NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-Visiting Curry raced out to a 33-0 halftime lead and went on to defeat the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's football team, 33-14, in a New England Football Conference Boyd Division game on Senior Day at Cressy Field Saturday.
The Colonels scored on their second possession to take an early lead. They drove 70 yards in four plays, taking advantage of two UMass Dartmouth 15-yard penalties and broke on top, 6-0, when sophomore fullback Jordan Shairs (Gloucester, MA/Gloucester HS) scored from 19 yards out. The extra point try by sophomore Tim Crowley (Walpole, MA/Walpole HS) failed.
Curry scored again on their next possession after a short punt gave them good field position at their own 47. They drove the distance in four plays and two penalties, with sophomore running back Trae Weathers scoring from a yard out. The PAT failed again.
In the second quarter, the Corsairs forced Curry to punt from their own 16 yard line and took at midfield.
They drove to the Curry 20, but on fourth down, senior kicker Edgar Osols' (Summit, NJ/Summit HS) 38 yard field goal try was blocked by junior defensive lineman Sam Calley (Weymouth, MA/ Weymouth HS). The Colonels took over, drove 80 yards in five plays, and took a 19-0 lead on Weathers' second one-yard scoring run of the game.
Curry scored a couple of touchdowns late in the first half after taking advantage of turnovers. Junior defensive back Jeff Claffey (Medway, MA/Medway HS) intercepted a pass by UMD freshman quarterback Mario Rigali (Agawam, MA/Agawam HS) and returned it to the UMD 47 with 7:47 left in the first half. Less than three minute later, Shairs scored his second touchdown of the game, catching a pass from junior quarterback Kevin Fruwirth (Agawam, MA/Agawam HS) and scoring from 13 yards out. On the ensuing kickoff, Curry freshman defensive back Jon Koning (Carlisle, MA/Concord-Carlisle HS) recovered a fumble by UMD freshman defensive back Abiola Abonshade (Attleboro, MA/Attleboro HS) at the Corsair 31, and Fruwirth connected with senior wide receiver Rob Bambini (Westwood, MA/Westwood HS)from 18 yards out to make it 33-0.
UMD got off to a much better start in the second half. They stopped the Colonels on their first drive, then took over at the Curry 25 after a 40-yard punt return by Abonshade. Senior running back Nick Brett (Loudon, NH/Merrimack Valley HS) scored on an eight-yard run to make it 33-7.
The Corsairs scored again on their first possession of the fourth quarter. Freshman running back Kelvin Severino (Lawrence, MA/Lawrence HS) scored on a 15-yard run to make it 33-14.
"I wish we were able to send the seniors out with a win this afternoon," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Mark Robichaud. "They're an excellent group and have worked hard during their time here. We didn't play well in the first half, but we were able to turn around and play well in the second half. I'm happy with how they responded. We got our young quarterbacks some good experience today as well."
Freshman quarterback Liam Cosgrove (Plymouth, MA/Plymouth South HS) completed 14 of 23 passes for 149 yards, while senior wide receiver Brendan McNeish (Springfield, MA/Agawam HS/Bridgton Academy) and junior running back Jordan Guyton (Canton, MA/Canton HS/Saint Anselm) each caught five passes. Fruwirth completed 21 of 35 passes for 235 yards for Curry, while senior Phil Bigelow (East Orange, NJ/Bridgton Academy) gained 100 yards on 17 carries.
Junior linebacker Joe Texeira (Seekonk, MA/Seekonk HS) led UMD with eight tackles, including five solo stops, while senior linebacker Jason Genece (Waltham, MA/Waltham HS) led the Colonels with seven stops, including six solos, as well as a tackle for lost yardage, a sack and a forced fumble.
UMass Dartmouth dropped to 1-8 and 1-5 in the NEFC Boyd Division with the defeat, while Curry improved to 5-4 and 4-2 with the victory. The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Western New England next Saturday. The Colonels will visit Plymouth State next Saturday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH FOOTBALL