DAVID BALL WINS GOLD HELMET AWARD
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – New Hampshire wide receiver David Ball, who led the Wildcats to a 56-14 win against Dartmouth, and Springfield quarterback Chris Sharpe, who had a record-tying performance in the Pride’s win against Alfred, received the Boston Globe Gold Helmet Awards Wednesday at the New England Football Writers luncheon at Harvard’s Dillon Field house.

Ball, the Division I-AA Gold Helmet winner, tied Jerry Rice’s all-time NCAA I-AA record of 50 touchdowns last week in the win over Dartmouth. Ball caught 12 passes for 179 yards and three touchdowns for the Wildcats, who are ranked No. 1 in the Sports Network I-AA national poll.

Sharpe, the Division II/III Gold Helmet winner, was named Empire 8 offensive player of the week after rushing for 235 yards and tying a school record with five touchdowns in the Pride’s 41-34 win over Alfred. He was also named the ECAC Division III Northwest offensive player of the week. This was Sharpe’s second Gold Helmet selection in the last three weeks.

Key New England games in Division I-AA this week include top-ranked New Hampshire at Delaware, while Maine heads to Chestnut Hill, Mass., to face Boston College. Rhode Island hosts Brown for the Governor’s Cup. while Dartmouth begins Ivy League play against Penn in Hanover, N.H.. Northeastern plays its fifth straight road game as the Huskies face Richmond in an Atlantic-10 matchup. Holy Cross hosts Fordham in Patriot League play, while Central Connecticut heads to St. Peter’s in Northeast Conference action. Interleague matchups have Harvard headed to Lehigh and Yale at Lafayette.
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