LEICESTER, Mass. --- The Becker College football team lost 35-0 to visiting Western New England University in Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) action on Saturday on the campus of Becker College in Leicester.
November 9, 2019
Alumni Field, Leicester, Mass.
Score: Western New England 35, Becker 0
Records: The Golden Bears of WNE 8-1, 6-0 CCC | The Hawks of Becker 2-7, 0-6 CCC
- Becker freshman running back Randy Morgan (Spring Hill, Fla. / Springstead) became the first Hawk to rush for 1000 career rushing yards in a single season, finishing the day with 34 rushing yards on 14 carries. Morgan entered the day needing just 12 yards, and he picked that up on his fourth carry of the day on Becker's opening drive in the first quarter, a two yard gain. Just nine games into his collegiate career, he is just the fourth Hawk ever to reach the 1K yard rushing plateau for his career.
- WNE senior quarterback Alec Coleman (Arlington, Mass. / Arlington) was 14 of 23 passing for 156 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.
- WNE senior running back Jamyre Soberanis (Dorchester, Mass. / Newton South) rushed for 122 yards on seven carries, with two touchdowns.
- Becker junior running back David Collins (Staten Island, N.Y. / Curtis) rushed for 25 yards on 13 carries.
- WNE junior wide receiver Steven Fedorchak (Guilderland, N.Y. / Guilderland) caught five passes for 44 yards and a touchdown.
- WNE junior linebacker Erich Keutmann (Washingtonville, N.Y. / Washingtonville) was dominant on the defensive side of the ball with 19 total tackles including three for a loss.
- Becker junior linebacker Jared Zieman (Bethel, Conn. / Bethel) led the Hawks' defense with eight total tackles on the day.
- Prior to the game, the Becker College athletics department and the football program took a few moments to recognize their outstanding senior class as part of Senior Day. Quarterback Jake McHugh (Lynnfield, Mass. / Lynnfield), linebacker / punter Robert Pellerin (Gorham, Maine / Gorham), defensive lineman Ryan Gries (North Branford, Conn. / North Branford), offensive lineman and team captain Austin Ryan (Apopka, Fla. / Apopka) and defensive lineman and team captain Christian Perkins (Melrose, Mass. / Melrose) were honored by teammates, coaches, family members and fans for all their contributions to the program and to the Becker community as a whole. Although their playing careers may be coming to an end, they will forever be a part of the Hawks family.
DRIVE BY DRIVE – FIRST HALF
- On the opening drive of the game, Becker rushed on six consecutive plays, with Morgan passing the thousand yard marker on a rush on third and three that saw him stopped just short of a first down. On the ensuing punt, WNE senior defensive lineman Joey DeCoste (Littleton, Mass. / Littleton) blocked the punt and the Golden Bears took over with excellent field position at the Becker 34.
- On their first offensive series of the game, Western New England found themselves stuffed by a determined Becker defense, as the Hawks smothered the rushing attack. The Golden Bears had to settle for a 36 yard field goal attempt, that going wide left as the score remained tied at 0-0.
- With momentum behind them, the Hawks again went to the ground, but would go three and out when WNE junior defensive lineman Tony Figueroa (Ridgely, Md / North Caroline) tackled Becker senior Jordan Hazelwood (Bayonne, N.J. / Bayonne) well short of the marker on third down. The home team was forced to punt.
- Starting their drive at midfield, the Golden Bears quickly capitalized as Coleman found sophomore tight end Matt Eylander (Grantham, N.H. / Lebanon) wide open over the middle on a broken coverage for a 36 yard touchdown reception. WNE went up 7-0.
- Becker's next drive netted them a total of two yards as a reinvigorated WNE defense and a costly penalty against the Hawks led to another three and out.
- Taking over at their own 32, Western New England went to a balanced offense as they marched their way into Hawk territory. Facing fourth and six at the Becker 31, Coleman was intercepted by Becker freshman linebacker Nate Oliver (Dartmouth, Mass. / Dartmouth) for a 14 yard return as the first quarter came to an end.
- On the following drive, Becker alternated rushers between Morgan, Collins and Hazelwood. Facing third-and-11, the Hawks went to Morgan but he was stopped well short by Keutmann. The Hawks were once again forced to punt.
- Taking over at their own 13, the Golden Bears used a rushing attack to give themselves some breathing room, picking up a couple of first downs. With a fresh set of downs at their 36, Coleman would again hit on an open pass, this time to Soberanis who took off down the sideline for a 64 yard touchdown reception. Western New England went ahead 14-0.
- Becker's ensuing drive went three-and-out, and the Hawks were crippled when a bad snap on the punt sailed over the punter's head. The Golden Bears recovered at the Becker three yard line.
- Western New England needed only one play to extend their lead, as senior running back Peter Hoff (Shelton, Conn. / Shelton) barreled into the end-zone from three yards out. The Golden Bears took a commanding 21-0 lead.
- The Hawks got nowhere on their next drive as a swarming Golden Bears stuffed the rushing attack, with Keutmann dropping Morgan for an eight-yard loss. The Becker punt gave Western New England the ball back at midfield.
- With the Hawks reeling, the Golden Bears needed just two snaps to score once again as Soberanis exploded for a 51 yard rushing touchdown, his second of the day. Western New England went up 28-0.
- On Becker's final drive of the first half, the Hawks attempted to run out the clock but were forced to punt when the Golden Bears called timeout with 17 seconds left. Western New England rushed one last time before letting the first half come to an end.
DRIVE BY DRIVE – SECOND HALF
- In the second half, Western New England continued to chew up yardage, with Coleman finding his groove. Coleman ended the eight-play drive by hitting Fedorchak for a three-yard touchdown catch. The Golden Bears went up 35-0.
- On Becker's first drive of the third quarter, the Hawks went three and out with another bad snap on the punt giving WNE excellent field position at the Becker 30.
- The Hawk defense stepped up on the following Golden Bear drive, as Perkins and junior linebacker Brandon James (Bergenfield, N.J. / Bergenfield) dropped the ball carrier for a five yard rush on second down and Coleman's pass on third down was off the mark. Western New England was forced to punt.
- Becker went three-and-out on their next drive, and Western New England was poised to take over. The Hawks got a huge break on the following punt when the Golden Bears fumbled the punt return, and Becker freshman linebacker Jay Hinton (Bridgeport, Conn. / Fairchild Wheeler Magnet) recovered to give the Hawks the ball back at the 50. That drive ended in a failed field goal attempt for Becker, as WNE sophomore tight end Brine Wotherspoon (Wyoming, R.I. / Chariho) made the block.
- Beginning at their own 14, the Golden Bears continued to chip away at the Hawk defense, even as Western New England began to sub out their players. Facing a third-and-seven at the Becker 20, WNE senior quarterback Brendan Smith (Seekonk, Mass. / Seekonk) entered the game and attempted the pass, only for Becker sophomore defensive back Elijah Hill (Tampa, Fla. / Hillsborough) broke up the pass. Western New England went to settle for a field goal, but a bad snap led to Becker taking over on downs.
- Becker went to their bench as the game wound down, but Western New England continued to make plays. WNE junior linebacker Nick Parchinski (Mahwah, N.J. / Warwick Valley) dropped the ball carrier behind the line of scrimmage on a fourth-and-two, as the Golden Bears took over.
- Western New England would rush two more times to let the clock run out, finishing the game.
The Hawks of Becker will conclude their 2019 season next Saturday when they travel to the University of New England for a 12:00 p.m. game. The Golden Bears of WNE will be looking to officially clinch the fifth straight CCC Championship next Saturday when they host Husson University in a 1:00 p.m. contest.
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