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Morrisville State football wins second straight; defeats Mount Ida 15-6

NEWTON CENTRE, MA – The Morrisville State College football team won their second straight contest, defeating Mount Ida College by a final 15-6 Saturday afternoon under hurricane like conditions in Newton Centre, Massachusetts.

Playing to a scoreless first quarter, Mount Ida took their only lead at 12:47 as quarterback PJ Matthews capitalized off a fumble recovery at the Morrisville State four-yard line, carrying the ball two-yards for the touchdown score.

With four minutes remaining in the half, Morrisville State’s Ahmad Burks (Syracuse, NY/Corcoran) evened the contest for the visiting Mustangs, rushing eight yards for the score, capping off an eight play, 73-yard drive.

Burks gave Morrisville State the 12-6 lead minutes later, carrying the ball one-yard for the score with 26 seconds remaining in half. Burks led Morrisville State with 18 carries for 87 of the teams 188 yards rushing on the afternoon.

Morrisville State’s Derek Mulson (Rensselaer, NY/LaSalle) added a 37-yard field goal with 5:56 remaining in the fourth to give the Mustangs the 15-6 victory.

Billy Poling (Waretown, NJ/Southern Regional) completed seven of 14 passes for 79-yards and added 57 yards on the ground for Morrisville State. Wide receiver Eddie Hull (Syracuse, NY/Central Square) caught five for 66-yards.

The Mustangs defense held Mount Ida to just 77-yards receiving on the day, a team that averages nearly 215 a game. Matthews went 7-for-21, throwing an interception while being sacked four times.

Joe Berger led the rushing game for Mount Ida, tallying 59-yards on ten attempts. Richard Dykas had three receptions for 33-yards to lead the receiving corps.

Morrisville State’s Bryant Parker (Windsor, NY/Windsor) led all defenders with 11 total tackles, six solo as teammate Ryan Campbell (Long Beach, NY/Long Beach) added eight. Chris Adams (Ballston Spa, NY/Ballston Spa) added two sacks for a loss of 19 yards.

Jordan Edinger led the Mount Ida defense with eight total tackles, including a sack for a loss of six, as Mount Ida falls to 3-7 overall on the season.

Morrisville State improves to 3-6 overall and return for the home finale on Saturday, November 10 against Wesley College. Game time is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Drake Field on the Morrisville State College campus.

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.