CAMBRIDGE, MA – The New England Football Writers’ Gridiron Club of Greater Boston held their fifth luncheon of the season and below are some highlights, as well as news and notes on the local teams.
* Harvard’s Colton Chapple earned this week’s Div. I Golden Helmet Award following a five-touchdown performance against Holy Cross last weekend in the rain. Chapple tossed four touchdowns, while rushing for one, and told reporters that he was very thankful for his teammates assistance in the Crimsons third win of the season.
“This award signifies 11 other guys on the offense. I might get the credit just because I’m the quarterback, but without everybody doing their job at the same time and at the same level that we’ve been coached to do throughout the entire week none of this would be possible,” exclaimed Chapple.
“So, I’d just like to thank my offensive teammates, as well as the coaches for putting together an awesome game plan, and I look forward to playing this Saturday [against Cornell University].”
* The Div. II/III Golden Helmet recipient was Vaughn McGee of Southern Connecticut State University. McGee became the first Owl to earn this award since Jarom Freeman in November of 2007.
McGee, similar to Chapple, thanked his coaches and teammates for their effort in last weekend’s victory against Saint Anselm where he rushed for 297 yards on 30 carries and four touchdowns.
Also, in the fourth quarter, McGee set a NCAA record when he tallied 187 yards on the ground, which snapped the original record set by Stefan Logan (184 yards)on September 3, 2005.
“Even though we started off 0-4, we still kept our heads up and want to continue to finish the season strong. We’re going to be playing a lot tougher teams and I think if everyone stands behind each other we can prevail and finish the season well,” said McGee.
* Salve Regina was recently voted the number one Div. III football team in New England, and head coach Bob Chesney told coaches and reporters the following:
“We’re right now 5-0, [and] we’re ranked as the number one team in New England, which is great, but its midseason, so we all know it doesn’t mean a whole heck of a lot right now if we can’t hold onto that and can’t continue with that,” stated Chesney.
“We also have the longest active winning streak in Div. III right now at 11 games, which is something again we’re really proud of [because it’s] just really a testament to our team that has gone onto be able to accomplish that.”
The Seahawks have been rather impressive this year, and have recorded wins against Endicott College, Montclair State and Union. They’ll look to preserve their perfect record on Saturday when they travel to UMass Dartmouth.
* Tufts University’s head coach Jay Civetti expressed that he was very happy with the Jumbos effort last weekend despite their second loss of the season against Bates College.
During that particular match, running back Marcel Pitre rushed for three scores, which marked the most by a Jumbos halfback since 2001.
* Bentley has yet to record a loss this weekend, as they preserved their perfect record with a 17-7 victory against Stonehill College.
* Tom Kelley was all smiles on Wednesday, as he told coaches and reporters that his Framingham State Rams claimed the “Kelley Cup” against Massachusetts Maritime and son Mike Kelley, who’s the Buccaneers assistant coach.
** Video’s courtesy of New England Football Writer’s YouTube Page.