NEWPORT, R.I. – Salve Regina University graduate student Rob LaRiviere-Tougas (Easthampton, Mass.) has been announced as the winner of this week's Gridiron Club of Greater Boston Division II-III Gold Helmet Award by the New England Football Writers. The award is given weekly to the player with the most outstanding performance among all Division II and III football players in the entire New England region.
After Salve Regina's starting running back went down with an injury in the opening half of this week's ECAC North-West Bowl versus Worcester State, LaRiviere-Tougas answered the call with a dominating performance, rushing for a game-high 146 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries. He averaged 7.3 yards per rush and all but sealed the win with a 32-yard touchdown rumble with just 6:47 remaining in the fourth quarter, lifting the Seahawks to their first ECAC Bowl title since 1998.
LaRiviere-Tougas will receive his award at the New England Football Writer's Banquet on December 8.
The Seahawks ended the year with an 8-3 record, marking their most successful season since 1999, while also finishing the 2011 campaign ranked ninth in the New England Division III Football Poll.