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8 Centaurs named ECC 1st team All-Stars

Woodstock Academy had eight players named as Eastern Connecticut Conference Division I first team All-Stars on Sunday.

The league’s coaches met following the final games of the season held on Thanksgiving Day.

Woodstock Academy senior Braiden Saucier, who suffered a medical emergency in the first game of the season, was named an All-Star for his courageous battle to get back on his feet.

He was even in uniform for the Centaurs on Thanksgiving Day and took snaps from center in warmups although he did not play in the game against Killingly.

Saucier was joined as an ECC offensive all-star by Centaurs’ receiver Carter Saracina who caught 35 passes for 773 yards and eight touchdowns this season. The senior also rushed for 93 yards and a touchdown and led Woodstock Academy in scoring with 68 points.

Offensive lineman Kenny Brown was also chosen as a first team All-Star.

On the defensive side of the ball, middle linebacker and leading tackler Seamus McDermott (86 tackles, 5 sacks and two kick returns) was named an All-ECC first team performer.

Two of his teammates in front of him, defensive tackle Marcus McGregor (59 tackles, 3 ½ sacks and a blocked punt for a touchdown) and Evan Roy (46 tackles, 4 ½ sacks) joined McDermott as All-ECC first team selections.

The defensive stats do not include Thursday’s game against Killingly.

Two special team members also received first team recognition.

Jacob Lizotte was named as the top punter in ECC Division I and a first team All-Star and kick and punt returner Austin Amlaw got the nod as the first team Division I utility player.

Trevor Costa and Henry Wotton were named Division I honorable mention All-Stars.

Jackson Gallagher was selected as the Centaur’s Scholar-Athlete with Jared Eaton getting the team’s ECC Sportsmanship Award.