Foltz collects NE-10 Offensive Player of the Week honors for second time
Lutton also earns Rookie of the Week honors for second time in three weeks
White named to NE-10 weekly honor roll
EASTON, Mass. (September 29, 2015) – Three key contributors to Stonehill College's dramatic 40-37 comeback win at LIU Post on Saturday afternoon have collected weekly football honors from the Northeast-10 Conference, the league announced.
Sophomore quarterback Matt Foltz (Mount Joy, Pennsylvania/The Hill School) has been named the Northeast-10's Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this season, while freshman tight end Kaleb Lutton (Middletown, Connecticut/Xavier) has earned his second NE-10 Rookie of the Week selection. Both have earned the same weekly honors from the NE-10 with a three week span after playing crucial roles in the Skyhawks comeback from a 30-6 deficit late in the third quarter and 37-20 with 2:13 to play, scoring 20 points in the final 1:02 to claim the improbable win and improve to 4-0 (3-0 NE-10) for the first time since a 7-0 start in 1995. Additionally, senior wide receiver Corey White (Bergenfield, New Jersey/Bergenfield) was named to the NE-10's weekly honor roll.
Foltz penned his second fourth quarter comeback in three weeks as he posted the first 400-yard passing performance in program history, tossing a program-record matching six touchdown passes. He completed 30-of-46 passes for a record 421 yards, with just one interception, connecting on 14-of-24 yards for 245 yards and four touchdowns (no interceptions) in the fourth quarter alone. Foltz completed three touchdown passes in the final 1:02, including a 41-yard scrambling Hail Mary to White after the Skyhawks had recovered an onside kick with 5.9-seconds to go. His 30 completions are tied for the second-highest single game total in program history, while his six touchdown tosses are one shy of the NE-10 mark. Foltz also produced the first three 100-yard receivers in a game in program history.
Sophomore Matt Foltz has earned NE-10 Offensive Player of the Week honors for the second time in three weeks. (PHOTO BY Lewis Glass)
Foltz leads the Northeast-10 in passing yards per game (249.0), touchdowns (14), completion percentage (67.2-percent), while ranking second in completions having connected on 80-of-119 passes with just two interceptions for an NE-10 best 172.99 pass efficiency rating, which ranks ninth nationally in Division II. Foltz also ranks third nationally for touchdown passes, tenth for points responsible for (84) and 45th for yards per game.
Foltz has started the last seven games at quarterback for Stonehill, including the final three games of the 2014 season, and has completed 126-of-191 passes (66%) for 1,605 yards and 16 touchdowns, averaging 229.3 yards per game. He has also added 68 carries for another 133 yards on the ground for six touchdowns. Foltz led the Skyhawks with six rushing touchdowns in 2014 despite playing just three games. He collected NE-10 Rookie of the Week honors twice, was named to the NE-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll both semesters and Athletic Director's Honor Roll for the fall semester his freshman year. Foltz already ranks tenth in program history for career passing yards in just seven games played.
Lutton caught three of Foltz's six touchdown passes, including the first of Stonehill's three scores in the final 1:02 with a 13-yard grab. He finished the afternoon with season-highs of eight receptions and 131 yards for his first career 100-yard receiving effort. Lutton caught a 24-yard touchdown pass from Foltz midway through the third quarter to put Stonehill on the scoreboard and draw within 10-6. His five yard touchdown catch with five seconds remaining in the third quarter stopped a run of 20-straight points for LIU Post and sliced the Skyhawks deficit to 30-13 heading into the fourth quarter when Stonehill scored 27 points.
Lutton leads the Northeast-10 with his five touchdown receptions (11th nationally) this season, having caught a team-high 12 passes for a team-best 189 yards (15.8 yds/rec). He ranks fourth in the NE-10 for yards per reception and scoring (team-high 30 points), 11th for receiving yards and 15th for receptions.
White was named to the NE-10's weekly honor roll as he joined Lutton with over 100 yards receiving as he caught four passes for a career-best 117 yards and two touchdowns, including the game winning 41-yard Hail Mary from Foltz to cap the comeback win. His 32-yard touchdown catch drew the Skyhawks within 30-20 with 9:30 remaining in the fourth quarter after trailing by as much as 30-6 in the third.
Stonehill (4-0, 3-0 NE-10), among teams receiving votes for the fourth straight week in the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Division II poll, returns to action on Saturday when it hosts Southern Connecticut State University for its Purple & White Game at W.B. Mason Stadium, where the Skyhawks will play four of their next five games, at 6 p.m.