SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC Football) announced the 2017 All-Conference Teams and major award honorees on Tuesday afternoon. All six CCC Football teams were represented on both the First and Second Teams with CCC Football Champion Western New England leading the way with 17 honorees.
Voting was completed by the six CCC Football head coaches via conference call Sunday (Nov. 12) afternoon following the conclusion of the regular season.
Western New England was also the leader when it came to major awards with three student-athletes getting recognized. Quarterback Anthony Service (Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y.) was voted as Offensive Player of the Year, while Sam Edouard (Roosevelt, N.Y.) and Zhaire House (Greenwich, Conn.) were honored on the defensive side of the ball as the Defensive Lineman and Defensive Rookie of the Year, respectively. Curry also took home multiple major awards as Alex Corvese (Cranston, R.I.) also garnered Offensive Player of the Year recognition and Sean Amaru (Westwood, Mass.) was named Offensive Rookie of the Year. Salve Regina's Nico Aronson (Wayne, N.J.) was selected as the Offensive Lineman of the Year and Becker's Michael Bianco (Manorville, N.Y.) was chosen as the Defensive Player of the Year. The Seahawks's James Dawson (Oradell, N.J.) earned the Hal Chalmers Award which recognizes the league's top Senior Scholar-Athlete.
Colonels head coach Skip Bandini was voted the Coach of the Year by his peers and Becker was the Team Sportsmanship award winner.
The full list of All-Conference honorees is listed below.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Alex Corvese, Curry
Corvese led the conference in a number of offensive categories this year including completion percentage (65.8 percent), passing yards (2244), and passing yards per game (224.4). He was also tied for the league lead with 22 passing touchdowns. He also did damage on the ground leading the conference with 11 rushing touchdowns. He averaged 51.6 rushing yards per game ranking him fifth in CCC Football. He factored into multiple scores in all 10 of Curry's contests and is currently ranked 15th in Division III in points responsible for (200). He threw for 300+ yards on two occasions and registered five touchdowns twice. Corvese's strong week-to-week performance earned him five CCC Football Offensive Player of the Week honors (Weeks ending Sept. 16, Sept. 23, Oct. 7, Oct. 21, and Nov. 11).
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Anthony Service, Western New England
Service was instrumental in Western New England claiming its third straight conference title. He was No. 1 in the league in passing efficiency (155.5), second in completion percentage (56.6 percent), and third in passing touchdowns (19). His 43.2 rushing yards per game and five rushing touchdowns ranked him in the top 10s of those categories as well. He factored into the scoring of every contest and had multiple touchdowns in seven out of 10 games. He also only threw one interception all year, the fewest among CCC Football starting quarterbacks. He was named CCC Football Offensive Player of the Week twice (Weeks ending Sept. 30 and Oct. 28).
OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR
Nico Aronson, Salve Regina
Aronson centered a strong offensive line for Salve Regina this year. The Seahawks finished second in the conference in points per game (33.1) and third in yards per game (360.9.) Salve's offensive line also limited opponents to just six sacks all season ranking it 10th in the category in all of Division III.
OFFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Sean Amaru, Curry
Amaru put together a quality campaign in his first year of collegiate football. He led CCC Football in total rushing yards (781), rushing yards per game (78.1), and yards per rush (5.9). He had five rushing touchdowns ranking him seventh in the conference with three of those coming in one game against Becker. He was the CCC Football Offensive Rookie of the Week two times (Weeks ending Oct. 14 and Oct. 28).
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Michael Bianco, Becker
Bianco was a defensive standout both on the Becker squad and in the conference. He led the league in many defensive categories including solo tackles (51), total tackles (119), tackles per game (11.9), tackles for a loss (12.5), and interceptions (5). He also had four sacks on the year placing him fifth in the league and two forced fumbles. Bianco had double digit tackles in every contest except one. He had impressive tackle numbers against MIT and Curry making 22 and 19 stops, respectively. His most notable game of the season came in the Hawks CCC Football victory over Nichols in which Bianco picked off a NCAA record-tying five passes, even returning one for a touchdown. That week Bianco was named CCC Football Defensive Player of the Week.
DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR
Sam Edouard, Western New England
Edouard, the Western New England captain, was an imposing figure on the Golden Bear defensive line. He recorded 14 solo tackles and 33 assists. He and his defensive unit were also responsible for 15 sacks ranking them third in the league. Their 19.2 points allowed per game was also the second lowest in the Conference.
DEFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Zhaire House, Western New England
House had a strong start to his collegiate career as part of the CCC Football Champion Golden Bears. He ranked ninth in the league in solo tackles (34), sixth in interceptions (2), and fifth in fumble recoveries (2). His most notable game of the season came against Salve Regina. In that contest he recorded a career-high eight tackles, while forcing a fumble, recovering a fumble, and picking off a pass. House was a two-time CCC Football Defensive Rookie of the Week (Weeks ending Oct. 28 and Nov. 4).
