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Bob Cain, and Bob Burn,s travel north to Saint Lawrence as the Morrisville State looks to go 3-0 on the young football season as they take on a Liberty League opponent! Pregame 12:30, kick at 1:00PM!





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The Morrisville State College football team posted one of the biggest comeback victories in the history of the program Saturday afternoon, battling back from a 19 point deficit with just over 11 minutes to go in the final quarter, to top host Hartwick College 43-40 at Wright Stadium in Oneonta.

The win is the first for the Mustangs in five meetings with the Hawks, and boosts the program to another first, a 2-0 start since transitioning to the NCAA, Division III in 2006.

Morrisville State edged Hartwick in total offense 496-yards to the hosts 492, despite a monster game by Hawk running back Greg Bell, with a majority of the difference coming in the passing game.

th_football9Senior quarterback Lemar Johnson (Ossining, N.Y.) connected on 19-of-37 pass attempts for 290 yards and four touchdown scores, also throwing two interceptions that the Hawks thought had sealed the Mustangs fate early in the fourth. Five of those completions went to wide receiver Anthony Gray (Smallwood, N.Y.) who posted 100-yards and a score on the day, and eight more to Josh Powell (Yonkers, N.Y.) who added 94-yards and a touchdown.

Cristian Pena (Ridgewood, N.Y.) caught three for 60-yards and added 119-yards for the Mustangs in the running game on 17 carries. Johnson added 97-yards and two rushing scores to his tallies on the day as the Mustangs had 206-net yards rushing.

Senior safeties Caleb Wright (Cortland, N.Y.) and Chad Dorrance (Cazenovia, N.Y.) led the defensive unit with double figure tackles, both recording a collegiate best. Wright posted a monster 18-tackle game in the secondary, making 13 solo stops and adding an interception, while Dorrance posted 11 total stops, seven solo.

th_football9Colton Evans (West Winfield, N.Y.) added eight stops to the defensive efforts, registering a sack for a loss of eight yards for a second straight week, adding a blocked field goal attempt that proved to be a turning point for the Mustangs late in the game.

Most of Hartwick’s offense came from Bell in the ground game, who tallied 331 yards and three scores on 51 carries. Quarterback John Garcia added 144 yards to the offensive totals, connecting on 13-of-23 attempts for a score, and throwing three interceptions. Three completions were to wide out Tanner Williams who had a team high 79 yards.

Matthew Ali led the defensive unit with seven tackles on the day, with teammate Dante Crump adding six more, and registering two breakups.

Hartwick took a 7-0 lead over the Mustangs midway through the first quarter as Garcia connected with Mistersaro on a one-yard pass play for the score.

th_football9The Mustangs were able to respond with 10:29 to go in the second quarter to even the contest at seven, as Johnson scrambled 16-yards into the end zone, capping off the seven play drive that started on their own five yard line following a Ray Woolford (Staten Island, N.Y.) interception.

Hartwick regained the lead on the ensuing drive, marching down field behind six straight  carries by Bell for the 13-7 advantage.

After holding Morrisville State to just four plays on the next drive, Hartwick, again behind the footwork of Bell, scored on their next possession, claiming the 20-7 advantage with just under 2 minutes remaining in the half.

Jordan Charbonneau (Corinth, N.Y.) returned the Hawk kickoff 36 yards, positioning the Mustangs on their own 42-yard line to start their final drive of the half. Pena broke into Hartwick territory with a 14-yard carry, before Johnson hit receiver Anthony Mella (Brooklyn, N.Y.) for a 12-yard gain on the next play. Johnson again took to the air and hit Powell for an 18-yard gain, bringing the Mustangs down to inside the Hartwick 20, where three straight carries on the ground by Pena and another by Johnson made it a 20-14 game in favor of the hosts at the break.

th_football9In the third, both teams exchanged scores, Bell capped off a 77-yard Hartwick drive with a 13-yard scoring run with 11:28 to go in the quarter. Morrisville State responded with 18 seconds to go on a 49-yard pass play from Johnson to Pena, sending the game into the final stanza with a 26-21 score in favor of the Hawks.

The fourth quarter, though, is what wasn’t to be missed. After two Hartwick interceptions returned for scores within a 22 second span, the Mustangs found themselves trailing 40-21 with 11:32 to go.

After a 48-yard kickoff return by Powell, Morrisville State started their drive within Hartwick territory, and after three plays, cut the deficit to 12 on a Johnson to Gray scoring completion, a drive that took just 43 seconds.

