NEWTON, Mass. - Sophomore running back Antwan Harris (Hartford, Conn.) and junior quarterback P. J. Matthews (Baltimore, Md.) combined for 328 yards on the ground Saturday afternoon to lead the Mount Ida College football team to a 28-14 victory over visiting Plymouth State University at Mount Ida Field.
The Mustangs, ranked 10th in the latest New England Division III football poll, bettered their school record for victories in a season, improving to 6-2 on the season while the Panthers dropped their eighth decision in nine games.
Harris eclipsed the 1000-yard rushing mark for the season with his 176 yards on 37 carries, en route to 1128 for the season. Matthews gained 152 yards, highlighted by a 54-yard trot, which sealed the deal at 28-0 early in the fourth stanza.
With just over five minutes to go in the first frame, Matthews connected with William Smith (Newington, Conn.) for a 24-yard TD reception, capping a six-play, 41-yard drive. The Mustangs short-running game was just as effective as freshman Tyrone Simpson (Dorchester, Mass.) plugged it in twice in the second quarter to lengthen MIC's lead to 22-0. He ran it in from the 2-yard line, and kicker Ray MacGregor (Norway, Maine) tagged the extra point. Simpson then pushed through from the one-yard line, and senior captain Calvin Conyers (Englewood, N.J.) recovered MIC's blocked extra-point attempt and took it home, completing the two-point conversion.
Neither team scored in the third quarter. After Matthew's long touchdown run, PSU accumulated 232 of its 293 total yards in that final 15 minutes, with two touchdowns to show for it. Freshman RB Jeff Mack (Milford, N.H.) had a 1-yard run, and junior Jimi Lampron (Rochester, N.H.) rectified another blocked point-after attempt, rushing it in for the two-point conversion. Junior Jeremy Roberts (Fair Haven, Vt.) then caught a 2-yard pass from Lampron at the 2:21 mark of the game to make it 28-14. MIC blocked freshman Carlo Sementilli's (South Salem, N.Y.) point-after attempt which Conyers nearly returned the length of the field for more Mustang points.
Conyers paced MIC with a season-high 13 tackles and his partner in crime, freshman Peter Geer (Wallingford, Conn.) delivered a career day, recording nine tackles, including six solo.
Sophomore LB Tim Butler (Concord, Mass.) led the Panther defense with nine tackles, while sophomore Dan Fallon (Manchester, N.H.) made eight stops to finish the season with a team-high 77 tackles.
(Courtesy of Mount Ida Sports Information)
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