LEICESTER, Mass. --- The Becker College football team lost 45-0 to visiting Salve Regina University in Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) action on the campus of Becker College in Leicester.
October 26, 2019
Alumni Field, Leicester, Mass.
Score: Salve Regina 45, Becker 0
Records: The Seahawks of Salve Regina 2-5, 1-3 CCC | The Hawks of Becker 2-5, 0-4 CCC
- Salve Regina sophomore Joey Mauriello (Colts Neck, N.J. / Colts Neck), who entered the day as the leading rusher in the CCC, rushed for 202 yards and five touchdowns on 27 carries. Mauriello tied not only his own record set earlier this year but the old Salve Regina record of five rushing touchdowns in a game set by Luke Arnold at UMass Dartmouth on October 28, 2000.
- Becker freshman running back Randy Morgan (Spring Hill, Fla. / Springstead), the second-leading rusher in the CCC and a four-time conference Rookie of the Week, rushed for 111 yards on 26 carries.
- Salve Regina junior quarterback Tyler McGovern (Attleboro, Mass. / Attleboro) threw for 66 yards through the first three quarters, while sophomore quarterback Jack Maguire (Abington, Mass. / Abington) entered the game late in relief, going three-of-four with 118 yards and one touchdown completion.
- Salve Regina junior linebacker Matt Messner (Midland Park, N.J. / Midland Park) led the Seahawks defense with 12 total tackles on the day. Sophomore linebacker Zack Catarius (Sandwich, Mass. / Boston College HS) totaled ten tackles including four for a loss for the visitors.
- Becker senior defensive lineman Ryan Gries (North Branford, Conn. / North Branford) led the Hawks with nine total tackles.
- Becker senior punter Robert Pellerin (Gorham, Maine / Gorham) punted eight times, averaging 35.1 yards per kick.
DRIVE BY DRIVE
- Becker started the game backed up at their own five-yard line after a bobble on the opening kickoff. Facing a third-and-seven from their own seven, the Hawks handed off to Morgan who bounced outside to the left and burst through for a first down to give Becker some desperately needed breathing room. But three plays later the Hawks would go for it off a punt fake facing fourth-and-three, and paid the price when Salve Regina senior defensive lineman Brandon Caplan (Hopatcong, N.J. / Hopatcong) stuffed the carrier at the line of scrimmage, giving the Seahawks their first possession at the Becker 23.
- With great field position, it took Salve Regina just two plays to score the game's first touchdown. Mauriello took his first handoff of the game and blew through the defense for a ten-yard touchdown run for his 13th score of the year as the Seahawks went up 7-0.
- On the ensuing drive, Becker went to the ground on a third-and-six from their own 27 with a handoff to senior wide receiver Jordan Hazelwood (Bayonne, N.J. / Bayonne). Once again, Salve Regina made the play, as Catarius dropped Hazelwood behind the line of scrimmage. The Hawks were forced to punt.
- Once again with excellent field position at the Becker 46, Salve Regina went back to a steady diet of handing the ball off to Mauriello, who pounded the ball down the field on a series of carries before finally punching it through from the one as the Seahawks took a 14-0 lead.
- Becker's offense showed signs of life on their next drive, as Morgan took the handoff on the first play and rushed for 23 yards. On the very next play, junior running back David Collins (Staten Island, N.Y. / Curtis) rushed for three yards more and drew a penalty as the Hawks crossed into Seahawks' territory for the first time on the day. Later on the drive, Becker appeared to have picked up a first down off a Morgan rush to the Salve Regina 23, but a costly penalty resulted in the play being called back and the Hawks were soon forced to punt. Becker sophomore defensive back Elijah Hill (Tampa, Fla. / Hillsborough) assumed the punting duties and exceeded himself when his kick rolled an extra 20 yards and the Hawks downed it at the Seahawks' one-yard line.
- Salve Regina found their rushing attack stymied on their next drive, as Mauriello was stopped for short gains on first and second-down. After an incomplete pass on third-down, they were forced to punt. Becker appeared to have caught a break when the punt went only to their own 35, but a costly fumble by the punt returner resulted in another possession for Salve Regina with the Becker offense never touching the ball.
- With new life, the Seahawks continued to go to the running game, reaching midfield. Facing a third-and-eight, Salve Regina were forced to pass, only for Becker freshman linebacker Nate Oliver (Dartmouth, Mass. / Dartmouth), last week's CCC Defensive Rookie of the Week, to break-up the pass. The Seahawks were forced to punt once again.
- Becker went three-and-out on their next drive, with Salve Regina senior Justin Jantorno (Titusville, N.J. / Notre Dame) dropping the ball carrier for a four-yard loss on third down. The Hawks were again forced to punt.
- Getting the ball back at their own 49, the Seahawks needed just a single play to break the game wide open when Mauriello exploded for a 51 yard rushing touchdown, his third of the day. Salve Regina took a 21-0 lead.
- Becker attempted to get the running game going again, with Morgan crossing the 50 on a 16-yard rush. But another costly penalty two plays later soon had the Hawks in dire straits as a handoff to Collins on third-and-19 was stopped well short and Becker punted again.
