Sep 27, 2014 8:34 PM
Saint Anselm remains on a roll
MANCHESTER - Sophomore quarterback Yianni Gavalas completed 28 of 34 passes for 415 yards and a touchdown, and ran for 26 yards and two more scores on five carries to lead the Saint Anselm College football team to a 52-26 Homecoming victory against Pace University on Saturday in front of 3,011 fans at Grappone Stadium.
The Hawks improved to 4-0 (3-0 NE-10) for the first time in school history, while the Setters sink to 0-4, 0-3 NE-10.
Gavalas completed 12 of his passes to senior wide receiver Justin Bernard, who racked up 196 receiving yards and a touchdown as he moved to within just two catches of the NCAA Division II all-time record for receptions. Junior running back Elad Covaliu ran for 70 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries, in addition to catching two passes for 52 yards. Sophomore running back Joe Hayman contributed 53 yards and a pair of scores on 11 rushes.
The offense, as a whole, was in sync, as it amassed 672 yards of total offense - the second most in program history - en route to putting up 38 first-half points, which erased the previous record of 35 that was set last Nov. 9 at Pace. The 415 yards through the air is the fifth best performance in school history, while the 257 yards on the ground rank eighth.
Senior wide receiver Brandon Gomes made five catches for 72 yards, and senior wide receiver Ahkeen Williams had four grabs for 61 yards. Freshman running back Isaiah Douglas racked up 48 yards on nine carries and freshman quarterback Matt Phelan ate up 34 yards on the ground with just three rushes.
Senior defensive lineman Justin Waltzer made a team-high seven tackles, including 2.5 for a loss and a sack. Junior defensive back Carroll Bailey tallied six tackles and a sack, and senior defensive lineman Josh Cheever recorded five tackles and a sack.