MARSHFIELD, Mass. – Six Castleton football players earned end-of-year recognition on Thursday afternoon, as Moe Harris, Chris Rice and Tucker Gaudette earned First Team All-Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) honors, while Grant Cummings and Mike Morgan were named Second Team All-ECFC and Wyatt Prue earned All-ECFC Honorable Mention recognition.
In addition to landing First Team recognition as a running back, Harris was named to the Second Team as a return specialist. He powered the Castleton offense all season long, rushing for 1,057 yards and 11 touchdowns—both of which led the ECFC. It was the third time in his career that he rushed for more than 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns in a single season. He finished his career atop the Spartan record books in both rushing and all-purpose yardage, while ranking second in both rushing and total touchdowns. He returned 19 kicks this season for an average of 23.5 yards, including a 91-yard touchdown return for a touchdown on the road against Misericordia.
Rice had a breakout campaign for Castleton in his sophomore season, leading the team in total tackles, tackles for a loss and sacks while forcing two fumbles, intercepting a pass for a touchdown and blocking a pair of kicks. He finished second in the ECFC in total tackles, while leading the league in sack yardage and tackles for a loss. Rice had four games with double-digit tackle totals and seven outings with multiple tackles for a loss. He registered a negative stop in nine of the 10 games this season. One of his best performances came in a win at Fitchburg State, where he racked up 12 tackles, two tackles for a loss, one sack and had an 80-yard interception return for a touchdown to go along with a blocked extra point.
Gaudette enjoyed a strong rookie campaign on the Spartans' offensive line, anchoring the left tackle position and opening holes for Harris over the team's final eight contests. In two games without Gaudette in the lineup, Castleton ran for just 58.5 yards per game; with Gaudette at left tackle, the Spartans posted an average of 148.3 yards per game on the ground.
Cummings was Castleton's second-leading tackler and ranked third in the ECFC in total tackles, piling up 85 stops on the season with 1.5 tackles for a loss, two interceptions, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. He also broke up a pair of passes. Cummings posted three games of 10-plus tackles this season, and finished his senior campaign with at least eight tackles in each of his final four contests.
Morgan played a key role in the field position battle for the Spartans, averaging an ECFC-leading 37.0 yards per punt with 13 punts inside the 20-yard line and 16 fair catches with only four touchbacks. His 51 total punts were second most in the conference, while his 1,886 total punting yards led the league.
Prue logged a solid senior season as an outside linebacker for the Spartans en route to Honorable Mention recognition, recording 27 tackles with four tackles for a loss and a sack. He appeared in all 10 games for the Spartans, making 13 solo tackles while assisting on 14 tackles.
Maritime (N.Y.) quarterback Thomas Wright was named Offensive Player of the Year, while Husson's Elvin Suazo earned Defensive Player of the Year accolades. Husson's Brad Weston was tabbed the Offensive Lineman of the Year, while teammate Quan Soyini was the Special Teams Player of the Year. Dean's Terrell Watts claimed Rookie of the Year honors, while Husson head coach Gabby Price was named Coach of the Year and Maritime's David Benoit was named Assistant Coach of the Year.
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