ROWAN DOMINATES MUSTANGS FOR NJAC WIN 31-0-REPLAY READY
GLASSBORO, N.J. – Host Rowan University held visiting Morrisville State to a season low 227 yards total offense Saturday afternoon, and kept the high scoring offensive unit out of the end zone as they racked up 464 yards offense in a 31-0 New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) victory over the Mustangs in Glassboro.
The loss is the first for Morrisville State within conference play, dropping them to 3-1 in the NJAC and 5-2 overall. Rowan improves to 4-2 and maintains a perfect conference mark at 3-0.
Lemar Johnson (Ossining, N.Y.) went 10-for-31 on the day for just 119 yards passing, with four completions to Anthony Gray (Smallwood, N.Y.) for 54 yards. Johnson led the Mustangs on the ground, adding 58 net yards on 13 carries, as Morrisville State was held to a season low 108 yards in the running game on the day.
Tyler Dunworth (Poestenkill, N.Y.) tied the single game record of longest punt set by himself just a year ago, booting a total of seven for a combined 295 yards (42.1 average), including one that sailed 78 yards.
Defensively, Shane Carroll (Morrisville, N.Y.) led the Mustang efforts registering a total 10 tackles on the day, including five solo stops, while teammates Colton Evans (West Winfield, N.Y.) and Julian Serrano (Bronx, N.Y.) each contributed nine.
Wither Marcelin led the Profs offensively with a 228 yard gain in 36 attempts in the running game for two touchdown scores, as quarterback Bill McCarty completed 9-of-14 pass attempts for 72 yards.
Darren Dungee registered 11 total stops to lead the defensive unit for Rowan.
Both teams were scoreless until 2:32 to go in the first when Morrisville State committed the first of four turnovers on the day, a fumble that was recovered by Rowan’s Jared Sanchez and returned 15 yards for a defensive score.
Rowan was able to get the offensive unit moving in the second quarter, posting a score with under 10 to go as Marcelin capped off the 98-yard, 10-play drive with a seven yard rushing score. Tyler Knighton added a 23 yard field goal minutes to go before the half, extending the hosts lead to 17-0 at the break.
In the third, Rowan extended the lead to 24-0 with a 13-yard scoring run by Marcelin with three minutes to go, before adding their final touchdown of the day 1:05 into the fourth quarter on a Jahsiem Rover 12-yard run into the end zone.
Morrisville State will look to rebound in a week, returning to the field Saturday as they travel to the southernmost NJAC member, Southern Virginia for a noon kick-off.
GLASSBORO, NJ – Rowan University welcomes Morrisville State College to Coach Richard Wackar Stadium for a 2 p.m. kickoff on Saturday, October 18 for Homecoming. The Profs defeated William Paterson University, 33-14 and the Mustangs won 37-31 over Kean University on October 11.
This is the seventh meeting between Rowan and Morrisville State. The Profs hold a 5-1 series advantage. It will be the final regular season contest between the two teams as the Mustangs are joining the Empire 8 in 2015.
MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – Morrisville State College football set a new high Saturday afternoon, improving to a record best start 5-1 overall and 3-0 in New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) competition with a 37-31 defeat of visiting Kean University on Drake Field in Morrisville in a thriller of a contest.
With the conference loss, Kean drops to 1-4 overall and 1-1 in NJAC play, while the Mustangs move the needle further ahead to maintain their perfect conference record as they head into next week against reigning NJAC Champion Rowan University.
Senior quarterback Lemar Johnson (Ossining, N.Y.) led the Mustang charge with an explosive offensive game, throwing for 302 yards completing 26-of-38 attempts for two touchdowns, and adding another team high 129 net yards and a score on the ground for a total 431 of the team’s 592 yards accumulated on the day.
Cristian Pena (Ridgewood, N.Y.) added to the 290 yard running game for Morrisville State with a 122 yard performance on 21 carries, including two scores. Pena also registered four receptions for 38 total yards, including a touchdown early in the third quarter.
