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November 18, 2011

College notes: Tarr has best season at Bentley

If Bobby Tarr's collegiate football career is over, he will be able to say he went out on top.

The Byfield native may have played his final game for Bentley University Nov. 5 when he led his team to a 42-26 victory over Assumption College.

Tarr had his fifth 100-yard rushing game of the season, giving him a total of 860 rushing yards and five touchdowns on the season. Bentley finished 6-4.

Tarr has another year of eligibility, as he was a medical redshirt as a freshman after he was diagnosed with myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle due to infection. Tarr is unsure of whether he'll return for a fifth year.

If Tarr does leave the school following his graduation in the spring, his collegiate career will have ended in a similar fashion to his high school career. Tarr was third in the Northeast-10 Conference in rushing and was a selection to the Weekly Honor Roll following his last game.

As a high-school player at Bishop Fenwick, Tarr set all-time North Shore records for rushing yards (5,598), carries (593) and touchdowns (69). As a senior, he rushed for 2,544 yards and 31 touchdowns.

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The highlight of Newburyport High alumnus Joe Clancy's season came at Tarr's expense.

Clancy, a 2009 Newburyport High alumnus, was a part-time quarterback at Merrimack College this fall. He led the Warriors to a comeback 33-29 victory over Bentley on Oct. 8. Clancy completed 10 of 17 passes for 159 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winner on the first play of the fourth quarter.

That was Clancy's final extended opportunity of the season, as he attempted only 16 passes over the team's final five games. Senior quarterback James Suozzo got much of the work at quarterback for Merrimack down the stretch. Merrimack finished 6-4, but lost three of its final five games.

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