PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Sophomore Tye Seastedt (Danville, N.H.) threw for two touchdowns and ran for a third Saturday afternoon to lead Plymouth State University to a 33-21 victory over Husson College in a non-conference football game at Currier Field.
The win is the first of the season for Plymouth State (1-6), and snaps its losing streak at 26 games. The last Panther win was Nov. 10, 2001 at WPI. Husson, a second-year varsity program, dropped to 1-6 on the season.
"This is a great feeling," said PSU head coach Paul Castonia. "It feels like an 800-pound gorilla is off our back now. It was a true group effort. I'm sure the stats indicate that no one really stood out, although a couple of our freshman receivers made big plays. We tried to impress upon our players this week that even though Husson is 1-5, they still have some talented players. The win means we now have something to build on."
Seastedt connected with freshman Brad Largy (Litchfield, N.H.) on a pair of scoring tosses, a 31-yarder less than two minutes into the game, and a 49-yarder with 9:26 remaining in the fourth quarter that gave PSU a 33-14 advantage. Seastedt also ran 73 yards for a TD late in the first quarter to put the hosts up 14-0 after one quarter.
The outcome spoiled an impressive afternoon for Husson freshman Mike Prentiss (Bangor, Maine), who rushed 39 times for 159 yards and three touchdowns. He put the Eagles on the board with a three-yard run in the second quarter, and added TD bursts of nine and 12 yards in the third and fourth quarters, respectively.
After Prentiss scored Husson's first TD in the second quarter, PSU sophomore Dan Fallon (Manchester, N.H./ Central) blocked the extra point attempt and teammate Melvin Perdue (Jonesboro, Ga.) scooped it up and went the distance to the Husson end zone for a defensive two-point conversion.
Freshman Jeff Mack (Milford, N.H.) added a five-yard TD run for PSU midway through the second quarter, and classmate Carlo Sementilli (South Salem, N.Y.) kicked a 21-yard field goal as the first-half clock expired, giving PSU a 26-6 lead at the break.
Husson tallied the only points of the third quarter on Prentiss' second score and a two-point conversion, and Prentiss' last score proved to be too little, too late for the Eagles.
PSU outgained Husson in total yards, 381-309. Sophomore Josh Nowlin (Skowhegan, Maine) led the Husson defense with 15 tackles, including 12 solo stops.
Fallon was the leader of the Panther defense, making a team-high nine tackles, blocking two kicks, recovering a fumble, and recording one pass break-up.
PSU plays its final home game of the season next Saturday against Buffalo State (12:00 p.m.). Husson travels next Saturday to Fairleigh-Dickinson (1:00 p.m.).
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