Morgan, Hennessy earn weekly recognition for Panthers
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Two members of the Plymouth State University football team were honored by the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Monday for their performances in last Saturday's 46-44 setback at Massachusetts Maritime Academy.
Senior linebacker Josh Morgan (Foster, R.I./Ponaganset) and junior fullback Mark Hennessy (Westford, Mass.) were selections on the MASCAC Weekly Honor Roll. Morgan earns MASCAC honors for the second straight week while Hennessy is a first-time selection.
A 6-1, 218-pound starting linebacker, Morgan has been outstanding on defense as well as offense and special teams in recent weeks, and was on the field for 100 plays against Mass. Maritime. He played nearly every play on defense and finished as PSU's leading tackler with nine stops (eight solo), and ½ tackle for loss; he was in on 16 snaps on special teams (two tackles); and offensively, rushed six times for 139 yards with touchdowns jaunts from 65 and 61 yards out. He also completed a pass for seven yards.
The MASCAC Special Teams Player of the Week a week ago after blocking two kicks, Morgan is PSU's leading tackler on the season and ranks seventh in the MASCAC with seven tackles per game. Morgan played quarterback and fullback his first two seasons at PSU, and was a New England Football Conference Boyd Division Second Team All-Star at linebacker in 2012.
A 6-0, 223-pound fullback, Hennessy rushed for a career-high 151 yards on 26 carries (5.8 avg.) and a career-best four touchdowns in the loss at Mass. Maritime. He scored on a two-yard run in the first quarter, a 37-yard burst in the third quarter, and a pair of three-yard scores in the fourth quarter.
A starting linebacker his first two seasons at PSU, Hennessy has taken over as starting fullback this season playing in seven games (missing two with an injury). He has rushed for more than 100 yards in the past two games, 105 vs. Worcester State and 151 at Mass. Maritime.
The Panthers, 2-7 overall and 1-6 in the MASCAC, play their final game of the season on the road this Saturday at Fitchburg State University in a conference match-up at 1:00 p.m.
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