Darius Perrantes threw three touchdown passes and Duquesne secured the Northeast Conference championship with a 26-14 win over Merrimack. Perrantes threw touchdown passes of 38 and 16 yards to Keshawn Brown in the first half and his 1-yard toss to Darryl Powell Jr. late in the third quarter put the Dukes ahead for good. Edward Robinson added a 10-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. Duquesne had a 325-202 advantage in total yards. Duquesne, a former member of the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Conference, has won or shared 18 conference championships in the past 29 seasons.
Duquesne, which joined the NEC in 2008, won at least a share of the conference title for the seventh time, but just the second time as the outright champion.
Perrantes completed 11 of 18 passes for 218 yards and was intercepted once. Robinson had 89 yards rushing. Second-place Merrimack’s Malakai Anthony was 9-for-23 passing for 68 yards and was intercepted once. Tyvon Edmonds Jr. led the Warriors (5-6, 4-3) with 77 yards on the ground. Anthony and Edmonds scored rushing touchdowns.
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