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Golden performances for Johnson, Brown

Posted by Craig Larson, Globe Staff  September 8, 2010 07:43 PM

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Bryant Johnson (right) lit up perennial Division 2 contender Carson-Newman with four first-half touchdown passes last Thursday night. A year ago, he rallied Bentley to a come-from-behind victory at Ohio Dominican in Week 1.

Two season openers. Two Gold Helmet awards for Division 2-3, courtesy of the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston for the southpaw-slinging senior quarterback out of Milford High.

After collecting his latest piece of hardware on Wednesday afternoon at the weekly New England Football Writers luncheon inside Harvard's Dillon Fieldhouse, he tossed a heap of praise his teammates' way.

"The offensive line was great all game long, I was not touched," said the 6-foot-1, 205-pound Johnson, who finished 26 of 44 for 347 yards with no interceptions in a 35-28 loss to the 20th-ranked team in the country.

"On two of the throws, I was literally throwing off my back foot, the receivers (John Malone and Wade Critides) made great plays. [The 30-yard touchdown to Critides) on third-and-15, was a fade route, he made an adjustment, came back, and then slipped into the end zone."

His ability to make plays, and lead are just two of the reasons why Bentley coach Thom Boerman believes Johnson one of top quarterbacks in the Northeast-10 this season.
“He demonstrated poise under pressure and really ran our offense well," said the second-year head coach. "He has emerged as a real leader on the field as well.”

Johnson’s scoring passes against the Eagles covered 10 and 12 yards in the opening quarter, and 42 and 30 yards in the second. His 347 passing yards was the second highest total of his career, and it marked the ninth time in 12 career starts that he has thrown at least two touchdown passes.

Johnson and the Falcons hit the road again this week, taking on Division 1 foe Central Connecticut, a FCS playoff team a year ago.

Bryant University sophomore back Jordan Brown captured the Division 1 helmet after piling up 212 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns in an impressive 44-40 win over Fordham.

The 5-9, 185-pound Brown rushed for 122 yards on 18 carries and accounted for 90 of the 230 return yards for the Bulldogs. His 70-yard punt return in the first quarter marks the second longest in Bryant history.

“It was a great win for our program and a total team victory against a great opponent in Fordham, “said Bryant assistant coach Chris Woods. “Jordan Brown is a great teammate and played exceptionally well on Saturday.”

Bryant hosts former NE-10 foe Saint Anselm on Saturday.

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