PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Two members of the Plymouth State University football team were honored by the New England Football Conference Monday for their performances in last Saturday's 38-21 Boyd Division victory over Western New England College.
Juniors J.J. Brooks (Seabrook, N.H./Winnacunnet) and Mike Bruning (Abington, Mass.) were Plymouth State's representative on the NEFC Weekly Honor Roll. Brooks was honored by the NEFC for the fourth consecutive week, including once as the Offensive Player of the Week, while Bruning was recognized for the first time in his career.
A 6'1", 218-pound QB, Brooks (right) accounted for four touchdowns as PSU defeated WNEC for its fourth straight victory. He completed 9-of-13 passes for 145 yards and rushed for 77 yards on 20 carries (4.8 avg.). Brooks tossed a pair of TD passes in the first eight minutes of the game to stake the Panthers to a 14-0 lead; he added a third scoring pass with seven seconds left in the second quarter to make it a 31-7 Panther lead; and he rounded out the scoring with a one-yard TD run in the fourth quarter.
Brooks, who played receiver for the Panthers the past two years while waiting his turn at QB, is ranked second in the NEFC in pass efficiency (212.7) and seventh in both total offense (175 yards/game) and scoring (six touchdowns).
A 5'10", 228-pound linebacker, Bruning (left) forced a fumble, picked it up and ran 21 yards to set up PSU's second touchdown in the win over WNEC. He also made six tackles (two solo), including a half a sack as the PSU defense allowed only 230 yards and 13 first downs to the Golden Bears.
Bruning, in his first season as a starter, now has 11 tackles on the season, two solo and nine assisted.
The Panthers, 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the NEFC Boyd Division, return home this week to host Endicott College (3-2, 1-1) Saturday in a 1:00 p.m. kick-off at Currier Field.
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