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.