2019 Football News

  • Ritter Honored By Gridiron Club of Greater Boston
    December 02, 2019
    Middlebury football head coach Bob Ritter has been named the New England Division III Coach of the Year by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston. He will be honored at a dinner on Thursday, December 19 at the Burlington Marriott Hotel in Massachusetts.
  • NESCAC Fall All-Academic Team Members Honored
    November 27, 2019
    The New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) has announced its 2019 Fall All-Academic Selections. To be honored, a student-athlete must have reached sophomore academic standing with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.50. A transfer student must have completed one year of study at the institution. The following are Middlebury's 98 representatives, the highest total in the conference.
  • Pistorius Named to All-New England Team
    November 25, 2019
    Middlebury College linebacker Jack Pistorius (Park Ridge, Ill.) has been named to the New England Division II/III Football Writers All-Star team. The junior was recently named the NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year and helped lead the Panthers to the NESCAC Championship this fall with the program’s first undefeated season (9-0) since 1972.
  • NESCAC Fall All-Sportsmanship Team Announced
    November 21, 2019
    The New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) announced its Fall All-Sportsmanship Team for each fall sport sponsored by the conference. The All-Sportsmanship Team is composed of one student-athlete from each institution for each sport and is selected by the players and coaches from their respective team for their positive contributions to sportsmanship. The student-athlete selected must be in good academic standing and a member of the team at the conclusion of the season in order to be eligible for selection.
  • Football Sweeps NESCAC Awards - 11 Players Earn All-Conference Honors
    November 18, 2019
    Middlebury took home all four major awards and boasted 11 players on the All-NESCAC Football Teams. Junior quarterback Will Jernigan (Decatur, Ga.) was named the league’s Offensive Player of the Year, while junior linebacker Jack Pistorius (Park Ridge, Ill.) was touted the conference Defensive Player of the Year. First-year running back Alex Maldjian (Rumson, N.J.) earned Co-Rookie of the Year honors, while head coach Bob Ritter was named the NESCAC Coach of the Year. The group helped lead the Panthers to the NESCAC Championship this fall with the program’s first undefeated season (9-0) since 1972.
  • Six Panther Football Players Named CoSIDA Academic All-District
    November 14, 2019
    Six members of the Middlebury College football team have been named College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) District II First-Team Academic All-District selections by the organization. Seniors Maxwell Rye (Longmeadow, Mass.), Kevin Woodring (Norwalk, Conn.) and Martin Williams (Chestnut Hill, Mass.), along with juniors Will Jernigan (Decatur, Ga.), Pete Huggins (Houston, Texas) and Wyllis McKissick (Littleton, Colo.) were all named to the team. The group helped lead the Panthers to the NESCAC Championship this fall with the program’s first undefeated season (9-0) since 1972.
  • Middlebury Wins NESCAC Title With Perfect 9-0 Mark
    November 09, 2019
    Middlebury became the first team in NESCAC history to finish with a 9-0 record, as the Panthers captured their fourth NESCAC Championship after a 31-24 win over Tufts (4-5) on Saturday. The 2019 Middlebury squad joins the 8-0 teams of 1936 and 1972 as the only undefeated teams in school history.
  • Football Remains Unbeaten With Win Over Hamilton
    November 02, 2019
    Middlebury remained undefeated on the season as the Panthers downed Hamilton (4-4) 14-7 in the “Rocking Chair Classic.” The 8-0 start matches the 1972 Middlebury squad that finished with a perfect 8-0 mark. The Panthers wrap up their regular season with a 12:30 p.m. kickoff next Saturday at Tufts, while the Continentals will host Bates at noon.
  • Ritter Wins 100th Game as Football Downs Bowdoin on the Road
    October 26, 2019
    Bob Ritter recorded his 100th career win as Middlebury remained undefeated with a 47-29 win at Bowdoin (0-7) on Saturday afternoon. The Panthers (7-0) return home next Saturday to face Hamilton at 12:30 p.m.
  • Jernigan Earns NESCAC Honors
    October 21, 2019
    Middlebury College quarterback Will Jernigan (Decatur, Ga.) has been named the NESCAC Offensive Player of the Week. The junior completed 18-25 (.720) passes for 359 yards with four touchdowns as Middlebury remained unbeaten with a 45-21 win over Wesleyan. He threw touchdown passes for 23, 80, 25 and 18 yards in the game, while gaining 36 yards on the ground. Jernigan is second in the league with 249.3 yards passing/game, while leading the league with 309.8 yards of total offense/contest. He and his teammates will visit Bowdoin on Saturday with a 1:00 p.m. kickoff.
