As a result of his outstanding efforts, Sharpe, the Derry, N.H. native, earned his fourth Gold Helmet Award of his career, doing so in his final game. It was his first Gold Helmet of the 2007 season. He earned three weekly Gold Helmets, plus the Seasonal Gold Helmet Award presented at season’s end, in 2006.
The Gold Helmet Award is presented weekly by the Boston Globe and the New England Football Writers Association to two individuals from New England football-playing colleges – one from Division I and the other from Division II/III – who excelled on the field. The presentation was made in the Hall of History at Harvard University Wednesday afternoon. Springfield Head Coach Mike DeLong was on hand to make the presentation to Sharpe.M.
Sharpe, the 2006 Melberger Award winner, was wrapping up his stellar career against the Norwich Cadets last Saturday.
On the day last Saturday, Sharpe –
ran for 276 yards and three touchdowns (of 35, 3, and 10 yards). The total was four yards shy of his Springfield College single-game rushing record which he set last season at St. John Fisher.
passed for 166 yards and two touchdowns (both of 43 yards).
ran and passed for 442 total yards, easily surpassing his own Springfield College single-game total offense record of 375 yards vs.Union in 2006.
became the first player in Springfield College history to surpass the 4,000-yard mark in career rushing. He finished with 4,152 yards rushing, simply extending his own career record.
finished with 1,360 yards rushing on the season, the second-highest single-season rushing figure in Springfield history. The only mark higher was Sharpe’s figure of 1,941 yards rushing in 2006 (also a New England Division III record). (FB Jay Miller’s mark of 1,348 in 2000 is third best in Springfield history). Sharpe’s 1,360 yards this season were 8th best in New England Division III history.
finished with 5,723 yards of total offense, which simply extended his Springfield College career record.
with his three rushing TDs Saturday, finished with 432 total career points, extending his own SC record in that category, and second-best in New England Division III history. On the year, Sharpe finished with 21 TDs rushing (tied for 4th nationally in TDs) and a personal single-season best five TDs passing.