ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Four Marist football players – fifth-year senior right tackle Phede Celestin (Brooklyn, N.Y.), fifth-year senior left tackle Peter Evans (Laconia, N.H.), fifth-year senior defensive end Terrence Fede (Nyack, N.Y.) and senior linebacker Paul Sakowski (Chester, N.Y.) – were named First Team All-Pioneer Football League on Tuesday.
A total of 18 Red Foxes earned honors from the league. In addition to the four First Team selections, there were Five Second Team selections and nine Honorable Mention choices.
Celestin became the first Marist football player, and 42nd player in the PFL’s 21-year history, to be named First Team All-PFL three times in a career. He started 40 games at right tackle over the last four seasons, and rebounded from a season-ending injury in 2012 to once again have a standout season. Celestin was named PFL Honorable Mention in 2010, and earned First Team honors each of the last three seasons.
Evans earned his first yearly award from the PFL. He was the Red Foxes’ primary starter at left tackle the last two-and-a-half seasons, and made 26 career starts. The efforts of Celestin and Evans helped Marist average 34.4 points and 416.5 yards per game. This season, the Red Foxes set a program record by scoring 378 points.
Fede was the only player in the PFL to be unanimously selected to the First Team. He was named the league’s Defensive Player of the Year on Monday, and is a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award, which is presented to the best defensive player in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). Fede is Marist’s all-time record holder in sacks (30.5), and set the program’s single-season record in that category this year (13). His 1.2 sacks per game currently lead the FCS. Fede was also named First Team All-PFL last year, and Second Team All-PFL in 2011.
Sakowski, one of four captains on this year’s team, was named First Team All-PFL for the first time after being named Honorable Mention the last two seasons. He was second on the Red Foxes in tackles (63) and third in both sacks (four) and tackles for loss (seven). Sakowski scored his first collegiate touchdown in a 37-0 win over Valparaiso on Oct. 5, when he returned a fumble 18 yards to the end zone.
The five Red Foxes named to the Second Team were senior quarterback Chuckie Looney (Ocala, Fla.), senior running back Atiq Lucas (Coram, N.Y.), fifth-year senior left guard Rocco Manfre (Neptune, N.J.), junior safety Zach Adler (Walden, N.Y.) and senior free safety Nick Kaszei (Brook Park, Ohio).
A two-year captain, Looney departs Marist holding the program’s single-season and career records for completions, attempts, yards passing and touchdown passes, as well as the single-game mark for touchdown passes. Lucas led the Red Foxes with 798 rushing yards, and tied for the team lead with 12 touchdowns. Manfre solidified the left guard position for the Red Foxes, and is the only Marist lineman to start every game each of the last two seasons. Adler has recorded a team-leading four interceptions each of the last two seasons. A captain, Kaszei led Marist in total tackles (78) and forced fumbles (three) while recording three interceptions.
Kaszei was named PFL Honorable Mention last year. It is the first PFL yearly award for Looney, Lucas, Manfre and Adler.
The nine Red Foxes named Honorable Mention were fifth-year wide receiver Bartley Leneghan (North Royalton, Ohio), senior wide receiver Armani Martin (Pembroke Pines, Fla.), junior wide receiver Matt Tralli (Croton, N.Y.), junior nose tackle Nicholas Foster (Marlton, N.J.), fifth-year senior defensive end Chris Katerianakis (Baltimore, Md.), sophomore defensive end Landon Moore (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.), senior nose tackle Kevin Stark (Clifton, N.J.), junior safety Connor Mathias (West Lawn, Pa.) and sophomore cornerback Zachary Quarles (Upper Marlboro, Md.).
Martin set Marist’s single-season record with 12 touchdown receptions in 2013. It is the second straight year Foster has been named Honorable Mention, and the first time for Leneghan, Martin, Tralli, Katerianakis, Moore, Stark, Mathias and Quarles.
The Marist football team won a varsity record eight games in 2013, and earned a share of the PFL championship with a 7-1 mark in league play.