Panthers' upset bid falls short
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Endicott College scored 17 unanswered points in the second half Saturday and held off a feisty Plymouth State University football team en route to a 27-10 win in New England Football Conference Boyd Division action at Currier Field.
The Gulls, which trailed 10-3 late in the second quarter, improved to 5-2 overall and 3-1 in the NEFC while the Panthers dropped to 2-5 and 1-3.
Endicott, which came into the contest averaging 37.8 points per game, opened the scoring on its first possession when Dylan Rushe (Palos Verdes, Calif.) booted a 28-yarder, his first of two from the same distance. Plymouth State came right back on the very next possession and evened the score, 3-3, with a 40-yard field goal by Nick Cavallo (Salem, N.H.).
Upset-minded Plymouth State put together a solid drive that was capped by a seven-yard touchdown run from Andrew Foglia (Montauk, N.Y.) on the first play of the second quarter, giving the home team a 10-3 advantage. The Gulls evened the game just before halftime when Jared DiBiase (Cranston, R.I.) powered in from three yards out. The score capped a six-play, 77-yard drive and was keyed by Drew Frenette (New Bedford, Mass.) completion to Mike Murphy (Chelmsford, Mass.), good for 28 yards.
Plymouth State held offensive possession of almost 22 minutes in the first half; however the Gulls still managed to outgain the hosts 204-170 before the intermission.
With the score tied 10-10, Endicott took the opening drive of the second half 70 yards on 11 plays, scoring the game-deciding touchdown when DeBiase sprinted in from 12 yards out. That score was set up by a another Frenette 18-yard pass completion to Mike Murphy on third down and the ball on the 30-yard line.
The Gulls cemented the victory in the fourth quarter, getting a 28-yard field goal by Rushe with just under ten minutes to play and then added insurance late in the frame when DiBiase scampered 21 yards for his third touchdown of the game.
The Panthers had five possessions in the second half, punt twice and turning the ball over on downs three times.
Plymouth State's Foglia had a solid afternoon with 114 yards on the ground on 23 attempts. DiBiase took game-high rushing honors, finishing with 139 yards on 25 carries and three touchdowns.
Plymouth State returns to action next Saturday when it hosts NEFC foe Western New England. Endicott is on the road again next week, playing at UMass-Dartmouth.
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