LEICESTER, Mass. --- The Becker College football team lost 42-15 to visiting Dean College on Saturday afternoon at Alumni Field on the Becker campus in Leicester.
September 22, 2018
Alumni Field, Leicester
Score: Dean 42, Becker 15
Records: Dean (1-3) | Becker (0-4)
On the opening drive, Becker sophomore quarterback Alpha Barry (Staten Island, N.Y. / Curtis) drove the Hawks all the way down to the Dean 13 yard line with a first down. But Dean junior defensive back Shannon Moxey (Austell, Ga. / Carlton Kell ) ripped the ball out of Barry's hands on an option rush, and the Bulldogs took over.
After Dean went three and out, the Becker defense capitalized on a major miscue by the visitors when the punter couldn't get off a high-snap from their own end zone. The fumble was recovered by Becker freshman linebacker Marshell Ricketts (Far Rockaway, N.Y. / Queens) for a touchdown as the Hawks went ahead 7-0.
On the ensuing Dean drive, the Becker defense again came up with a big play when, after Dean drove all the way down to the Becker 28, sophomore defensive back Emilio Muniz (Meriden, Conn. / Francis T. Maloney) picked off a pass to the outside and returned it 32 yards, giving the Hawks great field position.
After a Becker three-and-out, Dean took over at their own one-yard line. Freshman quarterback Terrell Watts (New Haven, Conn. / Hillhouse) went back for the Bulldogs and found junior wide receiver Errol Breaux (Marietta, Ga. / Carlton Kell) who broke a tackle and went 86 yards before finally being brought down deep in the Hawks' territory. Despite a brave stand by the Becker defense, Dean capitalized on a holding penalty on third down and punched it in from the five from freshman running back DeAndre Grange (Teaneck, N.J. / Teaneck). After a blocked extra-point by Becker junior linebacker Christian Perkins (Melrose, Mass. / Melrose), Becker still clung to the lead, 7-6. That remained the score as the quarter ended.
After a turnover on down on the ensuing Becker drive gave Dean starting position from their own 46. Dean likewise elected to go for it on fourth down as opposed to punting, and like the Hawks they would turn it over. Later in the quarter, the Becker special teams made a great play when a punt by sophomore Emeka Carranza (White Plains, N.Y. / Walter Panas) was downed at the Dean one-yard line. On the very first play from scrimmage, Becker senior linebacker Michael Bianco (Manorville, N.Y. / Eastport-South Manor) made a huge play when he tackled Grange in the end zone for a safety as Becker took a 9-6 lead.
On the ensuing kickoff, Becker freshman kick returner Elijah Hill (Tampa, Fla. / Hillsborough) posted a 20 yard return, giving the Hawks excellent field position at the Bulldog 42. Barry found freshman wide receiver Marc O'Neal (Dayton, Ohio / Archbishop Alter) for a 30 yard gain to setup Becker with a first-and-goal. Four plays later, the Hawks went for it from the one on fourth down and sophomore running back David Collins (Staten Island, N.Y. / Curtis) punched it in to increase Becker's lead to 15-6 after the missed extra point.
On the ensuing drive, Dean's offense broke through as they went 52 yards on eight plays, as Grange scored his second touchdown of the day, then converted the two-point conversion to pull the Bulldogs to within one at 15-14.
On the ensuing Becker drive, Barry led the Hawks down to the Dean 39 with the clock winding down. But on fourth down the sophomore was intercepted by Dean sophomore defensive back Malik Brown (Miami, Fla. / Booker T. Washington), who returned it all the way to the Becker 20 with 22 seconds remaining. Two plays later, Watts hit Breaux for a 21 yard touchdown completion, as the Bulldogs went up 22-15 going into halftime after a two-point conversion from freshman running back Quintus Reid (New Haven, Conn. / Hillhouse).
Momentum carried Dean into the third quarter, as they went 57 yards on their opening drive and took a 29-15 lead off a 22 yard touchdown completion from Watts to Breaux, their second scoring hookup of the day.
On the ensuing drive, the Hawks once again crossed into Bulldogs' territory, only for Barry to be picked off by Moxey for the junior's second turnover caused of the day. Dean went 72 yards and were poised to add to their lead with a first down at the Becker 21. But Becker senior defensive lineman Brandon Mole (Bovina, N.Y. / Delaware Acad.) forced a fumble and recovered to get the ball back in Hawks' hands.
With Becker failed to convert on third down, the Hawks opened the play book with a fake punt from their own 29. But junior Robert Pellerin (Gorham, Maine / Gorham) was picked off by Reid as Dean regained possession as the third quarter came to a conclusion.
Opening the fourth quarter on Becker's side of the field with a fresh set of downs and a 29-15 lead, Dean reached the 30 before they went for it on fourth down, only for Perkins to sack Watts as the Hawks regained possession.
With Becker again facing a fourth down on their own side of the field, they once again attempted a faked punt with Pellerin. As had happened on their previous possession, the Hawks were again picked off, this time by junior defensive lineman Wadell Alceus (Apopka, Fla. / Dr. Phillips). After the Becker defense forced a punt, Barry was intercepted by freshman defensive back David Marino-Silver (Tampa, Fla. / Braulio Alonso). The rookie returned it 20 yards for a pick-six as the Bulldogs went ahead 36-15.
On Becker's ensuing drive, they fought their way all the down to the Dean 10. Down three touchdowns, they went for it on fourth down, and once again turned it over when the pass sailed incomplete.
On Dean's second play from scrimmage on their final drive of the game, freshman running back Ki'sean Bullard (Miami, Fla. / Monsignor Pace) broke free and ran up the sideline for an 88 yard touchdown. The 42-15 score held up for the final.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• Dean held a 386-233 advantage in total yards.
• Grange finished with 116 yards on 28 carries for Dean with two touchdowns.
• Barry finished with 62 yards on the ground and 61 yards in the air.
• Penalties were critical throughout the day, as Becker was flagged 12 times for 100 yards.
• Time of Possession: Dean (27:18), Becker (32:42)
The Hawks will rest next weekend, and return to the field the following Saturday (Oct. 6) when they head down to Salve Regina University for a 12:00 p.m. game. It will represent the Commonwealth Coast Football league opener for both teams.
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