D2Football.com has posted its 2008 Northeast-10 Conference Football Awards for this past season, as selected by D2Football.com columnist Paul Falewicz. Saint Anselm head coach Patrick Murphy was selected as his Coach of the Year for 2008, while the Hawks' 48-42 win over Merrimack was the Northeast-10 Game of the Year. Click here to read Paul's entire Northeast-10 column.
Coach of the Year
Patrick Murphy, St. Anselm
It is not often that a coach with a 2-8 record would win this award but here is the exception to the rule. Murphy inherited a team that had lost 29 consecutive games and a senior class that had won only one game in their three years at St. Anselm. He got the team to buy into a new philosophy and put all of the negativity behind them.
All of their hard work paid off in October when the Hawks defeated Merrimack to end the losing streak. The team would go on to defeat Pace in the final game of the season and there is a different feel now for the future of St. Anselm football.
Game of the Year
St. Anselm 48 Merrimack 42
This game was an obvious pick for the game of the year. The date of the game was October 10, 2008 and it will be a day to remember for the St. Anselm football team. St. Anselm entered the game on a 34 game losing streak. They had lost 35 straight NE-10 games as well as 38 straight games against Division II opponents.
Both teams put on an offensive clinic as they took turns driving the ball up and down the field with ease. The teams combine for 1,200 yards of total offense as both defenses had no answers throughout the game. The second quarter featured 35 points as the teams traded scores until the Hawks scored twice in the final three minutes of the half to grab a halftime lead.
Both teams continued to score at will in the third quarter as the Hawks extended their lead to 12 before Merrimack made a comeback. The St. Anselm sideline erupted as their defense held on Merrimack's final drive to secure the victory. The Hawks spent a lot of time after the game with their family and friends, soaking up the moment. A lot of photographs were taken and many of the players felt the weight of the losing streak lifted off of their shoulders that night.
(Article written by Paul Falewicz at D2Football.com)