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Here are the results and highlights from Saturday evening’s contests.
Becker College 34, Husson 7 – In Leicester, it was a huge day for Hawks’ quarterback Robert Baker. He was 30-of-45 for 491 yards and four touchdowns. Luis Sanchez and Corinthian Bostic combined for over 350 receiving yards and three scores.
No. 17 Clemson 45, Boston College 31 – At Chestnut Hill, the Eagles didn’t have enough for a team coming off a whipping at the hands of the Seminoles last week. Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd threw for 367 yards and three touchdowns.
Ohio 37, UMass 34 – The Minutemen took a seven-point lead into the final quarter, but couldn’t hang on against the undefeated Bobcats. UMass quarterback Mike Wegzyn threw for 373 yards and four touchdowns in the losing effort.
Union College 49, Springfield College 21 –Union jumped out to a three touchdown lead and never looked back en route to their second Liberty League victory. Pride quarterback JonathanMarrero, who made his first collegiate start, concluded the contest 4-of-10 for 118 yards with two touchdowns. He also rushed for 128 yards on 22 carries and recorded one touchdown, too.
A majority of Saturday’s contests are in the books. Yet, while we still wait for the outcomes of the late afternoon and evening affairs, here are the results and highlights from some of the earlier contests.
Hobart 61, WPI 8:Quarterback Nick Strang completed 21-of-31 passes for 309 yards and tossed three touchdowns, while running backs Steven Webb and Bobby Dougherty each tallied two scores on the ground in the Statemen’s fifth consecutive victory of the season.
Endicott College 33, Curry College 28:The Gulls rallied to outscore the Colonels 20-7 during the final two quarters, as Endicott snapped its two-game losing streak with their third win of the season. Quarterback Drew Frenette tossed two touchdowns, while running back Jared DiBiase rushed for 128 yards on 18 carries.
Framingham State 35, Mass. Maritime 28 (OT):The rams overcame a 21-7 first quarter deficit to defeat the Buccaneers in overtime on a one-yard score by running back Melikke Van Alstyne, who 158 yards on 35 carries. Van Alstyne also led all rushers with three touchdowns.
MIT 28, UMass Dartmouth 27:MIT overcame a 17-0 second quarter deficit to claim their second win of the season. The Engineers defense recorded seven sacks for a loss of 22 yards, while quarterback Peter Williams tossed three touchdowns in the win.
Plymouth State 20, Nichols College 14 (OT):Despite a late fourth quarter rally, the Bison’s quest to obtain their first win of the season fell short, as Dustin Matthews capped off a four-play, 25-yard drive with a one-yard touchdown in overtime, which provided the Panthers with their first win of the season.
American International College 27, Assumption College 23:The Hornets scored two touchdowns during the final nine minutes, which lifted them past the host Hounds for their third victory of the season. Kevin Arduino tossed two touchdowns in the win and completed 16-of-29 passes for 152 yards.
Mount Ida College 36, Norwich 32:Quarterback Scott Drosendahl connected with Jordan Hyman on a 17-yard pass with seven seconds remaining in regulation, which helped the Mustangs defeat the Cadets. Drosendahl tossed four touchdowns in his team’s win and completed 25-of36 passes for 389 yards.
The fifth week of the college football season in Massachusetts kicked off with two intriguing matchups Friday evening, and below we’ve provided recaps and highlights from each contest.
Bentley 17, Stonehill 7– The Falcons advanced to 4-0 overall and 3-0 in Northeast-10 Conference play, as well as earned their first six-game winning streak since 2004. Lorenzo Warren and Jack Pizzotti each rushed for one score, while Will Lockwood kicked a 39-yard field goal. Stonehill’s only tally came in the second quarter when Justin Willis rushed for a six-yard touchdown.
Harvard 52, Holy Cross 3 – Quarterback Colton Chapple finished with five touchdowns (four through the air, one on the ground), while the Crimson constructed a 49-3 lead at intermission, which blossomed into a 49 point victory. The win not only avenged last season’s defeat to the Crusaders in Worcester, but also marked the Crimson’s 12-game winning streak as the longest in the Football Championship Subdivision.
Springfield College Pride (Photo Credit: LaxJournal.com)
After four games this season, Springfield College currently finds itself in a four-way tie atop the Liberty League standings for first place.
The Pride have rebounded from their opening day contest against Bridgewater State with three straight wins, which head coach Mike DeLong hopes will boost his team’s morale going forward.
