Mass. College Football: Week Five Honor Roll

By NoontimeSports.com 

With the fifth week of the college football season in the books, it’s time to unveil this week’s Noontime Sports Honor Roll.

Paul Stanton (Harvard) – Against Brown, the sophomore tailback rushed for two scores on 16 carries for 91 yards. His 91-yards on the ground were the most he’s recorded this season.

Norman Hayes (Harvard) – The junior registered four tackles (two solo), one-and-a-half tackles for a loss, one forced fumble, one interception and one pass breakup against Brown.

Peter Pujals (Holy Cross) – Against Dartmouth, the first-year quarterback scored four touchdowns (two through the air, two on the ground), which helped the Crusaders earn their second win of the season. He completed 25-of-37 passes for 290 yards and rushed for 142 yards on 17 carries.

Roman SanDoval (Holy Cross) – The senior linebacker led all defenders with 12 total tackles (eight solo) and one tackle for a loss.

Joe Clancy (Merrimack) – The senior gunslinger tied his previous career high of seven touchdown passes last week in the Warriors win against Pace. Clancy completed 26-of-41 passes for 434 yards.

Brian Harrington (Stonehill) – For the fourth straight week, the junior linebacker recorded double-figures in total tackles. He finished with six solo stops against Bentley.

Tad Beuchert (Assumption) – His 44-yard field goal with just over three minute remaining in regulation secured an impressive road victory for the Hounds on Friday against AIC. The Danvers kicker also kicked a 28-yard field goal and was 2-of-3 on extra points.

Artis Holt (Merrimack) – The senior from Baltimore recorded 10 tackles (seven solo) and three pass breakups in his team’s win against Pace.

Jamal Johnson (Stonehill) – The Brockton native rushed for 151 yards on 31 carries and a career-high matching two scores against the Falcons.

Jordan Koehler (Anna Maria) – The senior linebacker recorded a game-high 18 total tackles (10 solo), as well as two tackles for a loss and one fumble recovery against Catholic.

Ehab Hamdan (WPI) – Against RPI, the senior wide out posted a season-best 117 receiving yards with one touchdown in the opening session, which propelled the Engineers to their first conference victory.

Eric Lacroix (WPI) – The sophomore defensive back recorded eight tackles (five solo), one tackle for a loss and a 33-yard interception in the second quarter.

Jonathan Marrero (Springfield) – Against Union, the sophomore signal caller accounted for four scores – three on the ground, one through the air. Marrero rushed for 167 yards in 22 carries and completed 4-of-14 passes for 43 yards.

Kevin Bumpus (Worcester State) – The junior gunslinger went 22-for-33 with 333 yards and five touchdowns. He also rushed for a score in his team’s bounce back effort against Massachusetts Maritime.

Brian Gencarelli (Worcester State) – Against the Buccaneers, the sophomore defensive back recorded 11 total tackles (eight solo), as well as a pair of interceptions and pass deflections.

Matthew Green (Bridgewater State) – The junior wide out finished with nine grabs for 136 yards and two touchdowns against Fitchburg State.

Drew Frenette (Endicott) – The junior quarterback tossed four touchdowns and rushed for 21 yards on five carries to lead the Gulls to their second victory of the season against Curry.

Jake Cox (Endicott) – Against Curry, the junior defensive back finished with 10 total stops (eight solo), one interception and one pass breakup.

Jake Laux (MIT) – Despite falling to Salve Regina, the senior linebacker recorded 15 total tackles (10 solo), one fumble recovery and one pass breakup.

Max Dietz (Amherst) – The senior defensive back recorded four tackles, four pass breakups and an interception against Bowdoin, a game Amherst claimed, 27-11.

Adam Datema (Williams) – The junior defensive end recorded a team-high 10 tackles and one sack against Trinity.

Jackson Bockhorst (Tufts) – The first-year kicker kicked three field goals, including a 27-yarder in the fourth quarter, which provided the Jumbos with a two-point lead.

Mass. College Football: Week Five Teams Of The Week

Stonehill captured their third win of the season by defeating Bentley on Saturday. (Photo Credit: Brian Willwerth for NoontimeSports.com)

Stonehill captured their third win of the season by defeating Bentley on Saturday. (Photo Credit: Brian Willwerth for NoontimeSports.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

With the fifth week of the college football season in the books, as well as the first month, it’s time to unveil this week’s Noontime Sports Teams of the Week.

Division 1 – Harvard University: For the second straight week, the Crimson earned our Division 1 Team of the Week following an impressive performance by quarterback Conner Hempel, who scored two touchdowns (one through the air, one on the ground). Running back Paul Stanton rushed for two scores against Brown, while Ricky Zorn led all receivers with four catches for 112 yards and one touchdown.

Eric Medes led Harvard’s defense with 10 total tackles (seven solo) and Norman Hayes recorded four total tackles (two solo), one-and-a-half tackles for a loss, a forced fumble, one interception and one pass breakup.

Harvard improves to 2-0 overall and 1-0 in the Ancient Eight. They head to Worcester next week to face Holy Cross, who is coming off a win against Dartmouth.   

