Mass. College Football: Nine Harvard Scholar-Athletes Tabbed To NFF Hampshire Honor Society

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Harvard University Athletic Communication office, here’s yesterday’s release about nine Scholar-Athletes that were selected to the NFF Hampshire Honor Society:

DALLAS, Texas – The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) announced the members of the 2014  NFF Hampshire Honor Society, which is comprised of college football players from all divisions of play who each maintained a 3.2 GPA or better. Harvard y was well-represented as nine Crimson players earned recognition.

Harvard seniors Andrew Berg, Joshua Boyd, Cameron Brate, Danny Frate, Reynaldo Kirton, David Mothander, Nnamdi Obukwelu, Michael Pruneau and Austin Taylor garnered nods.

“We continue to raise the bar each year for the number of student-athletes who qualify for membership in the Hampshire Honor Society,” said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. “The Hampshire Honor Society plays an important role in highlighting that college football players clearly play a leadership role in the classroom as well as on the playing field. We congratulate each of these young men for their commitment to excellence.”

The NFF Hampshire Honor Society capitalizes on the NFF’s current National Scholar-Athlete program greatly expanding the number of scholar-athletes the NFF can recognize each year. The program further strengthens the organization’s leadership role in encouraging academic performance by the student-athletes who play football at the more than 700 college and universities with football programs nationwide. The initiative has honored 4,927 student-athletes since its inception, and the program has experienced growth every year in either members or school participation since its launch in 2007. The 2014 class of 838 players represents a new high water mark for members, eclipsing the old record mark by 117 student-athletes.

“We have honored more than 4,900 student-athletes in the last eight years thanks to Jon Hanson’s generosity,” said NFF Chairman Archie Manning, “We are grateful for his passionate belief in the scholar-athlete ideal, and the Hampshire Honor Society allows us to showcase the names of tomorrow’s leaders while inspiring future generations to follow in their footsteps.”

Qualifications for membership in the NFF Hampshire Honor Society include:

Being a starter or a significant contributor in one’s last year of eligibility (or a senior who has declared for the NFL Draft)  at an NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision, Football Championship Subdivision, Division II, Division III or an NAIA college or university;

  • Achieving a 3.2 cumulative grade point average throughout entire course of undergraduate study; and
  • Meeting all NCAA-mandated progress towards degree requirements.

The Hampshire Honor Society represents a powerful component in the organization’s rich history as an innovator in promoting the scholar-athlete ideal. Launched in 1959 with a donation from Hall of Fame coach Earl “Red” Blaik, the NFF’s National Scholar-Athlete Awards, presented by Fidelity Investments, became the first initiative in history to grant postgraduate scholarships based on a player’s combined academic success, football performance and community leadership. And, since its inception, the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards program has awarded $10.4 million to 787 top scholars and community leaders.

Currently, the NFF distributes more than $300,000 a year at the national level through the program to 16 individuals. Each winner of a National Scholar-Athlete Award receives an $18,000 post-graduate scholarship. Additionally, the William V. Campbell Trophy, endowed by HealthSouth and hosted at the New York Athletic Club, is given to one member of each year’s class as the absolute best. The winner of the Campbell Trophy, claimed by All-American guard John Urschel (Penn State) in 2013, receives a total scholarship of $25,000 and a 24-inch, 25-pound bronze trophy. Through, its chapter network, the NFF also awards an additional $1.3 million to local high school student-athletes, bringing the NFF’s annual scholarship distribution total to more than $1.6 million.

Mass. College Football: Week Eight Honor Roll

By NoontimeSports.com 

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

Michael Pruneau (Harvard) – In his second straight start, the sophomore signal caller tossed three touchdowns and finished 17-of-29 for 263 yards.

Paul Stanton Jr. (Harvard) – The sophomore tailback rushed for 113 yards on 21 carries and two scores, as well as caught one pass for six yards in Harvard’s 35-16 win against Lafayette.

Peter Pujals (Holy Cross) – The first-year signal caller amassed 287 yards of total offense against Colgate. He finished 25-of-40 for 232 yards and one touchdown, and rushed for 55 yards on 14 carries.

Kevin Arduino (AIC) – Against Bentley, the junior quarterback rushed for four touchdowns and tossed another in the Yellow Jackets’ 42-14 victory. Ardunio finished with 222 yards through the air and 129 yards on the ground.

Sterry Codrington (Stonehill) – The junior defensive back matched his career-high with 10 tackles, seven solo stops, blocked two kicks and had a sack for a loss of 12 yards. He also recorded a pass break-up in the Skyhawks’ dramatic 29-26 victory against New Haven.

