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Middleborough High Grad Gwozdz Named to Inaugural NFF National High School Scholar-Athlete Class 


Roger Crosley, the second Executive Director in the history of the Grinold/Eastern Massachusetts Chapter, has been named as the recipient of one of the five Chapter Leadership Awards that will be presented at the National Football Founda-tion Awards Banquet on Tuesday, December 4 at the New York Hilton.

2018 Middleborough High School graduate Evan Gwozdz has been selected one of 67 scholar-athletes nationwide to be named to the first National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Class. The announcement marks a new initiative by the NFF to honor the top high school scholar-athletes from around the country and the NFF Chapter Network as the best and the brightest at the local level.

"Launching this new initiative allows us to shine a national spotlight on some of the most deserving high school student-athletes honored at the local level by our expansive Chapter Network," said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. "We hope that this new honor will become one of the most prestigious local awards that a high school player can receive." The 67 honorees were selected from a pool of over 3,500 student-athletes selected by NFF chapters nationwide.Criteria to make the class include but are not limited to academic achievement, athletic accolades and community involvement.

Gwozdz is currently dually enrolled at MIT and Harvard where he is studying Chemical Engineering and Business Administration. He is a back-up quarterback at MIT which is undefeated through the first seven weeks of the season.

DARTMOUTH, Mass. --  The final Grinold Chapter New England Division III football weekly rankings of the 2018 season have been released, and MIT holds the top spot for the seventh time in eight weeks.



Former Chapter Executive Director Named Recipient of NFF Chapter Leadership Award.

"I look at it as an award for the entire Chapter, not an individual accolade," Crosley said. "The things that the NFF recognized as 'leadership' are the results of the work of a lot of people in the chapter as well as our membership growth. I humbly accept the award on behalf of all the members of the Grinold Chapter."

The NFF Chapter Leadership Awards, first presented in 1988, annually recognize five individuals, one from each region of the country, for their commitment, generosity and leadership at the local level in fulfilling the NFF’s mission of demonstrating that Football Matters. 

The NEWMAC champion Engineers received 11 first place votes to outdistance runner-up Trinity, as the NESCAC co-champion Bantams collected two first place votes.  MASCAC champion Framingham State (which garnered the other first place vote) follows in third place, while NESCAC co-champion Amherst and Commonwealth Coast champion Western New England round out the top five.  ECFC champion Husson stands in sixth place in the final rankings, while Tufts, Western Connecticut, Springfield and Endicott complete the final poll of the 2018 campaign.

The New England Division III Football Poll is presented by the Jack Grinold/Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the National Football Foundation, which also serves as the title sponsor of the weekly Gold Helmet Awards presented by the New England Football Writers Association throughout the season.

Rank School (FPV), Record, Points, Previous Rank   

1 MIT (11 first place votes), 9-1 record, 137 points, last week's rank 1

2 Trinity (2), 8-1, 119, 2

3 Framingham (1), 8-2, 104, 3

4 Amherst, 8-1, 91, 6

5 Western New England, 8-2, 81, 8

6 Husson, 8-2, 62, 9

7 Tufts, 7-2, 55, 10
8 Western Connecticut, 8-2, 40, 2

9 Springfield, 7-3, 36, 7

10 Endicott, 7-3, 27, 5 Tufts, 6-2, 24, 10

Also Receiving Votes: Salve Regina (16), Coast Guard (11), Bridgewater (5)

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Pindell, Garvin Named As This Week’s Recipients Of NEFW/Grinold Chapter Gold Helmet Awards

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. --  UConn senior quarterback David Pindell and Fitchburg State senior running back Sterlin Garvin are this week’s recipients of the New England Football Writers Association Gold Helmet Awards presented by the Jack Grinold/Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the National Football Foundation.

Pindell, a native of Columbia, Md. and a graduate of Oakland Mills High School, collected his second Gold Helmet Award of the season after amassing 396 yards of total offense and accounting for six touchdowns (four passing, two rushing) in the Huskies’ 62-50 setback to Southern Methodist.  Garvin, a native of Canton, Mass. and a graduate of Canton High School, rushed for 296 yards (three shy of the school single-game record) on 36 carries and scored four touchdowns in the Falcons’ 32-29 victory at UMass Dartmouth.

The Gold Helmet Awards are presented each Wednesday afternoon at the weekly New England Football Writers Association Media Luncheons that take place at Harvard University’s Dillon Field House.  For the fourth straight year, the Jack Grinold Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the National Football Foundation is the presenting sponsor for both the weekly and end-of-year Gold Helmet Awards presented to student-athletes from FBS, FCS, Division II and Division III institutions throughout New England. For more information on the Gold Helmet Awards and the New England Football Writers Association, please visit