Oct. 29, 2011
MILTON, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's football team forced 10 turnovers and scored three defensive touchdowns en route to a 33-7 victory over host Curry in a New England Football Conference Boyd Division game at Walter Katz Stadium Saturday.
The Corsairs, who gained just 136 yards, all but four on the ground, opened the scoring when senior defensive back William Bizcaino (Dorchester, MA/Cathedral HS/New Hampshire) returned a fumble by Michael Lockley 30 yards for a touchdown on Curry's first possession of the game.
The Colonels then took possession and drove to the UMD 37, where senior linebacker John Cordasco (Rockaway, NJ/Morris Knolls HS) snuffed out a fourth down play and allowed the Corsairs to take over. UMD punted, and Cordasco intercepted a pass by Curry quarterback Anthony Carnevale and returned it to the Colonel 20.
Later on in the quarter, Cordasco forced a fumble by Curry running back Skubie Nageza, picked it up and returned it 40 yards for his fourth touchdown of the season.
Carnevale lost a fumble on the next series, and UMD drove 45 yards in nine plays to score. Junior quarterback Patrick Orlando (Manchester, MA/Manchester Essex HS/Saint Anselm) scored on a two-yard run to make it 19-0.
On the ensuing Curry possession, sophomore linebacker Joe Texeira (Seekonk, MA/Seekonk HS) stepped in front of a pass by Curry quarterback Mark Gilson and returned it 52 yards to make it 26-0. The Colonels got on the board when Gilson scored from a yard out with 12 seconds to play in the first half, and it was 26-7 at halftime.
Another turnover set up the final UMass Dartmouth score. Carnevale was intercepted by sophomore linebacker Joe Martin (Spencer, MA/David Prouty HS), and the Corsairs drove 35 yards in 10 plays, scoring on a two-yard run by junior running back Romario Berneche (Everett, MA/Pope John XXIII HS/Mount Ida) to make it 33-7.
"Our defense was unbelievable," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Mark Robichaud. "We ran very few plays in the first half, but we kept forcing turnovers, and we kept scoring. In the second half, our defense did an outstanding job holding them down, and we were able to hold onto the ball and get first downs. The weather was miserable, but I can't say enough about our defense. It was a great win, and a great accomplishment for a good group of kids. We were able to take advantage of our opportunities."
Sophomore running back Darrius Wood (Canton, MA/Canton HS/Nichols) led UMass Dartmouth offensively, rushing 13 times for 46 yards. Phil Bigelow gained 95 yards on 16 carries for Curry, and Gilson and Carnevale combined to complete 17 of 35 passes for 171 yards, but had four interceptions.
Cordasco had nine tackles, all solos, to lead UMD. He also forced a fumble, intercepted a pass, and returned a fumble for a score. Texeira had six tackles, broke up a pass, and returned an interception for a score, while Martin had an interception and recovered a fumble. Pat Hannon and Mike Whittaker each had seven tackles for Curry, with Hannon sharing a tackle for lost yardage and a sack.
UMass Dartmouth improved to 5-4 and 4-2 in the Boyd Division with the victory, while Curry dropped to 4-5 and 2-4 in divisional play with the defeat. The Corsairs will return to action when they host Western New England on Senior Day next Saturday.
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