Big Green Players Earn Honors
Hanover — Dartmouth College placed three seniors on the New England Football Writers Association FCS All-New England Team — offensive lineman Cohle Fowler, running back Dominick Pierre and linebacker Michael Runger.
The Big Green have had 13 selections on the team in the past five seasons, with Runger being chosen for a second straight year.
A two-time All-Ivy First Team performer, Runger finished his Dartmouth career by leading the team in tackles for a second straight season with 85, which ranked third in the league. His 14 stops at Brown and season-high 15 in the season finale against Princeton, along with two pass breakups, gave him back-to-back Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week awards.
Pierre, Dartmouth’s second all-time leading rusher with 2,638 yards, became the fifth player in the program’s 132-year history to run for 1,000 yards in a season. The workhorse took the handoff 214 times — far and away the most in the league — to compile his 1,064 yards to rank second in the Ancient Eight, and he is currently 15th nationally in yards per game (106.4). Pierre ran for 13 touchdowns as well, with at least one in every contest to set a Big Green record. His 30 career rushing touchdowns rank second all-time, and he sits in sixth on the Dartmouth career scoring list with 180 points.
Fowler, a 6-5, 315-pound native of Claremore, Okla., was also an All-Ivy First Team honoree. He started every game at right guard, helping to plow the way for Pierre to attain his statistical achievements.
Lebanon Players Honored
A season that included three wins in its final four games netted Lebanon High five selections on the New Hampshire Division II North Conference all-star team this week.
The Raiders, who finished 4-5 and placed third in the five-school conference, matched Kennett for the second-most all-North choices in an association dominated by D-II state champion Plymouth’s nine. Laconia filled four slots, and Hanover claimed one.
Lebanon contributed senior guard Jacob Mellish and senior kicker Grayson Hardy on the all-conference offense. The Raiders’ defensive honorees consisted of sophomore linebacker Walker Tuttle, senior defensive back Austin Pelletier and senior safety Ian Girdwood. Senior Shawn Cavallaro claimed Hanover’s sole all-conference slot as a kick returner.
Kearsarge also had one selection on the Division II West Conference team in guard D.J. Heiner. Monadnock, the only D-II team to record a perfect 9-0 regular season, led the West with nine all-conference choices.
Division II coaches are scheduled to meet on Dec. 12 to determine their all-state team. D-III coaches are also expected to release their all-conference and all-state selections in the coming days.