DUDLEY, Mass. – Becker College's rookie Randy Morgan (Spring Hill, Fla.) broke the Becker College single-season rushing yards record with 188 yards in the 40-17 setback to the Bison of Nichols College in a Saturday afternoon Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Football contest.
October 19, 2019
Score: Nichols 40 | Becker 17
Records: Nichols (4-2, 2-1 CCCF) | Becker (2-4, 0-3 CCCF)
The Bison began the scoring midway through the first quarter when Alex Santiago (Sunrise, Fla.) capped off a six-play, 39-yard drive with a 33-yard field goal for the 3-0 lead. On Nichols' next drive, the Bison got down to the Becker 19-yard line, but rookie Nate Oliver (Dartmouth, Mass.) intercepted the pass on the 17-yard line and returned the ball 13 yards to give the possession back to the Hawks. Becker was held back on their side of the field, and a team safety with one minute to go in the first gave Nichols an 8-0 edge heading into the second quarter.
Becker had the ball to start the second quarter, but Nick Nieuwhof (Alpharetta, Ga.) intercepted a Mac Kimball (Bow, N.H.) pass 28 seconds into the second in the Becker endzone for the first Bison touchdown of the game. A good kick from Santiago gave Nichols a 12-0 advantage.
The Hawks scored halfway through the second when Morgan completed a two-yard run which capped off a 10-play, 65-yard drive. A good two-point conversion from Kimball to Christian Perkins (Melrose, Mass.) brought the Hawks within four (12-8). One the ensuing drive, Nichols' quarterback Michael Pina (Brockton, Mass.) threw a 37-yard touchdown to Joshua Pierre-Charles (Millis, Mass.), and Santiago made another extra-point attempt to move the score to 19-8. The Hawks cut the Bison's lead to eight before the half with a 27-yard field goal from Kimball.
Nichols ran ahead with the score in the third quarter as Pierre-Charles had a 28-yard rushing touchdown, and Tony Martignoil (Santa Rosa, Calif.) registered a passing touchdown to give the Bison a 33-11 lead.
Pierre-Charles recorded his third touchdown of the game in the fourth to give the Bison their largest lead of the game (29), as the score changed to 40-11. Becker's Morgan was the last to score for either team with 3:18 to go in the game on a 32-yard run, settling the score at 40-17.
FOR THE HAWKS
- Morgan led the Hawks with two rushing touchdowns, and broke the Becker College record of rushing yards in a single season with 188 today, to total 733 in his rookie season. This breaks previous record holder's (Jacob Holmes) 674 rushing yards in 2015. Morgan also had one 11-yard catch on the day.
- David Collins (Staten Island, N.Y.) rushed 15 times and logged 47 offensive yards for the Blue and Gray. With the 15 runs, Collins now stands at first place in the Becker College record book for all-time career rushing attempts (379). Matthew Romasco (2012-15) previously held the record at 377.
- Kimball went 1-for-1 on field goal attempts with three points for the Hawks. At the quarterback position, he completed 2-of-7 passes for a total of 30 yards.
- Oliver led the Hawks on defense with 11 tackles (7 solo, 4 assisted) and had one interception, returning the ball for 13 yards. He also logged 25 yards on a kickoff return.
- Both Jared Zieman (Bethel, Conn.) and Ryan Gries (North Branford, Conn.) had eight tackles for the Hawks. Zieman recorded one sack for a loss of seven yards.
- Perkins gave the Hawks two offensive points on a two-point conversion. On defense he had five tackles. 3.5 of his tackles were for a loss of 16 yards. He also had a pass breakup.
FOR THE BISON
- Senior quarterback, Pina, finished the day with 268 yards, going 19-34 on passing attempts. He threw for two touchdowns and was intercepted once.
- On the other end of Pina was Martignoli and Pierre-Charles for touchdowns. Martignoli led the Bison with 128 yards on seven catches.
- Pierre-Charles led the team in rushing yards, as he had 90 on 20 attempts. Two of his touchdowns were on rushing attempts, while one was a receiving touchdown.
- Santiago was perfect at the foot today, going 1-for-1 on field goals, and 5-for-5 on extra point attempts.
- Joe Cox (Mansfield, Mass.) led all defense with a career-high 16 tackles (13 solo, 3 assisted).
- Mareka Reid (Covington, Ga.) had eight tackles - two of which were tackles for a loss.
- Christian Tovar (Estero, Fla.) and Nieuwhof each had one interception on the day.
Becker returns home next Saturday (Oct. 26) and will entertain the Seahawks of Salve Regina in a 1:30 p.m. CCC Football game at Alumni Field.
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