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PSU Football players receive NEFC weekly honors

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Two players on the Plymouth State University football team were recognized by the New England Football Conference Monday for their performances in last Saturday's 34-0 Boyd Division victory over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

            Junior quarterback J.J. Brooks (Seabrook, N.H./Winnacunnet) and senior defensive end Jim Sestito (Foxboro, Mass.) were both named to the NEFC Weekly Honor Roll.  It is Brooks' second appearance on the honor roll, in addition to last week's Offensive Player of the Week award, while Sestito, an All-NEFC First Team selection last year, is recognized for the first time this season.

            A 6'1", 225-pound signal caller, Brooks (right) completed just 3-of-7 passes for 94 yards against the Corsairs, but all three completions went for touchdowns.  He tossed TD passes of 17 and 26 yards in the first quarter, leading PSU to a 21-0 lead, and he added a third from 51 yards late in the second quarter.  Brooks also rushed for 48 yards on five carries (9.6 average).

            Brooks is ranked second in the NEFC in pass efficiency for the season (203.5), as he has completed 20-of-37 for 407 yards and seven touchdowns with only one interception. He also leads PSU in rushing with 246 yards and five touchdowns and is ranked sixth in the NEFC in scoring.

Jim Sestito             A 6'1", 230-pound defensive end, Sestito (left) made seven tackles and led the PSU defense to the shutout victory over UMD.  Two of his tackles were in the Corsairs backfield for losses of eight yards, including one-and-a-half sacks.

            Sestito has made 15 tackles this season, including five solo stops and three tackles for loss.  He has also broken up four passes at the line of scrimmage.  He was First Team All-NEFC, All-East Region and an ECAC Northeast All-State a year ago when he led the NEFC with 8.5 sacks.

            The Panthers, 3-1 overall, continue Boyd Division play this Saturday with a visit to Western New England College for a 1:00 p.m. kick-off. 

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