Kean football shines with multiple players of the week
By Craig Epstein | Published Oct. 26, 2016
Kean football has come roaring out of the gate. After losing their season-opener against Christopher Newport, they rattled off 3 wins in a row against Bridgewater State, The College of New Jersey and William Paterson. With a loss to Frostburg State University, their record lies at 3-2. The first three games of the season were on the road.
Along with an impressive record, 3 players have earned New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) weekly awards. Those 3 players are kicker Aryeh Moslavi, linebacker Darin Hungerford and defensive-back Vaughn Scott.
Moslavi, who is a Fair Lawn native, earned his award as special teams player of the week on Sept. 12 after kicking the game winning field-goal to cap off Kean’s come-from-behind win against Bridgewater State 15-14. Moslavi is currently ranked fifth in the NJAC in kick scoring at 4.8 points per game.
When asked for a statement, Coach Dan Garrett had nothing but positive things to say about his kicker.
“[Aryeh] Moslavi has a lot of potential to be a phenomenal kicker,” Garrett said. “He has the leg strength that is required to be very successful, he works hard at his craft, and he is a great asset for our football program.”
Along with Moslavi, Vaughn Scott also earned NJAC special teams player of the week, this time on Sept. 25. Scott contributed to Kean’s 24-13 road win against William Paterson as both punt and kick returner. He averaged 12.8 yards per punt return on four attempts and currently ranks sixth in the NJAC in kickoff return average at 20.4.
“Vaughn has the speed to be a difference-maker on the field,” Garrett said. “He is very athletic and is a weapon when it comes to special teams.”
Garrett went on to say more about his defensive- back.
“People have to prepare for Vaughn and the speed he brings to our return teams by ultimately kicking the ball away from him, which as a player, is frustrating and the ultimate compliment at the same time” Garrett said.
Linebacker Darin Hungerford was named NJAC defensive player of the week on Sept. 25 after helping Kean win its third consecutive game in a 24-13 win against William Paterson. Hungerford led the Kean defense for the day with 11 tackles, including 3 that were solo.
“Darin is an extremely athletic football player,” said Coach Garrett. “He makes some of the hardest things on a football field look easy.”
His 3.5 tackles for a loss in a game also leads the NJAC so far this season. Hungerford is currently ranked third in the NJAC with 9.5 tackles for a loss. Coach Garrett had more to say about his linebacker.
“He plays with a great motor, non-stop to the football, and is relentless in the pass-rush. He plays the game very physically at the line of scrimmage, and gives offensive linemen problems with his speed and strength.”
There are only two more home games left in the 2016 season. Matchups with Southern Virginia University and Montclair State University will take place on Oct. 29 and Nov. 12, respectively.