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Morrisville State drops conference opener, 27-9 to Kean

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The Morrisville State College football team were plagued by turnovers Saturday afternoon as they dropped the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) opener by a 27-9 final to visiting Kean University on Drake Field in Morrisville.

Kean completed the 11-play, 60-yard opening drive with a nine-yard run from quarterback Tom D’Ambrisi (Eatontown, NJ) for the early 7-0 lead nearly six minutes into the contest. With 27 seconds remaining in the quarter, Jamahl Williams (Passiac, NJ) intercepted a Joe Shue (Fulton, NY) pass, returning the ball 32-yards for the score as the Cougars took the 14-0 lead heading into the second quarter.

In the third, Morrisville State’s Peter Mars (Phoenix, NY) punted the ball deep into Kean territory where it was downed by the Mustangs on the two-yard line and on the ensuing play, Enrique Robinson (St. Paul, MN) tackled Jason Gwaltney (Wyandanch, NY) in the endzone, scoring the safety.

Billy Daniels (Ridgefield, NJ) regained the 14 point lead for the Cougars, kicking a 29-yard field goal with 6:50 to go in the third.

Morrisville State put their lone touchdown score on the board with 3:33 remaining in the quarter as Shue found Sean Barrett (Hopewell Junction, NY) for the one-yard passing score, completing the seven play 60-yard drive, to bring the Mustangs within striking distance.

In the fourth, Daniels posted a 32-yard field goal for the Cougars and Anthony Giordano (Clifton, NJ) found Gwaltney with 5:57 to go on a 54-yard passing play to extend the Kean lead to 18, as the Cougars claimed the conference win.

Gwaltney led all ball carriers with 108 net yards, on 25 carries, adding three receptions for 59-yards on the day. D’Ambrisi went 8-for14 and 67-yards as Giordano finished the contest, completing 6-of-15 passes for 92 yards and a score. Chris Suozzo (Old Bridge, NJ) added five receptions for 47-yards to the Cougars 332-yard total offense day.

Jerelle Peay (Montclair, NJ) led the Kean defensive unit with seven total stops, including three solo, while Victor D’Arrigo (Staten Island, NY) added six. Williams intercepted two, while teammates Bekim Bujari (Secaucus, NJ), Andre Dozier (Newark, NJ) and Chris Lauda (Staten Island, NY) each tallied one.

Barrett led the Mustangs on the ground with 37 total yards on 14 carries while Shue went 11-for-26 for 96 yards and a score, throwing four interceptions. Kyle Gordon (Riverhead, NY) led the receiving unit with three catches for 34 yards.

Playing for nearly 37 minutes on the field, a tremendous defensive effort was put forth by the Mustangs, with Anthony Brown (Rochester, NY) leading the way with 12 total tackles (four solo) as Robinson and Darry Albright (Long Beach, NY) each added eight. Brown and Robinson each recovered a Kean fumble.

Morrisville State drops to 0-2 overall (0-1 NJAC) and returns to the field next week, hosting conference opponent Montclair State University at noon on Drake Field.

Morrisville State College offers more than 80 bachelor and associate degrees and options. Considered to be one of the most technologically advanced colleges in the nation for its ThinkPad University program and wireless technology initiative, the college recently became the first in the nation to comprehensively replace landlines in residence halls with individual cellular phones. Morrisville State College was also chosen as one of the top five colleges in the nation for campus activities by Campus Activities magazine.

The Morrisville State College Norwich Campus offers associate degree programs in accounting, business, computer systems technology, office administration, liberal arts transfer, nursing, early childhood, criminal justice and human services to south central New York residents and employers. Students may also apply coursework to other associate or bachelor degrees at the main campus.