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Najae Brown Wins Rookie of the Year

by Chris Schnabel | December 5, 2013

We all know how hard it is to be a freshman, but Najae Brown knew how to adapt.

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Being a starting corner on a team that just won a conference championship the year before, he understood there was a big task that comes with a lot of responsibility— responsibility he was able to live up to as he was named Rookie of the Year for the NE-10 Conference.

Brown, out of Mount Vernon, N.Y., is the first player since AIC’s Justin Tervo in 2010 to win the award as a defensive player, and was one of four UNH Chargers to be all-conference rookies.

Brown jumped right into things this year taking on the best receivers the conference had to offer, getting nine pass breakups and three interceptions on a team that allowed little over 24 points per game this season.

This was the largest of his bundle of awards and honors that he took home this offseason, including all-conference team, and the all-rookie team being joined by tight end Michael Flacco, offensive lineman Zach Voytek and wide receiver Ty Headen.

The Chargers finished third in the conference this past season.

Chargers Ranked #1 by the APCA

by Chris Schnabel | November 20, 2013

The Association for the Protection of Collegiate Athletes has named the University of New Haven football team number one on their school ranking report for Division II Football in 2012.

APCA has ranked all 156 teams in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II Football for the 2012 season.

The rankings are based on a formula developed by APCA and is done with interviews and surveys with current and past players. The formula emphasizes not only success on the field, but also treatment of players and academic integrity.

Out of 156 teams in the nation, New Haven’s formula number (0.3697) was the best. Last season, The Chargers went 10-1 overall and 8-0 in the Northeast-10 conference, and won the conference championship but were bounced from the Division II playoffs.

New Haven was joined by Bentley (3) as the two top five teams from the NE-10 conference. New Haven this year wrapped up its season with a victory over Assumption, finishing in third in the NE-10 with a record of 8-3, making it the fourth straight season with at least eight wins.

 

Men’s Athlete of the Week: Najaae Brown – #36 Football

by Chris Schnabel | October 30, 2013

Chris Schnabel: You’re back as player of the week. How does it feel to be playing so well? You have received this award multiple times.

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Najaae Brown: “It feels great knowing I’ve been playing well because you usually don’t see a freshman playing this well. It feels great knowing that myself and the team are doing good.”

CS: You were also named the NE-10 rookie of the week. How does it feel to be exceling at such a young stage of your collegiate career?

NB: “Oh, that feels great being acknowledged by the rest of the league. This is the second time I received this so it’s great knowing they’re seeing the way I’m playing.”

CS: How hard was this last loss?

NB: “That was tough; we just have to bounce back this week because last week we let the game get away from us on the defensive part, so hopefully this week we don’t let the game get close.”

CS: Although you didn’t win the game, you really stood out. Do you feel you have hit your “high point” of the season?

NB: “Yeah I think I’ve hit my stride of the season because now I sort of know everything. I’m comfortable with everyone on the team, so now I just go out there and try to give it my all every game.”

CS: You had a very big interception in the end zone right before the end of the first half on Saturday. What did coach say to fire you guys up before that play?

NB: “He just told us we needed to stop them because we don’t want to go into half time tied up. We turned it over before they started the drive downfield so we had to stop them because they had the momentum going down there.”

CS: What are you guys doing to get ready for rival SCSU?

NB: “We’re preparing just like any other game, but it’s a little more intense in practice this week. Everybody’s flying around; everybody’s hyped, so hopefully we just go out there and win!”

Men’s Athlete of the Week Najae Brown- Football

by Chris Schnabel | October 16, 2013

Chris Schnabel: Player of the week, how does it feel to get this honor, knowing you were awarded it because of your high level of play?

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Najae Brown: “It feels great to receive such an honor.”

CS: That was a hard fought game and a hard fought win last Friday with the Chargers finding themselves down 7-6 at half. How did the team keep it together going in and coming out of half?

NB: “We knew that we had to keep fighting. We had to come out in the second half and make plays to win that game, and that’s what we did.”

CS: You had, what some consider, the play of the game with an interception late in the game to lock up the win. What was the feeling of getting that interception, knowing how big it was in the game?

NB: “I was excited when I caught the interception. I knew that we needed to make play to seal the win. I just happen to be in the right place at the right time.”

CS: You also had a big third and seven pass breakup that helped Assumption to a field goal instead of going for the game tying score. Did you feel you had to step up in this game knowing that the game was close?

