Bolton connects with Becker for Panthers' only score
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Freshman Kenny Pierce (Beverly, Mass.) rushed for 149 yards and two touchdowns and senior John Trudel (Niantic, Conn.) threw for 151 yards and a pair of scores Saturday afternoon as Massachusetts Maritime Academy defeated Plymouth State University, 27-7, in a Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) football match-up at Currier Field.
Pierce scored touchdowns in the first two quarters on two- and 14-yard runs to help the visitors to a 14-0 lead, and the Buccaneers never looked back. Trudel completed 20-of-29 passes on the afternoon, including a 20-yard scoring strike to senior Jonathan Wright Newburyport, Mass.) in the second quarter that put MMA up 20-0 at the half, and a 13-yard scoring completion to senior Bobby Rosano (North Reading, Mass.) in the third quarter that made it 27-0.
Mass Maritime has won two of its last three games to improve to 3-6 overall and 2-5 in the MASCAC, while PSU slides to 1-8 overall and winless in seven league games.
The Buccaneers used a 12-play drive on its first possession to go up 7-0, Pierce going in from two yards out. After the teams traded multiple possessions, Mass Maritime scored again on a 14-yard burst by Pierce. The TD was set up when senior Richard Ford (Lynn, Mass.) recovered a Panther fumble at the PSU 41-yard line.
MMA scored again on its next possession on a Trudel-to-Wright combination from 20 yards out with 3:37 to go in the half, capping a five-play drive and putting the visitors up 20-0 at the break.
Trudel hit Rosano on a 13-yard scoring strike on MMA's first possession of the second half to push the margin to 27-0. MMA followed with a pair of 11-play drives, surrounding an 11-play drive for PSU, but neither team was able to score until Bolton connected with Becker with 1:09 remaining on the fourth-quarter clock.
Senior Victor Andrade (Yarmouth Port, Mass.) led the Mass Maritime defense with nine tackles, including two for lost yardage and one sack, along with a forced fumble and a pass breakup.
Senior Kyle Wilson (Dover, N.H.) anchored the PSU defense with nine solo tackles, including three tackles-for-loss and two sacks. Junior James McCormack (Saugus, Mass.), who earlier in the week was named to the Capitol One Academic All-District Team, made six unassisted tackles, including a pair of sacks.
Both teams wrap up the season next Saturday at noon as PSU hosts Fitchburg State University at Currier Field and Massachusetts Maritime visits Bridgewater State University for the 36th Annual Cranberry Bowl.
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