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Sep 13, 2014 6:52 PM

Saint Anselm posts second victory

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Senior wide receiver Ahkeen Williams caught eight passes for 161 yards and a touchdown and junior running back Elad Covaliu scored the game-winning touchdown to lead the Saint Anselm College football team to a 23-20 overtime victory against Southern Connecticut State University on Saturday in both teams' Northeast-10 opener at Jess Dow Field.

The Hawks (1-0 NE-10) begin the season with a 2-0 record for the first time since 2004 and have won back-to-back games for the first time since Sept. 11-18 of that year. The Owls drop to 0-2, 0-1 NE-10.

"The guys we have here care," Saint Anselm coach Patrick Murphy said. "They have heart and they're playing for each other - and any time you have a team playing for each other, anything is possible."

Southern Connecticut took a three-point lead in overtime on a 19-yard field goal by Jeff Groth that made it 20-17.

Saint Anselm did nothing through the first three plays and needed to convert a fourth-and-15 from the 30-yard line to keep its hopes alive. It did just that when sophomore quarterback Yianni Gavalas found Williams on the right sideline for a 21-yard completion to the 9-yard line. Covaliu plowed in from 9 yards out to lift Saint Anselm to victory in its first overtime game since Sept. 5, 2009, when the Hawks defeated Plymouth State, 41-35, in five overtimes.

Gavalas completed 23 of 31 passes for 177 yards and a touchdown. He was intercepted three times.


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