Mass. College Football: Week Seven Honor Roll

By NoontimeSports.com 

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

A.J. Doyle (Massachusetts) – The sophomore gunslinger tossed season-bests two touchdowns and 249 passing yards to lead the Minutemen to their first victory of the season.

Rob Blanchflower (Massachusetts) – The senior tight end recorded a season-best 98 yards receiving, as well as registered his first score of the Minutemen’s current campaign against Miami (Ohio).

Peter Pujals (Holy Cross) – The first-year quarterback finished Saturday’s game with six touchdowns, three on the ground and three through the air, as the Crusaders cruised to their third victory of the season against Bucknell. Pujals completed 19-of-29 passes for 298 yards and rushed for 80 yards on 13 carries.

Jet Kollie (Bentley) – The junior running back scored two touchdowns and amassed 266 all-purpose yards against Pace on Saturday in just three quarters. Kollie rushed for 181 yards on 12 carries to break the school record for average gain per rush.

Danny Guadagnoli (Bentley) – The senior quarterback tossed four touchdowns and finished with 323 yards of total offense in three quarters of Saturday’s game. He averaged 12.4 yards per play.

Jeff Hill (Bentley) – The junior wide receiver hauled in two touchdowns in Bentley’s 56-13 win against Pace. Hill finished with four receptions for 108 yards, and was on the receiving end of a 60-yard scoring strike on the Falcons’ first play of the game.

Gordon McLeod (Stonehill) – The sophomore wide receiver hauled in a career-high 109 receiving yards on five catches to help the Skyhawks rally to victory against Southern Connecticut.

Brian Harrington (Stonehill) – The junior linebacker posted his sixth straight double-figure effort against Southern Connecticut with a game-high 16 total tackles, 11 solo stops, along with a fumble recovery.

Andrew Kibarian (Stonehill) – The first-year defensive end recorded a season-high matching eight tackles, six solo, as well as a season-best two tackles for a loss of five yards.

Matt Pedone (Assumption) – The sophomore halfback registered 131 yards of total offense and two scores on Friday against St. A’s. Pedone rushed for 102 yards on 13 carries and recorded two catches for 29 yards.

Joe Clancy (Merrimack) – The senior quarterback completed 51-of-71 passes for 538 yards and three touchdowns in Merrimack’s loss to New Haven.

Jere Brown (Merrimack) – The sophomore wide receiver hauled in a game-best 13 catches for 173 yards and one touchdown.

Melquan Pinkney (Mt. Ida) – The first-year halfback registered 129-yard on 17 carries and two rushing touchdowns in Mount Ida’s first conference win against Castleton State.

Patrick McGrath (Framingham State) – The senior linebacker recorded 11 total stops against Westfield State, two solo tackles, along with one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of two yards.

Cullen Hanna (UMass Dartmouth) – The first-year signal caller recorded season-highs of 179 yards passing and three touchdowns against Bridgewater State.

Abiola Aborishade (UMass Dartmouth) – The sophomore wide receiver, who caught the game-winning touchdown, registered a game-high 10 catches for 111 yards and two touchdowns.

Derek Tarpey (UMass Dartmouth) – The sophomore linebacker finished with 22 total tackles, which was a career-high, 14 solo stops, five tackles for a loss, two forced fumbles and one sack.

Stefan Gustafson (Mass. Maritime) – The senior running back rushed for career-high 235 yards on 35 carries and tied school record with four rushing touchdowns (including 87 yarder, third longest in school history) in Buccaneers’ wild 54-53 victory at Western Connecticut.

Mike Stanton (Mass. Maritime) – The senior quarterback completed 22-of-33 passes for 349 yards and two scores in Bucs’ 54-53 win at Western Connecticut.  Stanton set up the game-winning score in closing minutes with 51-yard connection.

Jordan Shairs (Curry) – The junior running back recorded 194 yards of total offense as he rushed for 161 yards on 17 carries for one score, as well as hauled in five catches for 33 yards and one touchdown in the Colonels’ second conference win against Coast Guard.

Kevin Cook (Western New England) – The junior halfback finished Saturday’s game against Salve Regina with 127 yards on 25 carries with one touchdown.

Chris Tamasi (Amherst) – The junior inside linebacker recorded six solo stops, three tackles for a loss of 13 yards, a fumble recovery and one pass break-up in his team’s 14-10 win against Colby College.

James Howe (Williams) – The sophomore defensive lineman finished Saturday’s game against Middlebury with eight total tackles, five solo stops, two-and-a-half tackles for a loss and a half a sack.

Mount Ida Looks To Overcome Penalties, Seeks Win Against Husson

Mount Ida College recorded 23 penalties last weekend against Anna Maria, but hopes to overcome their miscues this week against Husson! (Photo Credit: Brian Willwerth)

By Matt Noonan 

CAMBRIDGE, MA – Following Saturday’s win against Anna Maria College, Mount Ida College currently finds itself atop the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference with a 4-1 overall record.

However, the Mustangs aren’t the only squad in their conference with an impressive mark through six weeks, as Castleton and Gallaudet each have three or more wins, as well as two victories in conference play.

“We only have four wins right now, so we just have to attack every week and try to get a little bit better,” explained Mount Ida head coach Michael Landers.

