Three players named All-Region by D3football.com
December 16, 2008
Nick Olivero (Fairfax, Va./W.T. Woodson), Dean Petrone (Hamilton, N.J./The Hun School), and Keith Ricca (Poolesville, Md./St. John's Prospect Hall) were all south region selections by D3football.com after the Cardinals posted a 9-2 overall record.
After being named "Defensive Player of the Year" by the ODAC Olivero also took home the title of "ODAC/Farm Bureau Scholar-Athlete." Olivero is as much a star in the classroom as he is on the field. The Cardinals' senior maintains a 3.79 grade point average as a sociology major. On the field, he led Catholic and the ODAC with 95 tackles this season, 48 solo. He tied for the team lead with four interceptions, having also broken up four passes. He doubled as the team's return man, posting a 24.2 kick-off return average and a 6.7 yard-per-return clip on punts. Olivero made 285 total tackles in his career, and is second all-time at Catholic with 18 career interceptions. Those 18 interceptions also tie him for third in the ODAC history book. Olivero was named to the all south region first team.
Petrone was named to the all south region second team after being named the Most Outstanding Player in the ECAC Southeast Bowl against Johns Hopkins. His 19.5 tackles for loss and 12.0 sacks were both team highs. He also broke up three passes, blocked a kick, and forced a fumble.
Ricca was named to the all south region third team, a pleasant suprise after three quarterbacks were named "Player of the Year" by their respective conferences and played at least two games in the NCAA playoffs. The ODAC splits the player recognition to offensive and defensive catigories. Ricca was named "Offensive Player of the Year" by the ODAC in 2008.
Ricca finished the season as the ODAC's top-rated passer with a 153.7 rating. He also led the league in touchdown passes (34) while only throwing 10 interceptions in 389 attempts. He was second in the league in completion percentage (59.9%), and posted the conference's highest mark for total offense in a game this season with 546 yards (16 rushing and 530 passing) in a win over Guilford. He is the only quarterback in the ODAC to pass for 500 yards or better this season, having also thrown for five touchdowns in a game three different times and registered four 300-plus yard passing games. Ricca finishes his career as the owner of all the major passing records at Catholic including completions (915), yards (11,403), touchdowns (97) and attempts (1,623). He is second in the ODAC record book in each of those career categories.