Football Sees Seven Earn All-League Laurels

LANCASTER, Pa. – Seven Susquehanna players were named to the All-Centennial Conference football team, announced on Tuesday morning, with four of them earning a spot on the First Team.

Running back Greg Tellish (Mount Airy, Md./South Carroll), tight end Matt Knouse (Elliottsburg, Pa./West Perry), linebacker Trevor Terpening (Mount Airy, Md./South Carroll) and kicker Spencer Hotaling (Selinsgrove, Pa./Selinsgrove Area) were named to the First Team. Hotaling is the 11th freshman in conference history to earn First-Team All-League recognition.

Earning Second-Team honors was freshman punter Taylor Morton [Elkton, Md./Salesianum (Del.)] and honorable mention recipients were quarterback Rich Palazzi (Newfoundland, Pa./Wallenpaupack) and defensive lineman Ken Schetroma (Elysburg, Pa./Southern Columbia Area).

In addition, senior Jesse Eggerton (Montoursville, Pa./Loyalsock Twp.) and junior Aaron Inch (Selinsgrove, Pa./Line Mountain) were named to the Academic Honor Roll. Eggerton is a finance major while Inch is a history/secondary education major. To be eligible for the Honor Roll, a student-athlete must be of sophomore standing or higher and maintain a cumulative grade-point average of 3.40 or higher.

Tellish, who was a Second-Team honoree in 2010, came just 58 yards shy of reaching the 1,000 yard mark for the season. He finished his senior campaign with 942 yards on 228 carries and had 11 touchdowns, second only to Palazzi’s 12 passing touchdowns. His 942 yards are the ninth-best single-season mark in SU history.

One of those 228 carries went for a school-record 91 yards from the line of scrimmage and resulted in a touchdown in SU’s win over McDaniel. Tellish averaged 4.1 yards per carry and 94.2 yards per game and was the third leading rusher in the league.

Knouse stepped up big time this season after the loss of Preseason All-Conference player Mike Ritter. Knouse reeled in 38 catches for 397 yards and two touchdowns. He averaged nearly 40 yards per game and 10.4 yards per catch. His 397 yards were a career-high as was his longest catch of the year, a 35-yarder.

On the other side of the ball, Terpening was a defensive anchor all season as the team. SU started with a 3-4 defense before making a midseason move to a 4-3, a move that did not faze Terpening one bit; in fact, he seemed to thrive. He led the team in tackles (93), solo tackles (58) and assisted tackles (35). Of those 93 tackles, which were 43 more than the next closest player on the team, 9.5 were for loss

Terpening also added four sacks, one pass break-up, one pass defended, one forced fumble and one safety. He finished his career with 254 career tackles, 33 of which were for loss.

The fourth player named to the first team was Hotaling. Hotaling connected on 11-of-14 field goal attempts, including a long of 33, and was 8-for-8 in attempts from 29 yards or under. He also converted 21-of-28 PAT attempts.

In the kickoff game, he booted 46 kicks for 2416 yards, averaging 52.5 yards per kick, and accounted for three touchbacks by Crusader opponents. Hotaling finished the season second on the team in scoring with 54 points.

Fellow rookie Morton was a Second-Team Specialist as a punter. He had 34 punts for 1,333 yards and a 39.2 yards-per-punt average. Morton’s longest punt was a 57-yarder and he had nine punts land inside the 20. He also had three punts of 50-plus yards as Susquehanna finished the regular season ranked second in the conference in punting.

Palazzi was an honorable mention after passing for 2,252 yards and 12 touchdowns this season. Those 2,252 yards are the third-best single season mark in Susquehanna history, while his 173 completions are second all-time. Palazzi averaged more than 225 yards per game and 60 yards per completion.

Thanks in part to the play of Palazzi, Tellish and Knouse, SU was ranked second in pass offense, third in total offense and first in red zone offense in the Centennial Conference.

Finally, Schetroma had a career year as a junior. He had a career-best 34 solo tackles to go along with 14 assisted tackles. An impressive 10.5 of those tackles were for loss, another personal best, and he also chipped in three sacks, three pass breakups and one fumble recovery for a defense that racked up 25 sacks and 62 tackles for loss on the year.

The Crusaders finished 2011 with a 6-4 record, including a 5-4 mark in conference games. Those six victories mark a four-win improvement from just one year ago.