UMass Dartmouth Overpowers Plymouth State, 38-14
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – University of Massachusetts Dartmouth sophomore wide receiver Abiola Aborishade (Attleboro, Mass.) recorded two touchdowns to lead the Corsair football team to their first victory of the 2013 season, defeating visiting Plymouth State University, 38-14, in a Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) game Saturday afternoon at Cressy Field in front of a capacity Homecoming Weekend crowd.
The Corsairs (1-2) evened their conference record at 1-1, while the Panthers (1-3) remain winless in the conference circuit with a 0-2 mark.
UMass Dartmouth produced a season-high 566 yards of total offense, including 436 yards on the ground. Freshman quarterback Trent Barneys (Avenel, N.J.) piloted the Corsair offense with 113 yards on 10 carries to earn his first 100-yard rushing game of his career. Aborishade penned 93 rushing yards into his ledger, while Charles Ruffin (Miami, Fla.) collected 87 yards and a touchdown.
UMass Dartmouth cracked the scoring column with four minutes, 25 seconds remaining in the first quarter. Aborishade caught the ball at the line of scrimmage and eluded the first defender to race 10 yards down the right sideline. The touchdown strike from freshman Cullen Hanna (Richmondville, N.Y.) capped a nine-play, 95-yard scoring drive. After the point after attempt (PAT) the Corsairs took over an opening 7-0 advantage.
Following a turnover on downs by the visitors, Aborishade tacked on his second score of the contest with a 93-yard run on the first play of the drive. UMass Dartmouth tacked on the extra point to stretch its lead to 14-0. The only scoring through the second stanza was an 18-yard field goal from freshman place kicker Steve Trask (Billerica, Mass.) to provide the hosts with a 17-0 advantage heading into the halftime intermission.
To open the second half, UMass Dartmouth utilized a methodical 17-play, 76-yard drive to push its lead to 24-0 with nine minutes, 51 seconds remaining in the third. Barneys capped the scoring drive with a two-yard plunge.
Plymouth State finally got on the board midway through the third frame, when senior quarterback Jake Tyler (Maynard, Mass.) threw a 37-yard touchdown pass to Zac Iovanella (North Andover, Mass.).
The Corsairs stopped the Panthers momentum on their next play from scrimmage, when Ruffin broke a 75-yard run down the right sideline, pushing the hosts lead to 31-7 with 6:23 remaining in the third quarter.
Midway through the final frame, UMD tacked on its final score of the game capping off a 13-play, 77-yard drive finalized with a one-yard surge from freshman Brenden LaRosa (Everett, Mass.) to take a commanding 38-7 advantage. Plymouth State managed to squeeze in one more score on a five-yard run from junior ball carrier Brian Bozek (New Hampton, N.H.).
Defensively, the Corsairs were led by sophomore linebacker Derek Tarpey (Tewksbury, Mass.) with 10 total tackles, while senior Joe Teixera (Seekonk, Mass.) notched four solo tackles, one sack, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery to lead the defense. Freshman linebacker Trevor MacNeil (Holden, Mass.) recovered two fumbles with one forced.
For the Panthers, junior defensive lineman Kyle Wilson (Dover, N.H.) added eight total tackles including five solo tackles and one for a loss. Sophomore linebacker Mike Leonard (Merrimack, N.H.) added the lone interception from Plymouth on the day.
UMass Dartmouth will be back in action next Saturday at 1 p.m., when the Corsairs travel to MASCAC rival Framingham State University. Plymouth State will also be in action on Oct. 5, when the Panthers host Westfield State University. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.