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New England roundup: Tufts ends 31-game losing streak

It took nearly four years, but Tufts is finally back in the win column.

Senior Zack Trause had a touchdown rushing and receiving as the Jumbos defeated Hamilton, 24-17, on Saturday in Somerville.

Tufts (1-0) entered the contest with a 31-game losing streak. Its previous victory was on Sept. 25, 2010, against Hamilton. It also provided fourth-year coach Jay Civetti with his first win with the Jumbos.

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Tufts employed a bend-but-don’t-break approach on defense and the Continentals (0-1) continually shot themselves in the foot. Hamilton was penalized 11 times for 117 yards, had one turnover, and was 1 for 8 on fourth downs.

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The miscues negated the Continentals’ 416-236 advantage in total yards and 23-12 advantage in first downs.

They even had possession for 34 minutes, 39 seconds.

Haverhill native Chance Brady opened the scoring with a 32-yard scamper in the first quarter, putting Tufts ahead.

Vince Falk hit a 30-yard field goal and Trause caught an 8-yard pass from Jack Doll in the second quarter as the Jumbos took a 16-7 lead into the half.

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Trause’s 1-yard TD run with 13:08 left gave Tufts some breathing room.

The Jumbos converted the 2-point conversion for a 24-10 lead.

Mike Stearns had 18 tackles and Evan Anthony added two sacks to pace the Tufts defense.

Amherst 14, Bates 6 — Nick Kelly and Gene Garay scored to send the Lord Jeffs (1-0 NESCAC) to victory in Amherst.

Matt Cannone scored on a 1-yard rush with 1:16 left to pull the Bobcats within 7-6. Bates (0-1) attempted an onside kick and it went out of bounds, handing Amherst the great field position that led to Kelly’s sealing 42-yard jaunt.

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Wesleyan 22, Middlebury 14 — Jesse Warren passed for 163 yards and two TDs and the Cardinals (1-0 NESCAC) held off the host Panthers (0-1).

Justin Sanchez had 12 tackles, a sack, and an interception return for a score for Wesleyan, which held Middlebury to 2 of 15 on third down.

Trinity 32, Colby 7 — Chudi Iregbulem rushed for a career-high 134 yards and three TDs as the Bantams (1-0 NESCAC) beat the visiting Mules (0-1).

Williams 36, Bowdoin 0 — Boston College transfer Austin Lommen passed for 184 yards to pace the Ephs’ rout of the Polar Bears (0-1 NESCAC).

Williams (1-0) posted its 11th straight home win over Bowdoin, a streak that dates to 1979.

New Hampshire 29, Richmond 26 — Nico Steriti’s 2-yard TD run with 19 seconds left powered the visiting Wildcats, ranked No. 9 in the FCS, past the Spiders (2-2) in the Colonial Athletic opener for both teams.

Quarterback Sean Goldrich was injured and left the game after a 1-yard TD run early in the fourth for UNH (2-1).

He rushed for three scores on the day and passed for 212 yards.

Albany 37, Rhode Island 20 — Lyle McCombs rushed for 72 yards and two scores as the host Rams (0-3) fell to the Great Danes (3-0) in the CAA opener for both teams.

Albany scored 37 straight points after URI took a 14-0 lead in the first quarter.

Bucknell 36, Sacred Heart 20 — RJ Noel passed for 197 yards and two scores, but the host Pioneers (3-1) were held to just 96 yards in the second half in a loss to the Bison.

 J.D. Roussel had an interception, moving into a tie for first on the Sacred Heart career list (15).

Liberty 38, Bryant 21 — Ricardo McCray scored twice but the Bulldogs, ranked 25th in the FCS, couldn’t recover from a 24-point first-half deficit against the host Flames.

Dartmouth 35, Central Conn. 25 — Dalyn Williams passed for 216 yards and three TDs and rushed for another score as the Big Green (1-0) rallied past the visiting Blue Devils (1-3).

Yale 54, Lehigh 43 — Morgan Roberts threw for 356 yards and three TDs and ran in the winner for the Bulldogs (1-0) in New Haven.

Trailing by as many as 21 points in the second quarter, the Yale comeback was sparked by a 51-yard touchdown run by Candler Rich followed by a 68-yard scoring strike from Roberts to Deon Randall.

Georgetown 17, Brown 3 — The Bears committed four turnovers and had just 88 yards rushing in their season-opening loss in Washington.

Wrentham native Alec May had a career-high four sacks for the Hoyas (2-2).

AIC 33, Stonehill 5 — The Yellow Jackets (2-1, 2-0 NE-10) scored four defensive TDs — highlighted by two interception returns by Daquan Holmes — in a rout of the Skyhawks (1-2, 1-1) in Springfield.

The Yellow Jackets had six takeaways overall, helping offset a 308-177 disadvantage in total offense.

Colin Markus rushed for 177 yards for the Skyhawks.

