LEICESTER, Mass. --- Becker College kicked off their 2019 Homecoming weekend with a 28-12 loss by the Hawks football team against visiting Husson University on Saturday afternoon at Alumni Field on the campus of Becker College in Leicester.
October 5, 2019
Alumni Field, Leicester, Mass.
Score: Husson 28, Becker 12
Records: The Eagles of Husson 1-3, 1-0 CCC | The Hawks of Becker 2-2, 0-2 CCC
• Husson senior quarterback David Morrison (Ashland, Mass. / Ashland / Westfield State) threw for 146 yards on 14-of-18 passing with two touchdowns and one interception. The senior completed his first nine passes of the game.
• Becker freshman running back Randy Morgan (Spring Hill, Fla. / Springstead) rushed for 152 yards on 16 carries. Morgan also added two catches totaling 28 yards, and had three kickoff returns for 49 yards.
• Husson sophomore running back Garrett Poussard (Lewiston, Maine / Lewiston) rushed for 159 yards on 31 carries with two scores.
• Becker junior running back David Collins (Staten Island, N.Y. / Curtis), the Becker Athlete of the Week for his performance last week at Endicott, rushed for 65 yards on 17 carries.
• Husson senior defensive back Zach Connolly (New Britain, Conn. / New Britain / Western Connecticut State Univ.) led the Eagles with ten tackles and one forced fumble.
• Becker junior quarterback Mac Kimball (Bow, N.H. / Bow) threw for 72 yards on five of nine throwing, with one touchdown completion.
• Becker junior linebacker Jared Zieman (Bethel, Conn. / Bethel) led Becker with nine total tackles including two for a loss.
PLAY BY PLAY
• On the opening drive of the game, Husson received the kickoff and used a balanced attack to drive into Becker territory. Facing a fourth-and-one at the Hawks' 46, the Eagles turned to Poussard who powered his way to a short gain for a first down. Four plays later, Husson was facing a third-and-14 with Morrison going back to pass. This time, it was Becker making the big play, as senior defensive lineman Ryan Gries (North Branford, Conn. / North Branford) and freshman linebacker Nate Oliver (Dartmouth, Mass. / Dartmouth) combined to sack Morrison for a loss of seven yards, forcing the punt.
• On the Hawks' opening drive, they were hamstrung from starting off at their two-yard line. Three rushes netted the hosts a net gain of three yards, forcing them to punt.
• Facing a short field, Morrison and the Eagles wasted no time, as he floated a 30 yard pass to junior wide receiver Patrick Cullen (Conway, N.H. / Kennett) at the one-yard line, beating his defender and stepping into the end zone for a touchdown as Husson went up 7-0 with 6:50 to go in the first quarter.
• On Becker's ensuing drive, the Hawks got a sign of life on their first play from scrimmage, as Morgan burst through for a 19 yard gain. Later at the Husson 42, Morgan exploded for his career-long rush with a 32-yard gain, putting Becker in the red zone for their first time in the day. On the very next play, it was Morgan again, cutting through the Husson defense and crossing the goal line to get the Hawks on the board. Becker elected to go for two on the point-after attempt, but were denied as Morgan was stopped. Nevertheless, the Hawks had pulled to within one at 7-6 with 2:19 to go in the quarter.
• Husson got a great return on the ensuing kickoff, as sophomore kick returner Jon Bell (Skowhegan, Maine / Skowhegan Area) returned the kick 32 yards all the way to midfield at the 50. Facing the daunting task of again stopping the Eagles with a short field behind them, the Hawks made a huge play when Becker freshman defensive lineman Carlos Roche (Boston, Mass. / West Roxbury Academy) stripped the ball loose from Husson freshman running back Arthur Brefil (Hollywood, Fla. / Cooper City) and recovered it himself to give the Hawks the ball back at their own 35.
• The start of the second quarter saw Becker driving and again turning to Morgan for their offense. After a long gain was called back due to a penalty, Morgan rushed for 31 yards, all the way down to the Husson 34. But it was the Eagles stepping up on the drive, stopping the Hawks on a fourth down attempt to regain possession.
• The Eagles again went with a balanced attack, alternating between running and pass to keep the Hawks off-balance. After seven plays, Husson had fought their way to a first-and-goal at the Becker four. Two plays later, the Hawks appeared to catch a break when a bad snap led to a loss of 14, leading to a third-and-goal at the Becker 15. But Morrison proved up to the challenge on the very next play, hitting junior wide receiver Tyler Halls (Lisbon, Maine / Lisbon / Western New England University) for his second touchdown completion of the day as Husson went ahead 14-6 with 7:20 to go in the first half.
