboard until the final five minutes of the game. He recorded seven unassisted tackles, including a season-high three sacks, and two other tackles in the Becker backfield. Ethier also recovered a fumble that set up PSU's final touchdown. He is now third on the team in total tackles with 32, including a team-best 28 unassisted stops and four sacks.

 

A 5-8, 171-pound tailback, Clark (right) enjoyed a breakout game last Saturday, rushing 25 times for a career-high 154 yards and three touchdowns. He had gained 158 yards on 54 carries in PSU's first five games. Clark scored on a 25-yard run to give PSU a 6-0 first-quarter lead, added an eight-yard burst in the second quarter, and finished his day with a one-yard plunge early in the fourth quarter. He is the team's leading rusher with 312 yards on 78 carries (4.0 average).

 

The Panthers, 2-4 overall, will look for their second straight win this Saturday when they host Springfield College at Currier Field (1:30 p.m.)

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