PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Two Plymouth State University football players received weekly honors from the New England Football Conference Monday as the Panthers wrapped up the regular season on a winning note and begin preparations for the post-season.
Sophomore running back Steve Campbell (Northborough, Mass./Algonquin) and junior defensive lineman Jim Sestito (Foxborough, Mass./Foxboro) were both named to the NEFC Weekly Honor Roll. It is the second time this season that Campbell has been recognized by the NEFC, while Sestito is a first-time honoree and the seventh different Panther defender to be honored. They helped PSU defeat Salve Regina University on Saturday, 34-7, to clinch the NEFC Boyd Division crown.
A 5'11", 222-pounder, Campbell (right) started the game at linebacker but moved to offense due to an illness to PSU's top running back. Campbell rushed for 177 yards on 16 carries (11.1 avg.) with four touchdowns against the Seahawks. He had a nine-yard scoring run in the first quarter, four-yard and career-long 61-yard TD scampers in the third quarter, and rounded out the scoring with a three-yard touchdown burst early in the fourth quarter. He received NEFC Defensive Honor Roll accolades last month after a win over Western New England.
Campbell is tied for fourth on the team this season with 40 tackles, including a sack and five tackles for lost yardage. He also has two interceptions, a pass break-up and a blocked punt. On the offensive side of the ball, Campbell has rushed for 301 yards on 34 carries (8.9 avg.) with six touchdowns.
A 6'1", 215-pound defensive end, Sestito (left) spent much of Saturday afternoon in the Salve backfield, leading the Panther defense with four tackles, including two sacks and three tackles for lost yardage. He helped PSU hold Salve to 257 yards and seven points, including just 33 yards rushing.
Sestito has been a strong pass rusher all season, and is tied for the NEFC lead with 7.5 sacks. He also has a team-high 13 stops for lost yardage among his 36 tackles overall.
The Panthers, 9-1 overall, 7-0 in the NEFC Boyd Division, and second in this week's New England Division III poll, travel to Maine Maritime for this Saturday's NEFC Championship game, which will kick off at 12 noon. The winner will receive an automatic berth in the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament.
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