LANCASTER, Pa. – Eight members of Franklin & Marshall’s football team were named to the All-Centennial Conference Team when it was announced on Tuesday.
Tight end, Michael Deucth (Sussex, N.J / Vernon Twp.) and inside linebacker, Sam Massaro (Old Tappan, N.J. / Northern Valley Old Tappan) were both named to the All-Centennial First Team. Offensive lineman, Nick Gerace (Sewell, N.J. / Washington Twp.), quarterback, John Harrison (Flourtown, Pa. / La Salle College HS), defensive end, C.T. Marsh (Phoenix, Md. / Loyola-Blakefield), wide receiver, Jay Ridinger (Lititz, Pa. / Manheim Twp.), and defensive back, Kurt Rogers (Sudbury, Mass. / Lincoln-Sudbury) were named to the All-CC Second Team. Defensive lineman, Mark Surma (Philadelphia / Central) was given honorable mention.
Deutch is making his second appearance on the first team in as many seasons. The senior caught 30 passes for 475 yards (15.8 yards per catch) and made his way into the endzone six teams, matching the Diplomats’ team high. Deutch also blocked a pair of kicks and recorded 12 tackles on special teams.
Massaro, a second team choice last year, jumped up to the first team following a sophomore season that saw him record a team-high 85 tackles, including 48 solo stops. Half of his six tackles for losses were sacks. He intercepted three passes, all against Susquehanna, broke up a pair, forced two fumbles, recovered one, and blocked a kick.
A junior, Gerace is making his first all-league appearance following a season in which he started all ten games at left tackle. The Diplomats offense averaged 345.1 yards per game this season, ranking fourth in the CC.
Harrison appears on the All-CC Second Team for the second time in as many years. The junior completed 231 of his 350 pass attempts (66.0%) for 2,450 yards and 23 touchdowns. He threw four touchdown passes at Gettysburg to become the CC career leader in TD passes at 69, and the F&M career leader in touchdowns responsible for at 70.
Marsh is making his first All-CC appearance. The junior recorded at least a half sack in each of F&M’s final nine games of the regular season, wrapping the year up with nine total. Marsh was second on the team in tackles with 53 stops, 37 were solo efforts. He also broke up a pass, forced and recovered a fumble and blocked a kick.
Ridinger caught team highs of 74 passes for 852 yards and six touchdowns. The senior ranked tenth in the nation in receptions per game heading into the season’s final week when an injury limited him to one quarter of action. It did not prevent him from extending his streak of consecutive games with a reception to 27 contests.
Rogers is also make is first All-CC appearance. The junior broke up a team-best seven passes and recorded a sack. Rogers’ 46 tackles ranked sixth on the roster and his 34 solo stops ranked fourth.
Surma was an All-CC Second Team pick in 2009. He earned honorable mention in 2010 following a season with 29 tackles (18 solo), 3.5 sacks and a forced fumble.
Franklin & Marshall posted an overall record of 6-4 in the regular season and will face 8-2 Washington & Jefferson in the ECAC Southwest Bowl on Saturday.