PSU Football cruises past UMass Dartmouth in Homecoming game

PSU Football cruises past UMass Dartmouth in Homecoming game

Szulc pulls in two more TDs in MASCAC win

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Sophomore receiver Jacob Szulc (Concord, N.H.) pulled in two more touchdown passes from junior quarterback Zack Edwards (Brookfield, Mass.) as the Plymouth State University football team rolled past Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) opponent University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, 37-7, at Currier Field on Homecoming Weekend.

            With the win the Panthers move to 3-1 on the season and even their MASCAC mark to 1-1. UMass Dartmouth falls to 1-2 overall and 1-1 in MASCAC games.

            PSU got on the board early in the first quarter. After a three-and-out on its opening drive, the Panthers forced a fumble on UMD's opening possession. Junior Johnny Devlin (West Islip, N.Y.) picked up the loose ball deep in the Corsairs territory, setting up a short field for the Plymouth State offense. Junior running back Mitch Banuskevich (Milford, N.H.) scored from nine yards out to give the hosts an early 7-0 advantage.

            The Panthers doubled their lead on the last play in the opening quarter. Facing a third-and-25 from his own 10-yard line, Edwards connected with Szulc on a perfect route, resulting in an 90-yard touchdown strike.

            The PSU defense put up two points after Devlin and senior Joe Esposito (Hackettstown, N.J.) teamed up for a safety. Esposito forced UMD freshman quarterback Stephen Gacioch (Tiverton, R.I.) out of the pocket and into his own endzone, where Devlin and a slew of Panthers brought him down to extend the PSU lead to 16-0.

            Szulc pulled down his second TD late in the second quarter, marking his fourth consecutive game with multiple touchdown receptions. Edwards threw across his body into double coverage and Szulc outreached both defenders to pull down his 10th score of the year.

            The Panthers added another first half score when sophomore running back David Hamilton (Westville, N.J.) pounded the ball in from four yards out. PSU went into halftime with a 30-0 lead.

            After a scoreless third quarter, sophomore running back Nick Lancia (Bedford, N.Y.) scored his first career touchdown from three yards out. Senior Colin Leddy (Natick, Mass.) made a strong block to clear the edge and Lancia bounced outside to put the hosts up 30-0.

            The Corsairs spoiled the shutout attempt late in the fourth quarter. With 1:33 remaining, sophomore quarterback Jace Pena (East Providence, R.I.) kept the ball for himself, then cut back across the defense and bounced off a few defenders before scampering in to put UMD on the board.

            Plymouth State is back on the road next week. PSU travels to Worcester State for another MASCAC contest, with kickoff set for 1:00 p.m.



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