PLYMOUTH, N.H. - The parade of post-season honors for the Plymouth State University football team continued this week when three Panther stars were named to the D3football.com 2008 All-East Region Team.
Senior offensive guard Joe Duval (Dover, N.H.) and junior defensive end Jim Sestito (Foxboro, Mass.) were Plymouth State's representatives on the All-East Region First Team, and senior running back Jeff Mack (Milford, N.H.) was named to the Second Team. They were all First Team All-Conference standouts in Plymouth State's run to the New England Football Conference championship and a berth in the NCAA play-offs.
Duval (near right) was the anchor to PSU's powerful offensive line, which helped Mack (far right) rush for a school-record 1,779 yards and 20 touchdowns. They helped Plymouth State rank in the top 10 in the nation in rushing, averaging 285 yards per game on the ground, and they were part of the reason that the Panthers ran the ball nearly 90 percent of the time on offense.
Sestito (left) was one of the leaders of the Panther defense, which led the conference in rushing, scoring and total defense. He led the 16-team NEFC with 8.5 sacks and finished fourth with 14.5 tackles for lost yardage, and he ended up with 41 tackles overall.
Plymouth State won nine games in a row this year, including a victory over Maine Maritime in the NEFC championship game, before losing to SUNY Cortland in the first round of the NCAA play-offs. The Panthers finished the season with a 10-2 overall record, matching the school record for victories in a season (previously accomplished in 1982, 1984, 1987, 1988, and 1994).
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