Northeast Conference Football - Week 2 Recap

Saint Francis (PA) stole the headlines in Week Two of the Northeast Conference's 14th football season by snapping its 12-game slide in emphatic fashion. The Red Flash shut out Pioneer League member Morehead State, 31-0. Wagner began the week on a winning note by flying past SUNY Maritime, 41-10, on Thursday night.

NEC programs Albany and Central Connecticut State each came away empty-handed in their visits to nationally-ranked CAA members.

Saint Francis (PA) 31, Morehead State 0
The Red Flash snapped their 12-game losing streak by shutting out Morehead State, 31-0, in their home opener at DeGol Field. Freshman quarterback John Kelly was responsible for three touchdowns (two pass, one rush) while going 10-of-17 passing for 138 yards. Saint Francis was able to build a second-quarter cushion thanks to two key plays from Joshua Bentley. The defensive back made an interception which led to a touchdown and, moments later, he scooped up a blocked field goal and took it in for a score.

No. 17 Massachusetts 44, Albany 7 Facing No. 17 Massachusetts in what was its second consecutive tough road test proved to be too much for UAlbany. The host Minutemen took a 10-0 first-quarter advantage and never looked back in a 44-7 win over the Great Danes. Albany, which was plagued by three turnovers in the first half, received its lone touchdown of the game courtesy of reigning NEC Rookie of the Week Andrew Smith on a three-yard second-quarter plunge.

No. 7 William & Mary 33, Central Connecticut State 14 Running back James Mallory, the reigning NEC Co-Offensive Player of the Week, scored a pair of second-quarter touchdowns to pull Central Connecticut State within nine points, 23-14, of No. 7 William & Mary, but the Blue Devils would get no closer. The host Tribe took advantage of two costly CCSU turnovers on their way to a 33-14 victory.

Coastal Carolina 24, Monmouth 17 Coastal Carolina held on for a 24-17 victory over visiting Monmouth. The Hawks jumped out to a 7-0 first-quarter advantage on a one-yard TD plunge from David Sinisi, but Coastal Carolina scored the next 17 points to take control. Sinisi, a Walter Payton Award hopeful, carried 21 times for 84 yards and caught one pass for 22 yards in defeat.

Bucknell 26, Robert Morris 23 Bucknell returned a pair of second-half interceptions to jump in front of Robert Morris in an eventual 26-23 victory. Trailing 24-10 following the two costly turnovers, the Colonials clawed their way back within one with 5:16 remaining. Junior halfback Myles Russ, who finished with 117 yards on 21 carries, broke a 60-yard touchdown run and Garrett Clawson drilled two field goals in the comeback effort, which ended when quarterback Camdin Crouse was sacked in his own end zone for a safety.

Holy Cross 52, Sacred Heart 21 Sacred Heart sophomore Garry Coles set a program record with a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, but the Pioneers suffered a 52-21 loss at Holy Cross. Coles amassed 262 all-purpose yards against the Patriot League preseason favorite Crusaders. SHU senior receiver Steve Tedesco, a two-time all-NEC first team honoree, continued his ascension in the conference record book. After cracking the NEC's all-time receiving yards top-10 list last week, Tedesco caught 11 passes for 100 yards to leap frog three former NEC greats into seventh place. Tedesco (2,161 yards) stands 1,303 yards away from all-time NEC leader Michael Caputo (SFPA).

Hofstra 40, Bryant 24 Hofstra amassed 467 yards of total offense, 321 coming from the arm of quarterback Cory Christopher, to defeat Bryant, 40-24, at Bulldog Stadium. Bryant fell behind 31-10 before rallying to pull within seven points. Senior running back Jerell Smith, who eclipsed the 2,000-yard mark for his career, scored one touchdown and Bulldogs' quarterback Michael Croce threw for two.

Nicholls State 14,Duquesne 7 Duquesne evened the score early in the fourth quarter when quarterback Connor Dixon connected with reigning NEC Co-Offensive Player of the Week Dave Williams on an 83-yard touchdown pass, only to see host Nicholls State notch the winning score with 8:25 remaining. On the possession following Dixon's scoring strike, Nicholls State reached the end zone on 63-yard run out of punt formation. Duquesne freshman running back Larry McCoy rushed 34 times for 195 yards, more than any DU ball carrier since 2003.

Wagner 41, SUNY Maritime 10(Thursday) Wagner junior Tyler Newberry was an efficient 13-of-16 passing for 210 yards and freshman Dominique Williams rushed for 114 yards on seven carries, including fourth quarter touchdown runs of 31 and 63 yards, to lead Wagner past SUNY-Maritime. The victory was the 190th in the career of Wagner head coach Walt Hameline. The Seahawks, looking for their 23rd winning season in 29 years under Hameline, evened their record at 1-1.

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