October was a successful month for Mansfield University freshman Brandon Allen.
The Westminster High School graduate earned a pair of Collegiate Sprint Football League Defensive Player of the Week honors last month in helping the Mountaineers to a 4-3 record this season. Allen is part of the Pennsylvania college’s Sprint Football team — the players who compete must weigh 172 pounds or less 48 hours before kickoff.
The freshman defensive back received POW honors Oct. 23, an 18-2 Homecoming win over Franklin Pierce, and Oct. 30, a 34-26 victory over Caldwell.
Allen was responsible for three of the Mountaineers’ nine turnovers in the Caldwell win, picking off a pair of passes and recovering a fumble. It marked back-to-back weeks of defensive touchdowns for Allen when he had a 94-yard scoop and score to take the lead in the second quarter. The freshman intercepted his first pass when the Cougars had second-and-goal at the Mansfield 9-yard line, and picked off his second to seal the game late in the fourth quarter.
He totaled 167 of return yards in the game between his fumble and two interceptions. Allen recorded four tackles in the game, including three solo, to go along with a pass break-up. He posted a 20-yard interception return for a TD against Franklin Pierce.
Mansfield won its final four games of the regular season.
Allen finished the fall with 25 tackles and a team-best four interceptions and five pass break-ups.
Carroll contingent playoff-bound with Bobcats
Frostburg takes a 10-0 record, and a national ranking, into the second round of the NCAA Division III football tournament. The Bobcats are No. 2 in the NCAA East Region top 10, and they’re coming off a 42-24 victory over Western New England in the first round last weekend.
Carroll has a crop of players on Frostburg’s roster — freshman Nate Imes (Francis Scott Key), sophomore Nate Forte (Winters Mill), junior Paul Kumpar (Winters Mill), junior Jason Money (South Carroll), freshman Adam Melville (Manchester Valley), sophomore Chandler Breeden (Man Valley), and sophomore Carl Igweh (Winters Mill).
Imes and Kumpar each registered a tackle in Frostburg’s playoff win.
Next up is state foe Johns Hopkins (10-1) this Saturday at home in a second-round matchup. The Blue Jays whipped MIT 49-0 in their playoff opener.
Hopkins’ roster includes junior defensive back Patrick Kelly (South Carroll). Kelly had six tackles and one interception on defense, and three kick returns for 82 yards. His INT went for 90 yards against Gettysburg.
It’s academic for Misericordia’s Vleck
Clayton Vleck (Francis Scott Key) finished his college football career at Misericordia last Saturday when the Cougars (8-3) played Ursinus in the annual MAC-Centennial Bowl.
Vleck collected 393 yards on offense (279 rushing, 114 receiving) and four touchdowns. He also had three kick returns for 38 yards. Misericordia lost to Ursinus 70-14, but before that Vleck received Academic District 4 All-America honors.
The running back carries a 3.54 grade-point average while majoring in accounting.
Bielski helps Bloomsburg end drought for PSAC title
Bloomsburg’s women’s soccer team made a run to the NCAA Division II tournament quarterfinals with a pair of former Century standouts helping to lead the way.
Senior midfielder Erin Bielski and junior forward/midfield Megan Callan were part of the Huskies’ Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference championship this fall. Bloomsburg won its first PSAC title since 2002 by beating East Stroudsburg 2-1 in overtime, and Bielski netted the game-winning goal.
Bielski started all 23 games for the Huskies (17-3-3) and collected one goal and one assist. Callan made six starts and played in 14 games, and totaled one goal and two assists.
Another PSAC pinnacle for Carroll soccer players
On the men’s soccer side, Millersville won its second PSAC title in program history and first since 2011. The Marauders earned a trip to the NCAA Division II tourney with the victory over West Chester in penalty kicks.
Junior forward Jacob Gosselin (Francis Scott Key) and freshman defender/midfielder Quinn McLaughlin helped Millersville to a 10-4-6 record.
Gosselin finished with four goals and four assists in 20 games (17 starts) for the Marauders. McLaughlin saw action in nine games.
Millersville fell to University of Charleston 1-0 in its playoff opener.
Arnold caps career at Penn St. Harrisburg
Senior goalkeeper Kayla Arnold (Francis Scott Key) finished her women’s soccer season for Penn State Harrisburg with 120 saves and an 81.6 save percentage. Arnold posted six shutouts (five wins, one tie) for the Nittany Lions this fall.
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She totaled 258 saves and 15 shutouts in three seasons.