Football Rallies to Defeat Nichols

Football Rallies to Defeat Nichols

Oct. 16, 2010

Final Stats

DUDLEY, MA-Sophomore kicker Edgar Osols' (Summit, NJ/Summit HS) third field goal of the day, a 24-yarder with 1:22 remaining, gave the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's football team a come from behind, 9-7 victory over host Nichols in a New England Football Conference Boyd Division game at Vendetti Field Saturday.

The Corsairs, who trailed for almost the entire game, began their game-winning drive when they took over at their own 31 yard line after a Bison punt with 10:34 remaining. Freshman running back Jaron Hargrove (West Roxbury, MA/Concord-Carlisle HS) carried 10 times on the drive, gaining 31 yards and helping UMD control the ball for 9:12 while running 17 pays and picking up 63 yards. Sophomore quarterback Patrick Orlando (Manchester, MA/Essex HS/Saint Anselm) completed passes to sophomore wide receiver Brendan McNeish (Springfield, MA/Cathedral HS) and senior wide receiver Adam Houghton (East Taunton, MA/Bristol-Plymouth Tech HS) for critical first downs, and then ran for a third. The Corsairs drove to the six-yard line, and called on Osols on fourth down and one yard to go.

"Our defense was playing very well, and we have all the faith in the world in Edgar," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Mark Robichaud. "It was so close; there was no reason not to kick the field goal at that point."

UMD received the opening kickoff, but the Bison too the early lead. Mike Rubalcaba intercepted Orlando's pass at the Corsair 41 yard line and returned it for a touchdown to put Nichols ahead, 7-0, with 3:10 gone in the first quarter.

The Corsairs drove 63 yards in 10 plays to get on the board in the second quarter. They drove to the Nichols 16, but Orlando was sacked on third down, and Osols drilled a 36-yarder to make it 7-3 with 11:27 left in the first half.

On the ensuing drive, sophomore defensive back Darrien Furr (East Taunton, MA/Taunton HS) recovered a fumble by NC running back Antonio Thurston at the Nichols 29. The Corsairs could only muster two yards in three plays, and Osols sailed a 45-yard field goal through the uprights with 9:39 left in the first half to make it 7-6.

The Bison threatened late in the first half, but Furr intercepted a pass by quarterback Justin Martin at the UMass Dartmouth two-yard line and returned it to the 34 just nine seconds before time expired in the first half. Nichols drove to the UMD 31 yard line in the third quarter, but Cody Jenkins' 48 yard field goal try was blocked by sophomore linebacker Jack Brown (Milton, MA/Milton HS). Furr recovered a fumble by Iris Perry to blunt another Bison thrust at the Corsair 46 yard line early in the fourth quarter.

"Edgar had a great game, the third one was the toughest one, and it was basically no longer than an extra point," said Robichaud. "Darrien Furr was unbelievable, and our defense pitched a shutout. We tried to spread them out and run the ball and the offensive line did a great job. We weren't able to throw as much as we usually do, because there were 30 mile an hour winds most of the day. Our team really kept the faith on the last drive, and I'm proud of them."

Hargrove rushed 19 times for 70 yards, while Orlando was 5 of 17 for 49 yards and picked up an additional 33 yards on the ground. Matthew Bryson led Nichols with 17 carries for 49 yards, while Martin was 12 of 19 for 77 yards.

Defensively, freshman Joe Teixera (Seekonk, MA/Seekonk HS) led UMass Dartmouth with 10 tackles, including six solo stops. Sophomore defensive lineman Ben Mitsmenn (West Greenwich, RI/West Greenwich HS) had seven stops, including one and a half tackles for lost yardage and a pass break-up. Sophomore Jake Walsh (Foxboro, MA/Foxboro HS) had four tackles, including a sack, while Furr had three stops, two fumble recoveries and an interception return for 32 yards. Evan Greathead led the Bison with 12 tackles, including seven solo stops, two and a half tackles for lost yardage, and a shared sack.

The Corsairs improved to 3-4 and 2-2 in the Boyd Division with the victory, while the Bison dropped to 0-7 and 0-4 in the Boyd Division with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they host Endicott next Saturday.