By Matt Noonan
A total team effort highlighted by five rushing touchdowns helped Framingham State defeat Bridgewater State, 47-13, and secure the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) outright for the third consecutive season.
The Rams, who have won or shared the conference crown every season except in 2016, improve to 7-2 overall and 7-0 in league play while the Bears dip to 5-4 and 5-2.
Saturday’s win marked the fourth consecutive time the Rams have beaten the Bears since Bridgewater State edged Framingham State in overtime in 2016. The win provided the Bears with their first MASCAC crown since winning it outright in 2008.
Marcus McBean Jr. rushed for a pair of scores, including his team’s initial touchdown on a five-yard carry early in the second quarter while Devaun Ford tallied two scores – one on the ground, one through the air – and led all rushers with 99 yards on 16 carries.
Quarterback Nicolas Goffredo tallied three touchdowns, including one on the ground, and completed 23 of 37 passes for 281 yards.
McBean Jr. and Ford provided the Rams with an early lead before James Cahoon capped an eight-play, 75-yard drive late in the second quarter with an eight-yard touchdown pass to T.J. Hairston, which brought the visitors within one score (14-7) at the break. But that would be the closest the Bears would get as Framingham State capped all three offensive series in the third quarter with touchdowns to secure a 34-7 lead heading into the final session.
The 47 points the Rams produced were the most they have recorded in a single game this season while the offense registered a season-best 530 yards of total offense.
Chase Buono led the Framingham State defense with seven total tackles while Joshua Onujiogu registered four tackles for a loss of 17 yards.
Despite the loss, James Cahoon concluded the game with 234 passing yards while halfback Adam Couch was limited to just 17 yards on six carries.
Framingham State will attempt to win their eighth-straight contest next Saturday, November 13 when they visit Worcester State for a 12 p.m. kickoff. Bridgewater State will visit Massachusetts Maritime Academy for the 42nd Annual Cranberry Bowl, which will also commence at 12 p.m.