Harvard coach Tim Murphy recalls watching Treavor Scales on film for the first time, as a high school standout at Dunwoody HS in Georgia.
"I said, 'Wow, this kid has a chance to be a great college football player,'" said Murphy. "Sometimes, you are right about that. Sometimes you are not. Fortunately, he is exactly who we thought he would was when we evaluated him."
A second all-Ivy selection last fall, the 5-foot-10, 195-pound tailback from Stone Mountain, Ga. is off to a magnificent start in his final season, averaging an impressive 8.4 yards per carry with six touchdowns in the first two weeks, including an 18-carry, 136-yard, 4-touchdown performance in Saturday's 45-31 win at Brown.
On Wednesday, outfitted in a suit and tie, he scaled the stairs to the second floor of Dillon Fieldhouse to collect the weekly Gridiron Club of Greater Boston Gold Helmet Award from the New England Football Writers for his performance against the Bears. Massachusetts Maritime junior quarterback Mike Stanton received Division 2-3 honors for his terrific day in a comeback win over Coast Guard.
"Personally, I have to thank the offensive line," said Scales, who is averaging 154.5 yards rushing per game.
"They are the key to my success. They open up the gaps. They get me up to the second and third levels untouched. I feel obligated to do it for those guys. Any back we put in there could have the same kind of success because of the job those guys are doing."
That group, featuring four returning starters and also singled out by Murphy for their athleticism, lists, left to right: sophomore tackle Anthony Fabiano, senior guard John Collins, senior center Jack Holuba, junior guard Austin Scheufele, and sophomore tackle Will Whitman.
"The guy powering our offense, along with the offensive line, is Treavor Scales," said Murphy.
"The thing that has brought him over the top -- he's athletic, he's explosive, great speed, can change direction -- but he is a tremendous blocker. People don't like to blitz us because, if teams send a 6-foot-4, 240-pound defensive end, he can just pick them up.
"The thing that really makes him a fun kid to coach, and why he is admired by his teammates, he has an incredible work ethic, and a selfless player."
The Crimson (2-0, 1-0 Ivy) shoot for their 12th straight win Friday night, hosting Holy Cross (0-3) at the Stadium.
Stanton, a 6-5, 220-pound graduate of North Quincy High, was immense in the Bucs' 42-38 comeback against visiting Coast Guard on Saturday. He completed a school-record 26 passes and shattering the single-game passing yardage mark with 420 as the MMA rallied from a 28-9 deficit.
With the Bucs trailing by 19, he threw three touchdown strikees in a 6:30 span of the third quarter for a 32-28 lead. Leading the New England Football Conference in passing efficiency (176.3), he directed MMA to a school-record 695 yards of total offense.
"I gave the ball to our playmakers," said Stanton, who is completing 71-percent of his passes this season. "When everyone clicks, we can't be stopped."
Mass. Maritime, which paces the NEFC in total offense, hits the road for a showdown of Bogan Division co-leaders on Saturday at Framingham State.
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