Sept. 25, 2010
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-Visiting Plymouth State scored three times in the first 11 minutes, built a 33-0 halftime advantage, and went on to defeat the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's football team, 33-9, in the New England Football Conference Boyd Division opener for both teams on Alumni, Family and Friends Weekend at Cressy Field Saturday afternoon.
The Panthers struck quickly, taking the opening kickoff and driving 67 yards in eight plays, all on the ground. Sophomore running back Ty Long (Dover, NH/Dover HS) keyed the drive with a 50-yard run on the second play from scrimmage, and senior quarterback J.J. Brooks (Seabrook, NH/Winnacunnet HS) scored from five yards out to make it 6-0.
The Corsairs were unable to move the ball on their next possession, and the Panthers scored again, Brooks hit senior wide receiver John Creamer (Hanover, MA/Abington HS) for 65 yards and a score to make it 13-0, after sophomore Nick Provost (Stratham, NH/Exeter HS) converted.
PSU held the Corsairs in check again, and came up with good field position after senior defensive back Zach Parsons (Florence, MA/Northampton HS) intercepted a pass from sophomore quarterback Brendan McNeish (Springfield, MA/Bridgton Academy) and returned it 19 yards to the Corsair 18. Three rushing attempts brought the ball to the six-yard line, and sophomore running back Michael Malia (Waterford, CT/Waterford HS) score to make it 19-0. Provost's PAT was blocked by Corsair sophomore defensive back Darrien Furr (East Taunton, MA/Taunton HS).
PSU made it 26-0 when they drove 74 yards in 13 plays, and scored when junior running back Chad Croteau (Weare, NH/John Stark Regional HS) dove in from three yards out with 9:53 left in the second quarter. A 42-yard pass from Brooks to Creamer set up PSU's fifth score, a nine-yard run by Brooks with 3:02 left in the first half.
UMass Dartmouth put together their first scoring drive of the second half midway through the third quarter. Taking over at their 37-yard line after an interception by freshman defensive back Joe Teixera (Seekonk, MA/Seekonk HS), they drove 48 yards in 10 plays, getting a pair of first down runs from senior running back Eric Pacy (Rowley, MA/Tilton HS/Salve Regina/Dean). Sophomore kicker Edgar Osols (Summit, NJ/Summit HS) put UMD on the board with a 33-yard field goal.
The Corsairs used a big play to get into the end zone with 1:24 left in the game. Freshman quarterback Tanner Bachand (Newington, CT/St.Paul Catholic HS) made his first pass as a Corsair a good one, hitting freshman wide receiver Chris Berganti (Haverhill, MA/Central Catholic HS) for a 75-yard touchdown on his first play from scrimmage.
"The wheels came off a little bit in the first half, but I'm proud of the team and of their attitude," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Mark Robichaud. "We did a great job in the second half. At halftime, I told them that we just got punched in the mouth and knocked on our butts, but when that happens, you get up and you fight back, and that's what we did."
PSU outgained UMD, 380 yards to 173, picking up 252 yards on the ground. Long gained 75 yards on 11 carries, while Brooks rushed 11 times for 45 yards and two scores and completed three of four passes for 128 yards and a touchdown. Pacy led UMD with 45 yards on nine carries, while McNeish was 10 of 22 passing for 44 yards.
For the second week in a row, senior linebacker Mike Fraser (Peabody, MA/Wrentham HS/Saint Anselm) made 11 tackles for the Corsairs, including three solo stops, while junior defensive back Ross O'Toole (Weymouth, MA/Weymouth HS) had nine tackles. Sophomore defensive back Ray Boulay (Keene, NH/Keene HS) led PSU with five tackles, including four solo stops.
The Corsairs fell to 1-3 and 0-1 in the Boyd Division with the defeat, while the Panthers improved to 3-1 and 1-0 in the Boyd Division with the victory. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they visit MIT next Saturday. PSU will host Nichols next Saturday.
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