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Bennett Hoping Football Will Continue to be Fun

Posted Thursday, March 06, 2008 by Bob Lesniak

Mike Bennett was a three-year starter for the Warrior football varsity and looks forward to continuing life on the gridiron for another four seasons. “I love playing football and the coaching staff we had the past two years(Laz Mitjans and Company) really made it fun,” said the running back/linebacker. “Those coaches are very knowledgable and they are great guys. We could have and should have won three or four more games last season but I think the 08 Warriors will earn a winning record.”
Bennett recently received a hefty football scholarship to Stonehill College in Easton. “I am very lucky because after meeting the Stonehill coaching staff I can see that those guys will be as much fun to play for as my high school coaches were,” he said.
Last fall despite struggling with nagging injuries all campaign co-captain Bennett led the club in rushing, scoring and yards per carry(5.2). He led the special teams in blocking kicks for the second straight season and his 45 initial tackles ranked third on the squad. As a junior in 06 Bennett was Team MVP, leading Brookline with 467 yards rushing, catching five passes and leading the club in scoring. He was fifth on the team in initial tackles.
The biggest defensive play of Bennett’s high school career should have been his crunching sack of BSC all-star QB Kyle Ross last Thanksgiving Day. With a minute remaining during a 6-6 deadlock the sack faced Newton north with a third-and-thirteen situation from its own 39. “I thought that sack had given us the game,” said Bennett.”I expected an incomplete pass to follow and then I figured we would have the ball with almost a minute to go and a few timeouts. Honestly I believed after the sack we were going to win without even having to go into overtime.”
Fate intervened and Ross completed a 61-yard game-winning TD pass. “Losing that game is my most frustrating memory but still it was a fun experience. Win or lose playing football is fun for me,” said Bennett.
Although Bennett earned his keep with the Warriors at halfback and linebacker the Stonehill staff envisions him as a safety. “Hey, I am thrilled to play wherever they ask me to,” said Bennett. “Stonehill is a fine academic school so I am very proud to have the chance to study there. As for football it is a program on the rise. Two years ago the team was 1-9 and last season the team went 5-5. I am psyched to be a part of both the academic and football programs.”
Coach Mitjans expects Bennett to succeed in the defensive backfield at the college level.”Mike has the key tools to play either the strong or weak safety position,” said the second-year Warrior leader. “Mike owns excellent speed and hands and he is an outstanding tackler. To shine at safety a player needs these attributes.”
Second-year Stonehill College head coach Rob Talley is excited about adding Bennett to his roster. "The first thing that jumps out at me about Mike is his speed. Second is his mature attitude. Even as a freshman I expect Mike to bring some leadership to the table. I cannot predict how much defensive playing time Mike will get next fall but I am hoping he will atleast earn a special teams spot returning the ball for us," said Talley.
Fifteen of last year's 22 starters will return. Stonehill will open the campaign at home against 1AA Wagner College which a year ago compiled a 7-4 mark and featured two All-Americans."I am psyched," said Bennett. "We play a strong schedule. It should be challenging and fun."

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