Eight Football Players Honored by Centennial Conference

Eight Football Players Honored by Centennial Conference

LANCASTER, Pa. – Following its second-straight winning season, the Susquehanna football team saw eight of its student-athletes earn All-Centennial Conference honors. Four players received First-Team accolades while two were Second-Team honors and two were named honorable mentions.

Senior wide receiver Mike Ritter (Selinsgrove, Pa./Selinsgrove), senior defensive lineman Ken Schetroma (Elysburg, Pa./Southern Columbia), senior defensive back Jalon Scott (Albany, N.Y./Albany HS) and sophomore kicker Spencer Hotaling (Selinsgrove, Pa./Selinsgrove) were all named to the First Team. The Second-Team recipients included junior offensive lineman Brandon Cuevas (Wharton, N.J./Morris Catholic) and sophomore linebacker Adrian Bernard (East Stroudsburg, Pa./Pius X) while senior running back Connor McGrath (Sparta, N.J./Pope John XXIII Regional/Assumption) was an offensive honorable mention and senior defensive back Jack McCarty (Westminster, Md./South Carroll) was a defensive honorable mention.

Ritter leaves SU as one of the program’s top wide receivers. This year he led the team in every receiving category, including catches (58), yards (895) and touchdowns (11). He averaged a conference-best 89.5 yards per game and better than 15 yards per catch.

His 189 career receptions are second all-time, as are his 28 career touchdowns and 2,788 career yards. Ritter, a team captain, also earned First-Team All-Centennial Conference honors in 2010.

Schetroma, also a team captain, earned a spot on the First Team after picking up Second-Team honors as a junior. This season, he racked up 51 tackles (33 solo, 18 assisted), 10 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, one interception, – the first of his career - broke up four passes and defended five more. Schetroma also forced two fumbles and recovered another.

Schetroma finished his career with 217 total tackles, 3.5 TFL and eight pass breakups.

Like Schetroma, Scott earned a spot on the First Team. Scott, who was the 2009 Liberty League Rookie of the Year in the team’s final season in that conference, finished his senior campaign with 58 tackles (35 solo, 23 assisted), two tackles for loss, eight passes defended, one sack and one interception. He leaves SU with 210 career tackles and eight interceptions.

Scott, the team’s third captain, also played a significant role on special teams, returning 14 kicks for 333 yards and two touchdowns over the course of the season.

The final First-Team recipient was Hotaling. Hotaling entered the season with kickoff and field goal duties before also taking over punting duties less than halfway through the season. Hotaling finished with 43 punts for an average of 39.7 yards per punt (including a long of 59 yards). He booted 10 inside the 20-yard line and had seven punts of 50 yards or more.

Hotaling also had 46 kickoffs for 2,622 yards (57 yards per punt) and connected on all six field goal attempts with a long of 41 yards.

Cuevas was named to the Second Team as he was a member of an offensive line that helped the Crusaders gain 1200 yards on the ground (120 yards per game) and average better than three yards per carry. The SU running backs also racked up nine touchdowns and six times this season the Crusaders were able to put more than 20 points on the board, including a 42-point performance at McDaniel.

Bernard was the third defensive player to earn All-Conference recognition. Bernard broke out his sophomore season, leading the team in tackles (98) and tackles for loss (13.5). He also added one sack and forced four fumbles.

McGrath was an honorable mention as the team’s leading rusher. He racked up 903 yards on 213 carries and averaged better than 90 yards per game. He also found the end zone five times and had a long run of 51 yards.

Finally, McCarty was a defensive honorable mention. The senior capped off his career with 72 tackles, three sacks and a career-high four interceptions, a tally that placed him tied for second among all conference players. McCarty was also responsible for three fumble recoveries, one sack and one forced fumble.

Susquehanna, under the direction of head coach Steve Briggs, finished the 2012 season with a 6-4 record, including a 5-4 mark in conference games. The winning season marked the first time in 12 years the Crusaders have put together back-to-back winning seasons.