MIDDLETOWN, R.I. – The Salve Regina Seahawks sealed a 35-28 deal over Worcester State University at Guadet Field Saturday afternoon for each team's season opener.
September 2, 2017
Score: Salve Regina 35, Worcester State 28
Records: Salve Regina (1-0) | Worcester State (0-1)
Salve Regina started the scoring on Worcester State' second drive when Charlie Connell (Oradell, N.J.) picked a Noah Brum (Honolulu, HI) pass and returned the ball nine yards for the first touchdown of the game. On Salve Regina's next drive they scored again as James Dawson (Oradell, N.J.) registered a 2-yard rushing touchdown. Andrew Verre (Wethersfield, Conn.) went 2-2 on the day on extra point attempts, and made the score 14-0 Seahawks.
With just under three minutes to go in the first, Worcester State made a streak in the scoreboard as Brum and Jacob Maher (Marshfield, Mass.) connected on a 10-yard pass for a touchdown. Noah Hwang (Brooklyn, N.Y.) completed the extra-point attempt for the Lancers and cut the deficit to seven (14-7).
The duo of Brum and Maher connected once again in the second quarter when Brum threw a 67-yarder to Maher for six points. Hwang's good kick knotted the score at 14-all.
Slave Regina responded on the next drive when Robert Askew (Ramsey, N.J.) listed a 10-yard rushing touchdown to put the score back in the Seahawks' favor.
Worcester State received the ball at their 25-yard mark with three minutes to go in the second stanza. Brum completed two passes to Kyler Brown (Chelmsford, Mass.) to gain another first down. After a meeting on the Worcester State bench, Brum completed a 41-yard pass to Dan Orlando (Westborough, Mass.) to put the Lancers in the red zone. With just seven seconds on the clock, Worcester State was able to tally a touchdown on an 18-yard pass to Justin Lewis (Lynn, Mass.) for a tie score at the intermission (14-14).
Salve Regina pushed ahead in the third quarter as they scored two receiving touchdowns – one on a 35-yard pass to Brendan Nunes (Attleboro, Mass.) and another long-ball to Tommy Seaver (Rocky Hill, Conn.) from quarterback Danny McDermott (Franklin, Mass.). The extra point on both touchdowns was worthy, which led to a 28-14 gain for Salve Regina.
Worcester State attempted a comeback in the final stanza when Brum found the hands of Orlando five yards out from the end zone for his first touchdown of the year (35-21). The Blue and Gold stopped the Seahawks' on their next drive, however, Salve Regina's Connell logged his second interception of the day with just one minute left on the clock, putting the clock in Salve Regina's hands.
A NUMBERS GAME
- Worcester State's quarterback, Brum, completed 30-of-47 passes and threw for a total of 373-yards throughout the contest. Four of his passes resulted in a touchdown. On the reverse side, he threw four interceptions.
- Maher was at the other end of Brums hands for two touchdowns, and picked up a game-high 136 receiving yards on four receptions. Orlando tallied a game-high 10 receptions for a total of 118 yards and one touchdown.
- Defensively, Mike Quinn (Sutton, Mass.) led the Blue and Gold in total tackles with 11, and also logged a breakup. Theo Bryant (Lowell, Mass.) chalked up nine tackles, while Markiesh Harmon (Leominster, Mass.) and Stephen Smialek (Dartmouth, Mass.) combined for 10.
- Bryant marked his first interception of the year in the fourth stanza and gained 36-yards on the pick.
- Salve Regina's quarterback, McDermott, had a 70% completion rate and threw for a total of 184 yards and two touchdowns.
- Dawson earned game-high honors with 116 rushing yards on 32 attempts. Nunes and Seaver totaled 5 and 4 receptions, respectively, for a combined 126 yards.
- Verre went 5-for-5 on PATs.
- Defensively for the Seahawks, Matt Messner (Midland Park, N.J.) tallied a team-high nine tackles and a breakout, while John Salute (Mahwah, N.J.) registered the only sack of the game.
- This is Salve Regina's fourth consecutive win over Worcester State. The Lancers are 6-6 all-time against Salve Regina, dating back to 1998.
The football team's home opener is scheduled for Friday, Sep. 8 under the lights as they will entertain Becker College at 7 p.m.