-Score: Assumption College 45, Bentley University 42
-Records: Assumption (4-1, NE10 3-0), Bentley (1-3, NE10 1-1)
-Location: Worcester, Mass. (Multi-Sport Stadium)
-The Lead: The Assumption College football team edged the Falcons of Bentley University in a Northeast-10 Conference overtime thriller on Saturday afternoon at the Multi-Sport Stadium. The Hounds led by as many as 28 points early in the third quarter before the Falcons were able to tie the game at 42-42 and force the extra time. Freshman kicker Patrick May (Boylston, Mass. / Tahanto Regional) made a 35-yard field goal to give the Hounds the extra three points they needed to clinch the final 45-42 conference victory.
HOW IT HAPPENED
-Assumption opened up scoring with under five minutes to play in the first with a three-yard rush from senior Doug Santos (Peabody, Mass. / Peabody Veterans Memorial). Santos rushed a total of 39 yards including the three-yard touchdown carry to give the Hounds the early 7-0 advantage.
-The Hounds struck again in their first drive of the second quarter. With the ball placed at the Bentley five-yard line, senior Khaleed Exum-Strong (Norwichtown, Conn. / Norwich Free Academy / Trinity Pawling) used two carries for all five yards and the touchdown, 14-0.
-After a stop by the Assumption defense, the Hounds used an 11-yard rushing touchdown from Exum-Strong to extend their lead to 21-0 with just over 10 minutes to go before the half.
-Bentley broke their silence with a score on the very next drive of the game. The Falcons gained 56 yards in four plays, including a 35-yard pass completion from junior quarterback, Stephen Strum to sophomore Noah Neville on a double move into the endzone (21-7).
-Assumption was able to tack on one more touchdown in the second quarter as Exum-Strong finished the drive with two carries for the final eight yards into the endzone. The Hounds took the 28-7 advantage heading into the halftime break.
-Assumption used four plays to gain 81 yards and their fifth touchdown of the game in their first drive of the third quarter. First year quarterback, Jordan McAfee (Peabody, Mass. / Everett) completed a pass to his classmate Brevin Easton (Odenton, Md. / Archbishop Spalding) for 71-yards as Easton escaped into the endzone for the 35-7 lead.
-The Falcons made their way down the field again with a 10-play, 77-yard drive that finished with a two-yard rush by senior Jordan Artope for the touchdown. Sturm passed for 33 yards and rushed for 11 to lead Bentley's offense to their second touchdown of the game with 7:08 on the clock in the third.
-The Hounds responded on their very next drive with another touchdown by Exum-Strong. McAfee stayed hot, completing five passes for 42 yards in the 12-play 60-yard drive (42-14).
-The Falcons came out strong in the final quarter, putting up 21 points to tie the game and force an overtime showdown. The first touchdown came when Sturm connected with Neville for a 56-yard passing touchdown. Bentley gained momentum after that, putting up a two-yard rushing touchdown from Artope, and an 8-yard completion from Sturm to senior Drew Mahoney, 42-42.
-The Hounds won the coin toss and chose to take the ball at the 25-yard line for the scoring attempt. Freshman kicker, Patrick May (Boylston, Mass. / Tahanto Regional) made a 35-yard field goal to give the Hounds the extra three points they needed to clinch the conference victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
-Assumption finished the day with 395 total yards of offense. They had 207 yards come in the air and 188 yards rushing.
-McAfee went 13-for-21 in passing attempts for a total of 152 yards and one touchdown. Santos led the Hounds' rushing game with 127 yards in 21 carries and one touchdown. Exum-Strong gained 43 yards in 14 rushes and led Assumption with four touchdowns. Easton made three catches for 82 yards and one touchdown for the Hounds while senior Tighe Beck (Wakefield, Mass. / Wakefield Memorial) finished with four catches for 51 yards.
-Senior Seamus Wallace (Pawcatuck, Conn. / Stonington) punted six times for 171 yards and placed two within the Falcons 20-yard line. Junior Isaiah Huff (Windsor, Conn / Milford Academy) gained 105 yards in five kick-off returns and first year John Murmes-Jarosz (Needham Heights, Mass. / Needham) put up 385 yards in seven kickoffs.
-Senior Mac-Brian Nkongchu (Worcester, Mass. / St. John's) led Assumption defensively with nine tackles including one for a loss of a yard and broke-up two passing attempts. Red-shirt senior Shawn Springs (West Philadephia, Pa. / Timber Creek) collected seven tackles and one interception for a 20-yard return. Seniors Jason Flanagan (North Kingstown, R.I. / North Kingstown) and Mason Spence (Boston, Mass. / Episcopal) both had sacks in the victory. The Hounds finished the game with 62 total tackles, three sacks, and three interceptions.
-Bentley posted 422 total yards of offense from 293 passing yards and 129 rushing yards. Sturm finished 21-for-39 in passing attempts with three touchdowns and threw three interceptions. Junior Andrew Brazicki rushed four times for a team-leading 48 yards and Artope carried the ball 16 times for the Falcons, gaining 43 yards and scoring two touchdowns. Neville made five catches for 120 yards and two touchdowns for Bentley. First year Charlie Ogletree punted three times for 111 yards and placed one within the Hounds' 20-yard line.
-Junior Marc Doran led the Falcons on defense with nine tackles, including one for a loss of three yards. Bentley finished with 64 total tackles for a loss of seven yards.
-Assumption is on the road next weekend when they travel to Pace University for a 12:00 p.m. kick-off.