Division 2 – Assumption College & Stonehill College: Both the Hounds and Skyhawks each earned a share of this week’s Division 2 honor for their effort on Friday and Saturday evening.

Assumption rallied to defeat AIC, while Stonehill earned an early lead against Bentley and never looked back.

Tad Beuchert kicked two field goals and converted two of three extra points for the Hounds. His second field goal with 3:21 remaining sealed the win for Assumption, who hadn’t beaten AIC since the 2009 season.

The Skyhawks relied on their ground attack against Bentley as Jamal Johnson rushed for 151 yards on 31 carries and two scores. Brian Harrington recorded 13 total tackles (six solo) and one tackle for a loss in the team’s third win of the season.

Division 3 – Worcester State: Coming off a loss to Bridgewater State, Worcester State rebounded with a 64-63 win against Massachusetts Maritime Academy.

Quarterback Kevin Bumpus completed 22-of-33 passes for 333 yards and five touchdowns. His final strike to the end zone came at the end of the contest when he connected with Aaron Witkus for the game-winning score.

Bumpus also found the end zone with his feet as he rushed for nine yards and one score on two carries. Running back Dana Valentine recorded 126 yards on 29 carries for one score, while Dana Barry hauled in seven catches for 158 yards and two scores.

Mass. College Football: Stonehill 30, Bentley 3

By Brian Willwerth 

EASTON, MA – Stonehill College is sending a message that it is a force to be reckoned with in the Northeast-10.

Thanks to a stellar defensive effort, the Skyhawks dominated Bentley University on Saturday night, 30-3. They forced four turnovers (two fumble recoveries and two interceptions) and sacked the Falcons quarterbacks six times. They also stopped Bentley four times on 4th down.

“They moved the ball a little bit, they got in the red zone and we didn’t budge,” said Stonehill head coach Rob Talley, whose team improved to 3-0 in the conference. “Our kids just did a really good job.”

Stonehill struck first in this one, and would never trail. The Skyhawks went 70 yards in 11 plays, with quarterback Logan Meyer hitting Corey White over the middle for a 20-yard touchdown pass. The missed PAT made the score 6-0.

The Falcons had their best chance to score later in the quarter.  After recovering a fumble on a punt return, Bentley quarterback Danny Guadagnoli found Chris Walsh, who appeared to be going into the end zone.  But Walsh fumbled at the 1-yard line, and the Skyhawks recovered in the end zone for a touchback.

The home team broke the game open in the second quarter. Jamal Johnson’s 19-yard run made it 13-0. The Skyhawks made it 20-0 when Meyer found Nate Robitaille open down the left sideline for a 35-yard scoring pass.  Robitaille had 8 catches for 116 yards.  They made it 23-0 just before halftime on Stephen Grzywacz’s 25-yard field goal.

In the fourth quarter, Johnson found the end zone for the second time, this time from three yards out.  He finished with 31 carries for 151 yards.

“I really feel like this is a special team,” said Johnson.  “We’re playing with so much momentum (and) so much more confidence.”

Meyer completed just over half of his passes (17-of-32) for 256 yards. Guadagnoli was 20-of-31 for 217 yards, and was the recipient of five of Stonehill’s six sacks.

Bentley came into this game having won 21 of the previous 27 meetings with Stonehill. But Saturday night was a different story.

“To me, it doesn’t matter what the score is…or what you’re doing…you’re playing Bentley….our kids are hungry,” said Talley.

Both teams are home next Saturday. Stonehill hosts American International, while Bentley takes on Saint Anselm.

Mass. College Football: Late Afternoon Roundup

By NoontimeSports.com 

There were a couple late afternoon starts and below are their summaries.

No. 8 Florida State 48, Boston College 34 – Nate Freese‘ 24-yard field goal early in the third quarter brought the Eagles within one point, but the Seminoles responded with three more touchdowns to pull away for good. Chase Rettig tossed four touchdowns, while first-year wide out Myles Willis hauled in a season-best 70-yards on five receptions and one touchdown.

Stonehill 30, Bentley 3 – Logan Meyer tossed two touchdowns, Jamal Johnson rushed for 151 yards on 31 carries for two scores, Nate Robitaille hauled in eight catches for 116 yards and one touchdown as the Skyhawks soared past the Falcons. Bentley’s Jeff Hill led his receiving core with eight catches for 88 yards.

UMass Dartmouth 38, Plymouth State 14 – Trent Barneys rushed for one score on 10 carries for 113 yards, while Derek Tarpey recorded 10 total tackles (six solo) as the Corsairs defeated the Panthers and earned their first win of the season.

Mass. College Football: WPI’s Grasis, Robertson Discuss Engineers Win Against RPI (VIDEO)

By Matt Noonan 

WORCESTER, MA – After earning their first conference (Liberty League) victory on Saturday afternoon against RPI, WPI’s head coach Chris Robertson and junior halfback Zach Grasis talked about the Engineers’ 27-14 victory.

Saturday’s win, though, was also the third time since 2010 that the Engineers of WPI won the Transit Trophy, an additional piece to the 107-year-old rivalry, which started after both teams met in 1979.

Excluding his two touchdowns, Grasis earned the Robert Pritchard Award for Most Outstanding Back, too.