PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Senior Paul Reed (Roxbury, Mass.) rushed for 102 yards and one touchdown Saturday as Bentley College remained undefeated with a 35-7 victory over Plymouth State College in the annual Homecoming contest on snowy Currier Field.
The outcome leaves PSC winless in seven tries this season, while the Falcons improve to 8-0 with their 12th consecutive regular season victory. Bentley outgained PSC in total yards, 378-131, as both teams had to overcome snow on the field and rain coming from the sky.
The win also gives Bentley coach Peter Yetten his 109th varsity win, establishing a New England Division II record. Yetten is 109-39-1 in 15 varsity seasons at Bentley.
Five different players scored touchdowns for the Falcons. Junior Patrick Kent (Melrose, Mass.) went in from a yard out for Bentley's first TD late in the first quarter, junior Taj Washington (Boston, Mass.) caught a 60-yard scoring pass from sophomore Marc Eddy (Southboro, Mass.) early in the second frame, and senior Brian Whalen (Wallingford, Conn.) added a two-yard run midway through the quarter to give Bentley a 21-0 lead at the break.
Sophomore Dallas Mall (Northboro, Mass.) caught a 43-yard TD pass from Eddy midway through the third quarter to put the visitors up 28-0, and Reed added a two-yard run five minutes later to make it 35-0. Eddy finished the afternoon with six completions on 13 attempts for 145 yards and the two scores.
Plymouth State broke the shutout two plays after Bentley's fifth touchdown. Sophomore Ryan Moone (Manchester, N.H./Central) returned the kick-off 38 yards, and the officials tacked on 15 yards with for a face mask penalty. Senior Matt Simpson (Auburn, Maine) hit classmate Chris Holton (Bellows Falls, Vt.) on the next play on a 29-yard TD pass.
Weather conditions continued to deteriorate, and neither team was able to score the rest of the way.
Senior Tim Boothroyd (Amesbury, Mass.) led the Panther defense with 13 tackles, while freshman Brian Francis (Plymouth, N.H.) recorded his first interception of the season.
The Panthers return to Freedom Football Conference action next Saturday with a 1:00 p.m. contest at Coast Guard. Bentley returns home to host Assumption (1:00 p.m.).