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Montclair State claims 42-6 win over Morrisville on Mustang Weekend

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – Visiting nationally ranked (23) Montclair State University compiled 398 total offensive yards and six scores en route to a 42-6 New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) win over host Morrisville State College Saturday afternoon on Mustang Weekend in Morrisville.

On the first drive of the afternoon, Morrisville botched a punt attempt and lost possession to Montclair on their own 19 yard line and on the ensuing drive the Red Hawks put one on the board as quarterback Tom Fischer (Livingston, NJ) found Vin Fischer (Livingston, NJ) for a 17-yard passing score.

With 3:15 remaining on the clock, Montclair posted its second score of the quarter, with Fischer finding Byron Lewin (Carteret, NJ) wide open downfield for a 35-yard passing score to take the 14-0 lead.

After a quick three and out series, Morrisville State’s Joe Messier (Beacon, NY) forced a Chris D’Andrea (Union, NJ) fumble with Anthony Brown (Rochester, NY) recovering to give the Mustangs the possession on Montclair’s 32-yard line.

After a 16-yard completion from Joe Shue (Fulton, NY) to Maurice Mitchelson (Bronx, NY), Shue found wide receiver Scott LoMonaco (Dallas, TX) in the endzone on a nine-yard pass play for the Mustangs score with 26 seconds remaining in the first quarter.

Early in the second, D’Andrea regained the 14 point advantage for the Red Hawks, carrying the ball 11-yards for the score. With 2:26 to go, Fischer found Joe LaSala (Clark, NJ) on a 37-yard pass play to give Montclair the 28-6 lead over Morrisville State at the half.

After a scoreless third quarter, Montclair’s AJ Scoppa (New Milford, NJ) capped off an 11-play 66-yard drive with a two-yard rushing score. Domenick Coiro (Totowa, NJ) added a two-yard rushing score with 4:17 remaining to give the Red Hawks the 42-6 conference win.

D’Andrea was held to a season low 61-yards on 23 carries and a score on the afternoon while quarterback Fischer connected on 20-of-26 passes for 199 yards and three scores. Lewin tallied 86-yards in the air on nine receptions with LaSala adding 55-yards on three catches as Montclair had 398 total offensive yards on the day.

Dan Avento (Montvale, NJ) led the defensive unit with seven total tackles, four solo, while Kevin Cloghessy (Hempstead, NY) added six and two break-ups.

Morrisville State tallied just 104-yards total offense on the day, as Shue connected on 12-of-25 passes for 87 yards. Lemar Johnson (Ossing, NY) was 4-for-6 for 12 yards while Kyle Gordon (Riverhead, NY) led the receiving unit with 29 yards on seven catches.

Nick Savignano (Albany, NY) and Dexter Galette (Spring Valley, NY) had 11 total tackles each to lead the Mustang defensive unit, combining for two tackles for a loss of six-yards. Jeremy Stewart (Moravia, NY) added nine to the efforts, four solo.

Morrisville State drops to 0-3 overall, 0-2 in conference action and returns to the field Saturday, October 2 against conference rival SUNY Brockport. The game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. kick-off, the first ever night game hosted in Morrisville.

Montclair remains undefeated at 3-0, 2-0 in NJAC action.

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.