Middlebury College football players Bobby Ritter (Middlebury, Vt.) and Maxwell Rye (Longmeadow, Mass.) have earned NESCAC Player of the Week honors in their respective areas. The duo helped the Panthers defeat Williams for the sixth time in the last seven years with a 21-10 road win on Saturday.
The defensive player of the week, Ritter made 10 of his career-high 12 tackles in the first half. He made a touchdown-saving stop on a kickoff that limited the Ephs to a field goal and had a pass breakup in the game. All 12 of Ritter's tackles in the game were solo.
Each of Rye's seven punts landed inside the Williams 20-yard line, earning him special teams player of the week honors. He finished with a 38-yard average and a long of 52 yards, as a key punt in the fourth quarter pinned the Ephs on their own 12. He is currently second in the league with a 38.8 yard average, leading the conference with 15 punts inside the opponent's 20 yard line.
The Panthers return home this week to battle Bates at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday.