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Springfield's Belzo, WPI's Merchant, and Merchant Marine's Vitelli Garner Football Weekly Accolades

Springfield's Belzo, WPI's Merchant, and Merchant Marine's Vitelli Garner Football Weekly Accolades

NEWMAC Football Offensive Athlete of the Week

Hunter Belzo, Springfield (Jr., HB – Middletown, Conn.)

Belzo had the best performance of his collegiate career in Saturday's 26-12 win over Coast Guard as the Pride pushed its record to 5-1. The junior carried the ball 31 times for a career-high 207 yards as he averaged 6.7 yards per carry and rushed for a pair of touchdowns. He also threw for a career-high 39 yards, including a 26-yard touchdown. Under his leadership, Springfield totaled 352 yards of total offense and averaged over five yards per offensive play. 

NEWMAC Football Defensive Athlete of the Week

Blayne Merchant, WPI (Sr., LB – Sanderson, Fla.)

Merchant shared game-high honors of eight tackles, including seven solo, with two for-loss and a sack as the Engineers collected its third shutout of the season and sixth in 17 games dating back to the beginning of the 2017 campaign. He also logged a QB hurry in the effort.

 

NEWMAC Football Special Teams Athlete of the Week

Joe Vitelli, Merchant Marine (Jr., WR – Warrington, Pa.)

Vitelli had another strong return game for the Mariners, as the nationally-ranked returner brought four kickoffs back 78 yards (an average of 19.5 yards per return), including a long of 25 yards in the second quarter which led to a drive where the Mariners tacked on three points on a field goal.