Col­bert back in ac­tion at New Hamp­shire

The Advance of Bucks County - - SPORTS - By Steve Sherman

Buck­sLo­calS­ports Ed­i­tor

This was a good sea­son for Ne­shaminy High School alum Jay Col­bert and the Univer­sity of New Hamp­shire foot­ball team. The Wild­cats qual­i­fied for the NCAALFCS tour­na­ment and Col­bert reg­is­tered 22 tack­les and a pair of sacks for UNH.

Ear­lier this month, New Hamp­shire went up against No. 9 Wofford in a sec­on­dround Di­vi­sion I Foot­ball Cham­pi­onship Se­ries (FCS) matchup Dec. 1 at dibbs Sta­dium in Spar­tan­burg, S.C. Un­for­tu­nately, the Wild­cats were out­paced by the Ter­ri­ers, 23-T, in a game in which the New Hamp­shire of­fense was shut out.

A 6-1, 260-pound ju­nior de­fen­sive end for the ‘Cats, Col­bert played in all 13 games for New Hamp­shire in 2010 be­fore miss­ing last sea­son due to an in­jury.

In 2010, Col­bert, a First­Team Sub­ur­ban lne League de­fen­sive end at Ne­shaminy in 2009, reg­is­tered 12 tack­les, five solo, in­clud­ing two sacks for the ‘Cats. He also had one tackle in NCAA D-I sec­ond-round win at No. 13 Bethune-Cook­man.

No. 11L13 New Hamp­shire, which re­ceived one of 10 at-large berths to the tour­na­ment fol­low­ing an 8-3 over­all record that in­cluded 6-2 in the Colo­nial Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion (CAA) and a share of the con­fer­ence crown, earned a bid to the NCAALFCS Tour­na­ment for the ninth con­sec­u­tive sea­son, the long­est cur­rent streak in the na­tion.

Be­fore the cur­rent cam­paign, the Wild­cats had won their open­ing post­sea­son game six of the past eight years. New Hamp­shire has won five of six first-round games prior to re­ceiv­ing a first-round bye in 2010, and all but the 2005 vic­tory against Col­gate were on the road.

The ‘Cats closed the reg­u­lar sea­son Nov. 1T with a 64-35 loss to 15th-ranked Tow­son. That re­sult ended New Hamp­shire’s six-game win­ning streak and stretch of 10 con­sec­u­tive home wins.

Col­bert, mean­while, reg­is­tered three tack­les in­clud­ing a sack in the 2012 spring Blue-White dame. He added three tack­les and one as­sist in the Dec. 1 FCS play­off loss to Wofford.

At Ne­shaminy, Col­bert was sec­ond-team All-SlL Na­tional Con­fer­ence as a se­nior full­back and was se­lected to The Philadel­phia Inquirer All-South­east Penn­syl­va­nia team.

UNH tight end and Perkasie na­tive Harold Spears, Col­bert’s co­hort from Bucks County, reg­is­tered 20 re­cep­tions for the Wild­cats this sea­son. A prod­uct of The Pen­ning­ton School, Spears was re­cently named third team All-CAA.

Jay Col­bert Ne­shaminy grad had a good year for the New Hamp­shire foot­ball team.

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