Jon Wozney (Assumption) – The senior linebacker registered 10 total tackles in his team’s win against Southern Connecticut.

Jeff Hill (Bentley) – The junior wide receiver hauled in a career-best nine receptions for 124 yards and one touchdown against AIC.

Joe Clancy (Merrimack) – The senior gunslinger completed 38-of-56 passes for 441 yards and six touchdowns, which helped the Warriors top St. A’s.

Brian Harrington (Stonehill) – The junior linebacker recorded a career-high 17 total tackles and eight solo stops against New Haven.

Colin Markus (Stonehill) – It was a career day for the sophomore halfback, who finished Saturday’s game with a career-high 255 all-purpose yards. He rushed for a career-best 172 yards on a career-high 23 carries and one score. Markus also caught the two-point conversion at the end of the game, which pushed Stonehill ahead by three points.

Logan Meyer (Stonehill) – The senior quarterback tossed two of his three touchdowns during the final 15 minutes, which helped Stonehill defeat New Haven. Meyer completed 22-of-41 passes for 288 yards.

Robert Small (Anna Maria) – The senior halfback rushed for a game-best 136 yards on 15 carries and three touchdowns against Mount Ida.

William Ricard (Anna Maria) – The sophomore wide receiver recorded a season-best 199 yards receiving and two touchdowns against Mount Ida.

EJ Isom (Mount Ida) – The first-year running back rushed for 108 yards on nine carries and two scores in the Mustangs’ 56-34 win against Anna Maria.

Jordan Hyman (Mount Ida) – The senior wide-out caught eight passes for 154 yards and two touchdowns.

Kalyn Smithson (Mount Ida) – The junior linebacker registered eight total stops, five solo tackles, three tackles for a loss of 11 yards, one sack for a loss of five yards, one block and one pass break-up.

Robert Baker (Becker) – The senior quarterback tossed two touchdowns and completed 17-of-33 passes for 210 yards against Husson.

Melvin Booker (Becker) – The senior linebacker registered a game-best 14 total tackles, seven solo tackles, and half a tackle for a loss.

E.J. Bennett (Mass. Maritime) – The junior wide receiver shattered the single game receiving record with 274 receiving yards. Bennett hauled in 15 passes and scored three touchdowns against Westfield State.

Richard Ford (Mass. Maritime) – The junior linebacker finish his team’s contest against the Owls with seven total tackles, four solo stops and two sacks for a loss of 12 yards.

Mike McCarthy (Bridgewater State) – The senior quarterback recorded 386 yards of total offense and registered seven touchdowns in the Bears’ 56-28 victory against Plymouth State. McCarthy completed 18-of-29 passes for a career-high 276 yards and tied the school record with five touchdown passes.

Davon Fuller (UMass Dartmouth) – The first-year defensive back recorded four interceptions, one shy of the NCAA Division III record, which helped the Corsairs top Worcester State. Fuller also had four tackles and three solo stops.

Tucker Cheyne (MIT) – The first-year kicker broke his own school record for points in a game by a kicker with 12 points against Nichols College.

John Krafick (WNE) – The senior co-captain recorded a season-high 304 passing yards, as well as tossed three touchdowns in the Golden Bears’ double-overtime win against Union College.

Justin Wallace (MIT) – The junior running back rushed for 167 yards and a career-best tying three touchdowns.

Alex Snyder (Tufts) – The first-year quarterback led the Jumbos to its most points since November 2010, according to Sunday’s New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Football Weekly Release. Snyder completed 22-of-46 passes for 302 yards and four touchdowns. The four touchdowns were the most by a Tufts quarterback since November 2010.

Mass. College Football: Week Eight Teams Of The Week

By NoontimeSports.com 

With the eighth week of the college football season in the books, it is now time to unveil this week’s Noontime Sports Teams of the Week.

Division 1 – Harvard University: The Crimson’s current winning streak extended to five games on Saturday as Harvard defeated Lafayette to improve to 5-0 for the second straight season.

Cameron Brate and Paul Stanton Jr. each scored touchdowns to start the game, which provided the hosts with the lead for good.

Quarterback Michael Pruneau, who started for the second straight week, finished the contest with three touchdowns and 263 yards through the air.

Defensively, Joshua Boyd finished with seven total stops, two solo tackles and one sack, while D.J. Monroe matched his teammate with seven total stops, along with one interception and one pass break-up.

Harvard returns to Ancient Eight play this weekend when they host the Tigers of Princeton for a 1 p.m. kickoff.

Division 2 – Stonehill College: For the second week in a row, the Skyhawks earned this particular honor following another dramatic comeback, this time against New Haven.

