Tarr and Warren Lead Bentley Past AIC, 28-10

By Matt Noonan 

WALTHAM, MA — You have to wonder, what exactly did Bentley College head coach Thom Boerman tell his team at halftime?

Well, it certainly is a mystery, yet the Falcons overcame a slow start against American International College on Friday, as well as picked up their third conference win of the season with a 28-10 victory.

“This conference is crazy,” Bentley’s graduate quarterback Bryant Johnson said.

“Every year, you don’t know who’s going to be good, everyone’s good every year. You can’t take any team lightly and AIC knocked us off last year. We thought we had a real good team last year and they knocked us off and really ruined our season pretty much, so this game was kind of personal for us, especially for me [because] I had one of my worst games ever [against them last season].”

Johnson turned in a solid outing, as he completed 20-of-27 passes for 165 yards and rushed for 34 yards on nine carries, but didn’t connect with any of his receivers for  a touchdown. However, he certainly was instrumental in setting up the first score of the game, which resulted in a one-yard touchdown run by senior Bobby Tarr, who had never recorded a single score this season.

“It felt good,” Tarr said when asked about scoring his first touchdown. “I just wanted to win that game. That was our biggest test, we haven’t really beaten anyone that good of a team, so just to get the touchdowns in general [and] just that I could help my team out meant the most.”

“We spread the ball around a lot and it all starts with number nine, but [our halfbacks], they run, they run, they run, and against Stonehill [College], he ran for 175 yards and never scored a touchdown,” Boreman said. “He’s not a selfish kid, he’s not saying, hey, I want the ball, I want to score.”

AIC responded two minutes later when redshirt freshman quarterback Kevin Arduino scored the Yellow Jackets only touchdown on a five-yard dash. Arduino also set up a Cesar Vaca-Hurtado field goal during the second quarter, but once the third quarter started, Bentley’s offense, defense and special teams ratcheted up their pressure and dictated the final 30-minutes.

“We just went in [at halftime] and mentioned that we knew we were going to be in for a hell of a game with AIC. It’s going to be a physical football game, they’re very motivated, [and] they had as much to win or lose as we did in this game, but at halftime we said, this is a character test – this is the meat of our schedule now and this was where we had to [have our team] dig deep, reach down and see what kind of character we had,” Boerman said.

Johnson led the Falcons on three successful scoring drives in the third and fourth quarters, which ended with either Tarr or Lorenzo Warren touchdown. Both Tarr and Warren finished the game with two touchdowns.

“You can’t stress how much this win means for us,” Johnson said. “At this point, every game is a playoff game – that’s how you’ve got to take it. We play five really solid teams in our conference, every team can knock us off if they want and we just have to take every game one step at a time and play like it’s a playoff game.”

Bentley will return to the field next Saturday when they travel to Merrimack College, while AIC will host St. Anselm; both games are scheduled for 1:00pm kick-offs.

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