PSU Football drops finale to Fitchburg State

Bolton throws pair of TD passes for Panthers

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Fitchburg State University scored 19 unanswered points in the second half Saturday afternoon, propelling the Falcons past Plymouth State University 33-22 in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) season finale for both teams at Currier Field.

            FSU, which broke a three-game losing streak, finishes with a 6-4 record including a 4-4 mark in the MASCAC.  Plymouth State winds up 1-9 and 0-8.

            Quarterback Garrett Dellechiaie (Leominster, Mass.) completed 22-of-27 passes for 285 yard and five touchdowns to lead the Falcons while wide receiver Phillip Sainte-Juste (New Rochelle, N.Y.) hauled in nine Dellechiaie throws for 71 yards and two scores.

            Plymouth State took a 14-13 lead early in the third quarter when Mark Hennessy (Westford, Mass.) caught a 19-yard scoring strike from quarterback Drew Bolton (Concord, NH) and then a successful PAT by senior Rob Giles (Derry, N.H.)

            PSU's lead was short-lived however as Fitchburg retook the lead for good on its ensuing possession.  Dellechiaie found Shane McCloskey (Concord, Mass.) with a 26-yard touchdown pass finishing a five-play 68-yard drive that took only 2:09.  That score was set up by 32-yard pass completion to Devin Summiel (Tewksbury, Mass.).

            Dellechiaie then found Trayvon Neal (Philadelphia, Pa.) with a 23-yard touchdown pass late in the third quarter that put the visitors up 26-14 heading into the final frame.

            The Falcons scored on the game's first possession when Dellechiaie marched his team on a 5-play 80-yard scoring drive, capped by a nine- yard scoring pass to Sainte-Juste.  FSU went up 13-0 early in the second quarter when Dellechiaie found Summiel for his second touchdown pass of the day.

            Plymouth State found some life mid-way through the second, breaking into the scoring column after Paul Norton (Revere, Mass.) rumbled in from a yard out.  The Panthers then recovered a surprising onside kick but could not capitalize on the momentum swing.

            Bolton gave Panther fans one more thing to cheer about when he hit freshman wide receiver Jake Becker (Portsmouth, NH) with a 70-yard scoring bomb late in the game.   FSU was able to run out the remaining 1:33 and record the victory.

            Junior Kihliefa Best Danbury, Conn.) led the Falcons on the ground, running for 69 yards on 10 carries while Summiel finished with eight catches for 149 yards and a touchdown.  Talib Barksdale (Hudson, N.Y.) was a force on defense for the Falcons, recording 10 tackles and a sack.

            Hennessy gained 77 yards on the ground for PSU while Bolton completed 11-of-21 passes for two scores.  Becker caught five passes for 105 yards and one score. 

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