New England D3 Football: Husson, Trinity Highlight Week Nine Action

John Smith rushed for three touchdowns on Saturday as Husson defeated Becker College in an important ECFC clash. (Photo Credit: Husson University Athletics)

John Smith rushed for three touchdowns on Saturday as Husson defeated Becker College in an important ECFC clash. (Photo Credit: Husson University Athletics)

By Matt Noonan 

Both Husson University and Trinity College flexed their muscles on Saturday, proving they will continue to be the team to beat in their respective conference.

The Eagles soared past Becker College (45-14), thanks to halfback John Smith, who rushed for a trio of touchdowns and 183 yards on 29 carries. Quarterback Cory Brandon connected on 16 of 26 passes for 236 yards and a pair of touchdowns – both scores were hauled in by Kadeem Edge, who concluded the contest with six receptions for 158 yards. The 158 yards were a season-best for Edge, who matched his two touchdowns from a week ago against Anna Maria.

In addition to the Eagles’ offensive output, Husson’s defense was led by Logan Steward, who tallied five total tackles (four solo stops), and two interceptions. Ellis Throckmorton – a member of this week’s D3Football.com Team of the Week – registered six total tackles (three solo stops) and a pair of tackles for a loss.

Husson remains the top team in the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) with an overall record of 7-1. The Eagles have won five-straight conference tilts this season and return to the gridiron next Saturday, November 5th when they host Norwich University for a 12 p.m. kickoff.

In New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) action, Trinity scored an impressive win, defeating Middlebury College, 49-13. Quarterback Sonny Puzzo tossed two touchdowns and connected on 7-of-14 passes for 111 yards – he also rushed for one score, too. Halfback Max Chipouras rushed for a season-high three scores, while finishing the contests with 23 carries for a season-best 186 yards on the ground.

The Bantams’ defense concluded the afternoon with five interceptions and five sacks – the unit also collaborated for nine pass break-ups, too.

With the win, the Bantams occupy the top spot in the NESCAC – Trinity is currently 6-0 overall and return to action next Saturday, Nov. 5th when they host Amherst College with kickoff slated for 12:30 p.m.

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