By Jeff Porter
Homecoming weekend at Union could most aptly be described as a time of laughter, excitement, beautiful weather, rekindling of old family flames and lastly, football.
There is a common notion in all sports that during important games, many of which draw large crowds, players stir up some extra motivation and confidence to elevate their game to the next plateau.
This past weekend certainly served as sufficient evidence of this common notion for the Dutchmen football team.
Homecoming games are, in general, slightly more special and meaningful to upperclass students.
Running back TJ Franzese ‘14 definitely supported this claim, as he exploded on the ground for 92 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
Other key offensive performances came from other upperclassmen. Quarterback Connor Eck ‘15 made 12 for 18 for 193 yards in the air as well as two touchdown passes. Receiver Nick Reali ‘15 had two receiving touchdowns. Running back Darnell Thomas ‘15 ran 84 rushing yards and scored a touchdown on the ground.
On the defensive side of the ball, Thomas Hayes ‘16 and Jake LaRovera ‘16 combined for 19 tackles.
This game proved that Union is going to keep battling this season, as the Dutchmen improved to 2-3 overall and 2-1 in the Liberty League.
Both the offensive and defensive squads had strong performances, manifesting in the Dutchmen Football team as an overall threat.
Next Saturday, Oct. 19, the Dutchmen will travel to Western New England for a 1 p.m. kickoff, the team’s last non-league game of the season. Be sure to wish them luck on their way to another victory!