On the ensuing Hartwick drive, the Mustang defense held Bell to just seven total yards rushing and Evans came up with a huge sack for a loss of eight yards on a third down to force a Hawk punt.

Morrisville State’s no huddle, hurry up offense couldn’t be slowed by the Hartwick defense, as Morrisville State, in just five plays, again was in the end zone, cutting the home team’s lead to five with six minutes to go. The Mustangs gained significant yards out of the passing game: first a Johnson to Gray completion for a 19-yard gain, Pena a 19-yard gain on the ground, and Johnson again to Gray to move the markers 13-yards. Johnson finished the five play drive with a six-yard scoring completion to Powell to make it a 40-35 game.

th_football9With Hartwick threatening to score with two minutes to go, Morrisville State’s Javion Bobb (Brooklyn, N.Y.) grabbed the ankles of Bell to force the hosts to attempt a 34-yard field goal. With the opportunity for Hartwick increase the lead to eight, Evans turned the corner and laid out to block the field goal attempt, recovering the ball on the Mustangs 32 yard line and giving the visitors possession for a final drive.

Two straight holding penalties landed the Mustangs in a 1st and 20 position, but a quick completion from Johnson to Powell erased the setback and postioned Morrisville State on the Hartwick 38 yard line.

With time winding down, two pass attempts by Johnson fell incomplete and on third down, he found a wide open Mella in the end zone for the go ahead score with seconds remaining on the clock.

Morrisville State added a two-point conversion on a pass from Johnson to Gray for the 43-40 lead with 34 seconds to go.

th_football9Hartwick gained yardage four straight pass completions, and was deep in Mustang territory, and 26-yard gain from Garcia to Williams had hearts pounding, but the stop by Deston Treasure (Cornwall, N.Y.) kept Williams out of the end zone and secured the Mustang victory.

Morrisville State outgained Hartwick 121 yards to 68 in the final quarter, scoring 22 points on just under three minutes total possession time.

The Mustangs return to the field next Saturday, heading North to face St. Lawrence University, before returning home on the 27th to host rival SUNY Cortland in the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) opener.



MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The Morrisville State College football program opened the 2014 season with a dominating 69-17 victory over visiting Alfred State College Saturday afternoon on Drake Field.

th_football9The win is the first for the Mustangs on opening day in nine seasons, last occurring when Morrisville State took to the field in 2005 against Utica College junior varsity.

Morrisville State more than doubled Alfred State in total offense, notching a total 672-yards to the visitors 292. More than 330 of that came in passing yards, as quarterback Lemar Johnson(Ossining, N.Y.) threw for 286 behind 15-of-21 completions and six touchdown scores, while freshman Phillip Tack (Newark, N.Y.) added a completion for 48 yards and a score.

Senior Josh Powell (Yonkers, N.Y.) led the receiving unit with five receptions for 143 yards and four touchdown scores, while junior Jordan Charbonneau (Corinth, N.Y.) registered 73 yards on five catches for one score.

Morrisville State outgained the Pioneers 338-yards to Alfred’s 150 on the day, 102 coming from newcomer Darrel West(Syracuse, N.Y.) who busted through the offensive line for 102 yards and two touchdown scores. Kayzon Stovall (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) added 71 and a score, while Javon Moore (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and Johnson combined for 107 from the quarterback positions.

th_football7Linebacker Colton Evans (West Winfield, N.Y.) led the Mustang defensive unit with a collegiate best 12 tackles, seven of them coming on solo stops, and adding a sack for a loss of eight yards. Caleb Wright (Cortland, N.Y.) added nine stops.

Ben Wilkerson (Buffalo, N.Y.) compiled 142 yards passing for the Pioneers, completing 12-of-23 attempts for a score, while suffering three sacks on the day, two at the hands of Mustang lineman Javion Bobb (Brooklyn, N.Y.).

Rasheed Williams (Swedesboro, N.J.) led all ball carriers with 155 yards on the ground, posting one touchdown tally on 30 attempts.

Erick Simmons (Elmira, N.Y.) registered three receptions for 44 yards and a score.

Cornerback Edward Harrell (Syracuse, N.Y.) led the defensive efforts for the Pioneers, posting nine total stops behind seven solo and two assisted tackles.

Early in the first quarter, Morrisville State took advantage of a botched snap on an Alfred State punt attempt and took over on downs on the Pioneer 10 yard line where three plays later Johnson found Anthony Gray (Smallwood, N.Y.) in the right corner for the score. Senior Zach Drake (Canastota, N.Y.) converted the point after for the early 7-0 Mustang lead. Drake completed 9-of-10 PAT’s on the day.

th_football7Alfred State responded on the ensuing possession, capping off the nine play, 59 yard drive with a five yard run around the left corner to even the contest at seven after one quarter.

