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October 9, 1999

PSC Football erupts vs. Kings Point

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Senior Charlie Schubert (Manchester, NH) caught 10 passes for 206 yards and three touchdowns Saturday at Currier Field, leading Plymouth State College to a 49-27 Freedom Football Conference victory over the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (Kings Point).

PSC freshman quarterback Matt Simpson (Auburn, Maine) completed 19-of-33 passes for 344 yards and four touchdowns. He connected with Schubert on scoring passes in each of the first three quarters, from 22 yards out in the first, eight yards out in the second, and 65 yards out in the third quarter. Schubert has caught seven touchdown passes this season, including at least one in all five PSC games.

Plymouth State also got a pair of rushing touchdowns from sophomore Russ Massahos (Windham, NH), his first two scores of the season. Massahos, who finished with 59 yards on 17 carries, scored on a pair of five-yard carries late in the third quarter and early in the fourth to turn a 21-20 Kings Point lead into a 35-21 PSC advantage.

The Panthers improve to 3-2 overall and 2-1 in the FFC, while Kings Point drops to 2-4 and 1-3.

"We came around today," said Schubert. "We did exactly what we had practiced all week. I felt good; they called my number and I was able to make some plays. The offensive line gave Matt time and he made some plays. Matt has a lot of confidence in the huddle, and he's playing like a veteran, not like he's 18 years old."

The Panthers, who had scored just 52 points in their first four games combined, erupted for their most points since a 52-3 victory at UMass Lowell on Sept. 30, 1995 and the most at Currier Field since a 49-14 verdict over Maine Maritime on Oct. 15, 1994.

"We've got lots of young guys on offense," said PSC head coach Chris Rorke, "so we have struggled at times this year. But today it came together for us. It's always been my goal to run a passing-type offense. We've struggled with protection, but today we showed the style that we want to run. Matt had a great day, with only one mistake (an interception returned for a TD)."

Kings Point led 14-12 at halftime on the strength of a pair of second quarter touchdowns. Senior quarterback Jeff Turpen (Horseshoebend, ID) hit tight end Jon Paul D'Orazio (Brooklyn, NY) with a two-yard pass, and Brian Aldridge (Carmel, NY) returned a Simpson interception 10 yards for a score.

The Panthers put the game away with three fourth-quarter touchdowns. Massahos scored his second TD, senior Bill Scott (Reading, Mass.) caught a 15-yarder from Simpson for a score, and freshman Phil Pagan (Nashua, NH) went in from four yards out to close out the scoring. It was the first career scores for Scott and Pagan.

"I got a lot of time to throw today," said Simpson. "We were moving the ball pretty good. At halftime we realized we could get it done. Charlie is great; I feel confident every time I throw him the ball. And we have other guys, like Bill Scott, who had good days today."

Plymouth State plays its third straight FFC home game next Saturday (Oct. 16) against Springfield College (12 noon, WMUR-TV).

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