NEC Football - Week 2 Recap
Saint Francis (PA) 39, Bryant 28
Saint Francis (PA) kept its head coach Chris Villarrial unbeaten (3-0) in home openers by posting a 39-28 NEC victory over Bryant. The Red Flash received 148 rushing yards on 21 carries from freshman Khairi Dickson, who is filling in for the injured Kyle Harbridge. Florida State transfer AJ Alexander ran 23 yards for a touchdown and also hauled in a 42-yard scoring strike for the Red Flash. Bryant’s Preseason All-American running back Jordan Brown ran for 125 yards and one score.
Albany 35, Robert Morris 10
Albany took a successful first step in its Northeast Conference title defense by running past Robert Morris at Joe Walton Stadium. First-year starter Will Fiacchi went 17-for-21 passing for 208 yards and three touchdowns, all of which went to sophomore wide receiver Cole King. Robert Morris took a 3-0 lead on Greg Langer’s 49-yard field goal 2:53 into the contest, but the Great Danes piled up 28 unanswered points and built a 25-point advantage with 13:59 remaining in the third quarter.
Monmouth 41, Rhode Island 6
Monmouth recorded its second win over a CAA opponent is as many seasons when the Hawks rolled over Rhode Island, 41-6, in their home opener at the Jersey Shore. The Hawks snapped an eight-game home losing streak with the dominating performance that was led by Kyle Frazier. The veteran quarterback threw for 264 yards and three touchdowns in a game that Monmouth led wire-to-wire. Frazier started the onslaught when he found KB Asante for an eight-yard touchdown pass that capped the game’s opening drive.
Duquesne 17, Dayton 7
Duquesne won for the fourth time in the last five meetings with Pioneer League member Dayton, posting a 17-7 come-from-behind victory over the Flyers at Rooney Field. The Dukes trailed 7-3 before piecing together a 10-play, 77-yard drive that ended on an 18-yard touchdown pass by Sean Patterson with 10:01 remaining in the fourth quarter. Duquesne added some insurance when Larry McCoy rushed in from seven yards out with 3:03 left. McCoy rushed 27 times for 124 yards on the afternoon.