Mass. College Football: Stonehill 30, Bentley 3

By Brian Willwerth 

EASTON, MA – Stonehill College is sending a message that it is a force to be reckoned with in the Northeast-10.

Thanks to a stellar defensive effort, the Skyhawks dominated Bentley University on Saturday night, 30-3. They forced four turnovers (two fumble recoveries and two interceptions) and sacked the Falcons quarterbacks six times. They also stopped Bentley four times on 4th down.

“They moved the ball a little bit, they got in the red zone and we didn’t budge,” said Stonehill head coach Rob Talley, whose team improved to 3-0 in the conference. “Our kids just did a really good job.”

Stonehill struck first in this one, and would never trail. The Skyhawks went 70 yards in 11 plays, with quarterback Logan Meyer hitting Corey White over the middle for a 20-yard touchdown pass. The missed PAT made the score 6-0.

The Falcons had their best chance to score later in the quarter.  After recovering a fumble on a punt return, Bentley quarterback Danny Guadagnoli found Chris Walsh, who appeared to be going into the end zone.  But Walsh fumbled at the 1-yard line, and the Skyhawks recovered in the end zone for a touchback.

The home team broke the game open in the second quarter. Jamal Johnson’s 19-yard run made it 13-0. The Skyhawks made it 20-0 when Meyer found Nate Robitaille open down the left sideline for a 35-yard scoring pass.  Robitaille had 8 catches for 116 yards.  They made it 23-0 just before halftime on Stephen Grzywacz’s 25-yard field goal.

In the fourth quarter, Johnson found the end zone for the second time, this time from three yards out.  He finished with 31 carries for 151 yards.

“I really feel like this is a special team,” said Johnson.  “We’re playing with so much momentum (and) so much more confidence.”

Meyer completed just over half of his passes (17-of-32) for 256 yards. Guadagnoli was 20-of-31 for 217 yards, and was the recipient of five of Stonehill’s six sacks.

Bentley came into this game having won 21 of the previous 27 meetings with Stonehill. But Saturday night was a different story.

“To me, it doesn’t matter what the score is…or what you’re doing…you’re playing Bentley….our kids are hungry,” said Talley.

Both teams are home next Saturday. Stonehill hosts American International, while Bentley takes on Saint Anselm.

Mass. College Football: Late Afternoon Roundup

By NoontimeSports.com 

There were a couple late afternoon starts and below are their summaries.

No. 8 Florida State 48, Boston College 34 – Nate Freese‘ 24-yard field goal early in the third quarter brought the Eagles within one point, but the Seminoles responded with three more touchdowns to pull away for good. Chase Rettig tossed four touchdowns, while first-year wide out Myles Willis hauled in a season-best 70-yards on five receptions and one touchdown.

Stonehill 30, Bentley 3 – Logan Meyer tossed two touchdowns, Jamal Johnson rushed for 151 yards on 31 carries for two scores, Nate Robitaille hauled in eight catches for 116 yards and one touchdown as the Skyhawks soared past the Falcons. Bentley’s Jeff Hill led his receiving core with eight catches for 88 yards.

UMass Dartmouth 38, Plymouth State 14 – Trent Barneys rushed for one score on 10 carries for 113 yards, while Derek Tarpey recorded 10 total tackles (six solo) as the Corsairs defeated the Panthers and earned their first win of the season.

Mass. College Football: Hempel, Meyer Earn Golden Helmet Awards

By Matt Noonan 

Earlier today it was announced that Harvard’s Conner Hempel and Stonehill College’s Logan Meyer were chosen as the fourth recipients of the Ray Galliant Insurance New England Football Writers’ Gridiron Club of Greater Boston Golden Helmet Awards.

Hempel made his first career start as the Crimson’s signal caller and led Harvard to a 42-20 victory over San Diego on Saturday during the team’s first trip to the west coast since 1949.  Hempel completed 25-of-34 passes for a career-best 345 yards and four touchdowns. He also rushed for 38 yards on nine carries. Hempel was named this week’s Ivy League Co-Offensive Player of the Week.

Meyer, who led Stonehill to its second win on Friday against Assumption, completed 27-of-49 passes for 372 yards and five touchdowns, as well as registered an additional score on the ground. Meyer was this week’s Northeast-10 Conference Offensive Player of the Week, and according to Stonehill’s athletic website, the California native holds the top five passing yardage games in program history and is the program’s all-time leader for career passing yards (5,510), completions (435) and attempts (813).

Both players earned spots on this week’s Noontime Sports Honor Roll, while their teams were honored as the Division 1 and 2 teams of the week.

