Northeast Conference - Week 12 Recap

The Northeast Conference completed its 12th week of 2008 football action on Saturday, almost - one regular season game remains, St.Francis vs. Bryant -- led by Albany second straight perfect season (7-0) in league play.


Albany 30, Wagner 11

Albany completed its second consecutive perfect run through the Northeast Conference schedule by downing Wagner, 30-11, before a home crowd at Alumni Field. Solidifying back-to-back outright league crowns, the Great Danes received a huge day from senior pass-catcher Tim Bush (Saratoga Springs, NY/Saratoga Springs) who totaled 141 yards and two touchdowns on 10 receptions. UA rookie defensive end Eddie Delaney (Holtsville, NY/Sachem East) continued to excel since taking on a starting role, recording seven tackles, a sack, and two pass break-ups. Wagner freshman Prince Young (Neptune, NJ/Brick Memorial) rushed 17 times for 65 yards the road defeat that ends Wagner's uncharacteristic season, only the third of the losing variety in 28 years under coach Walt Hameline.

Robert Morris 35, Saint Francis (PA) 20

Robert Morris used a 21-point fourth quarter to come from behind in a 35-20 victory over Keystone State rival Saint Francis (PA). After Jeff Link (Cumberland, MD/Allegany) provided the go-ahead burst with 13:28 remaining in the game, Colonials' rookie receiver James O'Quinn (Vandergrift, PA/Kiski Area) caught his second of two long touchdowns, a 43-yard strike, 1:29 later to extend the lead to 28-20. O'Quinn, whose 64-yard second-quarter score accounted for Robert Morris' first points of the day, totaled 134 yards on four receptions. Quarterback Erik Cwalinski (Jacobsburg, OH/Shadyside) completed only eight passes but three went for touchdowns. The Red Flash received a 106-yard rushing performance from sophomore Jude Yearwood (Elkridge, MD/Howard).

Monmouth 37, Duquesne 14

Monmouth's David Sinisi (Cedar Grove, NJ/Cedar Grove) finished strongly in his bid for the Walter Payton Award, rushing 23 times for 174 yards and three touchdowns to power the Hawks past Duquesne, 37-14, in Pittsburgh. Senior quarterback Brett Burke (Wall, NJ/Wall) was 14-of-23 passing with 57 of his 263 yards coming on a go-ahead touchdown strike in the final minute of the first quarter. Burke hooked up with classmate John Nalbone (Lawrenceville, NJ/Lawrence) on an 83-yard third-quarter scoring play that extended Monmouth's lead to 30-14. The Hawks did their part in a bid to earn a share of the NEC title, but the Great Danes crushed any hope by taking care of Wagner at home. Duquesne junior quarterback Kevin Rombach (Harrisburg, PA/Central Dauphin) ran 10 yards for a score, while sophomore signal caller Connor Dixon (South Park, PA/South Park) threw a three-yard TD strike to account for the Dukes' offense.

Central Connecticut State 49, Sacred Heart 14

Central Connecticut State ran for 337 yards and six touchdowns to retain NEC Nutmeg State bragging rights with a 49-14 triumph over Sacred Heart in Fairfield. Blue Devils junior running back James Mallory (Buffalo, NY/Kenmore West) carried 25 times for 150 yards and two touchdowns. Rookie Ray Sheehan (Howard Beach, NY/St. Francis Prep) came on at quarterback for Sacred Heart, finishing 19-of-33 passing for 214 yards and two scores, but was intercepted on three occasions. SHU junior receiver Steve Tedesco (Mission Viejo, CA/Trabuco Hills), the program's all-time leader in yardage, touchdowns, and catches, made seven receptions for 101 yards and a score.


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