KINGS POINT, N.Y. (Nov. 6, 2018) - The NEWMAC Conference announced this past Monday that USMMA junior return specialist Joe Vitelli (Warrington, Pa.) was selected as the league's Special Teams Player of the Week after his efforts in the Mariners' 44-10 road victory at Catholic on Saturday, Nov. 3. This is the third time this season that Vitelli has earned a weekly honor from the conference, as he was also the Special Teams POW on Oct. 9 and the Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 15.
Vitelli returned two kickoffs a total of 29 yards (14.5 yards per return) with a long of 15 yards, while also bringing back two punts a total of 20 yards (10.0 yards per return) with a long of 12 yards. The 12-yard return in the second quarter set up prime field position for the Mariners, who scored just one play later on a 24-yard rush.
For the complete release from the NEWMAC, click here.
The latest national stat rankings have not been update through this past weekend just yet, however Vitelli remains the conference leader in total return yards (761), total kickoff return yards (625) and all-purpose yards (126.1 per game), while also ranking fourth in the league in punt return yards (136). To view all the statistical leaders in the NEWMAC Conference, follow this link.
The Mariners return to action this Saturday, Nov. 10, for the 38th Annual Secretaries' Cup Game against arch-rival Coast Guard. Kickoff against the Bears is scheduled for noon at Brooks Stadium. The game will be streamed around the globe on ESPN3. Tickets are still available for the game and can be reserved at this link. More information on the contest will be posted later this week on www.USMMASports.com.
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