Harvard returns to action on Saturday evening when they host Brown University, while Stonehill will entertain Bentley University in Easton.

Mass. College Football: Week Four Honor Roll

By NoontimeSports.com 

With the fourth week of the college football season in the books, it’s time to unveil this week’s Noontime Sports Honor Roll.

Conner Hempel (Harvard) – In his first-career start with the Crimson, the junior quarterback tossed four touchdowns in his team’s win against San Diego.

Roman SanDoval (Holy Cross) – Against Monmouth, SanDoval led the Crusaders with a game-best 11 tackles (nine solo).

Brian Harrington (Stonehill) – This week’s Northeast-10 Conference Defensive Player of the Week, led the Skyhawks defense with 17 total tackles (nine solo), one tackle for a loss and a forced fumble.

Kevin Arduino (American International) – The junior gunslinger finished his team’s contest with five touchdowns, four through the air, one on the ground against Pace on Saturday.

Matt Pedone (Assumption College) – The senior halfback from Holden, posted a career-high 187 rushing yards on 26 carries. He rushed for two scores in his team’s setback to Stonehill on Friday.

Danny Guadagnoli (Bentley) – Against LIU Post, the Framingham native threw for four touchdowns and 381 yards, both career-bests.

Logan Meyer (Stonehill) – The senior gunslinger helped the Skyhawks to their second victory of the season by completing 27-of-49 passes for 372 yards and five touchdowns.

Nate Robitaille (Stonehill) – The Attleboro native hauled in a career-best 13 passes for a career-high 190 yards and two touchdowns.

Chris Walsh (Bentley) – The sophomore wide receiver had his best game in a Falcons uniform as he caught five passes for 136 yards, which included a 65-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter that tied the game at 24.

Andrew Holfinger (Endicott) – This week’s New England Football Conference Defensive Player of the Week recorded a team-best 11 tackles, four tackles for a loss of 15 yards and one-and-a-half sacks.  

Mike McCarthy (Bridgewater State) – Against Worcester State on Friday evening, the Martha’s Vineyard native accounted for six touchdowns (five passing, one running). He led all rushers with 98 yards on 22 carries.

Matthew Green (Bridgewater State) – This week’s Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week hauled six passes for a career-high 202 yards and a school-record five touchdowns.

Melikke Van Alstyne (Framingham State) – The senior halfback rushed for 192 yards on 30 carries for one score, as well as hauled in three catches for 23 yards and one touchdown.

Mike Stanton (Mass. Maritime) – Completed 22-of-28 passes for 357 yards and pair of touchdowns of 36 and 33 yards as Buccaneers claimed third straight Admiral’s Cup with 52-18 victory at Maine Maritime.

Phillip Nwosu (Amherst College) – The senior kicker recorded 11 points, three field goals and two extra points in the Lord Jeffs’ first win of the season against Hamilton.

Mass. College Football: Week Four Teams Of The Week

By NoontimeSports.com 

With the fourth week of the college football season in the books, it’s time unveil this week’s Division 1, 2 and 3 teams of the week.

Division 1: Harvard University – In their first trip to the west coast since 1949, the Crimson commenced their season with an impressive 42-20 victory against San Diego.

Quarterback Conner Hempel, who made his first-career start, tossed four touchdowns, two of them to Andrew Fischer (six catches, 71 yards). Paul Stanton led the Crimson ground attack with 64 yards on six carries and one touchdown, while Seitu Smith hauled in four catches for 89 yards.

Norman Hayes led the defense with 12 tackles (four solo), as well as registered one-and-a-half tackles for a loss and one interception.

Division 2: Stonehill College – The Skyhawks posted 41 points in a wild Northeast-10 Conference showdown Friday evening against Assumption College to earn their second win of the season, as well as their second conference victory, too.

Logan Meyer accounted for six touchdowns (five through the air, one on the ground), while Nate Robitaille hauled in a career-best 13 catches for 190 yards and two touchdowns.

Defensively, Brian Harrington matched his career-best 16 tackles (eight solo), which included one tackle for a loss. Stonehill’s defense recorded two sacks, two interceptions and a forced fumble.

Division 3: Springfield College – Against Mount Ida, the Pride’s defense recorded seven sacks, forced three turnovers and got a defensive score to push Springfield’s overall mark to 3-0. The win was also their second straight shutout of the season.

Quarterback Jonathan Marrero tossed one touchdown and rushed for three more on 14 carries, as he finished the contest with 150 yards on the ground.

According to the Pride’s website, Springfield has now outscored its last two opponents, 77-0. Also, Springfield hadn’t recorded back-to-back shutouts since their 1957 season when they blanked American International and Rhode Island.