NB: “The game was close and I felt like I had to step up and make a play if the ball was thrown my way.”

CS: The defense is really starting to step up after the week one loss. What’s going on in the locker room and at practice that turned the team around?

NB: “As a defense we all just started communicating more which made us more comfortable with each other on and off the field.”

CS: Being a freshman, do you feel added pressure to step up, especially playing a key role in defense?

NB: “I don’t feel any added pressure, I just feel like I have to go out and prove myself to the opposing team each and every week.”

New Haven Survives Assumption

by Chris Schnabel | October 9, 2013

Coach Rossomando must have had something to say to the Chargers as they walked into the locker room during halftime against Assumption Friday night, while they found themselves down by one point thanks to sloppy plays.

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The first quarter started slowly for both teams, with three straight drives of three and out, but then the fourth drive of the game, Assumption got something going, getting to the end zone in six plays as James Ward rushed in for a 10 yard touchdown and Assumption took a 7-0 lead.Then it was New Haven’s turn, getting the ball at their own 17. The first play was an eight-yard rush by Trevor Officer followed by a 24-yard rush by Mike DeCaro. After a conversion on the fourth down, the Chargers made it all the way to the Assumption 16-yard line, but went backwards due to a false start by Roshawn Wilson. A sack by Assumption’s Nick Valenti pushed them back to the 21 and they found themselves in another fourth down situation, but could not convert this time after an incompletion to DeCaro.

The second quarter got off to a bang as Assumption tried to add to their 7-0 lead with a field goal, but it got blocked by New Haven’s Tad Beuchert, and this momentum would lead to the first New Haven touchdown as quarterback Ronnie Nelson hooked up to Courtney Moshood for 27 yards, but the extra point was blocked. This lead to halftime, where Assumption was up 7-6, and New Haven had some adjustments to make.

The second half was a whole different story as New Haven scored first and took the lead after Nelson hooked up to Mike Flacco for a 17 yard score. After a two-point conversion, New Haven took a 14-7 lead.

The fourth quarter started with an Assumption field goal right away making the score 14-10, but with the very next drive, New Haven scored on a one-yard touchdown run by Nelson, putting the Chargers up 21-10. Assumption did not go away though; with six minutes left, they blocked a New Haven punt placing them on the New Haven four yard line and scoring on the very next play on Matt Heriveaux’s four yard run.

After a two-point conversion, the score was 21-18 New Haven, with about 6:11 minutes left on the clock. New Haven played the clock well and wasted four and a half minutes giving Assumption 1:42 to score. On the first play of the drive they went deep and got intercepted by Najae Brown, deleting any hope of coming back and helping New Haven walk away with a 21-18 victory.

Nelson finished the game 16-24 passing with 217 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. He ran for 48 yards and had a touchdown. Moshood finished the game with 93 receiving yards and a touchdown and Flacco had 31 yards and a touchdown.

This win was New Haven’s twentieth straight NE-10 conference win. This puts them at 4-0 in conference play and 4-1 overall. Assumption falls to 2-2 in conference play and 2-3 overall. New Haven returns to action at Merrimack on Saturday, Oct. 12 in North Andover, Mass. Game time is set for 1 p.m.

Taylor’s NFL Picks

by Taylor Huack | December 12, 2012

Cincinnati Bengals @ Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles have new life after a last second win over the Bucs. Nick Foles is gaining experience at the quarterback position. The Bengals are coming off a crucial loss to the Cowboys, but remain alive in the AFC Playoff race. Expect the Eagles to put a win streak together.

 

Green Bay Packers @ Chicago Bears

Both teams aren’t up to par late in the season. The Bears have lost two straight games and are barely holding on to the last playoff spot in the NFC. Green Bay played a good game on Sunday Night Football against the Lions. The Packers should continue their win streak and beat the Bears in a close game at Soldier Field.

 

Indianapolis Colts @ Houston Texans

The Colts have won 6 of 7 games but face a tough team from Houston. The high-powered Texan team should put enough defensive pressure on rookie quarterback Andrew Luck to slow his game down. Indianapolis should put up a good fight.

 

Denver Broncos @ Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens are struggling, even in games they win. They need to turn things around or an early exit from the playoffs is coming. Things won’t get easier when they face the AFC West champion Broncos. Peyton Manning continues his quest for another MVP.

 

Jacksonville Jaguars @ Miami Dolphins

The Jags have dropped off the map after playing well for two weeks. Expect them to reappear when they face a very weak Dolphins team in a meaningless AFC matchup.

