Six weeks of the college football season are in the books. And as usual, before we turn the page to the seventh week (hard to believe!), it is time to announce this week’s Noontime Sports Teams of the Week.
Division 1 – Harvard University: For the third straight week, the Crimson earned our Division 1 honor after an exciting victory in Worcester against Holy Cross.
Paul Stanton Jr. rushed for the game-winning score in the third overtime as the sophomore halfback galloped 17 yards into the end zone to preserve Harvard’s perfect mark. Stanton finished the game with two touchdowns and 103 yards on 21 carries. He also led the receiving core with five catches for 55 yards.
Quarterback Conner Hempel tossed two touchdowns and finished 14-of-25 for 162 yards.
Eric Medes led the Crimson defense with 11 total tackles, all solo tackles. He also recovered a fumble, too.
Harvard travels to Ithaca, New York next week to face the Big Red of Cornell, their second Ivy League foe of the season.
Division 2 – Bentley University: Trailing St. A’s, 27-26, with 5:52 remaining, quarterback Danny Guadagnoli led the Falcons on a six-play, 66-yard drive to win the game on a 13-yard touchdown run.
The Framingham native concluded the game 24-of-40 with one touchdown and 229 passing yards, along with 80 yards on 13 carries and one score. His only touchdown pass came in the second when he hooked up with Chris Malonis for a 23-yard score.
Kicker Michael Baron converted on four-of-five field goals, along with two extra points.
On defense, Nick McCarthy led the Falcons with 10 total tackles, four solo, two pass breakups, one tackle for a loss and one interception.
Bentley will look to build on this win next week when they travel to Pace University.
Division 3 – Endicott College: After a 1-2 start, the Gulls have rattled off two straight victories against Curry College and Maine Maritime. Endicott outscored both opponents by a combined score of 95-55.
Quarterback Drew Frenette tossed a season-high five touchdowns on Homecoming Weekend against the Mariners, while Spencer Walsh rushed for two scores on 24 carries for 191 yards.
Endicott’s defense was led by Nick Kozlowski and Marcell Cooper, two players that combined for 26 total tackles, one tackle for a loss, two forced fumbles and pass breakup. Cooper was named this week’s New England Football Conference (NEFC) Defensive Player of the Week.
The Gulls, who’re currently in a three-way tie for first place with Coast Guard and Salve Regina, will return to the gridiron on Saturday when they travel to Nichols College.