Ziemba continues strong play for Panthers in OT loss at Westfield
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – A starting defensive back on the Plymouth State University football team was recognized with a weekly conference honor Monday as the Panthers reached the halfway point of the season with just one loss.
Senior safety Zach Ziemba (Manchester, N.H./West) was named the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Football Co-Special Teams Player of the Week. He shared this week's honor with Framingham State University's Napoleon Miller, who returned a punt 90 yards in the closing seconds of the fourth quarter to force overtime against UMass Dartmouth.
A 5-11, 187-pound safety, Ziemba blocked a Westfield State University punt that was recovered in the end zone for a touchdown for the Panthers' only points in regulation in a 14-13 overtime setback. Ziemba also helped lead the Panther defense with 12 tackles (a team-high nine solo) and an interception with an 11-yard return. Ziemba was previously the MASCAC Defensive Player of the Week and a weekly honor roll selection once each earlier this season.
PSU, 4-1 overall and 2-1 in the MASCAC, is ranked sixth in this week's New England Division III poll. The Panthers will enjoy a bye this Saturday before returning to action at Bridgewater State University on Saturday, Oct. 15, at 4:00 p.m.
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