ECFC recognizes Norwich football players

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Two Norwich football players – Wesley Medeiros and Al Georgio – received conference awards from the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) in well-deserved fashion, according to fellow teammates.

 

“Me, personally, you never prepare yourself to get an award you just prepare yourself to perform the best you can for the team,” said kicker Wesley Medeiros, 19, from Gilford, N.H.

Medeiros booted the winning field goal against Worcester Polytechnic Institute earning him the ECFC Special Teams player of the week honors. He credited the team for the award.

“I do the easy job, they set it up and I finish it off. If I don’t have someone blocking, or setting it up, I wouldn’t be able to do my part,” said Medeiros.

“Wes is the first one on the field and the last one off the field every practice, and putting in the extra effort so he definitely deserves it,” said Tyler Oppelt, 19, a sophomore mechanical engineering major from Latham, N. Y.

Medeiros has displayed enough talent on the field to be a multiple recipient of this award: In two seasons at Norwich, Medieros has won four times.

Medieros’ talent has stretched beyond just kicking field goals for the Cadets. “He is a reason why our defense has played so well, because we are always in the right field position,” said Donovan Murby, 19, a defensive back hailing from Manchester, N. H.

As the kicker and the punter for the Cadets, Medieros abilities play a huge role in giving the Cadets good field position.

“He won us two games this season, and that is pretty big,” said Kidane Hypolite, 19, a sophomore defensive back from Natick, Mass.

Medieros was joined on the Cadets football team in garnering ECFC honors by senior captain running back Al Georgio, who has uncorked some big games gaining a lot of yardage.

“I can’t take all the responsibility for earning this award because I’m only going to be as good as the five guys [offensive line] that are blocking for me, but it is a very good feeling,” said Georgio, 21, a senior Accounting and Financial Economics double major who calls West Greenwich, R.I., home.

Georgio followed up the award by being named the conference’s Offensive Player of the week for the second straight Monday (and third time this season) after rushing for 193 yards on 26 carries with a touchdown in Saturday’s 37-20 win at Becker.

Georgio now leads the conference with 90.2 rushing yards per game and is tied for fourth place with three rushing touchdowns. “He definitely helps our offense by getting the first downs to help us drive the ball downfield,” added Murby.

Georgio was the only player to score a touchdown for Norwich during the game against Worcester Polytechnic Institute, which set up the Wesley Medieros field goal that turned out to be the game winner.

“The award goes based off of stats from that previous Saturday, whoever is on the board for the ECFC looks for an offensive, defensive, and special teams player to give the award to,” explained Georgio.

There were seven other teams in the conference that Medeiros and Georgio were competing against for the ECFC awards.

“Al always puts in his 110 percent, is a leader on the field, and the hardest worker there is,” said Oppelt.

Though they both appreciate getting the recognition, awards are not where the focus is for either of the players.

“The awards are secondary to the team’s success, we are focused on winning a championship and succeeding as a team,” said Medeiros.

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