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MASCAC Weekly honor for PSU Football player

Giles repeats as Special Teams Player of the Week

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The place kicker on the Plymouth State University football team has been honored by the Massachusetts State Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) for his performance in last Saturday's 41-9 loss to league-leading Framingham State University.

            Junior Rob Giles (Derry, N.H./Pinkerton) was named MASCAC Special Teams Player of the Week, the second time this season he has earned the honor. Giles has made an impact this season after walking on the Panther team, having not previously kicked in high school or college.

            A 5-10, 163-pound kicker, Giles converted all three of his field goal attempts last Saturday, kicking the ball through the uprights from 39, 31 and 38 yards out.  His first field goal gave upset-minded PSU a 3-0 lead after one quarter; his second kick pulled the Panthers to within 20-6 late in the second quarter; and his third boot made the score 20-9 in favor of Framingham through the end of the third quarter. He also averaged 54.8 yards on his four kickoffs.

            The three field goals for Giles tied the PSU record for field goals in a game, previously accomplished three times (Tom Williams vs. Framingham State in 1975, Brian Harrington vs. Maine Maritime in 1986, and Paul D'Ascoli vs. Western Connecticut in 1997).

            Giles is 6-of-7 on field goal attempts this season and 14-of-15 on extra point kicks.  He is tied for second in the MASCAC among kickers with 32 points.

            The Panthers, 1-6 overall and 0-5 in the MASCAC, plays its final home game of the season this Saturday, hosting Worcester State University in a conference match-up at 1:00 p.m. 

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