By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports)
Following their fifth win of the season last Saturday against Castleton University, Husson University’s football team was selected as this week’s Noontime Sports Team of the Week.
The Eagles garnered 47 percent of the vote as seen on our Twitter poll, while Springfield College finished second (39 percent). Williams College (10 percent) and Wesleyan University (four percent) placed third and fourth, respectively.
This week’s poll included 206 votes – the most votes recorded since our weekly poll began two weeks ago.
Western New England earned our initial honor two weeks ago following an exciting win over St. Lawrence University, while Plymouth State was tabbed the Team of the Week last week after defeating Bridgewater State, 17-7.
Husson’s win over Castleton was highlighted by a trio of rushing touchdowns by John Smith, who concluded the contest with 95 yards on 16 carries.
According to the game’s release, Smith became the first member of the program to rush for more than 6,000 yards and total offense mark in one’s career.
Quarterback Cory Brandon completed 15 of 17 passes for 183 yards and four touchdowns.
Brandon’s completion percentage (88.2%) established a new single-game record, shattering the original mark of 84.6%, which was held by David Chase against Becker College on October 30, 2005.
On defense, Jean Gabriel, who was tabbed this week’s Noontime Sports Co-Defensive Player, recorded six tackles, including four solo stops, one tackle-for-a-loss, an interception, a pass break-up, two blocked punts and one quarterback hurry.
Two days after the win, both Brandon and Gabriel were honored by the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) as this week’s co-offensive and special teams players of the week.
This week, the Eagles will visit Gallaudet on Saturday, October 21 with kickoff set for 1:00 p.m. Husson defeated Gallaudet last season, 50-16, thanks to Brandon, who completed 11 of 17 passes for 210 yards and three touchdowns.