HAL CHALMERS AWARD (SENIOR SCHOLAR-ATHLETE)
James Dawson, Salve Regina
Dawson has put together an impressive resume both on and off the playing field. The All-Conference First Teamer is also a member of Salve Regina's ROTC and has won numerous awards for that organization. He is already enlisted in the military for service. He will graduate with a degree in psychology and sports an impressive 3.5 GPA.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Skip Bandini, Curry
Bandini and his Curry squad had an impressive turnaround this year finishing the regular-season with an 8-2 overall record, while going 4-1 in CCC Football play. After finishing at the bottom of the conference in the final year of the NEFC, this year's record left the Colonels in second-place in the conference and earned them a berth into the 2017 New England Bowl Series. Curry finished the year second in the league in points scored (307) and first in points allowed per game (18.6). It also led the conference in sacks with 20. Curry's offense led CCC Football schools in total offense (4173 yard) with many of those coming in the air. Its 2274 passing yards and 22 passing touchdowns were also at the top of the CCC Football leaderboard.
2017 ALL-CCC FOOTBALL TEAMS
FIRST TEAM ALL-CCC FOOTBALL
QB - Alex Corvese, Sr., Curry
RB - James Dawson, Sr., Salve Regina
RB - Sean Amaru, Jr., Curry
FB - Hakim Fleming, So., Endicott
WR - Mark Dietrich, Sr., Western New England
WR - Brendan Nunes, So., Salve Regina
WR - Spencer Tyler, Sr., Curry
TE - Tommy Seaver, Sr., Salve Regina
C - Nico Aronson, Sr., Salve Regina
G - Dillon Martin, Sr., Western New England
G - Joe McDonald, Sr., Salve Regina
T - Spencer Goodman, Sr., Western New England
T - Kha-lil Goodman, So., Endicott
All-Purpose - Tony Martignoli, So., Nichols
DB - Allen Gibson, Jr., Endicott
DB - Sam Olsson, Sr., Western New England
DB - Shane Padeni, Sr., Becker
DB - Haiden Pereira, Jr., Salve Regina
DL - Sam Edouard, Sr., Western New England
DL - Brandon O'Neill, Jr., Salve Regina
DL - John Salute, Jr., Salve Regina
DL - Sean Stergas, Jr., Western New England
DL - Joe Surace, Sr., Curry
LB - Michael Bianco, So., Becker
LB - Steven Grogan, Sr., Curry
LB - Kurtis Jolicoeur, Jr., Western New England
LB - Brett McEvoy, Sr., Nichols
K - Marc Mrozek, Jr., Curry
P - Brett Fox, Sr., Endicott
Return Specialist - Damond Davis, So., Western New England
Return Specialist - Zach DeNike, So., Endicott
Utility - Joey DeCoste, So., Western New England
SECOND TEAM ALL-CCC FOOTBALL
QB - Anthony Service, Sr., Western New England
RB - Peter Hoff, So., Western New England
RB - Jake Gelb, Sr., Salve Regina
WR - Zach DeNike, So., Endicott
WR - Connor Sullivan, Sr., Salve Regina
WR - Nick Villanueva, So., Curry
TE - Riley Shanley, Fr., Endicott
C - Brett Ellsworth, Sr., Western New England
G - Chris Girouard, So., Curry
G - Ian Bomely, Sr., Salve Regina
T - Michael Saunders, So., Salve Regina
T - Shane Toland, Jr., Endicott
All-Purpose - Connor Sullivan, Sr., Salve Regina
DB - Zhaire House, Fr., Western New England
DB - Greg Metelus, Jr., Western New England
DB - Joseph Patti, Jr., Curry
DB - Zachary Poirier, Sr., Endicott
DL - Jaylan Encarnacion, Fr., Nichols
DL - Joseph Grogan, Sr., Curry
DL - Sam Opont, Fr., Endicott
DL - Daniel Whittenburg, Jr., Becker
LB - Tyler D'Errico, Jr., Salve Regina
LB - Tim Huffam, Sr., Western New England
LB - James Lewis, So., Endicott
LB - William Rivera, Jr., Endicott
K - Valentin Wagner, Jr., Western New England
P - Vinny Lalumia, Jr., Western New England
Utility - David Gelormini, Sr., Salve Regina
Offensive Player of the Year - Alex Corvese, Curry
Offensive Player of the Year - Anthony Service, Western New England
Offensive Lineman of the Year - Nico Aronson, Salve Regina
Offensive Rookie of the Year - Sean Amaru, Curry
Defensive Player of the Year - Michael Bianco, Becker
Defensive Lineman of the Year - Sam Edouard, Western New England
Defensive Rookie of the Year - Zhaire House, Western New England
Hal Chalmers Award (Senior-Scholar Athlete) - James Dawson, Salve Regina
Coach of the Year - Skip Bandini, Curry
Team Sportsmanship - Becker
ABOUT COMMONWEALTH COAST FOOTBALL
Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC Football) is a single-sport football conference operating under the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) umbrella. The league has been in operation since 1965 (formerly as the New England Football Conference (NEFC)). The league currently consists of six members – Becker, Curry, Endicott, Nichols, Salve Regina, and Western New England. Membership will increase to seven in 2018 with the addition of the University of New England. Husson will join the conference in 2019.