LEICESTER, Mass. - The Husson Eagles (1-3, 1-0 CCC Football) secured their first win of the season and their first triumph as a member of Commonwealth Coast Football, with a 28-12 victory over the host Becker College Hawks (2-3, 0-2 CCC Football) at Alumni Field on Saturday afternoon.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
A 10-play Husson drive to start play stalled at the Becker 45-yard line. Eagles' punter Aaron Paradis pinned the Hawks back at their own 2-yard line; a Becker three-and-out followed by a 13-yard return by Darterius Hall gave Husson the ball on the Becker 30 yard line. Husson's first play saw quarterback David Morrison connect with wide receiver Patrick Cullen for a 30-yard touchdown giving the Eagles a 7-0 lead with 6:50 remaining in the first.
However, the Hawks answered quickly, taking four minutes and 21 seconds to drive 80 yards in seven plays, with running back Randy Morgan punching it in from ten yards out (after he ran for a big 32-yarder on the previous play). Morgan then tried to score on a two-point conversion, but the attempt was unsuccessful, so Husson maintained a 7-6 lead after the first quarter.
The Eagles bounced right back in the second quarter, with an 11-play, 63-yard drive ending via a Morrison touchdown pass to wide receiver Tyler Halls with 7:20 remaining in the half to bring the score to 14-6. However, the theme of the half saw Becker answering Husson's offense with their own. The Hawks drove 71 yards in seven plays, with quarterback Mac Kimball hitting wide receiver Alpha Barry in the end zone for a 29-yard touchdown pass after only four minutes and 20 seconds of play. A two-point conversion attempt resulted in a Kimball incomplete pass, leaving the score at 14-12, which is where it stayed at halftime.
The second half was all Husson, with two Garrett Poussard touchdown runs from 14 and 6 yards out (one each in both the third and fourth quarters) bringing the score up to 28-12.
For the Eagles, Poussard was the leading rusher, gaining 159 yards on 31 carries and punching in two touchdowns. Morrisson completed 14-of-18 passes for 146 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Cullen caught four passes for 52 yards and a score, while Halls added 34-yards on three catches and a score of his own. Wide receiver Keyshawn Robinson caught five passes for 49 yards. On the other side of the ball, defensive back Zach Connolly netted ten total tackles and a forced fumble, while defensive end Derek Barden added nine total tackles (two for loss) and notched a quarterback hurry. Linebacker Josh Hoy had seven total tackles (two for loss, including a 22-yard sack) as well as a forced fumble and fumble recovery. Defensive back Marcell Mitchell added five tackles (all solo) and a forced fumble/fumble recovery of his own.
For the Hawks, Morgan gained 180 total yards on 18 touches and scored a touchdown. Kimball completed five of only nine passes for 72 yards as well as a touchdown strike to Barry (the touchdown was Barry's only catch in the contest). Running back David Collins added 66 yards on 18 touches, while running back Taizon Barrett contributed 41 yards on five touches. Defensively, Barrett added nine total tackles (2.5 for loss), while linebacker Jared Zieman tallied nine total tackles (two for loss) as well. Defensive lineman Carlos Roche had eight total tackles (1.5 for loss) while also recovering a fumble that he forced. Defensive back Elijah Hill notched four total tackles and caught the lone interception of the game.
The Eagles will host the Colonels of Curry College for the program's first ever CCC Football game at the Dr. John W. Winkin Sports Complex next Saturday, October 12th. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 P.M.