On Wednesday, the New England Football Writers’ Gridiron Club of Greater Boston presented Bentley University’s Danny Guadagnoli with a Golden Helmet Award for his performance last weekend against Assumption College.
The Framingham native, who tossed three second half touchdowns, led the Falcons to a come from behind victory against the Hounds last Friday, which helped Bentley preserve their perfect record.
Guadagnoli has completed 4o-of-61 passes this season for 803 yards. He’s also tossed eight touchdowns, six of them to wide receiver Jeff Hill.
Bentley returns to the gridiron next Friday when they host Stonehill College at 7PM, and below is a press release courtesy of the Falcons athletic department:
WALTHAM, Mass. – Junior quarterback Danny Guadagnoli (Framingham/Framingham HS), who directed the Bentley University Falcons to a come-from-behind win at Assumption College Friday night, has been selected for this week’s Gold Helmet Award for the college division
Guadagnoli received the award, which is sponsored by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston, Wednesday noon at Harvard University during the New England Football Writers’ weekly luncheon. The helmet is the seventh won by a Bentley player in Thom Boerman’s three-plus years at the helm and the 24th in the program’s history.
After the Bentley offense rarely saw the field in a first half that ended with Assumption on top 14-0, Guadagnoli threw a pair of long scoring strikes (35, 48 yards) in the first six minutes of the second to tie the game at 14 apiece.
It remained that way until a perfectly engineered two-minute drill that saw the first-year Falcon starter complete five of five passes for 93 yards, moving the Falcons from their own seven to the opposite end zone in just 59 seconds. After four short passes, he went deep to sophomore Jeff Hill (Mansfield/Mansfield HS), who was sprinting down the right sideline. He caught Guadagnoli’s pass in stride at about the 25, and raced into the end zone for a game-winning 70-yard TD.
In the 21-14 victory that boosted Bentley to 3-0 and extended the team’s winning streak to five, Guadagnoli finished a sparking 22 of 28 (79 percent) for a career-high 344 yards and no interceptions. There have been three games in the NE-10 this season in which the QB has had a passing efficiency of at least 200, and all belong to the former Framingham High standout.
Through three games, Guadagnoli ranks number three nationally in Division II in passing efficiency. He’s completed 66 percent of his passes (40-61) for 803 yards, eight touchdowns and zero interceptions.
Bentley has a bye this weekend and returns to action Sept. 28 with a Friday night home game against Stonehill College.
BENTLEY BRIEFS: Hill ranks first in Division II in receiving yards per game, averaging 159.3 with a per catch average of 28.1 yards. The TD reception against Assumption was the ninth of his career, and amazingly, all have been for 33 yards or longer … Hill, with six touchdowns already this season, has 36 points, six more than the Falcon D has allowed … As a team, Bentley ranks first in Division II in passing efficiency and sixth in scoring defense (10.0). The Falcons are also in the top 15 in three other defensive categories as well as kickoff returns … This is the third five-game winning streak that Bentley has enjoyed since Boerman took over as head coach in 2009 … The last time the Falcons had a longer streak was in 2004 (6 games).