Football Falls to Curry, 40-20
Nov. 8, 2008
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA- Visiting Curry scored four touchdowns in a span of just over 10 minutes just before and after halftime and went on to defeat the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's football team, 40-20, in a New England Football Conference Boyd Division game on Senior Day at Cressy Field Saturday afternoon.
The Corsairs were leading, 10-7 when Ryan Van De Giesen connected with Norman Landry on a 30-yard touchdown pass with 10 seconds left in the first half. Scott Driscoll picked off a pass by UMass Dartmouth senior quarterback Alex Garro (Mattapoisett, MA/Old Rochester Regional HS) to make it 20-10 early in the third quarter.
Junior running back James Moore (Wakefield, MA/Wakefield HS) scored from 41 yards out to cut the Colonels' lead to 20-17 with 10:51 left in the third quarter. But Jamaal Woods capped a 55-yard drive with a two-yard touchdown run with 8:11 left in the third quarter, then scored on a 34-yard run three minutes later to allow Curry to expand their lead to 33-17.
The Corsairs drew first blood, taking a 3-0 lead on a 40-yard field goal by junior David Menapace (Holliston, MA/Holliston HS) four plays after senior defensive lineman Chris Girdis (Windham, ME/Old Orchard HS) recovered a fumble by on Sughrue on Curry's first series of the game. The Colonels drove 82 yards in eight plays to take the lead in the second quarter, scoring on a 31-yard pass from Van De Giesen to Jon Rodriguez to make it 7-3 a minute and seven seconds into the second quarter. Freshman defensive back Darrien Furr (Taunton, MA/Taunton HS) returned the ensuing kickoff 34 yards, and UMD drove 61 yards in eight plays, taking the lead when Garro connected with senior wide receiver John Henry (Tenafly, NJ/Tenafly HS) with 9:43 to play in the first half.
The Corsairs took the ball at their own 21 yard line with 2:08 left in the first half, and drove to their 47 before Jason Ryan recovered Moore's fumble with 57 seconds left in the first half. Van De Giesen completed three passes, the final one to Rodriguez to give Curry the lead just before halftime.
After the Colonels took a 33-17 lead, the Corsairs drove 62 yards in 13 plays, and Menapace's 29-yard field goal made it 33-20. On the next series, senior linebacker Rich Braley (Wareham, MA/Wareham HS) and junior defensive lineman Jarrod Wallace (Lynn, MA/Lynn English HS) combined to stop Van De Giesen on fourth and one at the UMD 40. But the Corsairs gained just five yards in three plays and had to punt, and Curry drove 79 yards in 11 plays, scoring on Van De Giesen's five-yard pass to Shawn Perkins to make it 40-20 with 7:53 remaining.
Moore gained 76 yards in 14 carries for UMass Dartmouth, while senior running back J.T. Harold (North Andover, MA/Austin Prep HS) rushed 14 times for 74 yards despite twice leaving the game due to an injury. Garro completed 15 of 28 passes for 167 yards, with junior tight end George Vasiliadis (Worcester, MA/St. Peter-Marian HS) catching three passes for 43 yards and Henry grabbing two for 54 yards.
Van De Giesen hit 15 of 24 passes for 247 yards and also ran six times for 76 yards. Brian Taylor caught six passes for 123 yards, while Rodriguez made three catches for 49 yards.
Braley made 10 tackles, including four solos and shared a tackle for lost yardage, while senior linebacker John Waldron (Lynn, MA/Lynn Classical HS) and freshman linebacker John Cordasco (Rockaway, NJ/Morris Knolls HS) each had eight tackles. Cordasco shared a tackle for lost yardage, broke up a pass and made an interception, while freshman defensive back Alvin Morris (Dorchester, MA/West Roxbury HS) made seven tackles, including five solos, and also made an interception. Daniel Dawson had 15 tackles and Kevin McCarthy 13 for the Colonels. Dawson shared a tackle for lost yardage, McCarthy had 1.5 tackles for lost yardage, and each forced a fumble.
"I'm proud of our kids, we hung in there for the whole game against a good football team," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Mark Robichaud. "The turnovers in the first half hurt us, and we gave up some big plays on defense. We had a good season, finishing with a winning record."
The game was the final action for 21 graduating seniors. "All of our seniors had great attitudes, and they were a great group of kids," said Robichaud. "Most of them played every down and every one of them contributed. We're going to have some big shoes to fill."
The Corsairs dropped to 6-4 and 4-3 in the Boyd Division with the defeat, while the Colonels improved to 9-1 and 6-1 with the victory. The game marked the completion of the 2008 regular season for both teams.