When the Northwestern State football team wins games, awards seem to follow.
For the second time this season, an NSU football player has picked up multiple individual honors after a Demon victory.
This time, senior Parker Pastorello is the recipient, nabbing Stats FCS National Special Teams Player of the Week acclaim on Monday afternoon. The announcement came hours after Pastorello was named Southland Conference Special Teams Player of the Week.
A senior from Mandeville, Pastorello averaged 47.2 yards on his five punts in Northwestern State’s 34-13 win against Lamar on Saturday night. He dropped three of those five punts inside the 20-yard line, including two that were downed at the Cardinals’ 3-yard line.
Included in his five punts were a pair of 56-yard kicks that set a season long. One of those was downed at the Lamar 3 on the final play of the game. The Cardinals managed only one return yard on Pastorello’s kick, leaving him with a net average of 47 yards. Lamar’s starting field position following Pastorello’s punts was its 15-yard line.
Later Monday afternoon, Pastorello picked up his third award of the day, sharing the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s Special Teams of the Week honor with Grambling kicker/punter Miguel Mendez.
These are the first weekly awards of Pastorello’s career and the first special teams honor captured by a Demon since Eric Piccione earned Southland Conference and Louisiana Sports Writers Association Player of the Week honors Nov. 8, 2017. He is the first Demon to be named a national player of the week since Peyton Guidry was the Stats FCS National Defensive Player of the Week and the CollegeSportsMadness.com National Defensive Player of the Week on Nov. 20, 2017.
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