Quarterback Matt Milano of the Middlebury College football team was named the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Offensive Player of the Week following the Panthers’ 27-7 win at Colby on Sept. 27.
A 2012 graduate of New Canaan High School, Milano, a junior, made his second career start after taking over as the starting QB this season and was 22-of-33 for 290 yards and two touchdowns in the victory.
His first TD strike went to Grant Luna for 25 yards and put the Panthers ahead 14-0 with 1:05 remaining in the opening quarter.
After Colby closed the gap to 14-7 early in the second, Milano found Brett Harasimowicz with a five-yard touchdown pass to boost the lead to 14 points with 4:03 to go in the half.
Middlebury kicker Michael Dola added a 33-yard field goal as time expired for a 24-7 halftime lead, and booted a 25-yard field goal in the third quarter for the final points of the game.
For the season, Milano has is 54-of-100 passing for 561 yards, an average of 187 per game. He’s thrown four touchdown passes and has been intercepted twice.
The Panthers are 1-2 to begin the season and will play at Williams College at 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 11.
Milano holds the NCHS career records in passing yards (6,335), pass completions (487) and pass attempts (807), and also has the top two spots for passing yards in a season with 3,214 in 2010, and 2,980 in 2011.
Middlebury’s football roster features several former FCIAC standouts, including Staples’ wide receiver Brandon Rankowitz, a senior who has caught eight of Milano’s passes for 76 yards.
Norwalk’s Gil Arujo, a junior, is on the Panthers’ defensive line and has 12 solo tackles, 10 assists, two sacks and one forced fumble.
Offensive lineman Joao Rocha, a 2014 graduate of NCHS and a former captain of the Rams, is a freshman on the Middlebury roster.
Also in the freshman ranks are defensive lineman Robert Wood, a 2014 graduate of St. Luke’s, and quarterback Silas Wyper, a 2014 graduate of Darien High School.