Panthers fall to Colonials in MASCAC opener
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Western Connecticut State University scored on seven of its first eight possessions Saturday and rolled past Plymouth State University 52-0 in Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference football action at Currier Field.
WCSU senior quarterback Will Arnt (Sandy Hook, Conn.) completed 11 of 16 passes for 274 yards and three touchdowns leading the visiting Colonials to their conference opening victory. Western Conn improves to 2-1 overall and 1-0 in the MASCAC. Plymouth State falls to 1-2 and 0-1.
Western Connecticut, which has averaged more than 500 yards of offense in its first three games, outgained PSU 502-248 in total yards, including a whopping 310 to 30 in the air.
The Colonials took the game's opening drive 60 yards down to the Panther nine-yard line but had to settle for a Mike Killoran (West Hartford, Conn.) 26-yard field goal. After forcing PSU to punt on its first possession, the Colonials quieted the Panther fans after Arnt found sophomore William Andrew (Danbury, Conn.) with an 81-yard scoring strike and a quick 10-0 lead.
Later in the first quarter Arnt hit junior Jordan Pema (Naugatuck, Conn.) with a 40-yard touchdown pass. That score was set up when running back Mike Nichol (Wolcott, Conn.) ran for 15 yards into Panther territory.
Western Conn kept the momentum its way into the second frame after Nichol rumbled in from four yards. After failing to complete a fourth down conversion on their fifth possession, the Colonials capitalized on a Panther fumble after Arnt finished a five-play scoring drive with a one-yard touchdown run.
The Panthers received strong efforts from sophomore Jake Becker (Portsmouth, N.H.) and freshman Will Boseman (Providence R.I.), who rushed for72 and 66 yards respectively. Becker, who also caught a pass for 15 yards, had all of his ground gains on just three carries. Freshman quarterback Zack Edwards (Brookfield, Mass.) completed 6 of 8 passes in his third game as the Panther starting signal caller. PSU freshman Sean Peet (Glen Cove, N.Y.) had five tackles, including a sack, in his debut.
Workhorse Nichol finished with 81 yards on 17 carries (two touchdowns) while Arnt proved to be a double threat, gaining 61 yards on the ground. Senior Alex Altermatt (Branford, Conn.) caught three passes for 103 yards and a touchdown to aid in the winning cause.
Western Connecticut returns home next Saturday with a conference game against Framingham State. Plymouth State will look to get back on the winning track next week with a game at UMass-Dartmouth.
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