Courtesy of our friends from Bentley University’s athletic department — here is today’s press release about Steve Hopkins being named this week’s Northeast-10 Conference Defensive Player of the Week:
WALTHAM, Mass. – Bentley University senior safety Steve Hopkins (Waltham/Waltham HS) has been named the Defensive Player of the Year in the Northeast-10 Conference after his outstanding performance in Saturday night’s 38-28 win over Saint Anselm College.
Seventeen of the undefeated Falcons’ points against the Hawks followed takeaways by Hopkins, who finished with two interceptions, a fumble recovery, seven tackles, a pass break-up and his first career touchdown.
His first interception, early in the second quarter, led to the Falcons’ first score of the evening, a seven-play, 46-yard drive. Later in the quarter, he recovered a fumble in the red zone with the ensuing possession capped by a short field goal on the final play before intermission.
Five minutes into the second half, Hopkins grabbed his second INT of the night at the Saint Anselm 40 and took it the distance for his first career pick 6 and a 24-0 Bentley lead.
Hopkins, who plays alongside his twin brother Don, is second on the team with 29 tackles and he has a total of four takeaways on the season. For his career, he’s made eight interceptions and come up with four fumbles.
Bentley, just on the outside of the American Football Coaches Association Division II top 25, improved to 5-0 with the victory and stretched its winning streak to seven games, tied for the fourth longest current streak in Division II.
Three other Bentley Falcons were also recognized by the Northeast-10 with selection to the Weekly Honor Roll: senior wide receiver Sean Cross (Duxbury/Duxbury HS), junior quarterback Danny Guadagnoli (Framingham/Framingham HS) and junior linebacker Blaine Hopwood (New Bedford/New Bedford HS).
Cross had seven receptions and 129 yards, both career-bests, and a touchdown. Guadagnoli amassed 247 of his 266 yards of total offense in the first half Saturday. He ran for a career-best 75 yards on ten carries and completed half of his 24 passes for 180 yards and the TD pass to Cross while playing less than three full quarters.
Hopwood tied his career-high with 13 tackles, including seven solos, and also had a pass break-up against the Hawks.
This Saturday, Bentley will host another unbeaten, fifth-ranked New Haven, in a key Northeast-10 showdown.