 

Washington Redskins @ Cleveland Browns

RGIII escaped serious injury and should be healthy for the game against the Browns. The Redskins are coming off a win in an overtime thriller against the Ravens. They are one spot out of the playoffs. The Browns have impressed all season long, but don’t have enough to beat the ‘Skins. Cleveland will look to play spoiler and ruin the hopes of Washington fans.

 

Minnesota Vikings @ St. Louis Rams

The Vikings upset the Bears last week and look to put a streak together. They need to win and get some help to move into a playoff position. The Rams haven’t been bad, but overall, the Vikings are a much better football team. St. Louis has won three straight and look to continue their good end of the season run.

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ New Orleans Saints

The Saints have struggled a bit this season. They look to beat a Bucs team coming off a loss to a bad Eagles team. New Orleans is in desperate need of getting their players and coach back after the bounty incident. Too many distractions have cost the Saints a good season. Expect them to win at the Superdome.

 

New York Giants @ Atlanta Falcons

The end of the season is when Eli Manning really shines. This is his time. The Giants look to gain more momentum going into the playoffs after destroying the Saints. Atlanta is good team, but didn’t perform well last week in a loss to the Panthers. This game should entail some drama while the teams lobby for playoff position.

 

Seattle Seahawks @ Buffalo Bills

The Seahawks put up 58 points last week in a shutout win over the Cardinals. Expect them to do much of the same against the Bills. However, the Bills have kept their recent losses close, losing by an average of five points in their last five losses. Russell Wilson and the Seahawks will win easily in Buffalo.

 

Carolina Panthers @ San Diego Chargers

The Panthers are trying to gain momentum heading into next season, where expectations will be high. A win over the best team in the NFC last week helps. They will look to take down the Chargers, who have had an ugly season. The Chargers made things better by beating the Steelers in Pittsburgh. Expect a competitive game throughout.

 

Detroit Lions @ Arizona Cardinals

Nine. That is the number of losses the Cardinals have in a row after a 4-0 start. Last week was ugly in a 58-0 loss to the Seahawks. They Cardinals, however, may put up a good fight against the Lions, who have lost five in a row. The Lions will need Matt Stafford to shine behind center. Arizona needs to find a consistent quarterback that will give them a shot to win.

 

Kansas City Chiefs @ Oakland Raiders

These teams are two of the worst in the league. This game will be ugly to watch from all aspects. Expect the Raiders to win, which would be their first win since Week 8 (against the Chiefs).

 

Pittsburgh Steelers @ Dallas Cowboys

The Steelers lost again last week despite the return of Ben Roethlisberger. Injuries continue to plague Pittsburgh. They barely hold on to the last AFC playoff spot. The Cowboys have won two straight games and need to win this game to keep their playoff hopes alive. The game should be entertaining and close, but expect the Cowboys to win.

 

San Francisco @ New England Patriots

The 49ers don’t have the same powerful team they did last year. A win in New England would have them primed for a playoff run. The Patriots struggle defensively, which could prove costly against the improved offense of the 49ers. Both teams will be in the playoffs regardless of the outcome. Expect an enjoyable game on Sunday Night Football.

 

New York Jets @ Tennessee Titans

This game isn’t exactly the best game for Monday Night Football. Both teams haven’t played to expectations all season. However, the Jets have won back-to-back games for the first time this season. They will need to continue to win and get some outside help to reach the playoffs. The Titans have struggled all season and are currently on a three-game losing streak. Expect the Jets to win in a close, sloppy game.

Taylor’s NFL Picks

by Taylor Huack | December 5, 2012

Denver Broncos @ Oakland Raiders

The AFC West champion Broncos are cruising along this season. They have won seven straight and look to continue their run against a very weak Raiders team, which has lost five games in a row.

 

Baltimore Ravens @ Washington Redskins

The Ravens suffered a heartbreaking loss to the Steelers last week. They should bounce back nicely against the Redskins. The Redskins still have their hopes alive for the playoffs and need to win this game to have a chance.

 

Dallas Cowboys @ Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals have won four games in a row and stand one spot out of the playoffs (behind the Steelers by virtue of tiebreaker). The Cowboys’ defense looked weak in their Sunday Night Football win against the Eagles.

 

St. Louis Rams @ Buffalo Bills

The Rams pulled off a stunner against a good 49ers team. Nobody should count out the Rams just yet. Look for them to defeat an up-and-down Bills team in a close game.

