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Western Connecticut rolls to win over Morrisville State

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – Junior quarterback James Williams (Wolcott, CT) passed for 257-yards and three touchdown scores to lead the visiting Western Connecticut State University (2-2, 2-1 NJAC) to the 40-6 conference win Saturday afternoon over Morrisville State College football on Drake Field in Morrisville.

The Colonials put up 17 second quarter points, the first score off a 10-yard run by Jason Santiago (Cromwell, CT), capping off the nine play, 56-yard drive just seconds into the quarter. With 2:31 remaining, James Campbell (Oakdale, NY) extended the WestConn lead to ten hitting a 23-yard field goal.

Williams hit Chris Kelly (Willington, CT) for a 31-yard passing score with 40 seconds remaining in the half, set up by a 33-yard interception return by Cliff Rone (New Haven, CT) to the Mustangs 30-yard line.

With 9:32 remaining in the third quarter, Morrisville State’s Mel Betts (Huntington Station, NY) recovered a WestConn fumble on the punt return attempt on the Colonials 23-yard line, setting up the one play, 23-yard pass from Mike Sollo (North Babylon, NY) to Eddie Hull (Syracuse, NY) for the Mustangs lone score of the afternoon.

WestConn added their third touchdown minutes later as Santiago caught the 11-yard pass from Williams for the score and 24-6 lead.

In the fourth, WestConn pulled away with three scores for 16 additional points, the first a 32-yard pass to Keith Rosedom (Stamford, CT) from Williams, a 22-yard pass from Chris App (Staten Island, NY) to Lionel Assie (Bridgeport, CT) and a 32-yard field goal from Campbell.

Santiago led WestConn with 80-yards and a score on 16 carries. Williams connected on 20-of-31 for 257-yards, 114-yards and a score to Rosedom who led the receiving unit. Apps went 3-for-4 for 30 yards and a score.

Deron Miller (Elmont, NY) led the defensive unit with six total tackles, five solo, for WestConn. The Colonials special teams unit had three blocks, one on a field goal attempt and two on punts.
Sollo went 11-of-25 for 133 yards, two interceptions, and a score in his first collegiate start for Morrisville State. Kris Childs (Bolivar, NY) was 1-for-3 for 14 yards. Betts added 16 yards on the ground for Morrisville who was limited to a net nine rushing yards on the day. Hull led the receiving unit with six catches for 75-yards while DaShawn Coleman (Syracuse, NY) added 27-yards on three receptions.

Hodges Sneed (Syracuse, NY) led the defensive unit, recording ten total tackles, six solo, while David Easley (Staten Island, NY) added eight to the Mustang efforts.

Morrisville State (0-4, 0-4 NJAC) returns to the field next Saturday at William Paterson. Kick-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. in New Jersey.

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.