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Destination: Bangor, Maine

Husson got to hoist a trophy, three seasons after the Eagles went 0-10.
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The Husson Eagles were watching the selection show Sunday night anxious to find out where they would be going. Operative word: going. Toting an 8-1 record and coming out of the lightly regarded Eastern Collegiate Football Conference, they were expecting to board a bus for someplace.

Then came the announcement: Husson will be hosting 9-0 MIT.

"We were surprised. The kids are ecstatic. Anybody's thrilled to be playing at home," head coach Gabby Price said after he and his team watched the show in a room in the athletic complex.

So it is the Engineers singing Roger Miller's refrain from King of the Road: "Destination Bangor, Maine."

"We know MIT is a great team," Price said. But Price also said his squad is healthier in many areas than it has been in some time and that they are playing their best football in many respects.

They polished off a 7-0 league season by winning 41-21 at Mount Ida behind the passing of Joe Seccarecia (206 yards and three touchdowns) and the rushing of John Smith. He had 158 yards with a score.

Kenny Sweet led the way on the other side of the ball. He had 12 tackles and returned an interception 30 yards.

Husson at home

Although the NCAA will not release its seeding for the Division III football playoffs, MIT is clearly the higher seed. It appears the Engineers are not hosting because their stadium is insufficient to host a playoff game.

MIT capped its first perfect season in program history with a 24-13 win over Coast Guard before watching the selection show on campus.

Cameron Wager had eight tackles and took an interception back 36 yards for a score. Peter Williams threw for 241 yards and Justin Wallace ran for 135.

The school with the spectacular academic reputation has been attracting attention from national TV to the Wall Street Journal. You had to love coach Chad Martinovich's piece on CBS when said his players would be more likely to own an NFL team than to play on one.

But for a few hours on Saturday they will be think more about winning a game and piling up 500 yards of offense than owning a Fortune 500 company. That will come soon enough.

Rams home

Husson is home, but so are the Framingham State Rams. But in a very different way. The 9-1 record was not enough to earn the Rams a bid and it had to be disappointing to watch and not see their name called.

But Tom Kelley has built a program, not just a team for a season. They have become perennial contenders.

Just an unimaginable hurt for the seniors.


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Tom Haley

A seven time Vermont sportswriter of the year, Tom Haley has been with the Rutland Herald since 1987. He was inducted into the Castleton State College Hall of Fame in 2004 and received the Contributor to Football Award from the National Football Foundation's Vermont Chapter.


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