Castellucci, Long recognized after Panther win over Castleton
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Two standouts on the Plymouth State University football team were honored by the New England Football Conference Monday for their performances in last Saturday's 16-14 victory at Castleton State College to open the 2010 season.
Senior linebacker Brian Castellucci (Derry, N.H./Pinkerton Academy) and sophomore running back Ty Long (Dover, N.H./Dover) were PSU’s representatives on the NEFC Weekly Honor Roll. Both got off to a strong start to the season after earning NEFC post-season honors last year.
A 5'10", 204-pound linebacker, Castellucci (right) topped the Panther defense with 11 total tackles, including three solo stops and two for minus yardage. He also picked off a Castleton pass, his third career interception. Castellucci was a First Team All-NEFC linebacker last fall.
A 5'8", 178-pound tailback, Long (left) rushed 17 times for 107 yards on Saturday, a 6.3 average. He had a key 34-yard run on the first drive of the third quarter to set up a touchdown that gave PSU a 13-7 lead, and he had a big 21-yard gain on PSU’s game-winning drive late in the fourth quarter. It was Long’s fourth career 100-yard rushing performance, the first three coming last season when he was named NEFC Boyd Division Rookie of the Year.
The Panthers are back at home this week for the home opener at Currier Field, a 1:00 p.m. non-conference encounter against Mount Ida College.
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