HANOVER, N.H. — The New England Football Writers’ Association office unveiled its weekly Gold Helmet Award winners at a luncheon today, and Dartmouth senior Jack Heneghan took home the honor for Division I (both FBS and FCS) regional teams. This honor comes on the heels of Heneghan being named the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week and earning honorable mention for the STATS FCS National Offensive Player of the Week.
All Heneghan did to win the award was rally the Big Green from a 21-0 hole against Yale for a historic victory over the Bulldogs in Dartmouth’s homecoming game, 28-27. The Green had never overcome a deficit that large to win a game in 136 years of varsity football.
The 6-4, 230-pound quarterback from Atherton, California, had a stellar second half as he threw for 276 yards and all three of his three touchdown tosses (tying a career high) after the intermission. Heneghan set the tone for the second half by guiding Dartmouth 91 yards in just six plays, the last a 30-yard bomb to junior Drew Hunnicutt. Then with the Big Green still trailing by 13 with 7:24 to play, he orchestrated two more touchdown drives, one covering 90 yards in a mere five plays, the last a more methodical 13-play, 69-yard trek during which he ran for 32 yards and threw for 36 more. The winning score was a 15-yard strike to Hunnicutt on a 4th-and-5 play with 34 seconds showing on the clock.
Heneghan finished the day completing 24-of-42 passes for 314 yards — his fifth career 300-yard game — and the three scores, plus led the team with 33 rushing yards on eight carries. For the season, he has completed 71-of-110 passes (64.5 percent, 16th nationally) for 731 yards and seven touchdowns with just one interception.
Heneghan has earned the Gold Helmet twice, having claiming the award following the 2016 season opener in which he rallied Dartmouth from a 14-point, fourth-quarter deficit to defeat then-22nd-ranked New Hampshire by a single point as well, 22-21.
This is also the 11th Gold Helmet earned by a Big Green player in the past nine seasons. Running back Nick Schwieger ’12 took home the honor once in each of his final three years, quarterback Dalyn Williams ’16 garnered the award twice (2014, ’15), and linebacker Will McNamara ’16 (2013), wide receiver Victor Williams ’16 (2015), safety Charlie Miller ’17 (2016) and running back Miles Smith ’19 (2016) earned it once each.
Dartmouth (4-0) takes a break from Ivy League action this weekend with a trip to Sacred Heart (2-3). Kickoff on Saturday is set for 1 p.m. and will be streamed live on NEC Front Row. Big Green fans can also listen to Adam Giardino and Wayne Young ’72 over the airwaves on 94.5 ESPN Radio (94.5 FM, 1230 and 1400 AM) in the Upper Valley and around the world online at 945espn.com.
Notes: The largest previous deficit overcome to win a game was 18 points, first accomplished at Yale in 1983, and again in the final game of the 1999 season against Princeton at Memorial Field.