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York Catholic graduate Hakeem Kinard named Northeast Conference Defensive Player of Week

STAFF REPORT
  • Hakeem Kinard was named the NEC Defensive Player of the Week for Saint Francis University.
  • Kinard had six tackles, 1.5 for loss, one sack, two pass breakups and an interception in Saturday's win over Wagner.
  • Kinard is a 2015 graduate of York Catholic, where he won Division III Player of the Year as a senior in 2014.

York Catholic High School graduate Hakeem Kinard was named the Northeast Conference Defensive Player of the Week for his performance last Saturday, Sept. 9.

York Catholic grad Hakeem Kinard was named the Northeast Conference Defensive Player of the Year this week for his strong game at safety, leading Saint Francis University to a 31-6 win over Wagner.

A safety for Saint Francis University in Loretto, Pennsylvania, Kinard was instrumental in helping the Red Flash defeat NEC foe Wagner, 31-6.

The 5-foot, 10-inch, 195-pound Kinard made six tackles, two of which were solo, and also had 1.5 tackles for loss, one sack, two pass breakups and an interception. Kinard's sack was good for a 9-yard loss, while his interception came at the 1-yard line to halt a Wagner drive. He returned the pick back to the Wagner 29.

The interception was Kinard's second in as many games this season and he now has nine tackles on the year.

Kinard was named the York-Adams League Division III Offensive Player of the Year as a senior in 2014 for the Fighting Irish, leading them to an 8-4 record and runner-up finish in District 3 Class 1-A. He totaled more than 3,000 yards through the air and on the ground as a dual-threat quarterback that season, accounting for 30 touchdowns in 12 games.

Saint Francis is 2-0 on the season and 1-0 in NEC play. The Flash will take on Towson at home this Saturday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m. The Flash received nine votes in the latest Football Championship Subdivision poll released on Monday, Sept. 11, while Towson received six.