Mass. College Football: Catching Up With Holy Cross QB Peter Pujals
By Matt Noonan
CAMBRIDGE, MA – Holy Cross quarterback Peter Pujals was the recipient of this week’s Ray Gallant Insurance New England Football Writers’ Gridiron Club of Greater Boston Gold Helmet Award following an impressive week seven performance against Bucknell University.
The first-year signal caller guided the Crusaders to their first Patriot League victory against the Bison by completing 19-of-29 passes for 298 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed 13 times for eight yards and three more scores.
Excluding being named this week’s Division 1 Golden Helmet Award winner, he was also named the Patriot League Rookie of the Week for the fourth straight week.
After this afternoon’s luncheon at Harvard University concluded, Noontime Sports caught up with Pujals to talk about his effort on the gridiron and his team’s season.
On his six-touchdown effort: “It definitely felt good. Every game I go out and just try to do my job and just try to do my best and whatever the result, but as long as we win in the end that’s the main goal. (However), it was a team effort. I was able to do those things because my teammates did their job, but it was fun, though.”
On moving the ball against Bucknell’s defense: “It’s definitely a confidence builder and you know that we’re able to move the ball and we’re being successful, so I feel like it gives the whole team, (especially) our whole offense an upbeat feeling, so it definitely helps.”
On preparing for Bucknell’s defense: “They’re a great team. They always play really hard on defense and they work very hard. We just knew that right from the beginning we would have to execute and show that we can play with them and execute on every drive. We (didn’t) take any drive for granted, (but our goal) was to score touchdowns and get first downs and I think we did a pretty good job of that, but I still think there are things we need to learn and get better from, but we will (be ready) for Colgate.”
On his first collegiate start against Dartmouth: “I don’t know if it is nervousness or excitement (I was feeling), but after the game (started) I settled in and I got comfortable. Football is football in the end, and I enjoy it.”
On a growing moment this season: “I think the Harvard game where I fumbled four times was a growing a moment. I needed to learn that I need to take care of the ball and not take anything for granted because these players are good and they’ll make you pay, so that was a growing moment for me.”
On building on the team’s first conference win: “It was kind of a new season in a way that we’re starting Patriot League (play). Now we’re 1-0 in that, which is where we want to be, but coming into Colgate we know that every game is a championship game if we want to get to our goal of winning the Patriot League, so we’ve just have to take care of business and move onto our next game.”