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Mass. College Football: New Haven 17, Bentley 13

Bentley’s fourth quarter rally came up short, as New Haven preserved their perfect record with a 17-13 victory on Saturday afternoon! (Photo Credit: Brian Willwerth)

By Brian Willwerth 

WALTHAM, MA – Whenever you get a juicy matchup like this – the top two teams in the Northeast 10 Conference with identical 5-0 records – you often ask yourself the question: can the game live up to all the hype? This one sure did.

In a hard-fought, hard-hitting defensive battle, No. 5 New Haven defeated Bentley on Saturday afternoon, 17-13. With the win, the Chargers take over sole possession of first place in the conference. A lot of so-called pundits may have thought this would end up being a shootout. But the opposite turned out to be true.

After a scoreless first quarter, UNH got on to the board first when Ronnie Nelson threw a 27-yard touchdown pass to Jason Thompson to give the Chargers the lead.

There was some talk going into this game whether Nelson would get the start, since Ryan Osiecki was considered available after missing the last three games with an injury. But Nelson went the distance on Saturday against the Falcons.

UNH increased its lead to 14-0 when Victor Jones ran it in almost untouched from five yards out.

While that was going on, the Chargers’ defense was making life miserable for Bentley quarterback Danny Guadagnoli.  He was under pressure for much of the afternoon. He was sacked four times. And the Falcons were unable to generate any offense in the first 30 minutes of play. In fact, Bentley had a net of 50 total yards in the first half, including minus-14 on the ground.

“Our guys played really well,” said New Haven head coach Peter Rossomando.  “Other than a couple of drives that were aided by a couple of penalties, but other than that we played very well defensively.”

In the second half, Bentley saw the first of two key plays that it will likely look back on and think, “what might have been.” On third-and-goal from the 4, Mike Sumrell fumbled, and New Haven’s Matthew Fallico recovered at the 2 to stop that scoring threat.

But later in the third quarter, momentum started shifting to the home team.  A resilient Guadagnoli capped a seven-play, 56-yard drive with a two-yard scoring pass to Jeff Hill, who made the grab in the end zone despite defensive pass interference. All of a sudden, it was a one-score game.

The plot thickened in the fourth quarter.

The Chargers’ Chris Scifo missed a 26-yard field goal that would’ve made it a two-score game again. Bentley took over, and marched right down the field.  Guadagnoli found Bill Kiley in the left corner of the end zone to pull the Falcons to within a point, and electrify the Family Weekend crowd of 3,571.

But then came the second key miscue for the Falcons. Will Lockwood missed the extra point wide-left. So the home team still trailed by one.

When the Chargers got the ball back, they marched 56 yards and, more importantly, took more than five minutes off the clock. Scifo atoned for his miss by nailing a 30-yard FG to make it 17-13.

Bentley had one last shot, needing to go 75 yards in 1:32 for the win. But the Falcons couldn’t move the ball, and UNH’s fourth sack of Guadagnoli sealed the deal on an impressive defensive performance by the Chargers.

“They fly to the ball,” said Rossomando of his team’s defensive effort. “We got them out of the option, and that’s exactly what we wanted to do: put the ball in [Guadagnoli’s] hands, and take it out of those running backs’ hands. And we did that.”

“He almost beat us, but we did it,” he joked.

The Falcons’ defense was just as impressive.

Consider this: New Haven came in averaging more than 44 points a game.  Bentley held them to 17. The Falcons limited UNH to 288 total yards, far below the Chargers’ season average. Bentley also forced three turnovers.  But in the end, it wasn’t enough.

New Haven travels to Stonehill on Thursday night for a nationally televised game, while Bentley has another big game next weekend, against American International College in Springfield.

Mass. College Football Game Summary: Bentley 42, Pace 0

By Matt Noonan 

WALTHAM, MA – After earning their first victory of the season, Bentley University head coach Thom Boerman explained that his team has a lot to work on, especially after just one contest.

