WESTWOOD, Mass. – Junior wide receiver Manni Romero (Phillipsburg, N.J.) and senior linebacker Jacob Burke (River Edge, N.J.) earned New England Men's and Women's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) weekly accolades on Monday afternoon.
Romero was named the NEWMAC Offensive Player of the Week for the first time in his career after hauling in six catches for 160 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winning grab with 1:46 to play in regulation.
Burke earned NEWMAC Special Teams Player of the Week honors after blocking the potential game-tying 28-yard field goal attempt with nine seconds left in the game to preserve a 22-19 victory for Norwich over Salve Regina on Saturday.
Romero hauled in an 83-yard touchdown pass on Norwich's first offensive play of the game and then he also secured the game-winning touchdown catch on a five-yard pass to give the Cadets the lead for good after they were trailing 19-15. He also had a huge 31-yard grab earlier in the possession to get the ball down to the five-yard line.
Romero now has nine touchdowns in his Norwich career and Saturday marked the returning First Team All-Conference selection's third multi-touchdown game in the Maroon & Gold.
Burke's heroic block on the second to last play of the game, capped an impressive performance where he also totaled seven tackles to lead a strong NU defensive effort to limit the high-octane Salve Regina offense.
Norwich's victory over Salve Regina marked the Cadets' first win in a season opener since the 2012 season. It was also NU's first victory over Salve Regina in the second all-time meeting. The Seahawks beat the Cadets 48-21 in a ECAC Bowl Game in 2014.
Norwich returns home to Sabine Field at Haynes Family Stadium for its 2019 home opener on Saturday, Sept. 14 when it hosts St. Lawrence for a 12 p.m. kickoff in non-conference action. The Cadets have lost the last four meetings vs. the Saints, including a 40-7 defeat last year in Canton, N.Y.
The Cadets have three straight games in the state of Vermont as NU will host Coast Guard in the "Little Army-Navy Game" on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 2 p.m. as the cornerstone to Norwich's 200th Anniversary Homecoming celebration. NU will then hit the road on Sept. 28 for its final non-conference date at Castleton University for a 3 p.m. kickoff.