Boland, Hawks heading back to Gridiron Classic

first_imgQuarterback Brian Boland, of Brick, and his Monmouth University football teammates have added another game to their schedule – the Gridiron Classic on Dec. 2. And it will be played at their own Kessler Field. Monmouth got that opportunity when two results unfolded on Saturday – the Hawks beat Albany, 19-0, to snap a three-way tie for first place, while the other team sharing the top spot, Stony Brook, lost to Central Connecticut State, 35-10. All three co-leaders had one conference loss each. As a result, Monmouth (10-1 overall) will take on San Diego, the No. 1 team in NCAA Division I-AA midmajor in its second bowl game in three years. And Boland has played a major part as the school’s all-time leader in total offensive yardage. The former Brick Memorial standout who started his collegiate career at Rutgers before transferring to Monmouth, completed 17-of-19 passes for 213 yards and a pair of touchdowns. On Monmouth’s 11-play, 76-yard drive that led to a 1-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, Boland completed a pair of key 15-yard passes. Then, on the first play of the second half, he hooked up with his favorite target – Adam SanMiguel (who set a school record or career pass receptions) – with a 63-yard scoring strike. Boland later threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Middletown South grad Mark McClelland.last_img

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