EASTON, Mass. – The Saint Anselm College football team was downed by the host Skyhawks from Stonehill College by a 28-14 margin at W.B. Mason Stadium.
Saint Anselm (0-4, 0-3 NE-10) remains in search of its first victory of 2017 while the Skyhawks (2-2, 1-2 NE-10) claim the Ol' Bronze Hawk trophy for the 12th-straight year. Stonehill has won 14-straight games against Saint Anselm dating back to the 2005 season.
Stonehill's Andrew Jamiel was the star of Saturday's game, hauling in three touchdowns to pace the Skyhawks offense. Saint Anselm overwhelmed Stonehill in time of possession (36:03 to 22:33), but was unable to crack the stout defense by the hosts despite running 70 plays.
Senior linebacker Eric Mercer claimed ninth place in Saint Anselm history with nine tackles in the contest, giving him 218 across a four-year career on the Hilltop. Junior wideout Kyle Hill posted eight catches for 77 yards and a touchdown, moving to fifth all-time in Hawks history with 1,597 yards through the air.
Jamiel hauled in two touchdown passes in the first half of action, the first coming on a 55-yard pass from Matt Foltz only 1:24 into the contest and the second on an 11-yard heave to cap the first half. The Skyhawks limited Saint Anselm to only seven first downs while racking up 238 yards of total offense through the first 30 minutes of action.
Saint Anselm did get on the scoreboard in the second quarter as Hawks quarterback Eric Fairweather capped off a 12-play, 68-yard drive with a nine-yard rushing touchdown to cut into his team's deficit. The visitors did manage to rack up seven first downs and control the time of possession, 18 minutes to 10 minutes.
Only 4:35 into the second half, junior Kyle Hill completed a quick drive for Saint Anselm to begin the second half, hauling in a Fairweather pass to reduce the hosts' lead to 21-14. Daniel Parisi made the second of his point-after attempts, keeping Saint Anselm to within a touchdown in the third quarter.
The Saint Anselm defense stood tall for the majority of the second half, not allowing the Stonehill lead to grow, but the Hawks offense was unable to generate a score on the opposite side of play. Getting the ball back near the midpoint of the fourth quarter, the Skyhawks engineered a seven-play, 60-yard drive that was capped with Jamiel's third touchdown of the evening to create a 28-14 lead with 4:44 left in regulation time.
The Hawks had one last chance in the fourth quarter, netting two first downs after long pass completions to Brian Zec and Hill, but a 14-yard sack preceded an intentional grounding penalty on the Saint Anselm signal-caller. Needing to connect on a long pass to keep the hopes alive, Fairweather threw an interception with 1:43 left in the fourth quarter.
Saint Anselm excelled on kick returns in the contest as Williams returned a 37-yard kick and Gabe Elliott returned a 31-yard kick.
Fairweather finished 16-for-31 through the air, netting 139 yards and one touchdown. Hill netted eight receptions for 77 yards and a touchdown while Fairweather led his team with 14 carries for 61 yards. Stonehill's Foltz was 16-for-27 with three touchdowns and 240 yards on the evening, connecting with Jamiel on eight passes for 164 yards.
The Hawks hit the road next Saturday, Sept. 30, traveling to Springfield, Mass. for a high noon showdown with the Yellow Jackets.