 

Philadelphia Eagles @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The season keeps getting worse for the Eagles. They have lost eight straight games, many key players are injured and they sit in last place of the NFC. Meanwhile, the Bucs have been playing decent football and should win this matchup. They sit one game out of a playoff spot.

 

Atlanta Falcons @ Carolina Panthers

The Falcons continue to show they are one of the best, if not the best, team in the NFL. They avenged their only loss of the season against the Saints and clinched the NFC South. The Panthers continue to struggle in all aspects. Expect a blowout by the Falcons in Charlotte.

 

Kansas City Chiefs @ Cleveland Browns

The Chiefs are coming off an emotional win over the Panthers. Despite that win, the Chiefs are playing a Browns team that has been playing well the entire season. This game may be close, but the Browns should come out on top.

 

San Diego Chargers @ Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers picked up a much needed win last week against the Ravens. If Charlie Batch can repeat his performance, or if Big Ben comes back, then the Steelers should roll over a Chargers team that hasn’t gotten anything going all season.

 

Tennessee Titans @ Indianapolis Colts

Andrew Luck proved again Sunday that he is a top-notch rookie. He led the Colts to a last second touchdown in their win over the Lions. The Titans haven’t played well the last two weeks, but should challenge Luck and the Colts.

 

New York Jets @ Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jets have some new life after beating Arizona last week. Mark Sanchez was benched in the win. The team could use the momentum from the win and build a winning streak. The Jags look improved, but they still have a lot of work to do on both sides of the ball.

 

Chicago Bears @ Minnesota Vikings

The Bears were upset last week by the Seahawks. They should bounce back nicely against a Vikings team that looked like a playoff caliber team two weeks ago, but has since lacked effort. Back-to-back losses by the Vikings make this game a must-win. The Bears won their matchup two weeks ago and should easily win again.

 

Miami Dolphins @ San Francisco 49ers

The 49ers were taken down by the feisty Rams last week and need to rebound in order to gain momentum heading into the playoffs. Miami has lost four of five, but played the Patriots to a good game. Look for Miami to do the same against the 49ers; however, expect the 49ers to win.

 

Arizona Cardinals @ Seattle Seahawks

The Cardinals have lost eight straight games and it won’t get much easier against the Seahawks. Russell Wilson and the Seahawks upset a good Bears team last Sunday and are alone in the final NFC playoff spot.

 

New Orleans Saints @ New York Giants

While Drew Brees should bounce back nicely after a career-worst game in Atlanta, the Giants are going to be too powerful on offense and defense. Eli Manning and the rest of the Giants have their minds set on another Super Bowl. Expect a hard-fought win for the Giants.

 

Detroit Lions @ Green Bay Packers

The Packers won Sunday after getting humiliated the week before against the Giants. Look for Aaron Rodgers and the Packers to down the Lions at Lambeau Field. The Lions lost a heartbreaker to the Colts in the final minute last Sunday. This game should be close as the Packers jockey for a playoff position and the Lions try and play spoiler. This should be an entertaining game on Sunday Night Football.

 

Houston Texans @ New England Patriots

Are you ready for some football? This could be a game for the ages. The Texans are the best team in the AFC and the Patriots are second. The Texans have the edge for the best all-around football team. The defense of the Patriots has some holes. Expect a close game in favor of the Texans.

 

Chargers Edged by IUP in NCAA Championship Second Round

by Charger Athletics | November 28, 2012

WEST HAVEN, Conn. – A drive that started at the six-yard line came within inches of resulting in the game-winning score, but the No. 3/4 University of New Haven football team ultimately fell, 17-14, to No. 11/12 Indiana (Pa.) in an NCAA Division II Football Championship Second Round game on Saturday at Ralph F. DellaCamera Stadium. The Chargers’ Northeast-10 Championship season ends with a 10-1 overall record.

University of New Haven football team ultimately fell, 17-14, to Indiana (Pa.) in an NCAA Division II Football Championship Second Round game.

Third-seeded IUP (12-1) advances to play at top-seeded Winston-Salem State next Saturday, Dec. 1 in a quarterfinal matchup.

Ryan Osiecki (Seymour, Conn./Seymour / Univ. of Louisville) and Jason Thompson (Indiantown, Fla./South Fork ) connected on both Charger touchdowns. Osiecki finished the day with 194 yards on 15-of-32 passing, and Thompson hauled in two receptions for 69 yards and two scores. Josh Smart (Hamden, Conn./Hamden ) led the receiving corps with five grabs for 54 yards, and Nick Music (West Milford, N.J./West Milford ) had four catches for 29 yards.

