Football: Mass. Maritime grounds Fitchburg State

Submitted report

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

Falcons.

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.