By Caroline Chaves
Stonehill quarterback Matt Foltz and wide receiver Andrew Jamiel broke numerous records in their 56-30 game win against Pace Nov. 4, setting the stage for their next win against AIC the following week.
Senior Matt Foltz completed the game against Pace having set the new record for career passing yards at 7,022 while simultaneously becoming the first player in program history to pass 7,000 yards.
Foltz started playing football when he was nine and has played every year since, the game against AIC on Saturday marked the end of his football career at Stonehill. He said countless coaches have had a major impact on his career and life as mentors, but most importantly, the support and dedication of his parents were always a strong and dependable motivation.
“My parents have not missed a single game over my entire football career” Foltz said. “They have traveled to every game I started in college. That means a lot considering they travel from our home in Mount Joy, PA every weekend during the fall.”
Sophomore Andrew Jamiel made history during the football team’s game against Pace University with the single greatest performance by any wide receiver in NE-10 history, for which his was named offensive player of the week, his second time receiving the honor.
“It was a good game” said Jamiel, “I had a lot of my friends and my family come to that game, and I mean they’re a great motivation. I don’t know, Matt (Foltz) did a great job as well… throwing the ball. So, yeah, it was just one of those days, you know, everything was just clicking.”
Jamiel’s main feat and record breaker were his five touchdowns, however he also reached the second highest yards at 294 for Division 2 and matched his own program record with 18 receptions. He was recognized nationally as the co-offensive player of the week for Division II football.
“I’m a very competitive person and I want to be perfect. I had 18 catches in that game and I also had one drop, so it would have been 19 catches and that’s what I thought about the most,” Jamiel said.
Had he completed that 19th catch, Jamiel would have broken his own record for most receptions in one game, which he recorded last year in a game against New Haven, and tied in this game.
Jamiel was awarded the Golden Helmet, joining his teammate Brian Kearns who received the award two weeks ago. The award, given by the Jack Grinold Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the National Football Foundation’s Division II/III, has also been awarded to Stonehill seniors Donovan Phanor and Foltz in 2015, and Foltz again in 2016.
Jamiel cited his teammates as the main factor about Stonehill that has influenced his gameplay.
“In high school it’s different, a lot of kids don’t care about football as much but here in college everyone on the team loves football and playing football and they wouldn’t be here if they didn’t. So it’s just good that they’re always there for me and I’m always there for them. We play for each other,” he said.
However, it isn’t just Stonehill that makes Jamiel the player he is.
He named his father and two brothers as his greatest motivation and mentors in his football career so far.
“My dad has taught me how to be a disciplined, hardworking player and person. My older brother played WR [wide receiver] at Sacred Heart University and has taught me just about everything I know about playing the position. My little brother motivates me because I know he looks up to me, and I want to show him how to play the game the right away.”
And about his future football career goals Jamiel said he hopes to be the best player he can possibly be.
“Just never be satisfied, to come out to practice every day like I have something to prove,” he said.
As for the last game of the season, Jamiel said he predicted the win: “I’m confident. I think we’re gonna win,” he said before the game. We’ve never beaten AIC in program history, 0 in 20. So, we’re gonna make history this year, we’re gonna beat them. I promise. I promise.”
And Jamiel was right. While the win was a perfect end to the season, it marks a bittersweet day for the senior football players, including Foltz who ended his career after taking a knee for the clear win in the last few seconds of the game.
“Not everything always went as planned during my career here. However, it was great to go out on a high note. The win was what was important. Making history by beating AIC was just the cherry on top,” Foltz said.