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BATES PLACES THREE ON ALL-ECAC FOOTBALL SQUAD
LEWISTON, Maine - The winningest Bates College football team in 17 years has been honored with three members on the 1999 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) All-Star team, junior kicker Rejean Guerriero of Spofford, N.H.; senior linebacker Frost Hubbard of East Walpole, Mass.; and sophomore defensive lineman Jaime Sawlerof Stratham, N.H. All were named to the All-ECAC Division III New England second team.
led the Bobcats in scoring with 39 points in 1999,
second-highest single-season total for a kicker at Bates. Guerriero was
perfect on extra points (18-18) and hit 70 percent of his field goals this
season (7-10), both school record-setting percentages. Guerriero booted
three 33-yard field goals this season, the biggest coming with 12 seconds
left in regulation against CBB foe Colby to send the game into overtime,
where his 27 yarder clinched the game on the Bobcats' first possession of
the extra frame.
Hubbard has started all 32 of Bates' games in the last four
at linebacker, finishing either first or second on the squad in tackles
each year. In 1999, he topped the team with 69 tackles, the first time in
his career he has had fewer than 90 tackles in a season. Hubbard, a co
captain, led the team with 45 solo tackles. He also had 2.5 sacks for 16
yards and four other tackles for a loss. Hubbard forced a pair of fumbles
and recovered another, while blocking one field goal and one extra point.
He had a season-high 15 tackles (10 solo) against Colby and added another
10-tackle game against Williams Oct. 9. Hubbard ends his career second on
Bates' all time tackle list with 369.
Sawler started all eight games for
the Bobcats at defensive end.
He led Bates with 12.5 tackles for a loss for minus-53 yards, including
6.5 sacks, second best on the team. Sawler also broke up four passes,
forced two fumbles and recovered another, and blocked two kicks. He also
scored the first defensive extra points in Bates history, intercepting a
pass on a blown extra point attempt against Middlebury Oct. 23 and
returning it 93 yards for the conversion. Sawler ended his 1999 season
with a dominating performance against Hamilton Nov. 13, when he recorded
seven tackles (six solo) including three sacks for minus-seven yards,
batted down three passes at the line of scrimmage, forced two fumbles and
In their second season under coach Mark Harriman, the Bobcats finished the 1999 season with a 4-4 record, their best since 1982. Harriman's four wins this season were one more than the Bobcats had won in the previous eight years combined. Bates was third in the NESCAC in total yards gained (2,804) and tied for third in points scored (163), while ranking fourth in total yards allowed (2,273) and points allowed (126), all the best performances in more than a decade.