The Fitchburg State University football team suffered its third
conference setback Saturday afternoon, falling to Mass. Maritime
Academy, 34-7, in New England Football Conference action.
Freshman quarterback Mike Stanton threw for 135 yards and a pair
of touchdowns, while junior Matt White rushed for 65 yards and a
pair of scores to lead Mass. Maritime to its third NEFC victory.
The win enabled the host Buccaneers (4-3, 3-1 NEFC Bogan) to pull
into a three-way tie atop the Bogan Division standings with Maine
Maritime and Framingham State.
The Buccaneers held a 304-124 advantage in total offense on the
day and took control of a scoreless contest with three scores in
less than six minutes over the final 7:17 of the opening half.
White capped a 12-play, 80-yard drive with a 3-yard run for Mass.
Maritime’s first score of the contest, before Stanton struck for a
pair of touchdown passes for a 21-0 lead at the break. Stanton
connected with sophomore Jonathan Emond on a 19-yard scoring play
with 5:20 to play in the half and then hooked up with freshman Kyle
Tarrant on a 16-yard strike.
White’s second touchdown of the day, a 1-yard plunge just 3:12
after intermission, extended the hosts’ lead to 27-0, and sophomore
Barry Reopell’s 37-yard touchdown run with 12:15 to play capped the
Maritime scoring. The Falcons (1-6, 1-3 NEFC) spoiled the Buccaneer
(4-3, 3-1 NEFC) shutout with 8:49 remaining by taking advantage of
a fumble recovery by senior Anthony Bizzotto, a Leominster High
grad, on a hosts’ 6-yard line. Senior Jordan Cannava connected with
junior Jeremy Kimber, a former Fitchburg High star, on a 3-yard
touchdown pass to account for the final score.
Reopell (80 yards) combined with White for 145 of the
Buccaneers’ 169 rushing yards on the afternoon, as Stanton
completed 10 of 16 pass attempts in tossing his sixth and seventh
touchdown passes of the season. Cannava completed 6 of 10 pass
attempts for 52 yards in the setback for Fitchburg State, while
freshman Chris Bachand amassed 27 rushing yards for the
Senior Christian Guzman paced the Falcons defensively with eight
total tackles, including seven solo stops, while Bizzotto added six
tackles (5 solo) to go with his fumble recovery.
Junior Mike Bois paced the Buccaneers defensively with career
highs in solo tackles (13) and total tackles (16) while recording a
career-best four tackles for losses, totaling 19 yards, and adding
a half sack, forced fumble and pass break-up.
Fitchburg State will be in action again next Saturday as it
hosts Bridgewater State at 1:30 p.m. Mass. Maritime will visit
Maine Maritime next Saturday at noon.