LEICESTER, Mass. --- The Becker College football team lost 14-6 to visiting Curry College in Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) action on Saturday afternoon on the campus of Becker College in Leicester.
November 2, 2019
Alumni Field, Leicester, Mass.
Score: Curry 14, Becker 6
Records: The Colonels of Curry 2-6, 2-3 CCC | The Hawks of Becker 2-6, 0-5 CCC
- Curry senior quarterback Nick Juvelier (Centereach, N.Y. / Centereach) threw for 139 yards and one touchdown. The senior also rushed for 25 yards on the ground.
- Becker freshman running back Randy Morgan (Spring Hill, Fla. / Springstead) rushed for 137 yards and a touchdown on the day. Morgan's 28 carries was one short of the Becker school record, that being set by Morgan earlier this season. Morgan, already the holder of the single-season rushing yardage title in school history, is just 19 yards short of 1000.
- Curry senior running back D'Aundray Burcy (Hyde Park, Mass. / Reading Memorial) rushed for 66 yards off 17 carries and one score.
- Curry senior defensive lineman Hunter Atwood (Reading, Mass. / Reading Memorial) led the Colonels with nine tackles including 1.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
- Becker junior linebacker Jared Zieman (Bethel, Conn. / Bethel) led the Hawks with a game-high 11 total tackles with one hurry.
- Becker freshman defensive back Sebastien Celestin (Orlando, Fla. / Dr. Phillips) finished with seven tackles and two pass breakups for the Hawks in a breakout performance.
DRIVE BY DRIVE – FIRST HALF
- On the game's opening drive, Curry received the kickoff and took advantage of a Becker penalty to drive it down to the Becker 42. But a bad handoff on third and short set the Colonels back, forcing the visitors to punt.
- Becker faced a major challenge early on their opening drive when Curry freshman wide receiver / punter Gabriel Desouza (North Andover, Mass. / North Andover) dropped an excellent punt that took a favorable roll for the Colonels, backing up the Hawks at their own two-yard line. As they have all season, Becker turned to Morgan, who led a rushing attack that got the Hawks out of the danger zone. But the drive stalled as the Curry defense stiffened against the rushing attack, and Morgan dropped a pass on third down that forced a punt from the Becker 27.
- On Curry's second drive of the day, Becker appeared to have the advantage when senior defensive lineman Ryan Gries (North Branford, Conn. / North Branford) sacked Juvelier for a 12 yard loss on the first play from scrimmage. But on the very next play, the Colonels QB would escape from the pocket and scramble for a 25 yard gain to get the visitors rolling. Three plays later, Juvelier hit senior wide receiver Mike DelGais (East Rockaway, N.Y. / East Rockaway) over the middle for a 30 yard completion to bring Curry all the way down to the two yard line. The Hawks made an incredible stand, stuffing a rushing attempt on first and goal, stopping the Colonels on second down when Celestin broke up a pass, and then collapsing on the Curry offensive line on third down when Becker junior defensive lineman Coty George-Davis (Windsor, Conn. / Northwest Catholic) and sophomore defensive back Elijah Hill (Tampa, Fla. / Hillsborough) combined to drop Juvelier four yards behind the line of scrimmage. The Colonels elected to go for it on fourth down and handed off to Burcy. Becker freshman linebacker Nate Oliver (Dartmouth, Mass. / Dartmouth) made the play of the game up to that point, stopping Burcy just short of the goal line as the Hawks took over on downs at the one.
- Becker's offense appeared to be clicking when Morgan once again pounded the ball for a first down to give the Hawks some breathing space. But a fumble on a rush by Becker senior wide receiver Jordan Hazelwood (Bayonne, N.J. / Bayonne) was pounced on by Atwood and the Colonels regained possession at the Becker 16.
- In the Becker red zone for the second time of the day, Curry seemed plagued by hiccups with a false start and a fumble. But Juvelier settled the Colonels down, finding Desouza for a 15 yard touchdown reception to put the visitors up 7-0.
- On the Hawks' ensuing drive, the first quarter came to an end as Morgan was stopped short on third down and the Hawks were again forced to punt.
- Backed up at their own 11, Curry used a balance attack to advance all the way to the Becker 39 yard line with a first down. But once again the Hawks showed they could slow the Colonels down in the open field, as Becker sophomore defensive back Emilio Muniz (Meriden, Conn. / Francis T. Maloney) broke up a pass and Curry was forced to punt for a touchback.
