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O'Connell (First Team), Edwards (Second Team) Earn D3football All-Region Honors

CLAREMONT, Calif. - Senior safety Jacob O'Connell earned first-team All-Region 6 honors from, while junior running back Justin Edwards captured a spot on the second team, the website announced today.

O'Connell had a huge season for the Stags at safety with five interceptions, two of which he ran back for touchdowns, and two of which he ran back into the opponent's red zone. His pick-sixes came in back-to-back wins over Cal Lutheran and Pomona-Pitzer, while he had a 38-yard return and a 72-yard return in the two wins over Redlands, both of which set up CMS touchdowns. He also broke up five passes, and finished with 40 tackles.

Edwards earned the SCIAC Offensive Player of the Year, ending his junior season as the CMS all-time leader in touchdowns with another full season left to play. He had 850 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns this season, increasing his career total to 43 rushing touchdowns (and 44 overall, including one receiving), breaking the old CMS record of 38 (all rushing) set by Chris Dabrow from 1984-87. Edwards had three touchdowns in a game three different times, including against Cal Lutheran, Redlands and La Verne, and added two touchdown games at Chicago and at Cal Lutheran. 

By earning spots on the all-region team, O'Connell and Edwards will be eligible for All-America consideration, when the All-America teams are announced on Friday, Dec. 15, at the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl (DIII national championship). 

To view the complete list of the All-Region 6 team go to the following link: All-Region