Stonehill overcame a 12-point deficit entering the fourth quarter with two touchdown passes from Logan Meyer, who finished the game with three touchdowns and 288 passing yards. Meyer’s second touchdown, which was hauled in by Gordon McLeod, brought the visitors within five, while his third and final strike to the end zone, a seven-yard toss to Corey White, sealed the victory.

Brian Harrington led the Skyhawks defense with 17 total tackles, eight solo stops and a forced fumble, while Sterry Codrington finished with 10 total stops, seven solo tackles, one sack for a loss of 12 yards and a pass break-up.

Stonehill is now 5-2 overall and 5-1 in the Northeast-10 Conference (NE-10). They’re currently in a three-way tie for first place with American International College and New Haven.

The Skyhawks will be at home this weekend against LIU Post. 

Division 3 – Mount Ida College: After a 1-3 start, the Mustangs have turned the corner with back-to-back wins.

This past weekend, they improved to 2-1 in the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) with a 56-34 victory against Anna Maria. Mount Ida is now tied for second in the conference with Norwich, a team they’ll face in Newton in two weeks.

Against the AMCATs, EJ Isom rushed for two scores on nine carries for 108 yards, while Jordan Hyman hauled in both touchdown passes from Jawad Yatim. Hyman finished the contest with eight catches for 154 yards.

Defensively, Jovan Wilkins led the Green and White with 10 total stops, along with one interceptions, while Kalyn Smithson registered eight total stops, five solo tackles, three tackles for a loss of 11 yards, one sack for a loss of five yards and one pass break-up.

Mount Ida will attempt to pickup their third conference win of the season on Saturday when they travel to Becker College to face the Hawks at 1 p.m.  

Chapple Tosses Five Touchdowns, Harvard Beats Bucknell, 42-3

 

By Matt Noonan 

CAMBRIDGE, MA – This probably wasn’t exactly how the Bucknell University head coach Joe Susan envisioned his school’s ninth meeting with the Harvard University, as he watched his team get decimated by the Crimson, who picked up their fourth win with a 42-3 drubbing.

Crimson junior quarterback Colton Chapple tied a school record with five touchdown passes, while Harvard head coach Tim Murphy’s defense recorded four interceptions, four sacks and one forced fumble, which held Bucknell’s offense to a season low 140 total offensive yards.

“[This was] a very solid team effort,” Murphy said. “This was a team we felt we should have beat, but none the less came in and played with a great deal of focus and intensity right from the start. [We were] led by our defense – our defense just never gave them a chance today.”

“We didn’t do a very good job protecting the passer,” Susan said. “It’s a beautiful place to play, but it’s not beautiful when the score reads the way the score reads right now.”

Chapple and his offense overcame a lackluster start that featured a fumble and missed field goal, as he connected with junior tight end Kyle Juszczyk on the team’s third offensive series to give Harvard their first and only lead of the game. Chapple then followed up with three more touchdowns, two to sophomore tight end Cameron Brate and one to wide receiver Alex Sarkisian, which gave the home team a comfortable 28-0 cushion at the intermission.

Entering the second half, Chapple capped off a four play drive and reconnected with Juszczyk for his fifth and final touchdown of the game before Murphy swapped him for sophomore quarterback Michael Pruneau.

“I can’t take single credit for all [my success because] my offensive line has been great all year long,” Chapple said. “[I’ve] got an extremely talented wide [receiving] core and including tight ends.”

Bucknell finally got on the board when senior kicker Drew Orth kicked a late third quarter field goal before Harvard’s Seit Smith III delivered the Crimson’s final touchdown of the day on 91-yard kick-off return on the ensuing possession.

“Our defense gave us great field position, they gave us great energy and we didn’t have a great day offensively, but if you look at our halftime [statistics], the thing we did do was we got our run game going and that was the biggest thing. They’re a very solid run defense team. If we can run the football, we know we can throw the football, so we’re making progress offensively,” Murphy said. “We’re not where we want to be, but we’re making progress.”

The Crimson will return to the comforts of Harvard Stadium next Saturday against Princeton University, while Bucknell will also return home to host Holy Cross – both games will be played at 1:00pm.

GAME NOTES:

* Harvard entered today’s game [3-1] when leading at halftime, while Bucknell was [0-2].

* Chapple was the first Harvard quarterback in the school’s history to throw for at least four touchdowns in consecutive games and the second quarterback to throw for five touchdowns in one game. Carroll Lowenstein was the last Crimson quarterback to register five touchdowns against Davidson in 1953. Also, according to Harvard Athletics, 544 games had past between both five-touchdown games in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

* Harvard now leads the season series against Bucknell, [5-3-1]. The last time these two teams met was in 1997, and the Bison won, 24-20.