Photos by Sheridan King.
KINGS POINT, N.Y. (Oct. 16, 2018) – On Monday, the NEWMAC Conference announced its weekly award winners for football and USMMA junior Joe Vitelli (Warrington, Pa.) was selected as the league's Offensive Player of the Week, while classmate Gavin Gartner (Cedar Park, Texas) earned Special Teams Player of the Week honors. The accolades come after their performances in the Mariners' 17-14 road win at Springfield this past Saturday, Oct. 13.
Vitelli earns his second-straight weekly honor, as he was the NEWMAC Special Teams Player of the Week just last week. The wide receiver hauled in eight catches for a career-high 128 yards on Saturday in the Mariners' big 17-14 road win at Springfield. It was the junior's fifth 100+ receiving yard game of his career. One of his receptions was good for 54 yards.
Gartner had his second-straight three field goal game, as he came through in the clutch for the Mariners in the victory. The junior converted from 27, 24 and 22 yards, with the 22-yarder early in the fourth quarter proving to be the game-winner. He also averaged 52.6 yards on five kickoffs with a long of 60 yards. The Pride failed to score on any of its drives after Gartner's kickoffs.
For the complete release from the NEWMAC, click here.
Vitelli and Gartner are two of four Mariners that rank among the top-25 in a statistical category among all Division III players. Vitelli's 595 combined return yards place him seventh in the country, while Gartner's 1.33 field goals per game are good for 10th. Also ranking in the top-25 are senior linebacker Trever Huss (Orange City, Iowa), whose two fumble recoveries rank 18th and junior wide receiver Luke Jamison (Tequesta, Fla.), whose 20.63 yards per reception rank 24th in the nation.
As a team, the Mariners rank in the top-25 in the country in eight categories - fifth in third down conversion defense (0.216), 11th with two blocked punts, 12th with just two passes had intercepted, 16th in rushing offense (264.0 yards per game), 17th in rushing defense (68.3 yards per game), 18th in passing yards per completion (16.21), 21st with eight fumbles recovered and 22nd in winning percentage (0.833).
To view the Mariners' complete NCAA Statistical Ranking, follow this link.
The Mariners are back in action this Saturday, Oct. 20, when they play host to WPI in a key NEWMAC Conference showdown. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Brooks Stadium. Live stats and a live video stream of the game will be available with links on the USMMA Football Schedule Page.
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