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They say first impressions are all-important. They are wrong.
Senior Andrew Casten (pictured above) had reason to celebrate on Friday night. The running back scampered for a career-high 153 yards and three scores in the Crimson's win over Holy Cross.
The Harvard football team endured injuries, trailed for a few moments, and battled all game long.
Senior defensive end Zack Hodges celebrates after sacking Holy Cross quarterback Peter Pujals on the third play of the game. Harvard leads the Crusaders by a score of 14-12 at the half.
Senior running back Andrew Casten, filling in for injured junior Paul Stanton, surpassed his career total with 153 yards and three touchdowns against Holy Cross.
Down a starting running back, wideout, and kicker—as well as a starting quarterback for the majority of the first half—the Harvard football team still managed to dispatch Holy Cross, 41-18.
Holy Cross enters Harvard’s home opener having already played three games this season, yet quarterback Conner Hempel, shown here in the 2013 spring game, feels confident in the Crimson’s preparation, which included three scrimmages.
Junior Paul Stanton, the Harvard football team's leading rusher from last year, is out for the Crimson's season opener against Holy Cross.
In 2013, Holy Cross nearly upset the Crimson in triple overtime. Returning their star quarterback, the Crusaders will look to challenge Harvard again on Friday night.
The Harvard football team starts its season tonight without its top two running backs, junior Paul Stanton and freshman Semar Smith.
Junior wideout Andrew Fischer, along with senior receiver Seitu Smith, will continue to develop in their similar and versatile roles this season.
If you forget who junior wide receiver Andrew Fischer and senior wideout Seitu Smith II are now that the pair have switched their jersey numbers to No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, just remember they are the fast guys.
For running back Paul Stanton, the arrival of junior year brings many possibilities to build upon his breakout sophomore season for Harvard.
Special teams occupies a unique place in football. While defenders rely on speed and brute force, punters count on skill and accuracy. While quarterbacks adapt to a defense, a kicker’s ally is consistency and repetition.