Johnson hit nine different receivers on the day, including junior Anthony Gray (Smallwood, N.Y.) who led the way with eight catches for a total 70 yards and a score. Senior Josh Powell (Yonkers, N.Y.) added 58 on four receptions, and Anthony Mella (Brooklyn, N.Y.) 47 on four catches to round out the leaderboard.
Defensively, Morrisville State had a solid performance from Colton Evans (West Winfield, N.Y.) and Wally Stephens (Kingston, N.Y.) who each posted 10 total stops on the day. Stephens added a forced fumble and quarterback hurry to his tallies.
Kean amassed 344 yards total offense on the afternoon, led by quarterback Robert Meade who connected on 11-of-19 passes for 142 yards and a touchdown, while adding 67 yards on nine carries in the ground game. Meade also threw two interceptions on the day.
Damian Corredor posted a net 70 yards on 17 carries for the Cougars, while Jonathan Schmitt had a team high 38 yards on two receptions.
Tom Winters registered 10 total tackles, including five solo stops in the efforts for Kean, also recording a sack, while James Leavy added nine total tackles.
What seemed like a slow first quarter ended up being a tale of turnovers as neither team were able to find the end zone.
On the opening drive, Kean drove down to the Morrisville State two-yard line before Stephens caused a fumble and fellow teammate Javion Bobb (Brooklyn, N.Y.) had the quick hands to recover the ball to turn possession over to the Mustangs.
In the ensuing Mustang possession, Morrisville State moved the ball into Kean territory where the Cougars made a huge defensive stop and intercepted the ball in the end zone to keep the Mustangs off the board.
Following suit, late in the opening quarter, Meade threw a long bomb to catch the Mustang secondary off guard, but senior defensive back Chad Dorrance (Cazenovia, N.Y.) stepped in front of the receiver for the interception at the two yard line, regaining possession for the hosts.
Early in the second quarter, Morrisville State was pinned on their own eight yard line and facing a third down situation, but Kean had a costly unnecessary roughness penalty to give the Mustangs a first down and move the ball up to the 23 yard line.
Pena broke three tackles up the left sideline for a 28 yard gain before being tripped up in Kean territory. On the following play, Edwin Soto (Liberty, N.Y.) powered through the defensive line for a 14 yard gain before Johnson hit Soto on a swing screen to bring the Mustangs down to the five yard line. Pena capped off the 10-play 98 yard drive with a one yard scoring run, putting the Mustangs on the board at 12:21, 6-0.
Kean responded with a 67 yard drive that took nearly six minutes off the clock to take the 7-6 lead with 6:33 to go in the second. Will Ingram capped off the Cougar drive with a one-yard power run through the line up the center for the score and 7-6 advantage.
Within minutes Morrisville State regained the lead on a 21-yard field goal by Zach Drake (Canastota, N.Y.) before surrendering a 26-yard field goal by Kean’s Troy Kettler in the closing seconds to head into the break with a 10-9 Cougar advantage.
The third quarter proved much like the second in a back and forth battle, with Morrisville State regaining the lead minutes in on a 16-yard pass from Johnson to Pena along the left sideline, and a two-point conversion from Johnson to Gray, for the 17-10 advantage. Kean battled back to tie the contest at 17 midway through the quarter on a six-yard pass from Meade to Jaishon Moore, before capitalizing on a Mustang turnover on the ensuing drive to return the fumble recovery 49-yards for a go ahead score.
Morrisville State was able to bring the contest to within one on the following drive, as Johnson hit Gray under heavy pressure in the back of the end zone for the score, making it a 24-23 ball game.
The Mustangs defensive unit forced a quick three and out Kean series, regaining possession of the ball in the final seconds of the quarter, heading into the final stanza of the conference contest.
