Tuesday Afternoon Thoughts on What Went Down During Week 7 of NEC Football

It’s certainly been great to be a Dane of late.  UAlbany is the lone remaining NEC unbeaten on the block after downing Robert Morris in Week 7.  From coaching legend Bob Ford to defensive end Eddie Delaney, the Great Danes are a collection of great stories.  Ford, who picked up his 251st career victory when his Danes topped RMU, is the winningest active coach in Division I FCS football.  Delaney was born without a left hand and wears an insulin pump to control diabetes but that hasn’t stopped him from playing Division I football or from being an all-NEC performer.  Then there’s the 6-foot-5 senior quarterback Dan Di Lella who won the starting job early on and has performed masterfully since.  One of Di Lella’s top targets has been rookie Cole King, the son of former Cincinnati Bengals’ first round draft choice Emmanuel King (1985).  King and Co. will be featured in an upcoming issue of Sports Illustrated as the national sports publication sent a reporter to Saturday’s game against RMU.  Recently, the Associated Press shared Delaney’s story on the newswire. Read it hereAlbany’s Delaney overcomes odds with just one hand (AP)

Watch what happened during the ALB-RMU Matchup http://www.ualbanysports.com/newMediaPlayer/console.htm?type=vod&id=806187&oemid=15800

Monmouth saw starting quarterback Kyle Frazier leave the game against Bryant late in the second quarter due to injury, but that didn’t stop rookie receiver Neal Sterling from having himself a day.  The 6-foot-4 Jersey Shore native, who starred for Manasquan High School only miles from Monmouth’s campus, made a career-high 11 receptions for 102 yards.  He capped his career day by pulling in what proved to be the game-winning touchdown on an 18-yard pass play from backup QB Craig Petersen. 

Here’s Neal Sterling following the performance…

Sacred Heart’s beating as strong as ever. Paul Gorham’s Pioneers won their fourth straight game this past Saturday, doing so in record fashion.  SHU found itself on the right side of a 60-45 shootout with Saint Francis (PA) as the two teams combined for 74 second-half points, the most-ever scored in a half of Division I FCS football.  One of the more notable stories in the NEC this season has to be the play of sophomore QB Tim Little.  Taking the reins from the graduated Dale Fink (the NEC’s all-time leading passer), Little has come into his own.  He threw for over 310 yards for the second consecutive week and has been extremely careful with the football.  He has thrown eight TD passes to only two interceptions during the four-game surge.

Central Connecticut is on an uncharacteristic four-game slide, but head coach Jeff McInerney is sure to have his Blue Devils up for their Week 8 matchup.  Central will return home to Arute Field where it will host Albany this Saturday in what should be a fun one to watch.  Last year’s meeting at University Field was one for the all-time archives as CCSU stormed back from down a 24-6 halftime deficit to win in overtime.

Here’s a video recap of last year’s game that aired on NEC-TV…

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