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PSU Football players earn top MASCAC Weekly honors

Giles, Ziemba named Players of the Week; Foglia on Honor Roll

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Three members of the Plymouth State University football team have been honored by the Massachusetts State Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) for their performances in last Saturday's season-opening 35-31 setback to Castleton State College.

            Junior kicker Rob Giles (Derry, N.H./Pinkerton Academy) was named MASCAC Special Teams Player of the Week, freshman defensive back Zach Ziemba (Manchester, N.H./West) was selected MASCAC Rookie of the Week, and senior running back Andrew Foglia (Montauk, N.Y.) earned a spot on the MASCAC Weekly Honor Roll.

            A 5-10, 163-pound transfer, Giles (#93) was 4-for-4 on PAT kicks and booted a 30-yard field goal in the fourth quarter that put PSU ahead, 31-28.  Giles also averaged 51.6 yards on kickoffs, and successfully executed an onside kick in the first quarter that was recovered by the Panthers at the Castleton 42-yard line, setting up PSU's second touchdown that tied the score at 14-14.

            A 5-10, 167-pound freshman, Ziemba (#23) finished with four tackles on the afternoon, including three solo stops.  Making his first career start in PSU's season opener, Ziemba also collected a team-high three pass break-ups against the high-powered Castleton passing attack.

            A 6-1, 212-pound halfback, Foglia (#32) rushed 29 times for 173 yards (6.0 avg.) and two second-quarter touchdowns that turned a 14-7 Panther deficit into a 21-14 lead.  He also caught two passes for 17 yards to total 190 yards of offense.  Foglia gained at least eight yards on nine of his carries, including a 24-yarder in the third quarter.

            The Panthers, 0-1, make their first road trip of the season this Saturday at 1:00 p.m. with a visit to Mount Ida College in Newton, Mass.

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