New Hampshire Football Report

Bentley tops Saint Anselm

MANCHESTER – Saint Anselm College quarterback Yianni Gavalas went 21 of 41 and threw three touchdown passes, but the Hawks dropped their home opener, 35-21, to Bentley University on Saturday afternoon at Grappone Stadium.

Saint Anselm fell to 0-2 overall, and 0-1 in the Northeast-10 Conference. The Falcons pick up their first win of the year to improve to 1-1 and 1-0 in the NE-10.

Kyle Hill caught 12 of Gavalas’ passes for 125 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Zach Bartak added six catches for 76 yards, including a 33-yard touchdown, and Hampton’s Ryan Monette hauled in three grabs for 37 yards.

On the ground, Joe Hayman had 32 yards rushing. Monette also added a pair of runs for 16 yards. Hayman returned five kicks for 136 yards that also included a 53 yard scamper where he was tripped up just before breaking it for a touchdown.

Andy Klouda led the defense with nine tackles. Eric Mercer finished with eight stops, and Kyrel Jaundoo  and Dover’s Eric Wilson each had six.

Bentley’s CJ Scarpa completed 14 of 20 passes for 185 yards and two TDs. He also had a 5-yard rushing touchdown. Sean Myers caught six passes for 55 yards and a score, and Brendan Burke had two receptions for 49 yards, including a 30-yard touchdown.

Scarpa found Brendan Burke on the left sideline for a 30-yard touchdown that gave the visitors a 28-14 lead headed into the half. Bentley extended its lead to 35-14 when Scarpa took a quarterback-keeper into the end zone from 5-yards out with no time remaining in the third.

With just over 10 minutes left in the game, Gavalas found Bartak over the middle and the senior fought off a couple of tackles and scored from 33-yards out to pull the Hawks back to within 35-21.

The Hawks controlled the clock as they held the ball for 33:51, compared to 26:09 for Bentley. Saint Anselm also had more total offense (304) than Bentley (302). The Hawks threw for 238 yards and rushed for 66 compared to 185 yards passing and 117 yards on the ground for the Falcons.

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