By Matt Noonan
Quarterback Alex Cohen completed 21 of 24 passes for 285 yards and five touchdowns while adding 46 yards on nine carries and one score as Anna Maria College opened Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) play with a 55-35 victory over Keystone College on Saturday afternoon in La Plume, Pennsylvania.
With the win, the AMCATs improve to 3-1 overall while Keystone falls to 0-5.
Anna Maria has won three straight since its first contest this fall when they lost to Nichols College to establish a new single-season victory mark dating back to the team’s initial campaign in 2009.
Saturday’s win provides Dan Mulrooney with his seventh victory as the team’s head coach — he is now the program’s all-time winningest coach, erasing the six-win mark established by Vince Sinagra, who oversaw the AMCATs from 2012 to 2016.
Marc Klaiman, who was the team’s first coach in program history, won just two games during his three seasons (2009-2011) with the AMCATs.
Cohen tallied three touchdowns in the first half, including his only rushing score with 8:03 remaining in the opening session, before tossing three more touchdowns during the second half.
David Robinson led the Anna Maria receiving core with four catches for 78 yards and three touchdowns while Kristian Sapp rushed for a game-high 150 yards on 18 carries and one score.
Sam Jakana and Alvin Martin led the Anna Maria defense by combining for 19 total tackles, including two tackles for a loss of 11 yards and one sack for a loss of 10 yards.
Saturday’s six touchdowns (five passing, one rushing) are the most recorded in a single game by Alex Cohen, who played high school football for Plymouth South.
Anna Maria will be idle next weekend before returning to the field on Saturday, October 16 against Alfred State at 12 p.m.