Four Pioneers Receive All-NEC Honors

Four Pioneers Receive All-NEC Honors

2012 All-NEC Football Release

FAIRFIELD, CT (November 25, 2012) - Four Sacred Heart Pioneers were named to the 2012 All-Northeast Conference Football team announced this week by the league office.  Seniors Justin Martel (Manchester, NH) and Tyler Foehr (Florence, NJ) were named to the All-NEC first team while r-junior Chaz Partosan (Willimantic, CT) and junior Justin Sexton (Murrieta, CA) garnered second team honors.

Martel and Foehr made their preseason selections to the All-NEC team stand-up by earning first team honors.  For both, it was their first selections to the All-NEC team.  Martel anchored the Pioneer offensive line the last three seasons.  Martel has started at both tackle positions but this fall moved into the starting left tackle role, protecting the quarterback's blind side.

Foehr finished second on the Pioneers in tackles this season from his defensive end position.  He posted 82 total tackles, including 48 solo stops and 13 tackles for a loss.  Foehr was second on the team with 6.5 sacks on the year.  Where Foehr really made his presence felt was on special teams where he blocked five kicks including a pair of field goals, this season.

Partosan complimented Foehr at the other defensive end spot and led the team with 7.5 sacks this season.  Partosan and Foehr led a pass defense that led the NEC with 33 sacks this season.  He finished the season with 37 total tackles and had 12.5 for a loss.  He was tied for third in the NEC in sacks and tied for fifth in tackles for a loss.   The Pioneers finished the season with the ninth ranked pass defense in the nation also ranking ninth in sacks.  

Sexton was the leading tackler for the Pioneers this fall posting 118 total tackles, a number that is ranked second in the SHU record book for tackles in a season.  Sexton had 70 solo tackles, a number that was five off the school record.  He led the NEC averaging 10.7 tackles per game on the year.  He ranked 14th among NCAA leaders in tackles per game.

The junior inside linebacker led the team in the takeaway department as well, finishing with three interceptions and four fumble recoveries.  He led the team with 15.5 tackles for a loss, ranking second among NEC leaders.