BRONX, N.Y. - The Husson University (2-2, 1-0 ECFC) football team opened up their final Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) slate with a 35-21 victory over SUNY Maritime (2-2, 0-1 ECFC) on Saturday afternoon at Reinhard Field.
- Miece Loureiro ran for 127 yards on 30 attempts with one touchdown.
- Cory Brandon completed 15-of-30 pass attempts for 257 yards and three touchdowns.
- Brandon struck for touchdowns of 59, 14, and 11 yards on the day.
- Kyle Gaudet caught five passes for 135 yards and two touchdowns.
- Tyler Halls hauled in four Brandon passes for 30 yards and a score.
- Keyshaun Robinson recorded 19 yards on two catches.
- Ty Bassett caught four passes for 73 yards and ran for 14 yards on two carries.
- Kaleb Caron led the Eagle defense with eight tackles (four solo, 1.5 for loss).
- Ace Curry recorded seven tackles (three solo).
- Elvin Suazo contributed six tackles (five solo, two for loss) and a sack.
- Antonio Rocha added six tackles (five solo, one for loss), a sack, a force fumble and a fumble recovery.
FOR SUNY MARITIME:
- Thomas Wright finished 15-for-30 with 278 yards and three touchdowns and an interception.
- Nicholas Morman picked up 62 yards on 13 carries in the run game.
- Brandonn Drumgole had seven catches and 147 yards receiving with a score.
- Liam Bailey led the Privateers' defensive effort with 11 tackles (ten solo, one for loss) and a forced fumble.
- The Privateers won the coin toss to start the game and chose to defer to the second half, however the Eagles took advantage right away by scoring three plays into the game. On third and fourth, Brandon found Gaudet on the sideline who broke a tackle and took the ball 59 yards to the end zone for a quick 7-0 lead.
- After the second failed drive of the quarter, the Privateers special teams unit returned to the field to punt with 5:32 remaining in the quarter. Quan Soyini caught the punt and made Maritime pay the price by returning it 81 yards for a touchdown and a 13-0 lead after Devin Pickett missed his first extra point attempt in this last 41 attempts, ending his school record of consecutive extra points made at 41 straight conversions. The 81-yard punt return by Soyini broke Ramael Barton's single-game record (73 yards, Anna Maria, 2009) for the longest punt return in program history.
- The Eagles advance their lead to 21 points early in the second quarter when Brandon found Halls in the back of the endzone and a two-pint conversion rush by Loureiro was successful.
- With 7:11 remaining in the half and staring down a third and 12 from the Eagles 13-yard line. Wright dropped back to pass on the long third down and the pocket collapsed, but the Wantagh, N.Y. native escaped to his right and found Kahlil Lewin on the sideline. Lewin made the catch on the run and kept his feet in bounds to get the Privateers on the board.
- With less than two minutes remaining on the clock in the first half, Brandon once again found Gaudet for a 14-yard touchdown pass to take a 27-7 lead with very little time left.
- The Privateers didn't waste anytime to counter the Eagles score with one of their own. With only few seconds remaining in the half Wright found Matthew Cebulski for a 60-yard touchdown pass to cut the Eagles lead to 13 going into halftime of the final matchup between the two schools on the gridiron.
- The third quarter turned into a defensive battle and neither team was able to put points on the board.
- An Eagle fumble early in the fourth quarter setup Maritime's next score, a 21-yard touchdown pass from Wright to Drumgole with 9:10 remaining in the game.
- Loureiro's 4-yard touchdown run capped off a game clinching 15 play, 70-yard drive that lasted over seven minutes, a Brandon to Bassett two-point conversion and Soyini's 16th career interception gave Husson their 16th consecutive conference victory.
- Both teams combined for 743 yards of total offense.
With the result, Husson approves to 12-2 in the history of the series with SUNY Maritime and now have won the last seven matchups versus the Privateers.
The Eagles return home to face the Dean College Bulldogs under the Dr. John W. Winkin Sports Complex lights on Friday, October 5th. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.