TELEGRAM: David Canney sparks Greyhound football
By STEVE FARLEY
Worcester Telegram Correspondent
WORCESTER, Mass. --- The NCAA doesn't hand out wins based on style points, but Assumption College senior receiver David Canney certainly makes a rough game like football look pretty smooth.
Canney, the most prolific receiver in Greyhounds history and former Narragansett Regional standout, caught eight balls yesterday for 181 yards and two touchdowns, including a 60-yard TD reception from senior quarterback Andrew Kupec with less than three minutes to play to help Assumption to a 45-40 Homecoming victory over St. Anselm.
Kupec took advantage of a free play as St. Anselm jumped offside.
“That's what we always do,” said Canney, who easily beat his defender in one on-one coverage. “We go long when (the defense) goes offside. It was a perfect pass.”
The Greyhounds, who had lost two of their previous three, improved to 6-2, 3-2 in the Northeast-10. St. Anselm fell to 1-6, 1-4 in the conference.
“I think we lost that belief for a little bit, and it's hard to get that back,” Assumption coach Cory Bailey said. “I think our confidence got rattled a little bit.”
Canney should become the first Greyhound receiver to have 100 catches and 1,000 yards in a single season. He currently has 88 receptions for 1,040 yards — 238 and 3,006 for his career. Yesterday was the sixth time this season he gained more than 100 receiving yards in a game and the 12th time in his career.
“I couldn't be happier with my stats, but I can get 10 catches, and we lose, it doesn't serve any purpose,” said Canney, who had only two catches for 13 yards in the first half. “Stats don't mean a thing if you don't win. A win is the most important thing we can do as a team.”
“David is one of our best players, he's one of our best students, and he's one of our best leaders,” Bailey said. “He's the real deal.”
Canney wasn't the only offensive star as Kupec completed 25 of 34 passes for 402 yards and six touchdowns and no interceptions and rushed for 44 yards. Senior running back Herb Woodard carried 33 times for 158 yards as the Hounds rolled up 616 yards while holding the ball for nearly 43 minutes.
“We knew we weren't playing to our potential,” Canney said. “We definitely weren't executing the way we were supposed to be. It definitely got better today. I feel like in the second half, we got back on track and doing what we were doing at the beginning of the season.”
And that's scoring touchdowns.
Assumption led, 17-14, at halftime, and found itself in a shootout as St. Anselm's, which amassed 482 yards, started scoring at will.
The Hawks had leads of 21-17, 27-24 and 34-31, before the Greyhounds went ahead for good on Marcus Nichols' 6-yard touchdown reception with 7:44 remaining. Nichols had dropped two passes earlier.