Iovanella, Bozek scored TDs for Panthers
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Sophomore wide receiver Abiola Aborishade (Attleboro, Mass.) scored two touchdowns Saturday afternoon to lead the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth football team to its first victory of the 2013 season, 38-14, against visiting Plymouth State University in a Massachusetts Small College Athletic Conference (MASCAC) game at Cressy Field in front of a capacity Homecoming Weekend crowd.
The Corsairs (1-2) evened their conference record to 1-1, while the Panthers (1-3) remain winless in the conference circuit with a 0-2 mark.
UMass Dartmouth cracked the scoring column in the first quarter. Aborishade caught the ball at the line of scrimmage and eluded the first defender to scramble 10 yards down the right sideline. The touchdown strike from freshman Cullen Hanna (Richmondville, N.Y.) capped a nine-play, 95-yard scoring drive. After the point after the Corsairs took over an opening 7-0 advantage. Aborishade tacked on his second score of the contest with a 93-yard run on the first play of the next UMD drive to stretch the lead to 14-0.
The only scoring in the second stanza was an 18-yard field goal from freshman Steve Trask (Billerica, MA) to provide the hosts with a 17-0 advantage at the halftime intermission.
UMass Dartmouth piled on a 17-play, 76-yard drive to open the second half, capped off on a two yard quarterback keeper from Trent Barneys (Avenel, N.J.) giving the hosts a 24-0 advantage.
Plymouth State finally got on the board with 6:42 on the third-quarter clock with a 37-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Jake Tyler (Maynard, Mass.) to Zac Iovanella (North Andover, Mass.) The Corsairs stopped the Panthers momentum on their next play from scrimmage, when running back Charles Ruffin (Miami, Fla.) broke a 75-yard run down the right sideline, pushing the hosts lead to 31-7 with 6:23 remaining in the third quarter.
UMD tacked on its final score of the game midway through the final frame, capping off a 13-play, 77-yard drive finalized with a one-yard plunge from freshman Brendan LaRosa (Everett, Mass.) taking the commanding 38-7 advantage.
Plymouth State managed to squeeze in one more score on a five-yard run from junior ball carrier Brian Bozek (New Hampton, N.H.).
The Corsairs were led defensively by sophomore Derek Tarpey (Tewksbury, Mass.) with 10 total tackles while senior Joe Teixera (Seekonk, Mass.) notched four solo tackles, one sack, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery to lead the defense. Freshman Trevor McNeil (Holden, Mass.) recovered two fumbles with one forced.
Junior defensive lineman Kyle Wilson (Dover, N.H.) led the Panthers defensively with eight total tackles including five solo tackles and one for a loss. Sophomore Mike Leonard (Merrimack, N.H.) added the lone interception from Plymouth State on the day.
Both teams are back in MASCAC action next Saturday as the Corsairs travel to Framingham State University and the Panthers head home to host visiting Westfield State University with kick-off at 2:00 p.m.
(Courtesy of UMass Dartmouth Sports Information)
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