New Uniforms for Becker and the Rest of the College Football Weekend
Saturday, September 08, 2012
Well, the Becker Hawks certainly did both of those things last weekend when they opened the season with a 13-3 win over Fitchburg State and debuted their new uniforms. "Primetime" may have been on to something, as the convincing win matched Becker's win total from the entirety of last season. Or, maybe, the Hawks are developing a group of young talent that showed potential in 2011.
Becker at MIT: 1 pm Cambridge
The Hawks, and their Oregon-esque uniforms will be put to the test today in Cambridge against the MIT Engineers. The contest will serve as the season opener for MIT, which brings back a rugged running game to test the Hawks defense.
Becker linebacker Melvin Booker (looking trendy in his new threads) will have to be on his game if the Hawks are to go back-to-back weeks without allowing a touchdown.
Both teams have momentum coming into this Worcester clash with city bragging rights on the line. WPI is coming off a convincing 17-7 victory over Curry College in which sophomore running back Zach Grasis proved there should be nothing to worry about in the WPI backfield, carrying 26 times for 114 yards and three touchdowns. His efforts earned him Offensive Performer of the Week in the Liberty League.
Worcester State, on the other hand, absolutely blasted cross-town rival Anna Maria last week 56-10. Corey Spencer was efficient from the pocket, throwing for 250 yards and three touchdowns with no turnovers, but the Lancers truly dominated on the ground where three different players rushed for over 100 yards. Look for Worcester State to challenge WPI's athletic, but undersized defense between the tackles.
Maine Maritime at Anna Maria: 1 pm Worcester
Despite the loss to the Lancers last weekend, Anna Maria comes into today's matchup against Maine Maritime with a few positives. Junior running back Robert Small got loose in the second half, and ended up rushing for 96 yards on nearly seven yards per carry.
Dual-threat quarterback Santino Simone was largely held in check, throwing for only 94 yards and rushing for just 29 against Worcester State, but avoided turnovers and the threat of his legs opened things up for Small on his 52 yard touchdown run.
The real trouble for Anna Maria is that Maine Maritime has outscored them 89-13 the past two seasons, including a 510 yard rushing performance in last season's matchup.
In The Books...
Framingham State 34 Nichols 6
Assumption 24 Saint Anselm 14
Taking a Break
Holy Cross has a bye this week to lick its wounds after falling to New Hampshire 38-17. The Crusaders just couldn't slow down New Hampshire's balanced attack, and three Holy Cross turnovers certainly didn't help matters.
Holy Cross will next take the field at home against Brown on the 15th.