Offense sputters as Panthers drop MASCAC contest
BRIDGEWATER, Mass. – Senior David Hamilton (West Deptford, N.J.) picked up 77 yards on the ground and scored the Panthers' lone touchdown, but Plymouth State University fell to Bridgewater State University, 28-10, in a Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) football game at Swenson Field on Saturday afternoon.
While the game was billed as a match-up of an impressive Bears' offense against a strong PSU defense, it was the Bridgewater State defense that came up big, limiting the Panthers to just 165 yards of total offense while recording 11 tackles for loss, including six sacks.
After an early PSU field goal, Bridgewater State found the end zone once in the first and second quarters to take a 14-3 halftime lead. The Bears added a pair of TDs in the third quarter, before Hamilton scored on a six-yard run early in the fourth to account for the final score.
Plymouth State drops to 6-3 overall and 4-3 in MASCAC play, while Bridgewater State improves to 5-3 and 5-1 in conference action.
Plymouth State 10, Bridgewater State 28
Plymouth State (6-3, 4-3 MASCAC)
Bridgewater State (5-3, 5-1 MASCAC)
How it Happened.
- Plymouth State scored on its opening possession as freshman Dan Carey (Plymouth, N.H.) booted a 30-yard field goal.
- Bridgewater State answered with a six-play, 65-yard drive capped off by a five-yard touchdown run by senior quarterback Stefano D'Emilia (Bridgewater, Mass.).
- The scored remained 7-3 until late in the second quarter when the Bears strung together a ten-play, 57-yard drive resulting in a seven-yard TD pass from junior Wyatt Shisler (Hanover, Mass.) to freshman Anthony Adams (Sylvester, Ga.). Shisler took a lateral from D'Emilia and found Adams alone in the end zone with 1:24 left to play in the quarter.
- Early in the third quarter a blocked punt gave the Bears outstanding field position at the PSU 25. Seven plays later senior Nick Santavicca (Yorktown Height, N.Y.) punched it in from a yard out.
- The Panthers were forced to punt on their next possession, and BSU followed with an 11-play, 69-yard drive resulting in a 15-yard TD pass to take a 28-3 lead with 2:31 left in the third quarter.
- Plymouth State put together its best drive of the day early in the fourth quarter. PSU moved the ball 54 yards on 11 plays with Hamilton scoring from six yards out.
Inside the Numbers:
- Hamilton finished with 77 yards on 13 attempts to lead the Panthers' offense. With 2,474 career rushing yards, he is now just 29 yards shy of moving into fifth on PSU's career rushing leaders list.
- Sophomore quarterback Brett Lavanchy (Walpole, Mass.) finished 7-of-18 for 91 yards against his former team, with junior Zac Hunter (Upton, Mass.) leading the way with 40 receiving yards.
- Lavanchy added 247 yards punting on seven kicks, including two downed within the 20-yard line.
- Junior Matt Tosone (Walpole, Mass.) recorded a game-high 13 tackles (ten solo), forced a fumble and broke up a pass to lead the PSU defense.
- Plymouth State will enjoy its bye week next Saturday, before heading to WestConn for the season finale on Nov. 16.
** Courtesy of Bridgewater State Sports Information **
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