PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Two Plymouth State University football players were honored by the New England Football Conference Monday after leading the Panthers to their seventh straight victory, a 27-14 win over MIT last Saturday in Cambridge, Mass.
Senior running back Jeff Mack (Milford, N.H.) and sophomore defensive back Dan Kelly (Londonderry, N.H.) were both named to the NEFC Weekly Honor Roll. Mack is recognized by the NEFC for the seventh time this season, while Kelly is a first-time honoree and the sixth different Panther defender to be honored. They helped PSU capture at least a share of the NEFC Boyd Division crown and clinch a berth in next week's NEFC Championship game.
A 5'11", 215-pound running back, Mack (right) rushed for 221 yards on 31 carries (7.1 avg.) with two touchdowns (8 and 4 yards), his fourth 200-yard rushing performance this season. His first touchdown came midway through the second quarter to put the Panthers up for good, 10-8, and his second TD rounded out the PSU scoring with 2:30 remaining in the game to make it 27-8.
Mack has increased his season totals to 1,515 yards rushing with 18 touchdowns, which ranks second in the NEFC in rushing and fourth in scoring. He has also moved into second place on PSU's single-season rushing list, trailing only Joe Dudek's senior season of 1,615 yards and 24 TDs in 1985. Mack is second to Dudek in Plymouth State career rushing as well, Mack with 3,680 yards (5.7 avg.) and 41 touchdowns and Dudek with 5,560 yards (7.1 avg.) and 76 scores from 1982-85.
A 5'10", 185-pound cornerback, Kelly (left) was one of the leaders of the Panther defense with four tackles (all solo) and two interceptions. He helped PSU limited MIT, which was averaging 412 yards and 36 points per game, to just 291 yards and 14 points.
Kelly, who played in seven games as a reserve last year, has started all nine contests this season. He has made 30 tackles, including 27 solo stops, and has seven pass break-ups and a blocked kick to go along with his two interceptions.
The Panthers, 8-1 overall, 6-0 in the NEFC Boyd Division, and second in this week's New England Division III poll, wrap up the regular season this Saturday with a 1:00 p.m. kick-off at Currier Field against Salve Regina University. Plymouth State has clinched a berth in the NEFC Championship game on Nov. 15 at the Bogan Division champion, which will be either Maine Maritime Academy or Bridgewater State College.
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