SPRINGFIELD, Mass., – September 13, 2006 – Chris Sharpe of Springfield College has been honored with this week’s Division II/III Gold Helmet Award, presented by the Boston Globe and the New England Football Writers Association.
Sharpe, a junior quarterback from Derry, N.H., was awarded this prestigious honor at a luncheon this afternoon, held at The Dillon Fieldhouse at Harvard University. The Gold Helmet Award is a weekly honor that goes to the best Division I football player in New England and the best Division II/III football player in New England.
Before being named the Gold Helmet recipient this week, Sharpe already racked up four other weekly football awards; the Empire 8 Football Offensive Player of the Week, the ECAC Division III Northwest Offensive Player of the Week, and he was also selected to the D3Football.com Team of the Week and the Don Hansen's Football Gazette Team of the Week as a result of his record-setting performance last Saturday night (Sept. 9) during SC’s 38-30 upset victory over 11th-ranked Union College at Benedum Field.
A quad-captain, Sharpe established two single-game Springfield College records. With 375 yards in total offense, he broke the 32-year old record of 303 yards held by Jack Levy versus Ithaca in 1974. Sharpe also tied the SC single-game mark of 268 yards rushing, which he now jointly holds with Bill Pacitto, who ran for that same amount versus AIC on November 14th, 1987.
Sharpe was immense Saturday versus Union in a game that was delayed an hour and 20 minutes at the start due to lightning. Chris was “responsible for” six touchdowns; four by rush and two by pass. His rushing touchdowns were of 66, 69, 34, and four yards. His passing touchdowns were of 54 (to junior WR Kyle Anderson of Providence, R.I.) and 20 yards (to senior WR Brian Rose of Franklin, Mass.).
Sharpe ran for 268 yards on 23 carries, averaging an outstanding figure of 11.7 yards per carry. He also had a 54-yard rush called back due to penalty. His 66-yarder came on the second play from scrimmage, just 48 seconds into the game.
Chris also was 4-for-5 in passing for an additional 107 yards, giving him 375 in total offense. He did not throw an interception.
“Chris was pretty special Saturday night,” said SC Head Coach Mike DeLong, the winningest active coach in New England Division III now with 137 victories in this, his 25th year overall. “I was especially pleased with the fact that we never turned the ball over, and that’s as much a tribute to Chris as to anyone. He really handled the ball well.
“It was evident that we need some work in some areas,” said DeLong. “But that’s a very good team that we managed to beat. We made some big plays when we had to, on offense and on defense.”
Indeed, Union entered ranked 11th nationally in the D3Football.com poll. The Dutchmen finished 11-1 overall a year ago, as they were 10-0 in the regular season, finished first in the Liberty League, and went on to the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament.
Springfield will play its next three games at home. On Saturday, September 16th, the Pride will host Montclair State at 1:30 p.m. Like Springfield, Montclair State is also 1-0 on its 2006 campaign.