New Hampshire Football Report

Wilson earns defensive award

PLYMOUTH – Three members of the Plymouth State University football team were honored by the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) on Monday, when the league announced its weekly award winners.

Sophomore Evan Wilson (Derry, N.H.) was named Defensive Player of the Week, while classmate Seth Disalvo (North Andover, Mass.) was chosen as Special Teams Player of the Week. Graduate student Jake Donahue (Hudson, N.H.) was included on the Weekly Honor Roll.

All three played big roles in the Panthers’ 31-22 win over Westfield State to move to 7-1 (5-1 MASCAC) on the season.

Wilson sparked the PSU defense with 10 tackles, including eight solo stops, and opened the scoring with a 38-yard interception return for a TD early in the first quarter. He finished with 1.5 tackles for a loss and at one point made four tackles in a single drive to help limit the Owls’ offense.

Wilson leads the Panthers with 69 tackles (42 solo) and seven tackles for a loss, while adding a forced fumble, fumble recovery, pass breakup, interception and the second defensive touchdown of his career.

Disalvo was a perfect four-of-four on PATs and drilled a 34-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to ice the Panthers’ win. Westfield State had just found the end zone to make it a one-possession game, 28-20, but Disalvo capped a time-consuming drive after converting despite a bad snap to give the Panthers some breathing room.

Disalvo is third in scoring for the Panthers with 44 points on the season. He’s converted 32-of-34 PAT tries and is four-of-five in field goal attempts. His 34-yarder was one yard shy of his career long.

Donahue had another big game as the top target for sophomore quarterback Braden Lynn (Littleton, Mass.). He hauled in a game-high seven passes for 104 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the victory. Donahue had TD receptions of 16 and 37 yards as PSU got out to a 21-7 lead midway through the second quarter.

Donahue continues to cement himself as one of the top receivers in the conference. His 28 catches are sixth in the league, while his 449 receiving yards is fifth-most. He also ranks sixth with four TD receptions on the year.

Plymouth State (7-1, 5-1 MASCAC) heads to Mass. Maritime Academy for a league contest on Saturday (Nov. 5) at noon, before returning home for a Senior Day contest against UMass Dartmouth the following weekend.


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