Colonels down Panthers in season finale
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Senior Matt Alksninis (Mansfield, Mass.) kicked a 37-yard field goal and classmate Kevin McCarthy (Foxboro, Mass.) made a game-saving tackle in overtime on fourth-and-goal at the one-yard line Saturday afternoon as Curry College held on to defeat Plymouth State University, 24-21, in the New England Football Conference Boyd Division finale for both schools.
Alksninis, who was wide left on a potential 38-yard game-winning field goal on the last play of regulation, was good from 37 yards as Curry started the extra period with the ball. Plymouth State ran eight plays on its overtime possession, including a key third-down conversion by senior Steve Campbell (Northborough, Mass./Algonquin) that set up a first-and-goal from the Curry four. The Curry defense responded, keeping the Panthers out of the end zone on four consecutive running plays, two each by Campbell and senior quarterback J.J. Brooks (Seabrook, N.H.). McCarthy made his game-high 22nd tackle on Campbell on fourth down just shy of the goal line, giving Curry the dramatic road victory.
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