Harris, Gavalas Named NEFWA Gold Helmet Award Recipients

Gavalas was honored for his efforts on the field in his team's season finale (photo courtesy Harvard Athletic Communications).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – New Hampshire wide receiver R.J. Harris and Saint Anselm quarterback Yianni Gavalas have been named the Ray Gallant Insurance New England Football Writers' Gridiron Club of Greater Boston Gold Helmet Award winners for week 11 of the 2013 football season.

Back after a three- game injury break, Harris paced the Wildcats offense with a career-best three touchdowns as part of 10 catches for 183 yards to lift UNH over James Madison, 33-17, Saturday at Cowell Stadium. With his ninth career 100-yard game, the Odenton, Md., native climbed to No. 6 on the Wildcats' career reception leaderboard (170) and No. 8 in career receiving yards (2,219).  The junior wasted no time recording his first score of the day as he opened the game with an 18-yard TD reception from Andy Vailas at 12:50 of the first quarter, and he struck again with a 52-yard halfback option pass from Nico Steriti to stretch UNH's lead to 14-0 at 3:58. Harris' final TD came in the third, a 7-yard strike from Vailas. For his efforts, Harris was selected as FCS Wide receiver of the Week by College Football Performance Awards Monday afternoon.

In Saint Anselm's regular season finale, Gavalas conducted the Hawks to a commanding 66-33 win against Pace at Pace Field in record setting fashion. In his third career start, the freshman QB connected on 93.3 percent (28-of-30) of his passes to shatter the school's single-game completion percentage mark of 80 percent (16-of-20). His 28 completed tosses were good for 316 yards and six touchdowns, one TD shy of the Hawk's record, to help Saint A's etch new marks in the record book for points and touchdowns scored. The Manhasset, N.Y., posted his fourth game without an interception as he threw for scores of 8, 32, 33, 7, 23 and 21 yards. 

2013 Ray Gallant Insurance Gridiron Club of Greater Boston Gold Helmet Weekly Winners



Division I


Division II/III

Nov. 13


R.J. Harris, WR, New Hampshire


Yianni Gavalas, QB, Saint Anselm

Nov. 6


John Spooney, RB, Brown


McCallum Foote, QB, Middlebury

Oct. 30


Will McNamara, LB, Dartmouth


Octavias McKoy, RB, Western Connecticut

Oct. 23


Sean Goldrich, QB, New Hampshire


DaVon Fuller, UMass Dartmouth

Oct. 16


Peter Pujals, QB, Holy Cross


Octavias McKoy, RB, Western Connecticut

Oct. 9


Cole Champion, S, Yale


Drew Frennette, QB, Endicott

Oct. 2


Deon Randall, WR, Yale


Joe Rizzardi, S, Coast Guard

Sept. 25


Connor Hempel, QB, Harvard


Logan Meyer, QB, Stonehill

Sept. 18


Marcus Wasilewski, QB, Maine


Robert Small, RB, Anna Maria

Sept. 11


Rob Holloman, RB, Central Connecticut


Kevin Bumpus, QB, Worcester State

Sept. 4


R. J. Noel, QB, Sacred Heart