Landers’ crew adopted a mentality at the beginning of the year of going undefeated in practices, film sessions and games, which maybe the secret behind their current success.

Although, Landers knows his team has a great deal of work to do, especially after they were whistled 23 times last weekend against Anna Maria.

“[Players] need to concentrate on [their] job, do [their] job as hard as [they] can and there is some negative reinforcement that goes with that too, so we’ll build in a system from here on out to make sure that those things don’t happen again and that we’re clear with our guys,” explained the head coach.

According to the league statistics, Mount Ida ranks last in the conference with 57 penalties and 500 penalty yards.

Yet, despite the numerous errors, Landers knows his team will rebound and continue look to senior quarterback Scott Drosendahl to guide the Mustangs to victory.

“It’s a matter of all 11 guys doing their job, but he is the leader, he’s the captain, he’s the guy that steers the ship for us,” said Landers.

“Scott has done a tremendous job of understanding what we need to do to win football games and I think that’s one of the reasons why we’ve survived the last four wins.”

Drosendahl has accounted for 16 touchdowns through the air and five scores on the ground, but excluding his effort, the Mustangs have also received some help from freshman running back Melquan Pinkney, who ranks second on the team in rushing touchdowns.

This week, Mount Ida will travel to Bangor, Maine to face Husson, a squad that hasn’t earned a victory since September. And while it maybe easy for the Mustangs to overlook their opponent, Landers and his coaching staff know that in order for their squad to be successful, they need to execute properly.

“We’ve found ways to pull it out in the end, we found ways to kind of learn the lessons from week-to-week,” Landers stated.

“We really just have to concentrate on us and the things that we do and eliminate penalties, execute better,[and play] better assignment football.”

Mount Ida has been impressive this season, but as any good coach knows, one can’t assume they’re great until they finish the season with a championship. And while the Mustangs coaches and players would love to earn an ECFC crown, they know they need to focus on their current tasks and do their jobs in order to claim some hardware.

Championships aren’t earned after six weeks, so if Mount Ida wants to achieve greatness prior to the conclusion of their season then they’ll need to keep the flags off the gridiron and play fundamental football each week.

Mass. College Football: Mount Ida 48, Anna Maria 35

The Mustangs earned their fourth win on Saturday, as they defeated Anna Maria, 48-35! (Photo Credit: Brian Willwerth for NoontimeSports.com)

By Brian Willwerth 

NEWTON, MA – There are three things worth noting about this game: 1) there was a lot of offense, 2) there were a lot of points scored and 3) there were a lot of penalties.

Behind a stellar performance from quarterback Scott Drosendahl, Mount Ida rolled to victory over visiting Anna Maria on Saturday afternoon, 48-35, in a Eastern Collegiate Football Conference matchup. The senior quarterback accounted for six touchdowns on the day – four through the air, two on the ground.

It didn’t take the Mustangs long to start lighting up the scoreboard. They recovered a fumble on the AmCats’ first play from scrimmage. Three plays later Drosendahl connected with Dejhaun Williams on a 25-yard scoring play for a 7-0 lead. Anna Maria quickly responded with a nine-play, 75-yard drive.  The AmCats tied the game it on Robert Small’s 1-yard run. Small had a great day: 115 yards on 19 carries.

Mount Ida took the lead for good later in the quarter when Melquan Pinkney’s 14-yard run capped a 59-yard drive. In the second period, the Mustangs broke the game open. They increased their lead to 21-7 when Drosendahl found a wide-open Matt Valentini for a 38-yard touchdown. After Small’s second rushing touchdown of the game cut the margin to seven, Drosendahl took matters into his own hands, scoring on a quarterback sneak, then hitting Jordan Hyman for a 30-yard score to make it 35-14 at halftime. Drosendahl finished the game with 244 yards passing. He only had seven yards on six rushing attempts, but he found the end zone on two of them.

“That’s what a quarterback does,” said Mount Ida coach Michael Landers, whose team improved to 4-1, 2-0 in the ECFC. “He doesn’t just deliver the ball and throw the ball. He works the clock, manages the game, it’s like having another coach on the field.”

In the second half, Anna Maria could not get any closer than a two-score deficit, despite two touchdown passes from Santino Simone to Domenique Concepcion. That pair hooked up 13 times for 181 yards. Simone’s numbers are impressive: 346 yards and no interceptions. But the Mustangs were pretty much in control in the final 30 minutes. They relied heavily on the running combination of Pinkney and Chris McNally, who ran for a combined 280 yards. Drosendahl scored on another quarterback keeper, and also hit Williams for his second touchdown reception of the day.

“I just came out as a freshman, and did what I had to do. I played my hardest,” said Williams.

As for those penalties: the numbers are mind-boggling. Mount Ida was flagged 23 times in this game for 200 yards. Two of those penalties wiped out touchdowns.

“Obviously there’s a lot of procedure things that we have to take care of,” said Landers. “Those are the mistakes that we’ve got to limit.”

After the game, Landers told his team that it was ugly, but a win is a win.  It’s hard to argue with that assessment, despite the fact these two teams combined for well over 1,000 yards of total offense.

Mount Ida travels to Husson University next Saturday, while Anna Maria (1-4, 0-2 in the ECFC) hosts Maritime College.