- With the Seahawks backed up at their own 11 to start the drive after a penalty on the punt return, the Hawks' defense was able to stuff Mauriello, including a key stop on third-and-two when Becker sophomore linebacker Ty'Rique Evans-Pergee (Derby, Conn. / Derby) made the play. Not risking it on a fourth-and-one from their own 20, Salve Regina elected to punt.
- Becker went three-and-out on their next drive, as three rushes netted a total of two yards. The Hawks had to punt again.
- Salve Regina turned to freshman running back Robert Gomes (Plymouth, Mass. / Plymouth North) on their next drive, as the rookie pounded the ball all the way to the Becker 17. But on third and one, Becker junior linebacker Jared Zieman (Bethel, Conn. / Bethel), enjoying a breakout season, made a huge play to drop Gomes for a four yard loss. The Seahawks had to settle for a 38 yard field goal attempt, only to see the ball sail wide left. Becker took over at their own 21.
- With time winding down in the first half, the Hawks opted to play conservatively, as three rushes were enough to run out the clock. The teams went into halftime with Salve Regina still leading 21-0.
- The Seahawks opened the second half receiving the kickoff, returning it to the 32. They handed off to Gomes who followed his blockers to the outside left and exploded down the sideline for a 63 yard gain. Only a touchdown saving tackle by Hill to push Gomes out of bounds at the Becker five prevented the score. Mauriello reconciled that on the very next play, punching the ball through for his fourth score of the day to put Salve Regina ahead 28-0.
- After a three-and-out by Becker on the ensuing drive, the visitors got the ball back at their own 47 after the punt. On their second play from scrimmage, McGovern hit sophomore wide receiver Max DeVito (Cedar Grove, N.J. / Cedar Grove) for a 29 yard gain to the Becker 24, the longest pass completion of the game to that point. From there, it was the Mauriello show, as the sophomore rushed on five consecutive plays before punching it in from the one for his fifth touchdown of the day. The Seahawks took a 35-0 lead.
- On Becker's ensuing drive, the Hawks were fortunate to have an interception called back on a penalty. Becker would go three-and-out, with Hazelwood dropped by Salve Regina junior defensive lineman Bobby de Poortere (Bernardsville, N.J. / Bernards) for a five yard loss on third-and-five. Once again, Becker went back to punt.
- On Salve's ensuing drive, the Seahawks alternated at will between Mauriello and Gomes, slowly chewing up yardage and clock. The Seahawks had a first and ten at the Becker 15 and a second and four after a Mauriello carry. From there, however, the Hawks' defense stiffened. Pellerin and Gries dropped Mauriello for a loss on second down, and a pass from McGovern was off-target. The Seahawks were forced to settle for a 28-yard field goal by senior kicker Angelo DiSanto (North Reading, Mass. / North Reading), accounting for the first Salve Regina points not resulting from a score by Mauriello.
- Becker's next drive again went three-and-out, as a false start and the rushing game going nowhere.
- As the fourth quarter got underway and with the game out of reach with a short field besides, the Seahawks began substituting their skill position players. Maguire entered the game and found senior wide receiver Mike Nestor (Danvers, Mass. / Danvers) for a 17 yard reception, bringing the Seahawks to the Becker eight. On the very next play, however, Gomes was stripped on a carry by Becker freshman defensive back Shawn Barnes (New Haven, Conn. / Wilbur Cross), and recovered the ball at the Becker four. For the first time since halftime, the Hawks' defense held the Seahawks without a score.
- Now well into the fourth quarter, Becker began alternating between Morgan and Collins. Going for it on fourth-and-one at their own 13 yard line, Morgan pounded his way for a two-yard gain. Three plays later, the rookie burst through for a 26 yard rush that took Becker all the way to midfield. Just when it seemed the drive would stall, a penalty against the Seahawks gave the Hawks new life; a first down at the Salve 25. Becker sophomore running back JJ Harrison (Norfolk, Va. / Techboston Academy) rushed for eight yards, followed by a short gain for a first down by Collins. But three plays later on third-and-eight, Becker junior Ryan Pearce (Bridgewater, Mass. / Bridgewater-Raynham) entered the game as a back and was tackled for a loss by de Poortere. With nothing to lose and facing fourth-and-12, Becker turned to Hazelwood for a pass. The senior overthrew his target, however, as the Hawks were again held without points.
- On the ensuing drive, Salve Regina was facing a third-and-five from their own 20 when Maguire found sophomore wide receiver Hayden Hulme (Milford, Conn. / Jonathan Law) on a short pass that the receiver turned into an 80 yard touchdown reception. The Seahawks went ahead 45-0.
- On Becker's next drive, they went three-and-out in an attempt to run out the clock. A punt by Pellerin saw Salve Regina regain possession, and the Seahawks began taking a knee to end the game.
Becker will be back on the field next Saturday, November 2nd when they host Curry College in a 12:00 p.m. game in CCC action. Salve Regina plays host to the University of New England in their next contest, that also coming on Saturday at 12 noon.
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