Mount Joy, Pa., junior QB honored for record-breaking performance at New England Football Writers weekly luncheon at Harvard
Head Coach Eli Gardner presented junior QB Matt Foltz with his second career Gold Helmet Award at today's New England Football Writers Luncheon at Harvard's Dillon Fieldhouse. (PHOTO COURTESY Harvard University)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (September 28, 2016) – Stonehill College junior quarterback Matt Foltz (Mount Joy, Pennsylvania/The Hill School) received the New England Football Writers Weekly Gold Helmet Award for Divisions II and III, sponsored by the Jack Grinold Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame, at the New England Football Writers weekly luncheon at Dillon Fieldhouse on the campus of Harvard University today.
Foltz received the New England Football Writers Gold Helmet Award for the second time in his career, marking the first Stonehill football player to earn the award multiple times and the ninth time the program has received the weekly recognition. Foltz is one of five Stonehill quarterbacks to receive the award; also earning Gold Helmets from Stonehill are classmate Donovan Phanor (Portsmouth, New Hampshire/Portsmouth), a cornerback, (September 9, 2015), quarterback Logan Meyer '14 (Sept. 25, 2013), quarterback Cruz Parsons '09 (Oct. 5. 2005), running back Tyrone Jefferson '01 (2000), quarterback Dan Field '96 (1995), running back Mike McLucas '95 (1994) and quarterback Tony Dello Iacono '95 (1994).
Foltz, who was also named the Northeast-10 Conference's Offensive Player of the Week for the third time in his career on Monday, led Stonehill to a 45-34 victory at Saint Anselm College in the "Battle for the Ol' Bronze Hawk" on Saturday with a school-record 448 yards of total offense. He completed 21-of-36 passes for a season-high 330 yards and five touchdowns, while adding seven carries for a career-best 118 yards on the ground. He engineered a Stonehill offense which finished with 531 yards of total offense, marking the first time the Skyhawks have surpassed 500 total yards in three seasons. Foltz completed touchdown passes of 29, 17, 26, 69 and 35 yards, connecting with eight different receivers on the day and leading the Skyhawks to scores on their first three possessions and four of the first five.
Foltz set a school record with 448 yards of total offense, passing for five touchdowns in Saturday's win. (PHOTO BY Jan Volk/SportsPix)
Foltz broke his own previous single-game mark for total offense of 401 yards at LIU Post last season, his 330 passing yards are the sixth-highest single-game total in program history and his five touchdown passes fell just one shy of the single game mark. He ranks third in the Northeast-10 with 255.5 passing yards per game as he surpassed 1,000 yards passing for the second straight year on Saturday. He is fifth in the NE-10 for completion percentage (60.7-percent) and touchdown passes (7), having also added a team-high three rushing touchdowns this season as well and posting a 130.63 passing efficiency rating through four games.
Foltz moved into fourth place on the program's career list for passing yards with 3,806 yards in 18 career games after Saturday's contest. He is on pace to set a program record for career completion percentage at 58.8-percent, while also ranking third for total yards (4,006) and passing efficiency (131.2), fourth for touchdowns responsible for (45) and completions (325), fifth for career touchdown passes (34) and 12th for rushing touchdowns (11).
Foltz has performed in the classroom for Stonehill as well, earning NE-10 Academic All-Conference honors as a sophomore and being named to both the NE-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll and Athletic Director's Honor Roll all four semesters to date. He collected NE-10 Rookie of the Week honors twice as a freshman and is the only quarterback in program history to pass for over 400 yards in a game when he completed 30-of-46 passes for a record 421 yards and a program record matching six touchdowns at LIU Post in 2015 to earn his first New England Football Writers Gold Helmet.
Stonehill (1-3, 1-2 NE-10) returns to action on Saturday when it hosts Merrimack College as part of Family Weekend at W.B. Mason Stadium for its Alumni Game at 1 p.m.
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