Waltham, Mass. (October 27) -- On Saturday afternoon, the Saint Anselm football team dropped a 52-6 final to Bentley College in Northeast-10 Conference action.
Bentley took advantage of a Saint Anselm fumble on the first possession of the game as the Falcons fired a 53-yard touchdown pass to Jon Kaczka on their first play from scrimmage for a 7-0 lead with 13:45 left in the first quarter. The Falcons scored on each of its first three possessions of the game on a pair of John White passing touchdowns and a rushing TD from Luis Cotto and held a 21-0 lead after the first quarter.
In the second quarter, Bentley scored twice more on a 32-yard TD pass from Henry Morris to Jehan Murphy and a 21-yard scoring strike to Kaczka from Morris for a 35-0 halftime advantage.
The Falcons capitalized on another turnover to begin the second half and pushed the lead to 42-0 on an eight-yard TD from White to John Studley. After Bentley kicker Tyler McNamara booted home a 43-yard field goal to tie the Bentley career school record, the Hawks got on the board on a 25-yard TD run by junior Conor Cahill (Salem, Mass.) to close within 45-6. The extra point attempt was blocked following the score. Bentley scored its final touchdown with 7:49 remaining as Liam Regan took it in from 68 yards out for the 52-6 final.
Senior quarterback Nick Barese (Braintree, Mass.) finished the game 13-of-23 for 126 yards and two interceptions, while Cahil was the team's leading rusher with 75 yards and one touchdown. Senior wide receiver Corey Williams (Billerica, Mass.) became the school's all-time leader in kick return yardage after a 72-yard afternoon and now has 1,194 career kick return yards. For the Falcons, starting QB John White was just 6-for-14 in the air for 96 yards, but found the end zone three times. Backup Henry Morris connected on 9-of-11 attempts for a pair of scores as well.
With the loss, Saint Anselm drops to 0-8 overall and 0-7 in the Northeast-10, while Bentley hangs onto second place in the league and is now 6-2 overall and in league play. Saint Anselm is back in action on Saturday, November 3rd as the Hawks hit the road to American International for their final road game of the season. Kickoff is set for Noon in Springfield, Mass.