FRANKLIN, Mass. - Husson senior running back John Smith ran for 159 yards and four touchdowns as the visiting Eagles spoiled the Dean College season opener with a 44-12 triumph in Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) action on Saturday afternoon at Dale Lippert Field.
Husson (1-0) wins its ninth straight ECFC game dating back to November 14, 2015, while Dean (0-1) drops its second consecutive game to the Eagles and falls to 0-2 in the all-time series.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
Things started out extremely well for the host Bulldogs as they marched 74 yards in ten plays on the opening drive and punched in a touchdown on a fourth down toss from Rafe Moran to Dequan Brown from 28 yards out just 4:19 into the contest.
From that point on, however, it was all Husson as they scored the game's next 42 points - on six rushing touchdowns. First, Smith had scoring runs of five and eight yards to end the first quarter – the latter coming as he soared through the air and over the goal line.
Smith then opened the second quarter with another five-yard scamper, which was followed by a 15-yard touchdown run from Robenson Saintard midway through the period. Chuck Browne closed out the half with a 14-yard burst of his own, making the halftime score 35-6.
After a scoreless third quarter, Smith capped his impressive day with a ten-yard score less than a minute into the fourth.
Dean did get on the board again when Brown bullied his way into the endzone from three yards out with under a minute left in the game.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
Husson held a 251-39 edge on the ground and took advantage of four Bulldog turnovers, turning them into 14 points.
Neither team proved effective in the passing game with the quarterbacks combining to go 18-for-42 for 207 yards and five combined interceptions.
Ricco Aaron and Trent Waters each finished with game-highs of 11 tackles.
Marquez Walls totaled ten tackles, an interception and a pass breakup while Asante Dyer also had a strong effort defensively for the Bulldogs, racking up eight tackles – 2.5 of them for loss.
For Husson, Quan Soyini collected four tackles and a pair of acrobatic interceptions.
Husson will enjoy a week of rest before heading to Springfield, Mass. for a rematch of last year's NCAA DIII Championship First Round game with Western New England University Golden Bears, Saturday, September 23. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.
Dean is back in action on next Saturday when they host Salve Regina at 12:00 p.m.