A platoon of rushers combined for 158 yards on the ground for the Chargers. Mike DeCaro (Weston, Fla./Cypress Bay ) ran for 54 yards, Victor Jones (Paterson, N.J./Passaic County Tech) picked up 45, Anthony Tillman carried four times for 32 yards and Osiecki netted 22 with his legs.

The Crimson Hawks entered the game as the nation’s top-ranked defense, ceding 243.33 yards from scrimmage per contest. In total, the Chargers topped that mark by over 100 yards with 352 yards of total offense.

Defensively, New Haven held the one of the best rushing attacks in Division II to 155 yards on the ground; Indiana averaged 278.5 rushing yards per outing entering today’s game. Richard Long (New Rochelle, N.Y./New Rochelle / Iona College) led the Chargers with six tackles, while Brent MacLeod (Winchester, Mass./Winchester) had five stops – including a pair of tackles-for-loss. Sean Berglund (Wolcott, Conn./Wolcott) and Carlos Lozada (New London, Conn./New London) each had a sack.

IUP gained 252 yards from scrimmage, 125 of which came on the ground courtesy of De’Antwan Williams, who also caught one pass for 14 yards and started the game with an 86-yard kickoff return that set up the Crimson Hawks’ first score. Harvie Tuck – the 10th leading rusher in Division II – had eight carries for 39 yards and a touchdown. Quarterback Mike Box was 6-of-13 for 97 yards and a touchdown pass to Tyler Dummermuth.

After Williams’ kick return started the Crimson Hawks at the seven-yard line on the game’s opening drive, Tuck carried twice to finish the drive and give IUP a quick 7-0 lead. Following a missed 42-yard field goal by the Chargers and a punt by each squad, the visitors struck again. This time, the Charger defense stuffed a first-and-goal from the three-yard line to force a field goal that extended the Crimson Hawks’ lead to 10-0.

On the ensuing drive, New Haven responded in just three plays. Tillman picked up 14 yards on the ground to start up the offense and, after an incomplete pass, Osiecki and Thompson connected for 68 yards and a touchdown. Following the extra point by Chris Scifo, the deficit was trimmed to three points at 10-7.

The Crimson Hawks picked up one first down on their next drive before a sack by Lozada helped the stall the possession. The punt went into the end zone for a touchdown, and New Haven took over with 12:48 remaining in the first half.

A 27-yard rush for DeCaro jumpstarted a 16-play, 80-yard drive over a span of 8:51 the propelled the Chargers into the lead. New Haven converted a 4th-and-1 early in the possession and was aided by three IUP offside penalties – all on fourth down. The march concluded with a one-yard strike from Osiecki to put the Chargers on top, 14-10, with 3:57 until halftime.

The following IUP drive ate up 3:43 of clock time – all but ending the first half – and produced what would prove to be the game-winning points. The Crimson Hawks’ nine-play possession was finished off by a six-yard pass to Dummermuth on third-and-goal to send the visitors into the locker room with a 17-14 lead.

The second half was a defensive battle, as the Charger defense ceded only two IUP first downs over the final 30 minutes. New Haven, however, was also stifled offensively as the score remained unchanged late in the fourth quarter. With 3:40 to go, the Chargers took over – still trailing, 17-14 – with one final chance to extend or win the game.

New Haven was able to rush for three first downs, advancing into IUP territory with one minute remaining. Osiecki then completed consecutive passes to Music and then a first-down to DeCaro on 4th-and-1 to reach the IUP 31-yard line with 14 seconds remaining. Following a broken play that saw the Chargers forced to throw the ball away, the Blue and Gold had one last chance at the end zone with eight seconds to go.

On the final play, Osiecki avoided pressure and sent a spiral into the back of the end zone. Thompson elevated and got his hands on the ball, but could not control it as he hit the turf amidst a pair of Crimson Hawk defenders. The final second ticked off the clock with IUP escaping DellaCamera Stadium with a 17-14 decision.

The Chargers’ 2012 season marked their third-consecutive Northeast-10 Conference Championship – including a win in the inaugural NE-10 Championship Game – and second trip to the NCAA Championships. The program’s 27 seniors, many of whom came to New Haven when Charger football returned in 2009, finish their careers with a 34-10 record.

