By Matt Noonan
WORCESTER, MA – Consider Saturday’s tilt against WPI a step in the right direction for Worcester State’s football team, as the Lancers overcame a 14-0 deficit in the first quarter to defeat their crosstown rivals, 28-21.
“I’m really proud of them,” said Worcester State head coach Brien Cullen. “We had some mistakes on the special teams and then down early [by] 14, and then we came back and made a special teams play of our own and really showed a lot of character.
“We’re a young team and it would have been easy to kind of pack it in, but [I was] really proud of a quality win against a [quality team], so we’re very pleased with that.”
Cullen should definitely be proud of his unit, but he must be thankful for his offensive line, which assisted senior quarterback Corey Spencer during the team’s go-ahead touchdown drive in the fourth quarter.
“The offensive line played unbelievable today, gave me a lot of time, so it was good to get a win,” stated Lancers senior quarterback Corey Spencer.
Spencer’s linemen not only provided him with enough time in the pocket, but also the opportunity to target sophomore Casey Hippert on a critical third down, as well as the go-ahead score.
“Everyone executed, we were patient, we hit the short stuff and it was just a well executed drive,” said Spencer.
Hippert echoed his quarterback by saying,“[It was] definitely exciting [to catch the game-winner]. I dropped a few easy ones in the beginning and then made up for it in the end.
“We knew we had to go in there strong because our defense made a great stop [early in the quarter], so we rolled down there and punched it in and we counted on our defense for the rest. ”
Cullen expressed prior to the season that he was worried about his offensive line, but after a game like Saturday’s, you have to wonder if he’s feeling a tad bit more confident about that particular unit, especially going into next week’s clash against Western New England College.