  • Middlebury Remains NESCAC’s Only Unbeaten Team With Convincing Win Over Wesleyan
    October 19, 2019
    Middlebury took over sole possession of first place in the NESCAC standings after a convincing 45-21 win over Wesleyan (5-1) on Youngman Field at Alumni Stadium. The Panthers remain the league’s only unbeaten team, and will return to action at Bowdoin next weekend. The Cardinals will visit Amherst on Saturday. Middlebury moves to 6-0 for the first time since 1977 after outgaining Wesleyan 529-350 on the day.
  • Middlebury Survives Colby to Improve to 5-0
    October 12, 2019
    Colby missed a game-winning field goal with 22 seconds left, as Middlebury remained undefeated with a 27-26 win over the Mules (0-5) on Homecoming at Alumni Stadium. The Panthers (5-0) will host Wesleyan next Saturday at 1:00 p.m. as the 4-0 Cardinals play Tufts later on tonight (Saturday). Colby will visit Trinity next weekend.
  • Kevin Woodring '20 - Midd Minute
    October 10, 2019
    In this edition of Midd Minute, football/baseball player Kevin Woodring ‘20 talks about a musical instrument he played growing up. #MiddMinute #GoMidd
  • Pistorius Named NESCAC Defensive Player of the Week
    October 07, 2019
    Middlebury College linebacker Jack Pistorius (Park Ridge, Ill.) has been named the NESCAC Defensive Player of the Week. The junior made a game-high 13 tackles in Middlebury's 34-31 double-overtime win at Amherst. He recorded 12 solo tackles and two tackles for loss, including one in the first overtime, during the victory. Pistorius leads the team with 34 tackles through four games, to go along with 3.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. The 4-0 Panthers return home this Saturday when they host Colby at 1:00 p.m.
  • Football Edges Amherst in 2OT, Moves to 4-0
    October 05, 2019
    Will Jernigan connected with Maxwell Rye for a nine-yard touchdown pass, leading Middlebury (4-0) to a 34-31 win at Amherst (3-1) in double overtime. The Panthers, along with Wesleyan, are the only two NESCAC teams with unblemished records. Middlebury returns home next Saturday when it hosts Colby at 1:00 p.m.
  • Norton & Massengill Garner NESCAC Honors
    September 30, 2019
    Middlebury College football players Alex Norton (Cohasset, Mass.) and Carter Massengill (Summit, N.J.) have earned NESCAC Player of the Week honors in their respective areas. The duo helped the Panthers defeat Trinity on Saturday by a score of 32-27. The Panthers return to action on Saturday when they visit Amherst for a 2:00 p.m. game.
  • Football Downs Trinity to Remain Undefeated
    September 28, 2019
    Middlebury improved to 3-0 on the season, as the Panthers defeated Trinity 32-27 before a crowd of 2,850 on Youngman Field at Alumni Stadium. Middlebury is back in action next Saturday when it travels to 3-0 Amherst for a 2:00 p.m. start, while the Bantams (1-2) will host Hamilton.
  • Football Blanks Bates
    September 21, 2019
    Middlebury improved to 2-0 on the season with a 28-0 road win at Bates (0-2) Saturday afternoon. The Panthers return to action next Saturday when they host Trinity at 1:00 p.m.
  • Late Touchdown Lifts Middlebury Past Williams
    September 14, 2019
    Quarterback Will Jernigan scored on a keeper from five yards out with 29.6 seconds on the clock , giving Middlebury (1-0, 1-0) a 17-13 victory over Williams (0-1, 0-1) in the season opener for both teams. The Panthers return to action at Bates next Saturday, while the Ephs will host Tufts.
  • 2019 Football Season Preview
    September 10, 2019
    The Panther football team enters the 2019 season with a solid core of returning players, ready to challenge for a NESCAC title. The team finished with a 5-4 mark a year ago as injuries plagued the Panthers down the stretch during second their nine-game season in 101 years. This fall, Middlebury will tackle a new schedule for the first time since 1992, as the traditional order of opponents has been shuffled. The Panthers will open their season on September 14 at 2:00 p.m. when they host Williams.
  • Keep Up to Date With Your Favorite Panther Teams
    September 03, 2019
    Keep up with your favorite Panther teams this season by joining our EMAIL LISTS. The Northeast Sports Network (NSN) will webcast well over 100 Middlebury home games as well as several away contests.