By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11
Second-half adjustments seemed to be the difference Saturday afternoon for Framingham State, which overcame a 13-point deficit at the break to defeat UMass Dartmouth, 39-33, at Bowditch Field.
Quarterback Adam Wojenski tossed five touchdowns in the win, while halfback Devaun Ford sealed the victory by capping a six-play, 50-yard drive with a four-yard touchdown run with 5:37 remaining in the fourth quarter.
The Corsairs attempted to answer on its next three series but saw their drives conclude with a punt, turnover on downs and fumble.
UMass Dartmouth quarterback Stephen Gacioch concluded Saturday’s contest with 343 passing yards and two touchdowns while adding two more scores on the ground. Gacoich led all rushers with 97 yards on 20 carries, while Wojenski rushed for a team-high 53 yards.
Wojenski connected with Jacob Maher for three touchdowns, including a pair of scores in the second half. Maher led all receivers with 215 yards on five catches (43.0 yards per reception).
With the win, the Rams improve to 2-2 overall and 2-0 in Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) play.
The Corsairs, who entered the contest on a four-game winning streak, suffered their first setback of the 2019 season after scoring a pair of important conference wins the past two weeks against Fitchburg State and Plymouth State.
Middlebury College 34, Amherst College 31 (2OT): Quarterback Will Jernigan tossed three touchdowns, including the game-winning score in the second overtime, which helped the Panthers score an impressive road win.
With the win, the Panthers improve to 4-0, while the Mammoths slipped to 3-1.
Jernigan concluded the contest 17 of 36 for 306 yards, while halfback Alex Maldjian rushed for a game-high 125 yards on 30 carries and two scores.
Middlebury led by two scores (21-6) at the break, but the Mammoths clawed back in the second half with three touchdowns, including a pair in the third quarter before Jernigan sent the game to overtime with a 54-yard strike to Greg Livingston with 6:21 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Conor Kennelly booted a 31-yard field goal in the second overtime to provide Amherst with a three-point (31-28) lead before Jernigan connected with Maxwell Rye on a nine-yard scoring play to secure the win.
Endicott College 30, Salve Regina 24: Joe Kalosky and Dylan Bonfilio combined for three touchdown passes, including the eventual go-ahead score early in the fourth quarter as the Gulls improved to 4-1 and 2-0 in Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) play.
Salve Regina’s Joey Mauriello rushed for a game-high 163 yards on 20 carries and three touchdowns, including his team’s final score, which brought the Seahawks within six points with 2:47 remaining.
Kalosky concluded the game 31 of 39 for 286 yards and two touchdowns, while Bonfilio finished one of one with a six-yard touchdown pass to Riley Shanley early in the fourth quarter.
Endicott’s Nick DiCairano tallied 12 points off six kicks, including a 47-yard field goal.
Springfield College 21, Norwich University 17: Chad Shade and Tim Callahan each recorded second-half touchdowns, which helped the Pride defeat the Cadets and claim their first New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) victory of the season.
Shade concluded Saturday’s tilt with 169 yards on 31 carries, while Callahan added 140 yards on 27 carries.
Norwich’s Matt Dunn completed 11 of 25 passes for 289 yards and two touchdowns, including one score to Manni Romero, who led all receivers with 128 yards on three catches.
WPI 51, Maine Maritime Academy 20: Sean McAllen and Connor Field combined for 285 rushing yards and four touchdowns, while Nick Ostrowski led the WPI defense with10 total tackles, including eight solo stops as the Engineers defeated the Mariners of Maine Maritime in Worcester this afternoon.
Maine Maritime quarterback Nikolas Moquin completed 22 of 32 passes for 298 yards and three touchdowns while adding 15 yards on four carries.
New England D-III Football Scoreboard | Saturday, Oct. 5th, 2019
- Husson University 28, Becker College 12
- Curry College 34, University of New England 31
- Western New England 30, Nichols College 19
- Endicott College 30, Salve Regina 24
- Merchant Marine 35, MIT 29 (OT)
- Springfield College 21, Norwich University 17
- WPI 51, Maine Maritime Academy 20
- Coast Guard Academy 20, Catholic University 14 (OT)
- Williams College 17, Colby College 0
- Tufts University 33, Bates College 28
- Trinity College 31, Hamilton College 24
- Middlebury College 34, Amherst College 31 (2OT)
- Wesleyan University 20, Bowdoin College 13
- Bridgewater State 41, Westfield State 17
- Plymouth State 42, Fitchburg State 0
- Mass. Maritime Academy 28, Worcester State 13
- Framingham State 39, UMass Dartmouth 33
- Apprentice 35, Anna Maria College 20