Dante Aviles-Santos enjoyed an impressive start to his second season under center with the UMass Dartmouth football team.
Against Husson University, the junior signal-caller threw four touchdown passes while adding an additional score on the ground to lead the Corsairs to a 35-14 victory this afternoon at Cressy Field.
Aviles-Santos, who was named the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Offensive Rookie of the Year last fall, concluded the game with 214 yards of total offense, including 36 yards on six carries.
Antonio Brown hauled in two of Aviles-Santos’ four touchdown passes while Trell Best and Easten Coleman each caught one touchdown. Marvens Jean rushed for a game-high 254 yards on 26 carries and caught four passes.
UMass Dartmouth led by one score at the break before tacking on three more touchdowns in the second half, including a pair in the fourth quarter that helped the Corsairs push ahead for good.
As a team, UMass Dartmouth finished with 558 yards of total offense. The defense recorded one sack and one interception.
Husson’s Elijah Garnett led the team with 103 rushing yards on 15 carries and one score. Quarterback Nic Visser completed 10 of 26 passes for 160 yards and one touchdown.
With today’s win, UMass Dartmouth has won three-straight meetings with the Eagles dating back to their first contest in 2019.
UMass Dartmouth will visit Anna Maria next Saturday while Husson will host Plymouth State.
Plymouth State scored its initial win of the 2022 season by defeating Castleton University, 20-7.
Willie Lombard highlighted the Panthers’ win by rushing for a game-high 98 yards on 20 carries and two touchdowns. Evan Wilson led the Plymouth State defense with seven total tackles, including four solo stops.
Endicott College began its conference title defense with a 27-0 victory over St. Lawrence.
Anthony Caggianelli rushed for a game-high 80 yards on 23 carriers and two touchdowns while Matthew Licciardi led the Gulls’ defense with eight total tackles.
The Gulls visit WPI next Friday – the Engineers, like Endicott, were victorious in its season-opener last night as they defeated Worcester State, 58-21.
Jack Maguire’s touchdown pass to John Hannon late in the third quarter proved to be the difference in Salve Regina’s 7-0 victory over Norwich University.
Norwich’s defense limited the Seahawks’ offense to 277 yards on 71 plays, thanks to Matthew Christe, who recorded a game-high 10 total tackles, including eight solo stops.
Maguire concluded the game 21 of 31 for 152 yards while Hannon led Salve Regina’s receiving core with six catches for 52 yards.
Salve Regina will visit MIT next Saturday and Norwich will welcome St. Lawrence to Northfield, Vermont.
New England D-III Football Week One Scoreboard
- MIT 35, Curry 20
- Springfield 42, Western New England 14
- Nichols 30, Westfield State 29
- UMass Dartmouth 35, Husson 14
- Endicott 27, St. Lawrence 0
- University of New England 17, Coast Guard Academy 10
- Salve Regina 7, Norwich 0
- Fitchburg 33, Dean 28
- Plymouth State 20, Castleton 7
- WPI 58, Worcester State 21
- Brockport 27, Framingham State 7
- Ithaca 51, Bridgewater State 14
- William Paterson 28, Western Connecticut 7