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4 WMA Football players earn awards

Four members of the Wilbraham & Monson Academy Football team earned awards from the New England Prep School Athletic Council for their performance during the 2022 season.

Tyler Poirier ’23, Desmond Perezcastaneda ’23, Joey Weidl ’23 and Val Enghave ’23 received postseason recognition for the Titans.

Quotes from Coach Jeff Vartabedian

On Tyler (All-NEPSAC Class B, All-Evergreen League Honorable Mention): “Tyler had an outstanding season for the Titans as he was a high-impact player on offense, defense and special teams. Offensively, Tyler was our go-to receiver and came down with many clutch receptions in big situations, finishing with 33 receptions for 673 yards (20.4 average) and four touchdowns. On defense, Tyler was assigned to guard each team's top wide receiver, and regularly held each player to minimal catches and yards. Tyler also did an excellent job punting, kicking and returned many punts and kickoffs for big yards.”   

On Desmond (All-NEPSAC Class B Honorable Mention, All-Evergreen League Honorable Mention): “Desmond had a fantastic senior season, having a tremendous impact with both his play and his leadership. As a hard-hitting middle linebacker, Desmond led our team in tackles, made numerous fourth down stops in critical games and set the tone for our defense all year. As a physical running back on offense, he not only led our rushing attack, but was a weapon both as a receiver (24 catches) and a quarterback (9 for 14, 320 yards, touchdown and two-point conversion). Desmond's positive leadership as a captain was some of the best I have seen in my time at WMA.”

On Joey (All-Evergreen League): “It was really great to see Joey have a big senior year. He emerged as an impact defensive end last year as a junior, and this year he combined that with being a complete tight end/wide receiver on offense. Joey totally embraced becoming a true tight end, where he blocked very well and really enabled our run game to get going, and was a strong weapon in the pass game. Joey's breakout game came against Albany in Week 2, where he finished with six catches for 101 yards, one touchdown and a two-point conversion. Defensively, Joey pursued the ball all over the field and was a very strong pass rusher. His five tackles, forced fumble, two sacks and five quarterback pressures/hits were critical in our win over Worcester Academy.” 

On Val (All-Evergreen League Honorable Mention): “Val really took a step up this year and played at a high level all season long. He was one of our top and most versatile defenders, playing both inside and outside linebacker. He finished as our second-leading tackler, numerous tackles for loss and sacks, as well as two interceptions. Val converted to offensive line last year as a junior and was our most consistent player up front this season, providing excellent run and pass blocking for the team.”  


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