Football nets nine on All-Centennial squad; Rountree makes first-team for fourth time

Football nets nine on All-Centennial squad; Rountree makes first-team for fourth time

LANCASTER, Pa. – Nine members of the Ursinus College football team were named to the 2012 All-Centennial team on Tuesday by the conference office. The team is selected by the head coaches in the Centennial Conference.

Headlining the selections is senior defensive back Chris Rountree (Lawnside, N.J./Haddon Heights) who was named to the first-team for the fourth straight time. He becomes only the second player in Centennial Conference history to accomplish that feat, joining Joe King from F&M who did it from 1987 to 1990.

Joining him on the first team is senior offensive lineman Mike D'Amico (Yardville, N.J./Notre Dame).

Second-team honors went to junior quarterback Chris Curran (Oceanview, N.J./Ocean City), junior wide receiver Jerry Rahill (Chalfont, Pa./Archbishop Wood) and sophomore wide receiver Darius Jones (Lawnside, N.J./Haddon Heights).

Defensively, senior defensive tackle Greg Fontaina (Millburn, N.J./Millburn) earned second-team honors.

Junior offensive lineman Joe Polansky (North East, Md./Caravel Academy), junior defensive lineman Andrew Fiorentino (Oceanview, N.J./Ocean City) and senior defensive back Scott Gardus (Allentown, Pa./Salisbury Township) were named honorable mention.

Rountree finished his career with 21 interceptions, tied for the school record with recently inducted Ursinus Hall of Famer Brad Brewster. He had 40 tackles this season, including 35 solo stops. He also had 12 pass breakups and three interceptions for 48 yards.

D'Amico, a second-team pick last season, was part of an offensive line that averaged 372 yards of total offense a game.

Curran got his name in the record book during his second full season as the Bears quarterback. He set the school record for most touchdown passes in a season with 25, and finished second in school history for seasonal totals in attempts (362), yardage (2,632) and completions (188). He threw only four interceptions this season. His 263.2 yards per game average was the best in the Centennial and he accounted for 292.9 yards of total offense per game, which is the best in the Centennial. He also ran for 297 yards and four touchdowns. Curran was an honorable mention selection last season.

Rahill finished the season with team-bests in catches (53) and yardage (765). He was also named the Kenneth Walker Trophy winner for being the most outstanding player in the Homecoming Game. He finished second in the conference in receiving yards per game at 76.5.

Jones led the team with nine touchdown catches and had 661 yards to boot. His 54 total points scored was the second-best on the team.

Fontaina, was second on the team in sacks with 4.5 and had nine tackles for a loss. He also had 40 tackles on the season and recovered a school-best three fumbles including one for a touchdown in the win over Dickinson.

Polansky played in nine games this season, starting all nine. Like D'Amico, he helped anchor an offensive line that averaged 372 yards per game.

Fiorentino had a standout year as he finished with a team-best eight sacks and 10.5 tackles for losses. He had 37 tackles on the season, with 30 of them being solo.

Gardus, an All-Academic selection, had a team-best 37 solo tackles and finished third on the team in stops with 45. He had two interceptions and nine pass breakups, which were second-best on the team behind Rountree.

Ursinus finished the season 6-4 and 5-4 in the Centennial. This marks only the second-time in school history that a senior class finished all four seasons without a losing record.