Merrimack 19, LIU-Post 17 — Armond McRae hauled in a 26-yard TD from Joe Capobianco with 1:48 left to lift the host Warriors (2-1, 2-0 NE-10).

McRae added 119 yards rushing for Merrimack, which benefitted from six takeaways.

Saint Anselm 38, Bentley 34 — In Manchester, N.H., Elad Covaliu rushed for 95 yards and the winning TD with 2:13 left to help the Hawks (3-0, 2-0 NE-10) edge the Falcons (1-2, 0-2).

Yianni Gavalas passed for 386 yards and two scores for Saint Anselm.

Mansfield’s Jeff Hill led Bentley with 116 yards receiving and a score.

Southern Conn. 32, Pace 10 — Led by Mike Cerisano’s 16 tackles and 1½ sacks, the Owls (1-2, 1-1 NE-10) shut down the Setters (0-3, 0-2) in Ossining, N.Y.

Southern Connecticut held Pace to 12 first downs and 16 yards rushing. The Owls, who scored 19 points in the fourth quarter to break the game open, also registered six sacks.

Assumption 24, New Haven 20 — The Greyhounds (1-2, 1-1 NE-10) piled up 513 yards of offense en route to their first win over the Chargers (0-3, 0-2) since 2010.

 Trevor Vasey passed for 303 yards for visiting Assumption.

Bridgewater State 51, Worcester State 27 — Matthew Green returned two punts for scores and had 120 yards receiving and two TDs as the Bears (2-1, 1-0 MASCAC) beat the Lancers (2-1, 0-1) in Worcester.

Kevin Bumpus passed for 465 yards and two scores but was sacked five times for Worcester State.

Western Conn. 45, Plymouth State 7 — Senior Will Arndt (268 yards passing) tied a school record with six TD passes and the Colonials (2-1, 1-0 MASCAC) sailed past the visiting Panthers (1-2, 0-1).

David Plaza had 60 yards receiving and three touchdowns on four catches for Western Connecticut.

Westfield State 14, UMass-Dartmouth 13 — Bobby Boire and Mike Mercadante scored in the first quarter and the Owls (2-1, 1-0 MASCAC) held off the host Corsairs.

Jason Ferri caught two TD passes in the fourth quarter for UMass-Dartmouth (1-2, 0-1), his second coming with 41 seconds left. But the extra point attempt failed.

Mass. Maritime 26, Maine Maritime 20 — Quarterback John Trudel’s 2-yard plunge in the second overtime propelled the host Buccaneers past the Mariners (1-1) and to their fourth straight Admiral’s Cup.

Massachusetts Maritime (1-1) forced a fumble on the Mariners’ first play of the second extra stanza.

Trudel finished with 376 yards passing, 43 yards rushing, and three total TDs. North Reading’s Bobby Rosano had 136 yards receiving and returned the opening kickoff of the second half 91 yards for a score.

Joseph DiBiase rushed for 126 yards and two TDs — both in the first quarter — as Maine Maritime took a 12-0 lead into the half.

Endicott 41, Kean 28 — Drew Frenette passed for 316 yards and three TDs and the Gulls (1-2) pulled away from the Cougars in Union, N.J.

Nichols 10, Becker 3 — Former Millis High coach Dale Olmstead earned his first victory with the Bison (1-2) thanks to Quillian Respass, who had 206 total yards (100 passing) and a TD against the Hawks (0-3).

Ryan Jacques and William O’Keefe combined for 4½ sacks for the host Bison, who allowed just 185 yards of offense.

Husson 34, Alfred State 28 — Joe Seccareccia scored on a 2-yard dive in overtime to lift the Eagles (1-1) in Bangor, Maine.

Stephen Dance picked off a pass to end the Pioneers’ drive in overtime, leading to Seccareccia’s heroics.

Springfield 47, Mount Ida 16 — Jonathan Marrero rushed for 156 yards and a score as the Pride (2-1) pasted the Mustangs (0-3) in Springfield.

Norwich 10, WPI 7 — Wesley Medeiros nailed a 22-yard field goal with five seconds left and the host Cadets (2-1) edged the Engineers (1-2).

 WPI was done in by two turnovers and four sacks allowed.

William Paterson 36, Salve Regina 32 — Steven Wilken had 384 yards passing and accounted for five TDs, but the visiting Seahawks (1-2) fell short.

 Dwaine Dabney caught a 12-yard strike with 41 seconds left to lift the Pioneers.

Hobart 43, Curry 13 — Mike O’Hearn passed for 243 yards and two TDs but the host Colonels (0-3) fell to the Statesmen, who are ranked 12th in Div. 3.

Hampden-Sydney 56, Coast Guard 0 — The visiting Bears (1-2) had just 193 total yards in a loss to the Tigers, who are ranked 25th in Div. 3.

Rensselaer 41, Castleton State 13 — The Spartans (1-1) converted 3 of 16 third downs and had possession for 23:39 in a loss to the visiting Engineers.

 Ryan Stanek was a bright spot, piling up 14 tackles and notching an interception.