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 # # # 11/25/97