“I’m glad we won, but none of these players should feel real good about themselves just yet,” Boerman said after his team’s 42-0 triumph against Pace University on Friday.

The Falcons offense compiled 562 yard of total offense, while their defense sacked the Setters junior signal-caller Jordan Raynor six times.

Senior Bill Kiley and sophomore Jeff Hill each caught two touchdowns, as well as combined for 217 yards, while fifth-year senior Bobby Tarr rushed for 95 yards on 13 carries and registered one score.

Tarr also became the program’s ninth all-time leading rusher after he ripped off an impressive 33-yard dash during the team’s third offensive series of the game.

Pace won the toss, but concluded their first offensive series with three unsuccessful plays, which opened the door for Bentley’s offense to earn the momentum for good, as the Falcons concluded a nine-play, 79-yard drive with a nine yard strike from junior Danny Guadagnoli to Kiley.

The Falcons would then solidify their lead with five more touchdowns, which helped them secure their first conference win.

Senior Luke Zahradka completed three of six passes for 103 yards, as well as connected with Hill and Kiley for scores, while sophomore Tyler Coppola capped off his Falcons debut with nine carries for 28 yards and one touchdown.

“We have a lot of work to do,” exclaimed Boerman. “We made a lot of mistakes.”

“I thought defensively we kind of bogged down, they marched up and down the field, they made a couple mistakes of their own [because] they’re young, but we’ve got a long way to go,” added Boerman. “West Virginia Wesleyan is going to be a very tough opponent, so we’ll watch the film, [the] coaches will make their corrections, but we’re not there yet.”

Bentley Football Enters Season Tied 4th In NE-10 Preseason Coaches Poll

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of our friends from Bentley University’s athletic departments — here is today’s press release pertaining toward the Falcons preseason ranking in the Northeast-10 Conference football coaches’ poll.

The Falcons, according to the release, will begin their season tied for fourth place in the conference with Merrimack College.

For more information on the Falcons football program — CLICK HERE.

WALTHAM, Mass. – Coming off a 6-4 season, the Bentley University Falcons are tied for fourth in the Northeast-10 Conference football preseason coaches’ poll, which was announced Monday morning.

Defending champion and 2011 NCAA Division II national quarterfinalist New Haven topped the rankings by a comfortable margin, with the Chargers receiving 63 points and seven first-place votes.  Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team in the poll.

The other two first-place votes went to Southern Connecticut and American International, who finished second and third, respectively. Southern garnered 53 points, AIC followed with 50, and both Bentley and Merrimack came in with 41.

Rounding out the poll were Assumption (29), Stonehill (24), Saint Anselm (15) and Pace (8).

The preseason rankings essentially mirror last year’s final standings, which saw Bentley, AIC and Merrimack finish in a tie for third with 5-3 conference records.

Fourth-year head coach Thom Boerman has 15 starters back from last year’s club, a group that includes running back Bobby Tarr (Byfield/Bishop Fenwick HS), wide-out Bill Kiley (Quincy/Boston College HS), All-Conference tackle Nick Halloran (Somerville/BB&N) and the team’s top two tacklers, junior linebackers Blaine Hopwood (New Bedford/New Bedford HS) and Kyle Young (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial HS).

One of the biggest issues during training camp is determining a successor for three-year starter Bryant Johnson at quarterback, with the primary candidates being junior Danny Guadagnoli (Framingham/Framingham HS) and senior Luke Zahradka (Franklin Square, N.Y./H.F. Carey HS).

Bentley opens its season at home, under the Friday night lights, against Pace Aug. 31 and plays its only non-conference game of the season eight days later at West Virginia Wesleyan, the number three preseason pick in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

The schedule also includes the first-ever Northeast-10 championship weekend Nov. 10 with the top two teams squaring off for the conference title. The next six teams also be in action, with the teams finishing third, fourth and fifth hosting games.

To view the preseason coaches poll rankings and votes — HOP HERE.