By Brian Willwerth
NEWTON, MA – There are three things worth noting about this game: 1) there was a lot of offense, 2) there were a lot of points scored and 3) there were a lot of penalties.
Behind a stellar performance from quarterback Scott Drosendahl, Mount Ida rolled to victory over visiting Anna Maria on Saturday afternoon, 48-35, in a Eastern Collegiate Football Conference matchup. The senior quarterback accounted for six touchdowns on the day – four through the air, two on the ground.
It didn’t take the Mustangs long to start lighting up the scoreboard. They recovered a fumble on the AmCats’ first play from scrimmage. Three plays later Drosendahl connected with Dejhaun Williams on a 25-yard scoring play for a 7-0 lead. Anna Maria quickly responded with a nine-play, 75-yard drive. The AmCats tied the game it on Robert Small’s 1-yard run. Small had a great day: 115 yards on 19 carries.
Mount Ida took the lead for good later in the quarter when Melquan Pinkney’s 14-yard run capped a 59-yard drive. In the second period, the Mustangs broke the game open. They increased their lead to 21-7 when Drosendahl found a wide-open Matt Valentini for a 38-yard touchdown. After Small’s second rushing touchdown of the game cut the margin to seven, Drosendahl took matters into his own hands, scoring on a quarterback sneak, then hitting Jordan Hyman for a 30-yard score to make it 35-14 at halftime. Drosendahl finished the game with 244 yards passing. He only had seven yards on six rushing attempts, but he found the end zone on two of them.
“That’s what a quarterback does,” said Mount Ida coach Michael Landers, whose team improved to 4-1, 2-0 in the ECFC. “He doesn’t just deliver the ball and throw the ball. He works the clock, manages the game, it’s like having another coach on the field.”
In the second half, Anna Maria could not get any closer than a two-score deficit, despite two touchdown passes from Santino Simone to Domenique Concepcion. That pair hooked up 13 times for 181 yards. Simone’s numbers are impressive: 346 yards and no interceptions. But the Mustangs were pretty much in control in the final 30 minutes. They relied heavily on the running combination of Pinkney and Chris McNally, who ran for a combined 280 yards. Drosendahl scored on another quarterback keeper, and also hit Williams for his second touchdown reception of the day.
“I just came out as a freshman, and did what I had to do. I played my hardest,” said Williams.
As for those penalties: the numbers are mind-boggling. Mount Ida was flagged 23 times in this game for 200 yards. Two of those penalties wiped out touchdowns.
“Obviously there’s a lot of procedure things that we have to take care of,” said Landers. “Those are the mistakes that we’ve got to limit.”
After the game, Landers told his team that it was ugly, but a win is a win. It’s hard to argue with that assessment, despite the fact these two teams combined for well over 1,000 yards of total offense.
Mount Ida travels to Husson University next Saturday, while Anna Maria (1-4, 0-2 in the ECFC) hosts Maritime College.