- The Hawks went three-and-out on their next drive, gaining a total of three yards before they were forced to punt.
- Curry tried to go to the air on their next drive, throwing on three straight plays. But Zieman hurried the quarterback on second down to force an incompletion, and tackled the receiver short of the first down on the very next play as the Colonels would go three-and-out.
- Backed up at their 16, Becker again turned to Morgan, who picked up the first down off a four-yard rush on third down. But on the very next play, Becker attempted a reverse handoff after getting the carry, only for the ball to be fumbled and recovered by Atwood as the Colonels got the ball back at the Becker 20.
- With Curry once again given a red zone opportunity, Becker stepped up and stopped the Colonels' rushing attack on three straight snaps. Curry again chose to go for it on fourth down, this time on a fourth and three from the Becker 13. Burcy picked it up, busting through for an eight yard gain. Two plays later the senior pounded it in from the one as the Colonels went ahead 14-0.
- The next drive saw the first half come to an end as the Hawks ran out the clock.
- First half stats had Curry outgaining Becker in total yards, 176 to 87. Morgan led all rushers with 55 yards while Burcy had 45. Juvelier threw for 120 yards and a score in the air.
DRIVE BY DRIVE – SECOND HALF
- On the opening drive of the second half, Becker advanced to their own 39 before a joint-sack by Curry senior defensive end Phuc Tran (Revere, Mass. / Revere) and Atwood put the Hawks back on their heels. Two plays later, Becker handed off to Morgan and third and long, but the ten-yard gain would not be enough. The Hawks had to punt for the fourth time on the day.
- On their first drive of the second half, Curry went to the ground, with junior running back Zach Levy (Bellingham, Mass. / Bellingham) getting the lion's share of the carries. The Colonels pounded the ball all the way to the Becker 35 and faced a second-and-two when the Hawks again stepped up, with Becker senior defensive lineman and team captain Christian Perkins (Melrose, Mass. / Melrose) stopping Levy for no gain on second down and Hill breaking up a pass on third down. Curry was forced to punt.
- Becker's offense finally began to pay dividends on the following series. The Hawks kept the Colonels off-balance, alternating between Morgan's rushes and plays by Hazelwood and Becker junior quarterback Alpha Barry (Staten Island, N.Y. / Curtis). Morgan rushed for a total of seven times for 42 yards on the drive, capped off with an eight yard rushing touchdown to get the Hawks on the board. It was the first Becker score since Morgan rushed for a touchdown with 3:18 to go in the game two weeks ago at Nichols College. After the failed two-point conversion, the third quarter came to an end with Becker trailing 14-6.
- After a 26 yard kick return by Levy, Curry got the ball back in strong field position at their own 48 to start the fourth. Once again the Colonels showed the potency of their balanced attack, picking up a first down at the Becker 19 after a ten yard rush by Burcy. And once again the Hawk defense answered the bell, as Becker freshman defensive back Shawn Barnes (New Haven, Conn. / Wilbur Cross) stopped the run short on back to back snaps and Celestin made the play on the fourth down pass attempt to give Becker the ball back with 10:13 to go in the game.
- Becker's following drive featured the three-headed rushing attack of Morgan, Hazelwood and junior running back David Collins (Staten Island, N.Y. / Curtis). Morgan managed to pick up a first down at the Becker 39 off a six yard rush, but from there the drive stalled, as Atwood sacked Hazelwood on fourth down to give the Colonels a short field at the Becker 32 with 5:36 remaining.
- With a chance to ice it, Curry proceeded to go four-and-out, as Zieman dropped Levy for a three-yard loss on a fourth-and-two.
- With time running out for the Hawks, Becker turned to Collins on third-and-four with the game on the line. The junior picked up the first down, but it would once again be Atwood making the big play for Curry, knocking the ball loose from Collins' grasp and allowing Curry freshman cornerback Joshua Gabbidon (Orlando, Fla. / Dr. Phillips) to recover with 2:26 to go at the Becker 43.
- Facing third-and-eight, Burcy finished the game with a rush that just met the line after the measurement. With Becker out of timeouts, the Colonels were able to take the knee and run out the clock.
Becker will conclude their 2019 home schedule next Saturday when they host Western New England University, the defending CCC Conference Champions. Kickoff is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. The Hawks will honor their graduating senior class before the game as part of Senior Day. Curry hosts Nichols College on Saturday for their own Senior Day, that CCC contest kicking off at 1:00 p.m.
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