 

Taylor’s NFL Picks

by Taylor Huack | November 28, 2012

New Orleans @ Atlanta

Atlanta has looked sluggish after their 8-0 start. Their only loss so far is come by the hands of Drew Brees and the Saints. Expect the Saints to sweep the season series.

 

Jacksonville @ Buffalo

The Jaguars look much better with Chad Henne under center. They almost knocked off the Texans in a thriller and then beat the Titans. This game may be close but Jacksonville will prevail.

 

Seattle @ Chicago

The Seahawks have been up and down all season. The Bears have looked good with Jay Cutler at quarterback. Chicago should roll over Seattle.

 

San Francisco @ St. Louis

These two teams battled to a tie in their last meeting. The 49ers don’t want that to happen again. San Francisco should win…as long as the quarterback drama doesn’t get in the way.

 

New England @ Miami

The Patriots have been putting up a lot of points during their current five-game win streak. Miami has been mediocre but will be no match to the Patriots with Tom Brady at the helm.

 

Arizona @ New York Jets

Arizona is starting their third-string quarterback and has lost seven straight. This game might be a way to turn things around. The Jets continue to struggle with Mark Sanchez. Maybe it’s time for Tim Tebow to start.

 

Indianapolis @ Detroit

Nobody expected the Colts to be in contention after an awful 2011 season and a rookie quarterback leading the team. Andrew Luck has led the colts to wins in five of the last six games. This game should be close and exciting.

 

Minnesota @ Green Bay

Both teams are coming off lopsided losses. The Packers have a much better team and Aaron Rodgers should bounce back well after a sub-par performance on Sunday Night Football.

 

Houston @ Tennessee

The Texans are having an extraordinary season and are sitting atop the AFC. This game should be a blowout in favor of Houston.

 

Carolina @ Kansas City

Both of these teams have been bad all season long, but the Panthers should muster enough to put away the 1-10 Chiefs.

 

Tampa Bay @ Denver

Peyton Manning has bounced back well after multiple neck surgeries last year. He has to be a legitimate contender for MVP (he already has four). The Bucs haven’t looked all that bad either. Expect this game to be somewhat close.

 

Cleveland @ Oakland

Cleveland is young and their record doesn’t look good, but they have played well all season. They look improved in the last few games and should put together their first winning streak since the beginning of last season.

 

Cincinnati @ San Diego

The Chargers have lost six of their last seven games, while the Bengals are winners of three straight. The Bengals will continue their playoff push.

 

Pittsburgh @ Baltimore

Without Ben Roethlisberger, the Steelers are weak and turn the ball over too much. As long as Big Ben is out or not up to par, the Ravens should win easily in Baltimore.

 

Philadelphia @ Dallas

Dallas lost on Thanksgiving despite big games from Tony Romo and Dez Bryant. Expect the Cowboys to beat the turnover-prone Eagles in the NFC East matchup.

 

New York Giants @ Washington

The Giants looked outstanding on Sunday putting up 38 points against the Packers. They should do much of the same against an up-and-coming Redskins team.

 

Chargers Undefeated in NE-10

by Amanda D'Alberto | November 14, 2012

Quarterbacks Ryan Osiecki and Ronnie Nelson led the University of New Haven football team to a 37-12 victory at the 2012 NE-10 Football Championship game against American International College.

University of New Haven football led a 37-12 victory at the 2012 NE-10 Football Championship game.

The game was held at the UNH Ralph F. DellaCamera stadium on Saturday, Nov. 10, triumphantly ending the season with a perfect 10-0 regular season record and the team’s third straight NE-10 Championship.

Osiecki led the offensive team with three touchdowns, 240 total yards and 19-25 complete passes. At the end of the game, he earned the Most Outstanding Player honor and was chosen as part of the All-Championship team.

Mike DeCaro also was chosen as part of the All-Championship team after he had a game high of 78 rushing yards and 33 receiving yards, a touchdown reception and a 97-yard kickoff return touchdown.

Nelson added 53 total yards and a touchdown, and teammate Jason Thompson had five catches for 117 yards and one touchdown, which made him the leading receiver of the game.

On the defensive side, Tom Herd had two sacks and four tackles total. Bernard Risco had two interceptions and five total stops for the Chargers. Both Herd and Risco were also chosen to be a part of the All-Championship team.

The Chargers will begin their postseason on Nov. 24 when they play the winner of the IUP/Shepherd game at Ralph F. DellaCamera stadium with kickoff at 12 p.m.

 

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