Following his dazzling performance in Saturday’s road win at Stonehill, freshman quarterback Christian Carter of the Merrimack College football team – one day after earning Northeast-10 Conference Player and Rookie of the Week accolades – has now been named the winner of the New England Football Writers’ weekly Gold Helmet Award.
Becoming the first player since 2014 to earn the prestigious weekly honor by the NEFW, Carter made history in Saturday’s 38-35 victory against the Skyhawks. He had a hand in 35 of those 38 points, finishing with a career-high 430 yards on a personal best five touchdowns and one interception. He completed 26-of-36 (72.2%) of his passes and added another 112 yards on the ground for an incredible 542 total yards of created offense in the game, putting together a historic performance.
He became the first Merrimack quarterback to rush for over 100 yards since the 2011 season. Further, Carter became the first player to pass for more than 300 yards and rush for 100 more since James Suozzo ’12 did so in the 2009 season. The 542 yards that Carter helped create were the most by a Merrimack quarterback since All-American Joe Clancy ’13 finished with 567 yards of total offense at American International in 2013.
Carter, on the season, is now up over 1,000 yards passing (1,089) and has 350 yards rushing with 11 passing touchdowns and just two interceptions. He has completed 57.9 percent of his passes and is averaging nearly 285 yards of total offense per game.
Previous Merrimack winners of the prestigious Gold Helmet Award include former quarterbacks Joe Capobianco during the 2014 season, Clancy during the 2012 campaign, as well as Suozzo in the fall of 2009.
Carter and the rest of the Warriors head to Saint Anselm to continue NE10 action on Saturday (Oct. 20), with kickoff set for 12 p.m.