A dive into the heart of NE10 football
Sam Tapper — Sports Writer
After the first four weeks, the heart of the college football season has finally arrived. Across the NE10, there has been quite a bit of action to remark upon in week four.
For starters, we’ll begin with the hometown team: The Southern Owls. Unfortunately for the Owls, they remain winless throughout the first weeks, after losing 19-13 to conference rival American International College on Sept. 28. Though the team has many questions facing them, there were some bright spots on the offensive end, which they had struggled with all year.
First, the Owls went with a new man at the helm; freshman Jackson Ostrowsky out of Mount Pleasant, Mich. Ostrowsky made his collegiate debut, starting over redshirtsenior Matt Sanzaro and redshirt-sophomore Mathew Sapere who saw playing time in 2018.
Ostrowsky’s final stat line read 27-for-48 with 282 passing yards and two touchdown passes, both caught by graduate transfer and wide reciever Brandon Swain-Price. Ostrowsky also had a strong connection with Owls’ top receiver, sophomore Julian Chung, who finished with 12 catches and 137 yards, both career highs.
At the very least, Ostrowsky and company were able to stay in the game the entire way. The Owls were able to score before halftime for the first time all year, thanks to a touchdown pass from the quarterback. Ostrowsky was only sacked twice, but also threw two interceptions. It is unclear if he will remain the starter going forward, which will be something to watch for in week five.
Moving onto one of the conference’s top teams, the Assumption Greyhounds improved to 2-0 in the NE10 after a 53-6 thrashing of Franklin Pierce, also on Sept. 28. In their second time scoring 50 plus points, the Greyhounds’ quarterback Easton Turner, a junior, finished 6-11 with 112 total yards and a touchdown pass, but it was the run game that dominated for Assumption.
In the final game of the week, University of New Haven suffered their first NE10 loss to Bentley University, 31-14. The New Haven Chargers had a 14-7 lead after the first quarter, but were held to zero points the rest of the way, thanks to the Bentley Falcons’ defensive effort. .
Stonehill had a byeweek this week. They currently sit at 2-1 and 1-0 in the NE10. They will host AIC in week five.