By Michael Otero
Seeking revenge after suffering a 30-28 loss one week ago to the same Bentley team, the Pioneers got the last laugh as they upended their opponent 34-20 in Bentley’s backyard on Saturday, Nov. 14. Two touchdowns by red-shirt junior wide out Shane Hubbard in the final quarter-plus, which included a 92-yarder, propelled the Green and Gold to their seventh win of the season.
The opening quarter, which saw three trips to the end zone, concluded with the Pioneers on top on the scoreboard, 14-7. Junior tailback David White crossed the goal line in both occasions, capping off drives of 73 and 72 yards respectively. White shredded the Bentley defense in the first quarter, totaling 78 yards on just four carries. The two White touchdowns were sandwiched between a Bentley score off a Pioneer turnover. With under five minutes in the first half, the Pioneers got that turnover back and capitalized when red- shirt freshman running back Malik Pierre rushed the ball in from three yards out, giving the visitors a 20-10 lead.
After the break, the Pioneers let their foot off the gas and Bentley got themselves back into the game. Back-to-back scoring possessions by Bentley evened up the score at 20, and also unleashed Hubbard, who turned out to be the game changer. Hubbard’s two touchdowns in the second half gave his team a 14-point lead, which they protected, in route to the hard fought victory.
Junior quarterback Jeff Kidd aired it out for 284 yards and two touchdowns, both to Hubbard, who totaled 150 yards exactly and two touchdowns. On the ground, White ran for 124 yards and two scores while Kidd added 60 yards himself. Defensively, junior linebacker Nate Feliz lead the squad in tackles with 16 while red-shirt junior defensive back Kareem Folkes pitched in with 12 tackles of his own and a tackle for a loss.
The Pioneers season has come to an end, but a majority of their starters on both sides of the ball are returning. Some seniors include Sean Binckes, Mike Sollenne, Jhaleel Oswald, and Brandon Cheney.