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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’s Guadagnoli Named Starting Quarterback For 2012 Season

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of our friends from Bentley University’s athletic department — head coach Thom Boerman has announced via the college’s press release on Friday that junior Danny Guadagnoli has been selected the Falcons starting quarterback for the upcoming season.

Last season, Guadagnoli appeared in seven games and tossed six passes for 78 yards. He did not register a single touchdown through the air, but did record three interceptions.

Boerman described his starting signal caller as someone who is mobile and able to complete accurate short passes.

We’ve provided the press release below, but for more information on the Falcons football team — HOP HERE.

WALTHAM, Mass. – Junior Danny Guadagnoli (Framingham/Framingham HS) has been selected by Bentley University head football coach Thom Boerman as the Falcons’ starting quarterback after a tight battle with senior Luke Zahradka (Franklin Square, N.Y./H.F. Carey HS) throughout the spring and preseason camp.

“Danny and Luke have been battling to replace Bryant Johnson since the day the season ended last year,” said Boerman. “They have both worked hard, participated in off-season work-outs and until today, have been neck-and-neck in competition for the starting QB spot.  I decided to go with Danny based on his ability to move the ball with more consistency in practice these past few weeks.

“They each have different strengths. Luke is a big strong kid who has a very strong arm and can throw the ball a country mile.  Danny is more mobile and has better accuracy in the shorter pass game. He is a runner,” Boerman continued.

Neither player has a lot of college experience as Johnson, the only quarterback Boerman started during his first three seasons, took most of the snaps over the last three seasons.  Guadagnoli, who prepped at Phillips Exeter after a standout career at Framingham, red-shirted in 2010 and threw for 78 yards last fall.  Most of his action came in the second half at Merrimack when Johnson was knocked out of the game.

The 6’5” Zahradka appeared in one game for the Falcons in 2009 and completed four of seven passes last year, including a 30-yard scoring pass against Saint Anselm.

“It was a very difficult decision based on the fact they have both sat for the past several years waiting for their opportunity to lead this offense,” said Boerman. “Luke did nothing to lose the job, rather Danny did a little more to convince me he should be the starter. I have every expectation that Luke will get his share of playing time this season and feel pretty confident that if he gets the call, he will be ready to get the job done.”

Bentley has a solid crop of young quarterbacks behind Guadagnoli and Zahradka, including freshman Matt Montaldo (West Yarmouth/Dennis-Yarmouth Reg. HS), who has looked good so far in camp after earning MVP honors in the Shrine game. Matt McDermott (Merrimac/Central Catholic HS) and Tommy Munro (Norwood/Norwood HS)), also freshmen, have been impressive as well, and sophomore returnee Drew Lloyd (Cary, N.C./Green Hope HS) rounds out a very solid group of QBs.

Bentley opens its 2012 season next Friday night with a home Northeast-10 Conference encounter with Pace University (7 pm).

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.

Bentley Football Opens Pre-Season Camp Sunday, August 12

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of our friends from Bentley University’s athletic department — here is Wednesday’s press release pertaining toward the Falcons football pre-season camp, which is scheduled to open Sunday, August 12, 2012.

Last season, the Falcons won six of their 10 games, as well as went 5-3 in the Northeast-10 Conference, too.

For more information on Bentley’s football team or the upcoming 2012 season — CLICK HERE.

 WALTHAM, Mass. – The Bentley University football team will return to campus for its preseason camp on Sunday with the 89-man roster including five players returning for their fifth year of eligibility, a quintet that includes first-team All-Northeast-10 Conference tackle Nick Halloran (Somerville/BB&N School).

Also back for their fifth year are defensive backs Don and Steve Hopkins (Walham/Waltham HS), tight end Jon Wilkie (Groton/Lawrence Academy) and tailback Bobby Tarr (Byfield/Bishop Fenwick HS).

The 6-foot-6, 290-pound Halloran spent two years at Boston College, including one as a red-shirt, before transferring to Bentley prior to the 2010 season. For the Falcons, he’s started 19 of 20 games during his first two seasons.

The Hopkins twins have been integral parts of the Bentley secondary over the last four seasons, combining for 15 interceptions and 264 tackles. Don, a first-team All-Northeast-10 honoree in 2010, had 49 tackles and three picks last fall while Steve missed most of last season due to injury after having 68 stops in 2010.

Tarr has been one of the Northeast-10’s top rushers the last two seasons, averaging better than six yards a carry during that time. He rushed for 590 yards in 2010 and bettered that last year with 860, most by a Falcon since 2005 and a total that ranked third in the conference.

Wilkie had six catches out of the tight end position last fall while predominantly being used as a blocker.

One of the major decisions that fourth-year head coach Thom Boerman and his staff must make during camp is who will be the starting quarterback. That is a first for Boerman who started Bryant Johnson, one of the premier QBs in the program’s history, in every game during his first three seasons at the helm.

Junior Danny Guadagnoli (Framingham/Framingham HS) and senior Luke Zahradka (Franklin Square, N.Y./H.F. Carey HS) are the primary candidates, and both emerged from the spring workouts about even. Both have thrown for 78 yards in limited action during their careers with Guadagnoli six of 20 passes and Zahradka four of nine.

Bentley will open its ten-game schedule Aug. 31 with a Friday night home game against Pace University and will play its only non-conference contest of the season eight days later, at West Virginia Wesleyan.

The regular season will conclude Nov. 10 with the first Northeast-10 championship weekend. The top two teams will square off for the NE-10 title, and the third, fourth and fifth place teams will also host games.