With the eighth week of the college football season set to begin this evening, it’s now time to unveil our five games to watch this weekend.
Salve Regina at Curry College (Friday, Oct. 18 @ 7 p.m.): The Colonels three-game skid to commence the season is a thing of the past as Skip Bandini’s squad is on a two-game winning streak.
Keep an eye on Curry’s Jordan Shairs, who has rushed for 316 yards on 50 carries and two scores. Shairs also leads the Colonels’ receiving core with 30 grabs and five touchdowns.
Quarterback Kevin Fruwirth is averaging two touchdowns per contest and 201.2 yards per game, while teammate Stanley Sainterlien leads the defense with 27 total tackles.
Last season, Colonels fell to the Seahawks, 37-33, thanks to a four-yard plunge by Kenneth Woods with 58 seconds remaining in regulation.
Curry’s last win against Salve Regina occurred on their home turf in 2009 when the Colonels claimed a 19-7 victory.
No. 25 Harvard University vs. Lafayette (Saturday, Oct. 19 @ 1 p.m.): The Crimson are coming off their second Ivy League victory of the season as Harvard defeated Cornell in Ithaca last weekend, 34-24. This weekend, they’ll take on the Leopards, who enter the contest 1-4 overall.
Harvard leads the all-time series with 13 wins. The Crimson defeated the Leopards in 2010 and 2011, but did not face Lafayette last season.
Entering the game, Harvard’s David Mothander, the team’s kicker, is tied for first in the nation in field-goal percentage (1.000), while quarterback Conner Hempel ranks third in passing efficiency (174.8), sixth in completions (.679) and eighth in passing yards per completion (14.6).
Harvard’s four straight wins to start the year have helped them not only land a spot on the FCS Coaches Poll, but also receive 93 votes in the Sports Network poll. A win against Lafayette would push their overall mark to 5-0, which would match their start from a year ago.
Stonehill College at New Haven (Saturday, Oct. 19 @ 1 p.m.): After rallying to their fourth overall and conference victory against Southern Connecticut, Robert Talley’s squad will attempt to keep their momentum going when they travel to New Haven to face the first place Chargers.
Brian Harrington was named this week’s Northeast-10 Conference Defensive Player of the Week for the fourth time this season following his sixth straight double-figure tackle performance against the Owls. Harrington concluded the game with 16 total tackles, 11 solo stops and recovered a fumble. Teammate Andrew Kibarian was named the Rookie of the Week by registering a season-high matching eight total tackles, six solo and two tackles for a loss of five yards.
New Haven enters the contest on a five-game winning streak and is averaging 466.7 yards per game on offense.
Last season, New Haven’s Jason Thompson caught two fourth quarter touchdowns to help the Chargers rally past the Skyhawks in a game televised live on CBS Sports Network.
Tufts University at Williams College (Saturday, Oct. 19 @ 1:30 p.m.): According to the game notes on Williams College’s athletic website, both teams first met in 1885, and since that date, the Ephs are 53-22-7 all-time against the Jumbos, which includes four straight wins dating back to the 2009 season.
Aaron Kelton, who is in his fourth season with the Ephs, is 3-0 all-time vs. Tufts. He led his Ephs to a 25-7 victory last year in Medford, thanks to an impressive performance by his defense that generated five turnovers.
Keep an eye on Tufts’ Sean Harrington, who finished last week’s outing tied for the game-high in tackles with 11, which included four tackles for a loss. On the other side, Williams’ signal caller, Adam Marske, is coming off a 276 yard passing performance against Middlebury where he tossed one touchdown and rushed for 21 yards on six carries.
Bentley University vs. American International (Saturday, Oct. 19 @ 2 p.m.): Coming off an impressive performance against Pace, Bentley will look to extend their current winning streak against a very competitive AIC squad, which also enters the game on a two-game winning streak.
According to this week’s game preview, AIC and Bentley have met nine times since the start of the 2005 season with each squad prevailing on their home turf. The Yellow Jackets defeated the Falcons, 27-23, in Springfield last season, while Bentley topped AIC in Waltham a year earlier, 28-10.
Bentley’s Jet Kollie totaled 266 yards of total offense last week, which included 181 yards on the ground, while quarterback Danny Guadagnoli registered his second four-touchdown game of the season.
AIC is the number one rushing team in the conference. The Yellow Jackets are averaging 236.5 yards per contest, and have rushed for at least 200 yards in five of their six games this season.
Quarterback Kevin Arduino, who was the former Northeast-10 Conference Rookie of the Year, has recorded 4,772 passing yards and 38 touchdowns. He’s also rushed for roughly 1,700 yards and 19 touchdowns.