Four Northeast-10 Football Players to Participate in Cactus Bowl

Four Northeast-10 Football Players to Participate in Cactus Bowl


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South Easton, Mass. – Bentley University defensive tackle Darryl Laforest (Roslindale, Mass.), Pace University defensive tackle Tyrell Zimmerman (Waterbury, Conn.) and Southern Connecticut State University’s running back Jarom Freeman (Peekskill, N.Y.) and corner back Martin Manson (Bloomfield, Conn.) were selected to participate in the 2010 Valero Cactus Bowl.

The annual Division II All-Star Game will take place this Friday, Jan. 8 at 7:35 p.m. in Kingsville, Texas.  Click here for more information on the 2010 Cactus Bowl.

Laforest helped lead Bentley to an 8-2 record and a share of the Northeast-10 regular season championship this past fall. He recorded 48 tackles, and led the team in tackles for losses (9.5), sacks (5.5) and pass break-ups (8). Laforest also received a number of post-season accolades including being named to the All-Northeast-10 first team for the second straight season and was also named to the Daktronics Division II All-Super Region One first team. Finally, Laforest was selected to the Division II-III All-Star team by the New England Football Writers.

Zimmerman, in his final collegiate season, finished the year with 37 total tackles and was among the team leaders in tackles for losses with 7.5. He tied for the team lead with five sacks and led the Setters with three forced fumbles.

Freeman and Manson helped lead the Owls to a 6-4 record and a share of the Northeast-10 regular season championship this past season. Freeman finished the year ranked sixth in the conference in rushing with 708 yards and seven touchdowns. He received All-Northeast-10 honors for the third time in his career.

Manson earned All-Northeast-10 first team honors for the third straight season to become a four-time All-Conference selection. In his final collegiate season, Manson finished the season with 37 tackles (24 solo) and two interceptions to go along with a fumble recovery and three passes defended.

The bowl game, originally known as the ‘Snow Bowl’, was played in Fargo, N.D. from 1994-2000 before being renamed and relocated in 2001. Today, the bowl game is played in Kingsville, Texas and was renamed the ‘Cactus Bowl’ due to lack of frozen precipitation and abundance of prickly vegetation in South Texas.

The Cactus Bowl is played in an East/West format and the teams are comprised of the best NCAA Division II college seniors. The Cactus Bowl Committee, comprised of volunteers, is responsible for all aspects of organization for the contest and net profits from the Cactus Bowl are donated to Shriners Hospitals for Children throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada.

With 16 member institutions the Northeast-10 shares the distinction of being the largest Division II conference in the country along with the PSAC and WVIAC. Its 23 championship sports provide athletic opportunities for over 5,500 student-athletes, the largest such program of any Division II conference.