Ziemba named Defensive Player/Week; Banuskevich earns Honor Roll nod
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – A pair of key players on the Plymouth State University football team were recognized Monday with weekly honors from the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) for their performances in last Saturday's game at Worcester State University.
Senior defensive back Zach Ziemba (Manchester, N.H./West) was named the MASCAC Defensive Player of the Week, and sophomore running back Mitch Banuskevich (Milford, N.H.) was selected to the Weekly Honor Roll. The both had strong outings in Saturday's 13-10 road setback to the Lancers.
A 5-11, 187-pound safety, Ziemba collected 10 tackles (five solo), and added an interception, a forced fumble and a pass breakup in the loss to Worcester State. His interception came at the Panthers' nine-yard line with 7:39 remaining in the fourth quarter of a 10-10 game. Ziemba is tied for second in the MASCAC with three interceptions and ranks 10th in total tackles. This is his fourth MASCAC weekly honor this season, having previously been named Defensive Player of the Week, Special Teams Player of the Week, and once on the Weekly Honor Roll.
A 5-11, 170-pound running back, Banuskevich accumulated 168 all-purpose yards, including 98 yards on 15 carries (6.5 per carry) with a 36-yard touchdown, one reception for 16 yards and three kickoff returns for 54 yards. His 36-yard touchdown burst was his longest run of the season and tied the game at 10-10 with 10:14 remaining in the fourth quarter.
PSU, 4-4 overall and 2-4 in the MASCAC, will play its final two games of the season at home, beginning this Saturday, Nov. 5, at 1:00 p.m. against Massachusetts Maritime at Currier Field.
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