BANGOR, Maine - The Husson University Eagles (2-5, 2-2 CCC Football) were defeated by the Endicott College Gulls (6-1, 4-0 CCC Football) by a final score of 41-16 on a sunny Saturday afternoon at Dr. John W. Winkin Sports Complex.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
Endicott quarterback Joe Kalosky only completed two passes on their opening possession, but both were for gains of over 20 yards. He hit tight end Riley Shanley for a 35-yard gainer, following that up with a 23-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Shea McManaway; the Nick DiCairano extra point gave the Gulls a 7-0 to start.
Back-to-back punts led to a Husson scoring drive engineered by quarterback David Morrison, who completed five of six passes for 50 yards, hitting wide receiver Tyler Halls for an 8-yard score. The Devin Pickett extra point knotted the game up at 7-7 with five minutes, 10 seconds remaining in the first quarter.
On the next drive, Kalosky was picked off by Husson defensive back Zach Connolly, giving the Eagles the ball at the Endicott 38-yard line. Husson drove to the Endicott goal line, but came away with a 29-yard field goal by Pickett to take a 10-7 lead near the end of the first quarter.
Endicott's next drive extended into the second quarter, which stalled at the Husson 29-yard line. A 46-yard field goal was good by DiCairano, tying the game up 10-10. The next two possessions resulted in interceptions; Morrison was picked off by Gull linebacker Kevin O'Brien, who returned the ball all the way to the Eagle 2-yard line. However, backup Endicott quarterback Dylan Bonfilio was intercepted by Eagle defensive back Brandon Williams, who returned his takeaway 62 yards to the Endicott 38-yard line for a new Husson possession.
A fake-run play on the Endicott goal line gave Morrison an easy 1-yard completion to tight end Aidan Hogan for a touchdown, however, the Pickett extra point attempt was blocked, keeping the lead to 16-10 in favor of Husson. A pooch kick by Pickett made contact with an Endicott player, and the Eagles jumped on it at the Endicott 30-yard line. However, the first play saw Morrison intercepted by Gull defensive back Michael Lefebre at the Endicott 16-yard line, where Endicott took over.
A few 8-yard gainers by running back Anthony Caggianelli brought the Gulls to the 50-yard line, where Kalosky found first-year wide receiver Anthony Bracamonte for the 50-yard score. DiCairano's extra point gave Endicott a 17-16 lead, which was one they would not relinquish for the rest of the contest. Anthony Whiteley punched in a 1-yard score before the first half concluded, bringing the score to 24-16 in favor of the Gulls.
After a scoreless third quarter, DiCairano opened up scoring in the fourth quarter with a 41-yard field goal, his second of the day. Kalosky would later take in a touchdown on his own for a 2-yard score, and Kalosky found McManaway for a 4-yard touchdown snag to give Endicott a 41-16 lead as time ticked down to quadruple zero.
For Husson, Morrison completed 17 of 33 passes for 175 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions. Running back Shawn Noel, Jr. touched the ball a total of 38 times, rushing for 104 yards on 33 carries while adding 37 yards in the air on five receptions. Halls and Hogan each caught four passes, with 55 and 40 yards, respectively, and both players added scores. Defensively, linebacker Kaleb Caron was in on eight total tackles (0.5 for loss). Connolly racked up three solo tackles and an interception while Williams added an interception of his own.
For Endicott, Kalosky completed 12 of 22 passes for 199 yards, three touchdowns and an interception; he also added 25 yards and a score on the ground. Running back Greg Ruff contributed 50 rushing yards on nine carries. Whiteley added 47 yards and a score on seven carries, while starting running back John Kenney rushed for 31 yards, also on seven carries. Bracamonte and McManaway each accrued 69 receiving yards; the former on four receptions with a score, and the latter on five receptions and two scores. Shanley added 46 yards on two catches. On the defensive side, linebacker Tim Russell and defensive back Allen Gibson each notched eight total tackles, with Russell being credited with a tackle for loss. Defensive back Mehdi Squalli recorded seven total tackles (0.5 for loss), as well as a pass breakup and an interception. Lefebre, O'Brien and linebacker Grayson Maddux would also add interceptions.
The Eagles will travel to Dudley, Mass. next Saturday, November 2nd to take on the Bisons of Nichols College for their fifth consecutive Commonwealth Coast Conference matchup. Kickoff at Vendetti Field is scheduled for 12:00 P.M.