By Brian Willwerth
MILTON, MA – It’s a basic fact in football that the team that wins the turnover battle usually stands a good chance of winning. That held true to form Saturday afternoon in an NEFC matchup between Salve Regina University and Curry College.
The Colonels [3-4] turned it over six times, while the Seahawks [4-3] played mistake-free football. The end result: a 31-6 victory for the visitors.
In the first quarter, Salve Regina took advantage of the first Curry mistake: the punter could not handle the snap, and was brought down deep in his own territory. 1:45 later, Seahawks running back Richie Edwards scored the first of his two touchdowns from a yard out to make it 7-0.
The Seahawks doubled their lead in the second quarter, again taking advantage of a Curry mistake, but this time on a fumble in its own territory. Edwards capped off the short two-play drive by taking a pitch to the right side, and running into the end zone to make it 14-0 at halftime.
Curry got the ball to start the second half, but quarterback Mark Gilson was sacked, causing another fumble that was recovered by Salve Regina. The Seahawks needed just 1:21 to march 47 yards, as Rob LaRiviere-Tougas scored his team’s third rushing touchdown of the game: a 7-yarder to make it 21-0.
The Seahawks rushed for 214 yards on the day, most of it courtesy of Edwards and LaRiviere-Tougas, (141 combined yards), while quarterback Brad Skeffington added a 4-yard TD run.
It was a rough day all around for the Curry offense: three lost fumbles, three interceptions, a botched punt attempt, and a field goal attempt that bonked off the crossbar. When the Colonels finally did get on the board courtesy of a 10-yard pass from Anthony Carnevale to Jordan Shairs, the extra point was called back because of a delay of game penalty. After the five-yard march off, the ensuing try was no good.
Skeffington only threw 13 passes all day. He didn’t need to do much through the air, given the success his team was having on the ground.
Salve Regina returns home to play MIT next weekend, while Curry travels to Nichols.