Honors Continue for FSU Football Team

November 16, 2018

Fitchburg State's Jovon White, left, prepares to tackle Cortland State's Zach Tripodi as other Fitchburg State players, including Samuel Kenny (94) close in during a Sept. 1 game. Kenny was named MASCAC Defensive Rookie of the Year on Thursday and White was an All-Conference second team selection. SENTINEL & ENTERPRISE/JOHN LOVE Sentinel and Enterprise staff photos can be ordered by visiting our SmugMug site.

Four members of the Fitchburg State University football team collected Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference accolades on Thursday afternoon.

Freshman defensive lineman Samuel Kenny was named MASCAC Defensive Rookie of the Year for a stellar rookie campaign, ranking fourth on the team with 44 tackles (27 solo, 17 assisted), 7.5 sacks, 8.5 tackles for loss, one fumble recovered and one kick blocked.

Senior defensive back Jovon White and sophomore defensive tackle Caleb Gonsalves were joined by senior running back Sterlin Garvin on the All-Conference second team.

White anchored the Falcons defense, finishing second on the squad with 51 total tackles (41 solo, 10 assisted), two interceptions, five pass break ups and two kicks blocked, while Gonsalves added 49 tackles (38 solo, 11 assisted), two sacks, one fumble recovery, one pass defended, one kick block and a team-leading 11 tackles for loss.

Garvin finished his senior season with 1,055 rushing yards on 184 carries and 10 touchdowns, while adding five catches for 38 yards on the season.

The Canton native was also awarded the New England Writers’ Association Gold Helmet after a career performance last week.

The senior tailback earned the prestigious weekly honor after rushing for a career best 296 yards on 36 yards and four touchdowns of 71 yards, 64 yards, 15 yards and nine yards in the Falcons 32-29 victory over the Corsairs of UMass Dartmouth on Saturday afternoon.

The 296 yards on the ground were the second most rushing yards in a single game for the Green and Gold and most since former Falcon standout running back D’Andra Freeman’s school record total of 299 rushing yards during the 1999 season.

Garvin became just the fifth member of the Fitchburg State football team to garner NEFWA Gold Helmet Accolades, joining Freeman, as well as former Falcon standouts Trevor Smith, Marlon Thornton and Garrett Dellechiaie.

The Fitchburg State football team recently concluded its 2018 campaign with an overall record of 2-8 and a 2-6 mark in conference play.

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