For the next three quarters, Morrisville State exploded offensively, posting 20+ points each quarter. Early in the second Stovall put the Mustangs ahead with three straight runs up the center of the field, including a five yard scoring dash for the 14-7 lead.

On the ensuing Mustang possession, Johnson hit Powell on a short screen before he juked the defense on the left side of the field and outran the secondary to the right side pylon in the endzone for the 48-yard passing score midway through the quarter, capping off the drive that began on the Morrisville State eight yard line.

Alfred was able to put points on the board with 1:23 to go before the halftime period, as Keegan Phalen (East Aurora, N.Y.) nailed a 39 yard field goal just inside the left upright.

With time running out, the Mustangs marched down the field, Powell had two steps on the safety and Johnson hit him for the 18-yard passing score and convincing 28-10 lead at the break.

The flood gates opened in the third quarter, as Morrisville State picked up where they left off, adding another scoring drive, seven plays later. Johnson found an open Charbonneau in the corner of the endzone to cap of the 79-yard drive minutes into the third quarter.

th_football9Wilkerson hit Simmons on a 15-yard scoring pass play to stop the Pioneer scoring drought, but the Mustangs struck quickly again, this time a 12 yard pass from Johnson to Powell to cap off the six play, 80-yard drive, with 5:52 to go in the third.

Morrisville State’s defensive unit forced a quick three-and-out on the ensuing Alfred possession, in part due to a quarterback hurry by Evans, and set up the Mustang offensive unit at midfield where it took one play for them to strike again, a 51-yard passing score from Johnson to Powell, his fourth of the day.

The fourth quarter belonged to freshman running back, West, who scored two straight touchdowns, registering 72 of his total 102 net yards in the final quarter alone. One of his carries was a 67-yard run where he broke three tackles up the center of the field for the score, and 62-17 Mustang lead.

Morrisville State capped off the day’s scoring midway through the quarter as Tack found a wide open Marcus Jackson-Conner (Sodus, N.Y.) for a 48-yard scoring screen down the right sideline.

The Mustangs return to the field next Saturday, traveling to Hartwick College for a 1p.m. start in Oneonta.



MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) released its 2014 preseason football poll Monday morning, selecting Morrisville State College to finish fifth overall, as voted by the leagues head coaches. The Mustangs were also voted the NJAC’s most likely “dark horse” championship candidate.

th_footballMorrisville State returns six all-conference players to the squad that finished 3-7 overall under direction of first year head coach Curt Fitzpatrick just a season ago, all from the high powered offensive side of the ball, including senior quarterback Lemar Johnson (Ossining, N.Y.).

Running back Cristian Pena (Ridgewood, N.Y.), wide receivers Josh Powell (Yonkers, N.Y.) and Anthony Gray (Smallwood, N.Y.), along with linemen Adrian Cabrera (New York, N.Y.) and Ryan Mogensen (Westernville, N.Y.) are all-conference selections who return to join Johnson on what could be another exciting year in the Valley.

The Mustangs finished the 2013 campaign with a 2-5 NJAC record, with one of the conference win tallies over nationally ranked Rowan University, in a 41-21dominating decision.

Rowan was selected as the preseason favorite in the poll, sharing last year’s conference title with departing SUNY Brockport. The Profs posted a 9-3 overall record in 2013, and went 6-1 in conference play, advancing to the second round of the NCAA Championship Tournament.

th_footballSUNY Cortland has been selected to finish second, with Montclair State picked to place third. Kean University is slated to take the fourth spot.

Fitzpatrick guided the offensive unit to the top of the conference leaderboard in six different categories, including first downs offense (286), passing offense (284.8 ypg), rushing offense (222.6 ypg), scoring (32.4 ppg), passing efficiency (133.93), and total offense (507.4 ypg).

The Mustangs had one of the top ranked offenses in the NJAC and gained national recognition as they finished the season with several top national rankings.

Morrisville State for the first time in the history of the program, finished the season ranked seventh among all of Division III in total offense, and was ranked 13th overall in first downs, 23rd in passing and 38th in rushing.

The 2014 season will be the last for the Mustangs as an affiliate member of the NJAC.

The 46th season of NJAC football will kick off on Friday, September 5 with five programs in non-conference action. The three remaining open their seasons on Saturday, including Morrisville State who hosts Alfred State College at 1 p.m. on Drake Field.

The full preseason poll can be found here.


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