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Colonials hand Morrisville State football third straight loss

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – Visiting Western Connecticut State College handed Morrisville State football their third straight loss of the season, racking up 38 first half points to defeat the Mustangs by a final 44-16 Saturday afternoon in Morrisville.

Western Connecticut took an early 6-0 lead at 8:21 in the first quarter, as quarterback James Williams (Wolcott, CT/Wolcott) snuck in for the touchdown score from the two-yard line capping off an 80-yard drive on just eight plays.

Minutes later, a WestConn 58-yard punt return by Rick Jackson (Wallingford, CT/Lyman) put the Colonials on the Morrisville State seven-yard line where Pierre Betts (Hartford, CT/Sports Science) completed the short drive with a two-yard carry, extending the Colonials lead to 12-0.

Midway through the first quarter, Morrisville State’s quarterback Billy Poling (Waretown, NJ/Southern Regional) threw an interception, his first of three on the afternoon, in which the Colonials capitalized on with a five play, 47-yard drive capped off with a 12-yard pass from Williams to Keith Rosedom (Stamford, CT/Westhill) for the score.

In the second quarter, WestConn increased their lead, as Betts rushed for a quick two-yard score at 14:25. The Mustangs then put together their longest drive of the afternoon, capping off a ten play, 60-yard drive, with a 12-yard pass from Poling to Brandon Tape (Auburn, NY/Auburn), cutting the WestConn lead to 25-7.

Morrisville State attempted to make a comeback, sacking Williams and forcing a fumble, but were stopped short as the Colonials prohibited the Mustangs from scoring within the red zone, forcing a turnover on downs.

Wayne Neal (Poughkeepsie, NY/Poughkeepsie) took over for the Colonials in the running game, adding scores of 43 and 53-yards in the second quarter, to give WestConn a 38-7 lead at the half. Neal carried the ball 11 times for 141 of the teams 191 net rushing yards.

Morrisville State recorded a team safety midway through the fourth quarter and a 36-yard touchdown pass to Isaiah Moore (Albany, NY/Bishop Maginn) from Darnell Murphy (Auburn, NY/Auburn), but it wasn’t enough as the Mustangs ran out of time and Western Connecticut recorded the 44-16 win.

Morrisville’s Poling went 10-for-29 on the afternoon, tallying 118 yards, a score and three interceptions as Moore led all receivers with 94-yards on five receptions. Murphy was 5-for-7, including an interception and score, in the loss.

Williams recorded 111-yards on 7-of-11 completions, passing for two scores for WestConn as back up Chris App (Staten Island, NY/New Dorp) went 7-for-9 for 45-yards. Wide receiver Derrick Way (Norwolk, CT/Norwich Free Academy) led the receiving corps with 80-yards on three receptions.

The Mustangs Bryant Parker (Windsor, NY/Windsor) recorded 14 total tackles, including eight solo, to lead all defenders on the afternoon as teammate Luke Visingard (Endicott, NY/Maine-Endwell) added six, including two sacks for a loss of 12-yards.

Chad Milling (Hartford, CT/Conard) tallied six for the Colonials, including three for a loss of 20-yards and Mike Negast (Haledon, NJ/DePaul) had two interceptions.

Morrisville State returns to the field on Saturday at Kean University in Union, New Jersey. Game time is set for 1 p.m.

Morrisville State enters its second year as a provisional member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Division III in 2007. Upon successful completion of the provisional period, Morrisville State will be a candidate for full accreditation as a member of the NCAA.

Morrisville State College offers more than 70 bachelor and associate degrees. 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 also offers programs in business, technologies, liberal arts/education transfer, and nursing to Chenango County area residents and employers.