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Morrisville State Mustangs run wild on senior day; hand Mount Ida 39-8 loss

MORRISVILLE, N.Y.– The Morrisville State College football team capped off the 2008 season Saturday afternoon with a 39-8 win over Mount Ida College on Drake Field in Morrisville.

Under constant rain and very muddy field conditions, both teams struggled to move the ball in the first quarter before a Mount Ida punt placed Morrisville State with good field position on their own 45 yard line, setting up the first scoring drive of the contest.

With just under three minutes remaining in the quarter, Morrisville State senior quarterback Billy Poling (Waretown, NJ) found Wendall Williams (Syracuse, NY) for a 32 yard completion to the Mount Ida 27 yard line. On the next play, Mel Betts (Huntington Station, NY) carried the ball 23 yards to the Mount Ida four where Poling capped off the four-play, 55-yard drive with a four yard rushing score.

At 7:18 in the second quarter, Mount Ida recorded a team safety off a botched Morrisville punt attempt before Betts ran wild with three straight scores, the first, a 44-yard rushing score with 2:02 remaining to give Morrisville State the 13-2 lead heading into the half.

Early in the third, senior Eddie Hull (Syracuse, NY) returned the kickoff to the Morrisville State 45 yard line, and on the next play, Betts broke two tackles and carried the ball 55-yards for his second of three scores on the afternoon. Midway through the quarter, Betts capped off an eight play, 69-yard Mustang drive with a 16 yard run with 7:35 remaining on the clock.

Nick Modaffari (Clifton Park, NY) forced a Mount Ida fumble on the kickoff and Dennis Drywa (East Islip, NY) recovered, setting up the 27-yard scoring pass from Poling to DaShawn Coleman (Syracuse, NY) just over a minute later, extending Morrisville State’s lead to 33-2.

In the fourth, Tommy Moyon (Woodside, NY) intercepted Mount Ida quarterback Tony Tokarz (Holden, MA) pass and returned it to the Mount Ida 14 where Poling found Hull on the next play for the 39-2 lead.

Mount Ida’s lone touchdown of the game came with 8:21 remaining on the clock off a four yard run on fourth down by Tokarz.

Betts led Morrisville State on the ground, carrying the ball 21 times for a collegiate high 194 yards and three scores, as the Mustangs racked up 367 yards total offense, 241 on the ground.

Poling went 9-for-23, 123 yards and two touchdown scores in his final game at Morrisville. Hull caught two for 18-yards, becoming the all-time leading receiver at Morrisville State with 1,272 yards in his career.

Senior Luke Visingard (Endicott, NY) led the Mustangs defensively with nine total tackles, six solo, including three for a loss of 16 yards and 1.5 sacks for a loss of 14. Drywa added seven tackles, including a fumble recovery for nine yards.

Mount Ida was held to just 142 total offensive yards, 82 on the ground. Johrone Bunch (Meriden, CT) led the Mustangs with 24 carries for 44 net yards. Tokarz was 6-of-19 for 60 yards and three interceptions while adding four net yards on the ground and a score.

Shareff Champlain (Lisbon, CT) led Mount Ida defensively, recording six tackles, five solo while Theo McCummings (Natick, MA) added five to the Mustangs efforts.

Morrisville State concludes the season with a 1-9 overall record while honoring the senior class on the final day of the 2008 campaign.

Mount Ida concludes their season at 4-6 overall.

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.