Facing a fourth down and four situation on the Kean 22-yard line, Morrisville State opted to take a chance at gaining the first down, and on the play, Johnson scrambled and after a 5+ foot hurdle in the air over the Cougar safety, landed in the end zone for the most thrilling and mouth dropping score of the afternoon. The two-point conversion was successful as Johnson hit Pena on a swing pass to the right for the 31-24 Mustang lead.
Kean was able to answer the Mustangs score on the kick-off, as the touched ball sailed into the end zone and was a mere inches from going over the end line. But Corredor picked up the ball by his finger tips and scrambled out of the end zone along the left sideline where he had three huge blocks by special teams and made his way into the end zone for the responding touchdown score.
Morrisville State threatened to score midway through the quarter, but two straight pass break ups turned the ball over on downs to the Cougars with 5:30 showing on the clock.
Meade saw a wide open tight end along the right sideline and let the ball go, but at the last second cornerback Anthony Deese (Brooklyn, N.Y.) stepped in front of the pass for the interception and returning the ball to the Kean 45 yard line to regain possession to the offensive unit.
Johnson hit Gray and Mella on consecutive plays to get down to the Kean 24 yard line, before Pena followed center Adrian Cabrera (New York, N.Y.) for a 15-yard gain up center to bring the ball down to the nine.
After a four yard gain by Pena to the five, he again powered his way behind a hole created by Cabrera for the five yard rushing score and 37-31 Mustang lead with 49 ticks remaining.
Kean was able to move the ball down to the Morrisville 44 yard line on the ensuing possession, and after an incomplete pass, was battling not only a fired up defensive unit, but the clock as well. With 6.5 seconds to go, Meade went long in an attempt to hit Robinson in the end zone, but the ball sailed too far and Morrisville State was able to post the thrilling victory.
Morrisville State returns to the field next Saturday, traveling to Rowan University for the Profs homecoming contest, before returning to the south the following week at Southern Virginia. They return home Saturday, November 1st, hosting William Paterson at noon for the home finale, and senior day, wrapping up the regular season the following week at Montclair State.
MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The Morrisville State College football team rolled to a 41-13 conference win Saturday afternoon over visiting The College of New Jersey, collecting their second New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) win of the 2014 campaign.
The victory lifts the Mustangs to 4-1 overall and a 2-0 conference record, the best start Morrisville State has seen in the history of the program since its transition to the NCAA in 2006.
TCNJ drops to 1-3 overall with the loss, 0-1 in NJAC play.
Morrisville State generated 519 total yards offense on the day, 308 of which came in the passing game. The Lions put forth a 340 total offensive yard performance, collecting a majority of their gains in the air with 228 yards passing.
Senior quarterback Lemar Johnson (Ossining, N.Y.) led the Mustang charge, completing 20-of-30 passes for 244 yards and a scoring strike, while leading all ball carriers on the day with 115 net yards on 14 carries and four rushing scores.
Eleven of Johnson’s completions were to junior Anthony Gray(Smallwood, N.Y.) who tallied 120 yards. Josh Powell (Yonkers, N.Y.) registered a 100+ yard receiving day as well, catching four passes for 108 yards and a score.
Zack Drake (Canastota, N.Y.) converted 5-of-6 point after kicks to add to the Mustang scoring.
Delroy Young (Binghamton, N.Y.) and Maurice Russell(Syracuse, N.Y.) each posted nine tackles in the win, Young adding a sack for a loss of 10 yards, and registering a total seven solo stops.
Colton Evans (West Winfield, N.Y.) added to the defensive success for the Mustangs, adding eight tackles while recording two sacks for a loss of 17 yards, forcing a fumble, and recording a diving interception.
Julian Serrano (Bronx, N.Y.) also added eight stops, three solo, one of which was a sack for a loss of 11 yards and recovering a fumble.
Three different quarterbacks saw time under center for the visitors, including Mike Marcesano who went 8-for-19 for 71 yards and an interception. Dylan Cotrell added 77 yards on 5-of-9 completions, and Trevor Osler connected on all seven attempts for 80 yards and the lone TCNJ passing strike.
