By Matt Noonan
It’s been nine years since Plymouth State’s football team commenced its campaign with four-straight wins, but earlier today the Panthers matched their start from 2007 as they defeated UMass Dartmouth, 30-14.
With the win, the Panthers – now 4-0 overall – improve to 2-0 in Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) play.
Plymouth State sophomore quarterback Zack Edwards highlighted his team’s fourth consecutive victory, tossing a pair of touchdowns to bump his season total to seven.
First-year tailback David Hamilton reached the end zone for the third time this season – he finished the contest with 64 yards on 15 carries, while junior defensive back Blair Zentek registered a pair of interceptions with one of his picks resulting in a 91-yard touchdown return.
The Panthers return to the gridiron next Saturday, October 1 when they visit Westfield State for a 2:00 p.m. kick-off.
Endicott College snapped its three-game losing streak, defeating Nichols College on Homecoming Weekend by a score of 37-0. Junior fullback Lavante Wiggins rushed for a pair of scores, while senior wide-out Chris Lipscomb caught two touchdown passes – he finished the day with three catches for 88 yards.
Salve Regina bumped its record to 3-0 overall and 1-0 in New England Football Conference (NEFC) play as the Seahawks soared past Coast Guard Academy, 48-10. Senior halfback Sam Pascale rushed for a season-high four touchdowns, along with a season-best 226 yards on 21 carries.
In Amherst, the Purple and White commenced their New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) title defense by defeating Hamilton College, 34-0. Senior quarterback Alex Berluti completed 17 of 27 passes for 182 yards and one touchdown, while classmate Devin Boehm hauled in seven catches for 113 yards and one score. Sophomore tailback Jack Hickey rushed for a trio of scores and finished the day with 67 yards on 18 carries.
Also in NESCAC play, Middlebury College commenced its campaign with a 40-3 thrashing against Bowdoin College. Junior quarterback Jared Lebowitz accounted for six touchdowns, including five through the air with two of them landing in the hands of senior wide-out James Burke.