Scott Lewis’ transition to college football unfolded in much the same manner as his scholastic career concluded.

Lewis had a monster season and made a name for himself.

The St. Francis University freshman linebacker was named Northeast Conference Defensive Rookie of the Year on Tuesday. Lewis is the first Red Flash player to earn that honor.

The Bishop McCort High School graduate also was a first-team All-NEC selection, the first freshman in three years to make that list.

“I won this award and it’s really an honor but I couldn’t have done it without the defensive line in front of me and the linebackers and all the guys around me,” said Lewis, who was last year's Tribune-Democrat Defensive Player of the Year.

Lewis led the NEC with 12.6 tackles a game and tied for sixth with an average of one tackle for a loss per game.

His 126 tackles rank fifth on St. Francis’ single-season record list.

Lewis twice was honored as NEC Defensive Player of the Week.

“It took a few games to get used to the college game,” Lewis said. “But once you get used to the speed and physicality, you settle down and start to play your game.”

St. Francis junior receiver Antoine Rivera was named to the All-NEC second-team offense.

“We’re definitely making a turning point here at St. Francis,” Lewis said. “We only lose five or six seniors. We’re a young team. We have our offense coming back and a lot of the defense coming back. We’re really looking forward to next year.”

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