Foglia's 151 yards and two TDs lead Panthers
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Junior Andrew Foglia rushed for a game-high 151 yards and two touchdowns Saturday afternoon to lead Plymouth State University to a 28-20 win over Castleton State College in the non-conference season opener for both schools at Currier Field.
The Panther offense racked up 299 yards on the ground and had possession for over 40 minutes en route to its second consecutive season-opening win over the Spartans.
Folgia scored on PSU's very first possession of the game, rumbling in from 10 yards out. That score was set up by a Ray Boulay 50-yard kick return to open the game. Senior Christian Mulcahy added the extra point to make it 7-0.
The Spartans drew even in the first quarter, 7-7, after running back Tyler Carpenter threw a 40-yard scoring bomb to Boyle on their first possession of the game.
Foglia's second touchdown, a two-yard burst, gave PSU a 21-7 advantage early in the second quarter. Sandwiched between Foglia's scores was a 12-yard touchdown catch by senior Justin Kane with 6:36 remaining in the opening frame. Kane's grab was the first career completion for Panther junior quarterback Chris Rigoli, who is taking over signal calling duties.
PSU extended its lead to 28-7 midway through the third stanza when senior Dustin Matthews powered in from four yards out. Mulcahy connected on his fourth extra point of the contest as PSU seemed to be headed for a victory.
Castleton fought back, closing the gap to 28-14 on a 48-yard pass play from quarterback Ernie Bragg to Brandon Boyle late in the third quarter. The Spartans pulled to within on possession after Bragg found Zack Waitkus with a 10-yard scoring strike with 5:31 left. The Spartans got the ball back with just over three minutes to play following a PSU fumble, but were stopped at the Panther 36-yard line when they failed on a fourth-down conversion.
Matthews finished with 79 yards on 19 carries for PSU (4.2 avg) while Rigoli completed 7-of-13 pass attempts for 90 yards and added 53 yards on the ground. Senior Josh Duford had four receptions for 62 yards as PSU dominated the time of oossession line, 40:36 to 19:24. PSU was also 8-of-14 on third down conversions and did not attempt a punt all afternoon.
Junior linebacker Josh Osborne led Castleton's defense with 11 tackles while classmates Marco Ferraro and Dustin Young each chipped in with nine apiece.
Plymouth State is back in action next Saturday when it travels to Newton, Mass. for a non-conference game against Mount Ida. Castleton is idle next week and visit RPI on Sept. 17 in Troy, N.Y.
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