By Matt Noonan
FRAMINGHAM, MA – Here are a few takeaways from this afternoon’s conference clash between Framingham State and Massachusetts Maritime Academy.
Game Summary: The Rams jumped out to a 27-12 lead and never looked back as Framingham State defeated Massachusetts Maritime Academy, 58-12, at Bowditch Field. With the win, the Rams claimed the ‘Kelley Cup,’ a tradition that began seven years ago.
Rams quarterback Matthew Silva tossed four touchdowns and completed 15-of-24 passes for 308 yards, while Melikke Van Alstyne rushed for two scores on 25 carries for 228 yards.
The Buccaneers were led by running back Stefan Gustafson, who finished with 98 yards on 15 carries and one touchdown. Quarterback Mike Stanton completed just five passes for 67 yards and one touchdown.
Inside The Numbers: The Rams finished with 34 first downs and 658 yards of total offense. They also registered their most points of season, too. Framingham State recorded 51 points in two quarters and stopped the Buccaneers on 12 third downs.
Overall, the teams combined for 47 first downs, 150 offensive plays, 509 rushing yards, 276 return yards and 907 total yards of offense.
Framingham State’s Air Attack: One of the keys to victory for the Rams was their passing game, something the squad wanted to establish early on. And against the Buccaneers secondary, Jared Gauthier, Tevin Jones, George Jordan and Travis Hayes combined for 16 catches for 315 yards and four touchdowns.
What’s Next: The Rams, who have won six straight, will travel to Bridgewater State next Saturday, while the Buccaneers return to Buzzards Bay to host Plymouth State.