By Brian Willwerth
EASTON, MA — Anytime you see a 99-yard drive in a football game, it’s a major boost for the team that pulled it off, and a backbreaker for the team that gave it up.
That was the case Friday night in the Northeast-10 Conference opener between Bentley and Stonehill, where the Falcons sailed past the Skyhawks, 31-12, at W.B. Mason Stadium.
Stonehill [1-2] took the lead on its opening possession, capped off by a 34-yard field goal by Michael Kielbasa. Then Bentley [2-1] was pinned up against the back of its own endzone, but had little trouble driving the length of the field. The big play of the drive – and arguably the game – a 78-yard scamper by Bobby Tarr, who finished with 170 of the Falcons’ 252 rushing yards. Lorenzo Warren finished off the 99-yard drive with a 5-yard touchdown run to give the Falcons a lead they would not relinquish for the rest of the night.
If that wasn’t enough, the Falcons’ next scoring drive went 91 yards. Quarterback Bryant Johnson finished it off with the first of two touchdown passes on the night, a 15-yard strike to Sean Cross to make it 14-3. After Stonehill cut the lead to 14-9, Johnson drove his team down the field, and scored on a 29-yard run of his own to make it 21-9 at the half.
After the teams traded field goals in the third quarter, Johnson threw his second TD pass of the night in the fourth, as he put a nice touch on a 34-yard pass to Wayne Critides. Johnson ended the night 16-23 for 204 yards. Stonehill quarterback Logan Meyer finished 16-34 for 173 yards, with a TD and an INT.
Bentley hosts St. Anselm next Friday night, while Stonehill remains home to take on American International on Saturday afternoon.