Heaton, Moriarty Named to All-New England Football Team

AMHERST, Massachusetts -- Two members of the Amherst College football team were named to the 1997 All-New England Team by the New England Football Writers. The squad features 28 athletes representing 19 institutions at both the Division II and Division III level. Only six schools have placed more than one player on this team.

Senior David Heaton (Milford, MA) moved from offensive guard to center for the 1997 campaign, his second year as a starter for the Jeffs. In two years, he has helped running backs blaze 756 carries for 2,791 yards and 29 touchdowns, including 15 scores in 1997. For the second straight year, Amherst led the NESCAC as the league's most potent offense, scoring 256 points on 3,089 yards. The Political Science major has also been named to the NESCAC All-Star team.

Devin Moriarty (Springfield, MA) claims All-New England honors earning Defensive Player of the Year recognition by the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC). The senior finished as the Jeffs' fourth leading tackler with 52 hits (25 solo) in seven games, including 16 take-downs behind the line of scrimmage. His nine sacks for 56 yards were second on a team that leveled quarterbacks 38 times. The Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought major also earned NESCAC Defensive Player of the Week honors for his 12-tackle (5 solo), 3-sack performance in a 35-0 blanking at Colby, where Moriarty's blocked punt set up the Jeffs' fourth touchdown of the day. Like the offense, the Amherst defense finished tops in the league, allowing 93 points and only 1,727 yards in eight games.

Amherst finished 1997 with its second straight 7-1 season as the unofficial NESCAC Champions, along with Little III rivals Wesleyan and Williams.

New England Football Writers 1997 Division II & III All-New England Team

Offense
Quarterbacks		Cazzie Kosciolek	Sr.	New Haven
			Jay Furtado		Jr.	UMass-Dartmouth
Running Backs		Rashaan Dumas		So.	Southern Connecticut
			Matt Rapoza		Jr.	Bentley
			Steve Tardif		So.	Maine Maritime
Wide Receivers		Mark DeBrito		So.	Bentley
			Bryan Keats		Sr.	Worcester State
Tight End		Matt Surette		Jr.	WPI
Offensive Linemen	Greg Barbiaux		Sr.	Coast Guard
			David Heaton		Sr.	Amherst
			Ray Schuster		Jr.	AIC
			Chris Ricard		Jr.	UMass-Lowell
Kicker			John Cerra		Jr.	New Haven
Return Specialist	Adam DeSanctis		Sr.	Merrimack

Defense
Defensive Linemen	Brad Gray		Sr.	MIT
			Devin Moriarty		Sr.	Amherst
			Brad Nassar		Sr.	Bentley
			Andy Rosetti		Sr.	Salve Regina
Linebackers		Rob Carney		Sr.	UMass-Dartmouth
			Andrew Drude		Sr.	Colby
			Dave Gibson		Sr.	Plymouth State
			Shane McNeeley		Sr.	New Haven
Defensive Backs		Adam Abrams		Sr.	WPI
			Quinzell Barnes		Jr.	Western Connecticut
			Craig Borsari		Sr.	Trinity
			Richard White		Sr.	Stonehill
Punter			Frank Biancamano	Sr.	Southern Connecticut

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