By Matt Noonan
It wasn’t the ideal start for first-year head coach Kevin DeWall and Endicott College’s football team.
The Gulls suffered a 42-6 setback to Framingham State University last Saturday, but hope to take a step forward this weekend when they visit No. 15 Hobart.
“We’re not going to point fingers, (but instead) we’re going to stay positive,” DeWall said following his team’s loss to the Rams. “It won’t get any easier (the next few weeks), but we need to find ways to improve (on both sides of the ball).”
Despite a slow start, the Gulls did have some positive plays on offense and defense, including an 11-yard fade pass from junior quarterback Joe Picard to classmate Chris Lipscomb late in the second quarter that halted three consecutive Framingham State scoring drives.
DeWall was quite impressed with Lipscomb, who also competes for the Endicott men’s basketball team.
“(Chris) is a special young man and we found out about his kicking duties because of injuries,” said DeWall. “(Chris) emerged (during preseason workouts) and is a great athlete – he is a two-sport athlete here at Endicott – but he is a great leader, works hard and we think he can be a very good special teams player for us. On offense he’s going to be one of our top wide receivers as well.”
On defense, senior Lawrence Gonzalez paced the Gulls with team-high nine total tackles, including four solo stops. Freshman William Rivera matched Gonzalez with nine total tackles, but also recorded a team-best six solo stops. Rivera was named the New England Football Conference (NEFC) Defense Rookie of the Week – a new award established, which the conference established prior the 2015 season.
“I told the guys (after our game with Framingham State concluded that we need to be) be honest, let’s look at the film, let’s find ways to improve and find ways from week one to week two on making that next step,” said DeWall.
Luckily, DeWall and his staff have some positive plays and performances to lean on as they continue to prepare for its week two opponent.