Anthony Whiteley is rookie of the week playing football at Endicott

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It did not take former Taconic athlete Anthony Whiteley very much time to make his presence felt in college.

The freshman from Pittsfield was named the Commonwealth Coast Football Conference's offensive rookie of the week for the opening week of the 2017 season.

Whiteley, a freshman at Endicott College, had 100 all-purpose yards in a loss to Framingham State on Saturday.

Whiteley caught four passes for 67 yards, including a game-best 58-yard reception. That led Endicott in receptions and yards. He ran the ball three times for 21 yards, returned a kickoff 12 yard, and had one tackle on special teams.

Lavante Wiggins, a senior who played at St. Joseph, scored on a 2-yard run in the fourth quarter and carried the ball 14 times for 22 yards in the 41-10 loss to Framingham.

Will Genaway, a freshman from Wahconah, caught two passes for 49 yards, including a 45-yard reception. Genaway is listed on the Endicott roster as a quarterback, but his playing time Saturday was at wide receiver.

Max McIlquham, another freshman at Endicott and a Wahconah teammate of Genaway's, is listed as a free safety on the roster. He did not make it on the stat sheet Saturday.

Endicott will be at Western New England on Saturday, Oct. 14.

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Former Wahconah football player Ethan Wells, a co-captain at RPI, carried the ball nine times for 62 yards and a pair of touchdowns as the Engineers routed William Paterson 45-0, in the season opener for both teams.

Wells scored on a three-yard run with 3:14 left in the first quarter, helping make it 21-0. He then helped make it 38-0 when he scored on a nine-yard TD run with 2:05 left in the third quarter.

The first touchdown drive was eight plays and 42 yards. Wells carried the ball four times on the drive, gaining 11, nine and five yards before scoring on the three-yard run.

On the second drive, Wells carried the ball five times on the eight-play, 70-yard drive. He had runs of four, eight, 13 and nine on the touchdown. He was also stopped for a one-yard loss, and caught a four-yard pass from Ed Trimpert.

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Springfield College won the 2017 Pynchon SAW Game, beating Western New England 35-21. The game, by the way, is named for Springfield city founder William Pynchon and the first initials of the two schools.

The Pride scored a 35-21 win on Saturday, and five Berkshire County athletes were on the roster for the Pride.

Linebacker Dom Traversa was second on Springfield with five tackles, and made a big stop on WNE quarterback Anthony Service in the third quarter. Springfield was leading 28-21 and on third down early in the fourth quarter, Traversa held Service to a two-yard gain. The Golden Bears punted, and 18 plays later, Springfield scored the insurance touchdown.

Pittsfield's Chad Shade is a junior backup quarterback who rushed for 40 yards on 11 carries, and was 3 of 4 for 43 yards passing.

Jon Bianchi of Pittsfield, a senior who played at St. Joseph, had one tackle at defensive back.

Two former Hoosac Valley players, freshman lineman Jameson Coughlan and junior Zack Wright, are also on the Springfield roster.

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If you happen to know of other Berkshire County athletes playing in college, drop a note to hherman@berkshireeagle.com, or sports @berkshireeagle.com

Reach sportswriter Howard Herman at 413-496-6253, or @howardherman


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