• Becker was facing a fourth and 15 on their next drive, and were lined up to punt. The Hawks reached into the play and pulled out a draw play to Morgan as the star rookie exploded for a 29 yard gain, advancing Becker to the Husson 47. Three plays later, Kimball completed just his third pass of the day, finding junior wide receiver Alpha Barry (Staten Island, N.Y. / Curtis) for a 29 yard touchdown completion and pulling the Hawks to within two at 14-12 with 2:50 remaining in the half.
• The Eagles were once again driving when the Hawks made another huge play, as Becker sophomore defensive back Elijah Hill (Tampa, Fla. / Hillsborough) picked off Morrison, giving the Hawks the ball back at their own 48. It was Hill's first interception of the season.
• A Becker punt with 13 seconds left gave Husson no time to move the ball, and the first half ended with the Eagles still leading 14-12, but with momentum swinging firmly in the direction of the Hawks.
• Becker opened the second half with the ball, starting at their own 12 after a penalty on the kickoff. A sack on second down by Husson junior defensive lineman Frank Curran (Portland, Maine / Cheverus) appeared to ground the Hawks back at their five, as a rush by Collins on third down was stopped for a short gain. But the hosts were bailed out by a roughing the kicker penalty on the subsequent punt, giving Becker another set of downs at their own 22. Two plays later it was again Morgan with a big run, going for 20 yards and a first down at the Husson 46. A 12-yard rush from Collins gave the Hawks a first down at the 38, but the offense soon stalled. Becker gamely went for it on fourth down, but Kimball threw it away under pressure to turn it over on down.
• Looking to build on their lead, Husson rededicated themselves to their running game on the ensuing drive, rushing on eight straight snaps before punching it in on a 14 yard rush by Poussard, who turned a third-and-five situation into a touchdown for the visitors. They took a 21-12 lead with 3:50 to go in the third.
• Becker looked to answer the score with their own rushing attack, and appeared to have made a huge play on fourth-and-one when junior running back Taizon Barrett (Westchester, N.Y. / Walter Panas) exploded past the line of scrimmage for an eleven yard gain. But Husson senior defensive back Marcell Mitchell (Hartford, Conn. / Weaver) made the defensive play of the game when he stripped Barrett of the ball and recovered, returning possession to the Eagles as the fourth quarter came to a close.
• Husson went nowhere on their next drive, going three-and-out after Becker forced back to back incompletions by Morrison.
• Trailing by nine with the clock starting to wind down, Becker again attempted to get it going with a dedicated rushing attack. But Morgan was stopped short on a fourth-and-two, tackled short by Husson sophomore linebacker Jaylin Best (Spring Valley, N.Y. / Spring Valley) as the Hawks once again turned it over on downs.
• Husson went to the ground again on their next drive, attempting to run out the clock. Facing third-and-four at the Becker 46 in the face of a stout Hawk defense, Morrison completed an 18 yard pass to senior wide receiver Keyshaun Robinson (Brooklyn, N.Y. / Fort Hamilton), giving the Eagles a fresh set of downs at the Becker 28. Facing third-and-20, Morrison went back to pass and Becker freshman defensive back Shawn Barnes (New Haven, Conn. / Wilbur Cross) broke up the pass in the end zone, only to have Husson pick up the first down on a roughing the passer penalty. Two plays later, Poussard punched it in from six yards out, as the Eagles went ahead 28-12.
• Facing a fourth-and-five with the game on the line, the Hawks were forced to pass. Kimball found Collins for a short reception but he was forced out of bounds well short by Husson sophomore defensive lineman David Redmond (Westbrook, Maine / Westbrook), and the Eagles again took over.
• With less than two minutes remaining, Becker again forced a turnover on downs. Kimball tried to make something happen, but was forced into giving up a 22 yard sack to Husson junior defensive lineman Josh Hoy (Springfield, Vt. / Springfield), who forced a fumble and recovered all the way down to the Becker five. From there, Husson took a knee to end the game.
ADDITIONALS FOR THE HAWKS OF BECKER
• Barrett produced on both sides of the ball, rushing for 27 yards off four carries, catching a pass for 14 yards, and tallying nine tackles including 2.5 coming for a loss.
• Oliver and Roche both added eight tackles on the day.
• Freshman defensive back Sebastien Celestin (Orlando, Fla. / Dr. Phillips) finished with seven tackles, including one for a 14 yard loss.
ADDITIONALS FOR THE EAGLES OF HUSSON
• Junior defensive lineman Derek Barden (Winter Park, Fla. / Winter Park) posted nine tackles including two for a loss for the Eagles.
• Junior linebacker Kaleb Caron (West Gardiner, Maine / Gardiner Area) posted six total tackles, two coming for a loss, and posting one sack.
Becker is off next week with a bye, but the Hawks will be back on the field on Saturday, October 19th when they travel to Nichols College for a 12:00 p.m. game against their CCC cross-county rivals, the Bison. Husson hosts Curry College in their next contest on Saturday, October 12th when they host the Colonels of in a CCC showdown, that kicking off at 1:00 p.m.
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