LANCASTER, Pa. - Eight members of the Franklin & Marshall football team earned spots on the 2019 All-Centennial Conference (CC) Team. Three earned first-team honors, three landed on the second team, one received Honorable Mention recognition, and one player was named Rookie of the Year. F&M brought its total first-team selections to 142, which ranks third in the CC.
Brian Denoncour, Kevin Gault, and Kevin Lammers all placed on the All-CC First Team, Keshon Farmer, Seb Silva-Muniz, and Marlen Fenstermacher landed on the All-CC Second Team, and Phillip Weiser ended his career with Honorable Mention recognition. Kevonte Beard garnered Rookie of the Year honors after an impressive first year in Lancaster.
Beard (Baltimore, Md. / Gilman School) became the first Diplomat to be named Rookie of the Year in the eight-year history of the award. The first-year linebacker finished the regular season with 44 tackles, five tackles for loss, two sacks, one pass breakup, and a blocked punt return for a touchdown. The Baltimore native saved his best for last, putting in a dominating performance against Gettysburg that tallied both of his sacks, four tackles for loss, and the touchdown return.
Denoncour (Broomall, Pa. / The Haverford School) earned his third consecutive selection to the First Team, becoming one of only 51 players in Centennial Conference history to accomplish the feat, and the seventh Diplomat to do so. The senior left tackle graded out at 97 percent, had 45 knockdowns and added in his only career touchdown on a four-yard reception last weekend.
Gault's (Medford, N.J. / Shawnee) placement on the First Team was his first All-Conference selection. The senior defensive tackle stuffed the stat sheet with 34 tackles, six tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, and an interception. His lone interception was a timely one, coming in the final moments of F&M's upset victory over then No. 16 Johns Hopkins to seal the victory.
Lammers (Haddon Heights, N.J. / Bishop Eustace Prep.) earned CC honors for the third straight season, including his second straight to the First Team as a specialist. A special-teams stalwart, the senior wideout led the Centennial in punt returns, averaging 10.9 yards per return.The Haddon Heights, N.J. native also pitched in 274 receiving yards and another 255 yards on kick returns.
Farmer (Philadelphia, Pa. / Peddie School) gained All-Conference honors for the first time in his career. The sophomore tailback finished with 739 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns. Farmer's dozen trips to the endzone ranked second in the Conference and 32nd in the nation, while his rushing yardage ranked third in the Centennial. The Philadelphia native's 12 touchdowns also ranked in a tie for first in program history for rushing touchdowns in a season.
Silva-Muniz (Warwick, Pa. / Archbishop Wood) earned his second placement on an All-Conference team, being named to the First Team defense in 2018. The senior linebacker finished with 40 tackles, six tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, and one interception. Silva-Muniz's best effort came in the upset victory over Johns Hopkins, recording three goal-line stops and an interception at the three-yard line to end multiple Blue Jays drives in the 20-17 victory.
Fenstermacher (Lansdale, Pa. / Lansdale Catholic) finishes his Diplomat career with Second Team honors, his first Conference recognition. The senior safety led the Diplomats in tackles with 48 and pass breakups with seven, adding 2.5 tackles for loss and an interception.
Weiser (Robesonia, Pa. / Conrad Weiser) ends his time at F&M with his second straight Honorable Mention nod. The senior offensive lineman finished with a 97 percent grade, including 87 knockdowns. He helped anchor a line that paved the way for 1,858 yards on the ground with 26 touchdowns.
The Diplomats finish off their season this weekend with a postseason appearance against Misericordia in the Centennial-MAC Bowl Series. The team travelsto Dallas, Pa. to face the Cougars with a 1:00 p.m. kickoff. Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for students. Special Olympics Athletes and children under six years old receive free admittance.