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.