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Mass. College Football: Saturday Afternoon Roundup

By NoontimeSports.com 

A majority of this week’s contests occurred this afternoon and below is the afternoon roundup.

Vanderbilt 24, UMass 7 – A.J. Doyle’s second quarter touchdown pass to Tajae Sharpe evened the score at 7, but that was the closest the Minutemen got as Vanderbilt answered with a pair of touchdowns and one field goal to win the game. Doyle completed 20-of-28 passes for 133 yards and rushed for 29 yards on eight carries.

Harvard 42, San Diego 20 – Conner Hempel tossed four touchdowns in his first-career start as the Crimson cruised to their first win of the season.

American International 48, Pace 27 – Kevin Arduino tossed four touchdowns and completed 13-of-20 passes for 344 yards, while Terrell Williams rushed for 165 yards on 15 carries for the Yellow Jackets.

Springfield 41, Mount Ida 0 – Jonathan Marrero rushed for three touchdowns on 14 carries for 150 yards, while the Pride’s defense recorded seven sacks, forced three fumbles and got a defensive score.

Norwich 31, WPI 14 – Al Georgio rushed for a game-high 193 yards and two touchdowns, while quarterback Keyen Foley rushed for 150 yards and one touchdown, as well as completed 12-of-20 passes for 133 yards with one touchdown pass, as the Cadets defeated the Engineers for the second year in a row.

Framingham State 42, Fitchburg State 21 – Matthew Silva tossed four touchdowns; Melikke Van Alstyne rushed for 192 yards and one touchdown as the Rams defeated the Falcons in their first home game of the season. Fitchburg quarterback Garrett Dellechiaie finished 15-of-28 for 178 yards with two touchdowns.

Mass. Maritime 52, Maine Maritime 18 – Mike Stanton tossed two touchdowns, Stefan Gustafson rushed for a career-best 201 yards and one touchdown as the Buccaneers defeated the Mariners and claimed the 41st Annual Admiral’s Cup.

Westfield State 36, UMass Dartmouth 7 – Tim Rich and Erik Washburn combined for two passing touchdowns and 178 passing yards, while Troy Cutter finished with nine tackles (eight solo), one tackle for a loss, one interception and one pass breakup as the Owls earned their second win of the season.

Kean 24, Endicott 17 – Despite two touchdowns and a field goal in the second half, the Gulls fell short of defeating Kean in their first ever meeting with a New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) program. Alec Matys led Endicott’s receiving core with seven catches for 106 yards.

Amherst 23, Hamilton 7 – The Lord Jeffs defense recorded five interceptions, while kicker Phillip Nwosu kicked three field goals and two extra points in Amherst’s first win of the season.

Colby 31, Williams 8 – Tom Murphy’s one-yard touchdown run was all the Ephs could muster as Williams fell in its opener to the Mules.

Catching Up With Aaron Kelton (Williams College Football) Part I

By Matt Noonan 

Here is the first part of our conversation with Williams College head coach Aaron Kelton on the Ephs main focus in training camp, which began on Monday, August 27, along with his outlook on the team’s defense and strongest unit.

On the team’s main focus in camp: “[Defense] is going to be our focus right out of the gate. [We’ll be replacing a] lot of three-year starters and good players, so other than Dan O’Mara, I think that in the secondary Ben Oliva at the cornerback position will be one of the guys that we’ll miss, but we’ve got some young guys who got some minutes last year, so we’re looking forward to seeing those guys step-up and play and then at linebacker, replacing a Dylan Schultz is going to be difficult for us. He [was] a tremendous player here and was our team’s leader, and so we’re going to have to replace him for sure and we’ll do it by committee if we have to, but we’re going to try and get the best play we can out of some of our guys. And then up front when you lose Colin Curzi and Dan Canina, who have been regulars on the NESCAC All-Star teams, you’ve got to replace those guys and then there were a bunch of good senior role guys that we’ve just got to replace on defense, so we’ve got our work cut out for us, but we feel like we’re pretty talented. We’ll be athletic and fast, so we’re just going to have to use the tools that we have.”

On Adam Marske’s role at quarterback: “He’ll start with the one’s in camp and there’s always competition every day in our program. We like to think we get good players and we don’t care who plays on Saturday, you’ve just got to know what you’re doing. We create that competition in practice, but Adam will certainly get the first look and then we’ll see what happens between Tom Murphy and Thomas Stephens and we’ve got a talented freshman coming in and they’re all good players, but there’s something to be said for game experience and being in the fire, so [Adam] is the air apparent right now.”

On having the defense overcome a lackluster season: “Last year was very uncommon for us defensively with the guys that we had coming back [because] we really felt that would be the focal point of our team and we just didn’t play well, so that was very disappointing. Our young guys have been extremely, extremely excited about getting the opportunity now to show what they’re made of and why they were recruited here, so they’re going to be super jacked up on defense to make plays and be one of the top defenses in this league. And that’s all that they’ve been talking during the summer and our communications is how excited they are to get a chance to shine, so that’s really great. We’re looking forward to seeing what some of these guys can do. There’s no more sitting on the bench and watching from the sidelines, it’s time to put up or shut up and they’re excited about it and they’re ready to go.”

On the team’s strongest unit this season: “With three starters back [on the offensive line] and a couple guys that got experience last year will step up in starting roles. We’ll be running the football like we do because I think that’s huge for us. We return every tailback in our program and we get Alex Scyocurka back from injury, which adds to our depth and our explosiveness on offense. We have an experience quarterback back, which is always great. At receiver we have Darren Hartwell and Greg Payton, both who got significant time [last season]. Darren’s been a league All-Star each of the last two season, and he’s going to be the most dynamic receiver in this conference and maybe in the country, so he’s explosive and has it all. He [even] helps in our return game, so we feel like we’re going to be pretty deep on offense and be able to put some points up and control the football and run the football and we’re excited about that possibility.”