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Montclair State tops Morrisville 12-7 for conference win

MORRISVILLE, N.Y.– Junior running back Jeff Bliss (New Milford, NJ) netted 146-yards rushing and a touchdown score to lead visiting Montclair State University over Morrisville State football by a final 12-7 Saturday afternoon on Drake Field in Morrisville.

In what was mainly a defensive battle played in the middle of the field, Montclair State netted 232-yards total offense to the Mustangs 169, holding the 153 to 48 advantage in yards gained on the ground in the running game.

Montclair put numbers on the scoreboard first, capping off a 14 play, 67-yard drive with a 40-yard field goal from Marco Capozzoli (Bloomfield, NJ) at 7:01 in the first quarter.

At 14:17 the second, a Morrisville State fumble traveled through the back of the endzone on a punt attempt, leading to a Montclair team safety. Within seconds, Byron Lewin (Carteret, NJ) returned the kick-off 68-yards to the Mustangs 10-yard line, setting up the one play, 10-yard rush by Bliss for the score at 13:57, giving the Red Hawks the 12-0 lead at the half.

Morrisville’s only score of the contest came with 1:10 remaining in the fourth quarter, as quarterback Billy Poling (Waretown, NJ) connected with wide receiver Maurice Mitchelson (Bronx, NY) in the corner of the endzone for the six-yard score, capping off the 12 play, 70-yard last effort drive.

Poling completed 17-of-33 passes for 121 yards and a score on the afternoon. Mitchelson led the receiving corps with four catches for 46-yards. Peter Enriquez (Staten Island, NY) tallied 33 yards on the ground for Morrisville, with Poling adding 14.

Defensively, Dale Ross (Syracuse, NY), Anthony Brown (Rochester, NY) and Luke Visingard (Endicott, NY), each recorded eight tackles to lead the Morrisville State unit, Ross with five solo.

Montclair’s Tom Fischer (Livingston, NJ) connected on 6-of-21 attempts for 79 yards on the afternoon, his longest to leading receiver Yessy Tejada (Weehawken, NJ) for 30-yards.

Cornell Hunt (North Brunswick, NJ) led the defensive unit for Montclair, tallying seven tackles, four solo, while recording two pass break ups. Nick Giangrande (Bellville, NJ) added six.

Morrisville State (0-2, 0-2 NJAC) returns to the field next Saturday at The College of New Jersey. Game time is scheduled for 12 p.m.

Montclair (2-0, 1-0 NJAC) will host Brockport next week in Montclair.

Morrisville State enters its third year as a provisional member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Division III in 2008. 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 75 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.