SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Both Endicott and Salve Regina represented Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC Football) in the 2018 New England Bowl Series on Saturday (Nov. 17). The Gulls hosted Merchant Marine and the Seahawks visited Bridgewater State.
Endicott dropped 38-22 decision, while Salve fell 34-19.
Merchant Marine 38, Endicott 22
Recap of Endicott Sports Information Department.
BEVERLY, Mass. – The Endicott football team lost to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, 38-22, on Saturday evening in the New England Bowl at Hempstead Stadium.
With the victory, Merchant Marine tied its program record for wins finishing the 2018 season at 8-2 overall. It also marks the eighth time in program history the Mariners have compiled eight wins in a season (1968, 1976, 1985, 1986, 1992, 1997, 2002, 2018).
Merchant Marine was led by junior quarterback Krystian Abbott (Lansing, Kan.) who rushed for 109 yards and one score on 25 carries. He also completed six passes on 11 attempts for 97 yards. For his efforts, Abbott was named the New England Bowl Most Outstanding Player.
Meanwhile, Endicott's 2018 season comes to a close at 7-4 overall. Under first-year head coach Paul McGonagle this year, the Gulls finished with a winning record for the first time since 2013 and also made their first playoff appearance since 2013 as well.
Leading 17-14 in the fourth quarter, Merchant Marine scored three unanswered touchdowns to claim all momentum in the contest and come away with the victory.
Endicott made things interesting after falling down early 14-0 by scoring one touchdown in the second and third quarters, respectively, while holding Merchant Marine to just three points (24-yard field goal, 2nd quarter, 10:52) over that same span.
Justin McEwen (Meriden, Conn.) helped cut the Gulls' deficit in half at 14-7 in the second with a 35-yard passing touchdown to junior quarterback Joe Kalosky (Plymouth, Conn.) at 6:54. After giving up a field goal nearly five minutes later, Christian Cole (Goshen, N.Y.) hauled in a catch down the left sideline at 12:31 of the third and took it 43 yards to the house to make it 17-14.
From there, Merchant Marine took over using three separate rushing touchdowns to seal the victory.
- Kalosky went 19-for-32 passing to go along with 211 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions.
- Kalosky's receiving touchdown in the second quarter was the first of his career (second career reception).
- Cole finished the day with seven catches for 110 yards and two touchdowns (43 yards, 12:31, 3rd | 26 yards, 2:25, 4th).
- Hakim Fleming (Bridgeport, Conn.) gained 73 yards on the ground via 13 carries.
- Grayson Maddux (Park City, Utah) registered a career-high 17 tackles (nine solo, eight assisted) and also recovered a fumble. His previous career-high in tackles was eight (vs. Nichols | Sept. 24, 2016 | two solo, six assisted).
- William Rivera (Orangeburg, N.Y.), Christian Pizzotti (Melrose, Mass.), Sam Opont (Bridgeport, Conn.), and Allen Gibson (Seymour, Conn.) all compiled at least 10 tackles each. Rivera had 13, while Pizzotti and Opont notched 11, and Gibson rounded out the group with 10.
- Endicott's seven wins this season are the fourth-most in program history.
FOR MERCHANT MARINE
- The Mariners outgained Endicott 559-333.
- Of the 559 yards, 462 of them came on the ground (90 rushing attempts, 5.1 average per rush).
- Merchant Marine won the time of possession battle 41:40-18:20.
- Wiley Martin (Polo, Mo.) racked up 105 yards on the ground on 16 attempts (long 53, 6.6 average).
- The Mariners saw four other student-athletes punch home rushing touchdowns as Joseph Bellomo (Holliston, Mass.), Matt Strong (Pacific, Mo.), Dominic Spadafore (Lodi, Calif.), and James Early (Middletown, Md.) all found the back of the end zone.
- Brooks Cannell (Ambler, Pa.) paced the Merchant Marine defense with a team-high 11 tackles (six solo, eight assisted).
- Tanner Carter (Columbiana, Ala.) had two interceptions (13 yards) and three tackles (one solo, two assisted).
- Merchant Marine improved to 6-3 overall (6-2 in bowl games, 0-1 NCAA) in postseason play today.
Bridgewater State 34, Salve Regina 19
Recap courtesy of the Bridgewater State Sports Information Department.
BRIDGEWATER, Mass. – Junior cornerback Chris Easter (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) earned Most Valuable Player honors to lead the Bridgewater State University football team to a 34-19 victory over visiting Salve Regina University in the New England Bowl on Saturday afternoon at Swenson field.
The host Bears end the season with an overall record of 8-3, while the Seahawks finish the year at 7-4.
