BEVERLY, Mass. - The Endicott College football team jumped out to an early lead and never looked back Saturday evening as the Gulls rolled to a 24-7 victory over conference rival Plymouth State University in a New England Football Conference Boyd Division game.
Junior QB Alex Smith (Winthrop, Mass.) completed 14-of-18 for 154 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Gulls, and junior WR Ryan MacLean (Mansfield, Mass.) caught eight passes for 107 yards and a score. Endicott won its fourth straight game to improve to 4-2 overall and 3-0 in the NEFC (Boyd), while PSU had its two-game win streak stopped and fell to 2-3 overall and 2-1 in conference play.
The Gulls got on the board early as Smith completed an eight-yard touchdown pass to Andy Roy (Manchester, N.H./ Central). Adam Maher (Athol, Mass.) added the point after to give EC a 7-0 lead just over eight minutes into the game.
Endicott scored again at the close of the first quarter when MacLean hauled in a 38-yard touchdown pass from Smith on the opening play of the drive. The Gulls pulled ahead 21-0 in the second quarter as Angelo Ortiz (Mashantucket, Conn.) capped of an eight-play, 55-yard drive with a four-yard touchdown run.
Plymouth State threatened in the second quarter, putting together a solid 11-play, 42-yard drive to the Endicott 10-yard-line. PSU quarterback Tye Seastedt (Danville, N.H.) ooked to have the Panthers poised to score but Dave Gilmore (Londonderry, N.H.) intercepted Seastedt's would-be touchdown pass and returned it 79-yards. Gilmore was brought down at the Panther 21-yard-line but the Gulls would fail to find the end zone again before the end of the half.
Endicott came out strong in the second half and showcased its running game as EC chewed up over eight minutes of clock time in the third quarter, culminating in a 29-yard field goal by Maher. That field goal gave EC a 24-0 lead at the end of three quarters.
The Panthers got on the board in the fourth quarter as freshman Shawn Durgin (Concord, N.H.) pulled down a 34-yard touchdown pass from a scrambling Seastedt, spoiling the Gulls shutout bid.
Endicott will take on rival Curry College in the annual Homecoming game next Saturday at noon at Endicott Stadium. PSU visits Nichols next Saturday at 1:00 p.m.
(Courtesy of Endicott Sports Information)
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