On Friday, Noontime Sports caught up with the Springfield College head coach to discuss the season thus far, as well as his game plan for Saturday against Union College.
How important was it to earn that first Liberty League victory last week?
“Rochester was an opponent that we were not familiar with because we’ve never played them, so it was [nice to get our first conference win], and we’re getting ready to play Union, who we’ve played a number of times and they’ll be tough up there on their home field.”
What sort of challenges does Union College present? How will your team overcome them?
“It’s a difficult trip because of the timing of the game at six o’clock on a Saturday night and obviously you’re playing against a team that’s traditionally been one of the strong teams in the East, so you just try to keep your players focused on what they have to do to win this game and what they have to do to be ready to play once kickoff goes at six o’clock, so you just try and deal with that with that tomorrow. [Hopefully] we’ll have them well fed and hopefully well rested and ready to go.”
Union College’s offensive line provided challenges for your defense last year. What will your defense have to do in order to be successful against their line tomorrow night?
“We felt that their offensive line really controlled the game last year against us, so we told our defensive linemen that this is a physical line, and you’ve guys [are going] to have to step up and put pressure on that quarterback and rise to the challenge of playing against their line. I think three of them are back from last year, but they were a very physical line and our defensive line has to continue to grow and improve. Those young guys [on the line continue to improve] every week and [become] more consistent with their play and they’re going to have to be consistent with their play against a very well coached Union team.”
Your defense is one of the top units in the conference. What’s the secret to their success this season?
“Well, we’re not real big, but one of the keys is that speed and that pursuit to the ball, so hopefully we’ll have that [against Union]. Danny Macalena’s in his second year and an inside linebacker, and Max Nacewicz is his second year, too. And their maturity and having more game experience is beginning to show even though those guys are just sophomores, but they’ve gotten a lot more playing time [this season] and last year they got thrown into the fire. Kashden Naraine has held up pretty well at defensive tackle as a freshman and so has Daniel King at defensive end, but I think the key thing is they make their mistakes, but they still hustle to the ball.”
How has your team’s speed and conditioning impacted the team’s overall performance this year?
“The most important thing in football these days is speed and the second most important thing is more speed. It doesn’t matter how big you are, but if you can’t get there you can’t play, and if you have a slow guy trying to block a fast guy that slow guy is going to be in trouble unless he gets help of some kind and you’ve got to be able to get to your block and that takes speed and athleticism or you have to be able to get to the ball on defense. And then that second piece is strength because you want guys that can run to the ball and that’s pretty much in any position.”
Earlier this season, your team rallied past Mount Ida College to earn an impressive 49-42 victory. What does a win like that do for your program?
“Hopefully it showed them that if you don’t give up and don’t get down on yourself you still have that ability to comeback and win a game and that was quite a shootout we had with Mount Ida. They came in and really, really played well, but our guys never doubted their ability and sooner or later two things were going to happen. We would score, but also eventually our defense finally started to play a lot better once we went into the third quarter and fourth quarter, but that ability and confidence to be able to comeback certainly didn’t hurt us.”
What does Joel Altavesta do to boost your offensive production? How has he helped your team’s offense thus far?
“He just gets better with his feel with the ball up into the congested areas where he runs and his option passes are all great, but once he’s getting the ball in his hands he’s starting to slide off to the piles a lot better as he gets more touches on the ball and last week he was able to get into the open field, so he’s just gained more and more experience running [where it’s mostly] congested and I just think his ability and how he’s seeing things better because he’s starting to slide off the piles instead of jamming himself in there.”
Similar to your defense, your offense has experienced some success this year, too. Talk about your offense and their willingness to improve each day.
“We had Josh Carter has a four-year starter at quarterback and then we were hoping that our offense and our offensive coordinator Mike Cerasuolo does a great job of bringing the offense along and hopefully every week getting those guys better and more aggressive. We’re still growing a great deal as an offense and we’ve been banged up a little. Coach Cerasuolo has done a great job, though, of still maintaining the mentality that we feel if we can execute at the speed we want to execute we’ll be OK on offense.”
Finally, what’s going on at the quarterback position? Is there a reason all three of your starters have played in every game this year?
“We lost Austin Bateman in the second game, he’s been out since Husson and Rob Merckling is now injured also, so Jonathan Marrero is going to start against Union and he came in against Rochester and really seemed really poised for a freshman, but this is his first true start and he’s excited to be ready to go. He hasn’t had an opportunity to be an understudy to anybody yet because he’s getting thrown right into the fire here.”