Frank Fuccello led the efforts in the running game, posting a net 64 yards on 13 carries, while Khani Glover added 52 on eight attempts for the lone rushing score.
Jeff Mattonelli was the lead receiver for the Lions, posting a team high 67 yards on five receptions.
Matthew Fleck and Zack Vasilenko each were in double figures with tackles to lead the TCNJ efforts, Fleck recording 13 with seven solo stops and two pass break ups, while Vasilenko added 11 stops and a quarterback hurry.
Morrisville State was first to strike on the day, capitalizing on a four play drive that covered 67 yards. Johnson posted back-to-back carries up the center for the Mustangs, one of 8-yards and another nine, before breaking two straight tackles again on an attempt up center that turned into a 46-yard rushing score and 6-0 lead midway through the opening quarter.
Early in the second quarter, TCNJ forced a quick three and out Mustangs series, and signaled to receive a fair catch on the Morrisville State punt at midfield, but the ball ricocheted off the back of a Lions special teams member and into the hands of Cristian Pena (Ridgewood, N.Y.) who recovered the live ball on the Mustangs own 46 yard line.
On the ensuing play, Johnson connected with Pena in the backfield on the halfback option, and Pena hit a wide open Powell along the right sideline for the 54-yard passing score and 13-0 Mustang lead.
Midway through the second, Morrisville State extended their lead to 20-0, as Johnson hit Gray for a 27 yard gain down to the Lions four yard line on fourth down, before tucking the ball on the following play and powering behind left guard Tyler Cowley (Brooklyn, N.Y.) for the four-yard rushing score.
With TCNJ threating and moving the ball up field, Morrisville State forced Marchesano out of the pocket on a quarterback hurry by Serrano, and as a wobbly ball sailed through the air, Evans dove for the interception on the Mustangs 42 yard line.
Morrisville State scored on their first possession of the second half, extending the lead to 27-0. A 36 yard pass completion to Powell, who spun off two tackles, brought the Mustangs into Lion territory setting up the 13-yard scoring strike from Johnson to tight end Dennis Scherrer(Washingtonville, N.Y.) minutes into the third.
TCNJ was able to get on the board on the ensuing offensive possession, as Glover got two blocks on the right side behind the offensive line and was able to go the distance for the 31 yard rushing score. Colin Cazzetta’s kick sailed wide right on the point after attempt.
Morrisville State’s defensive forced TCNJ to a quick three and out series on their next drive attempt, but an illegal touch on the punt by the visitors at their own 33 yard line resulted in possession for the Mustangs within Lion territory.
After two quick strikes in heavy traffic, Morrisville State was able to move down to the TCNJ one yard line following a 6-yard carry by Edwin Soto(Liberty, N.Y.), which Johnson capped off with his third score of the day, a one yard dive over center for the touchdown score and 34-6 Mustang lead.
The Lions carried possession into the final quarter, but quickly turned the ball over to the Mustangs on downs as Cotrell was sacked for a loss of 10 yards by Young on fourth down.
Morrisville State was unable to capitalize on their next drive, but again the defense came up huge on the ensuing Lions offensive attempt as Evans came around the left corner and caught the arm of Cotrell to force a fumble that was recovered by Serrano on the TCNJ 29 yard line.
On the ensuing Mustang possession, Johnson scrambled up center and found a hole that led to the end zone for a 29-yard rushing score, his fourth of the day, and a 41-6 Morrisville State lead with just over 12 minutes to go in the final stanza.
TCNJ was able to add a final score with 1:26 remaining in the contest, a 35-yard scoring completion from Osler to Mattonelli to make it a 41-13 ball game.
Morrisville State returns to the field next Saturday, hosting Kean University at noon on Drake Field. The Cougars picked up their first win of the season today, defeating Southern Virginia 28-27.