Easter recorded two interceptions to go along with five pass breakups and six solo tackles to lead an outstanding defensive effort by the Bears. Bridgewater finished with 18 pass breakups for the game and four interceptions including one that was returned for a touchdown by freshman cornerback Jaren Alves (East Providence, R.I.).
Along with his pick-six, Alves also notched another interception as well as two breakups and three tackles (two solo).
Junior quarterback Stefano D'Emilia (Bridgewater, Mass.) completed 19 of 26 passes for 232 yards and three touchdowns to highlight the BSU offense. Senior wide receiver Jack Lavanchy (Walpole, Mass.) hauled in nine receptions for 131 yards and a pair of scores, while junior running back Nick Santavicca (Yorktown Height, N.Y.) rushed for 74 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries.
After junior kicker Angelo DiSanto (North Reading, Mass.) staked the Seahawks to an early 3-0 lead with a 45-yard field goal on Salve's first possession of the game, the Bears responded with a 14-play, 72-yard drive capped off by a D'Emilia one-yard touchdown pass to junior tight end Joseph Leanos (Norwood, Mass.). The extra point attempt was no good as Bridgewater led 6-3 with 3:01 remaining in the first quarter.
Early in the second quarter, senior defensive end John Salute (Mahwah, N.J.) sacked D'Emilia in the end zone for a safety to make it a 6-5 game. Later in the period, D'Emilia connected with Lavanchy on a 12-yard TD pass to put the finishing touches on an eight-play, 73-yard drive. The PAT was blocked as the Bears held a 12-5 lead with 3:07 left to play until halftime. That would be all the scoring in the first half.
Three straight Salve turnovers to start the second half all resulted in touchdowns as Bridgewater took a commanding 34-5 lead.
An Easter interception and 21-yard return on the opening possession of the third quarter gave Bridgewater outstanding field position at the Salve 16. Three plays later, Santavicca punched it into the end zone from two yards out. Freshman quarterback Brad Thiltgen (Cumming, Ga.) found Lavanchy in the end zone for the two-point conversion to make it 20-5.
Alves then returned his first interception of the day 39-yards for a touchdown to extend the BSU advantage to 26-5. The two-point try, however, was unsuccessful.
A 44-yard scoring strike from D'Emilia to Lavanchy was set up by a Michael Rosa (Uxbridge, Mass.) forced a fumble and Maxwell Kroll (North Attleboro, Mass.) recovery at the BSU 39. Three plays later, D'Emilia found Lavanchy wide open deep down the right side of the field for the touchdown with 9:24 remaining in the third quarter. On the conversion, sophomore holder Stephen Miranda (Hudson, Mass.) corralled a bad snap and just got the ball inside the pylon for the two points and the 34-5 BSU lead.
Sophomore quarterback Tyler McGovern (Attleboro, Mass.) tossed a pair of touchdowns to round out the scoring with DiSanto converting on both extra points. McGovern connected with junior wide receiver Brendan Nunes (Attleboro, Mass.) on a 28-yard TD pass in the third quarter and then hooked up with freshman running back Joey Mauriello (Colts Neck, N.J.) for a 30-yard fourth-quarter touchdown.
McGovern completed 24 of 59 pass attempts for 292 yards and two touchdowns with the four interceptions. Mauriello rushed for 83 yards on 21 carries and added five catches for 55 yards and a score. Nunes grabbed seven receptions for 115 yards and a TD.
Bridgewater State finished with 382 yards of total offense (269 passing, 113 rushing) while Salve Regina totaled 383 yards of offense (292 passing, 91 rushing). The Bears went 5-for-15 on third down, while the Seahawks converted just 4 of 17 third down attempts.
BSU freshman linebacker Steven Silvia (Dighton, Mass.) notched nine tackles (seven solo) with two for loss to go along with two pass breakups to help lead the Bears' on defense. Freshman defensive end Dimitri Dorinvil (Dighton, Mass.) also finished with nine tackles (six solo), while senior defensive tackle Chris Gemayel (Dedham, Mass.) recorded 2.5 tackles for loss including a sack as well as two breakups.
Salute finished with 11 tackles (nine solo) with a pair of sacks and three tackles for loss to lead the Salve defensive effort. Senior linebacker Tyler D'Errico (Cheshire, Conn.) checked in with ten tackles (nine solo) and a fumble recovery, while senior defensive end Brandon O'Neill (Madison, Conn.) registered six solo stops with three for loss, a pair of sacks and two forced fumbles to go along with a pass breakup.
ABOUT COMMONWEALTH COAST FOOTBALL
Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC Football) is a single-sport football conference operating under the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) umbrella. The league has been in operation since 1965 (formerly as the New England Football Conference (NEFC)). The league currently consists of seven members – Becker, Curry, Endicott, Nichols, Salve Regina, the University of New England, and Western New England. Husson will join the conference in 2019.