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Marrero Earns NEFWA Weekly Gold Helmet Award

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Cambridge, Mass -- October 17, 2012 -- Jonathan Marrero of the Springfield College football team received the prestigious weekly Gold Helmet Award (Division II/III) as bestowed by the New England Football Writers Association at a luncheon today at the Dillon Field House at Harvard University. Marrero, a native of Boston, was surrounded by members of his family at the ceremony.

A freshman quarterback, Marrero led Springfield College to a 66-13 victory over the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy last Saturday at SC's Amos Alonzo Stagg Field. The sport management major ran for three touchdowns and passed for four more -- all in the first half.

The 5-9, 175-pounder was making just his third start for the Pride, and his first at home. He ran for 144 yards and three touchdowns on 15 carries, good for a 9.6 average per carry. His rushing TDs were of 27, 24, and 24 yards. He also completed six of eight passes for 163 yards and four more touchdowns, without throwing an interception. His TD passes were of 14, 43, 57, and 36 yards. He also threw one two-point conversion.

The four TD passes tied a Springfield College single-game record with three previous quarterbacks. The last to do so was Kevin Cahill in a game versus UMass Dartmouth in 2000. Besides that UMass Dartmouth game, there were three other contests where that record was tied as a team. Those came against Colby in 1954, Colby in 1969, and Albany in 1978.

Marrero was responsible for 300 yards of total offense and all seven TDs in the first half. He played seven minutes of the third quarter before retiring for the day.

The last player to receive the weekly Gold Helmet Award for Springfield College was QB Austin Bateman in 2010. Prior to that QB Chris Sharpe earned the weekly award three times in 2006. Sharpe also earned the NEFWA's yearly Gold Helmet Award in 2006.

Springfield College, now 4-3 overall, 2-2 in the Liberty League, will play a conference game at St. Lawrence University Saturday at 1 pm in Canton, N.Y..

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