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Morrisville State football downs WestConn 25-17 for first NJAC victory

DANBURY, Conn. – Morrisville State College sophomore quarterback, Jamieson Crast (Mannsville, NY/South Jefferson) threw for three touchdown scores in the second half to lead the Mustangs to a 25-17 come-from-behind win over Western Connecticut State University Saturday afternoon in Danbury, Connecticut. The Mustangs captured their first New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) victory since joining the league in 2008.

WestConn jumped out to an early 7-0 lead capitalizing on a Morrisville State turnover just 38 seconds into the contest, as Brian Mackles returned the interception 68 yards into the endzone. The Colonials took a 14-0 lead midway through the second quarter, as quarterback James Williams connected with Steve Griffin for the 31 yard passing score, completing the eight play, 57 yard drive in just under four minutes.

Morrisville State finally reached the end zone with 5:37 remaining in the half, as Crast capped off a 14 play, 74-yard drive on a two-yard pass to wide receiver Hodges Sneed (Syracuse, NY/Onondaga) for the score. The point after by Cliff Hanratty (Northport, NY/Northport) was blocked as WestConn held the 14-6 advantage heading into the break

Early in the third, Crast found a wide open Joe Shue (Phoenix, NY/G. Ray Bodley) downfield for the 70-yard passing score to bring the Mustangs within two of the Colonials with 10 minutes remaining in the quarter.

WestConn’s James Campbell added a 21-yard field goal at 5:21 to cushion the Colonial lead to five heading into the final quarter, the only points the Mustangs defense would allow in the second half.

In the fourth, Crast again found Shue for his second score of the afternoon, hitting the wide receiver from 11-yards out with 8:15 remaining, giving Morrisville State the 18-17 advantage.

After a 63-yard kick off return that set the Colonials up within striking distance to regain the lead, Morrisville State’s Tommy Moyon (Woodside, NY/Proctor Academy) forced a WestConn fumble on the Morrisville nine-yard line, and teammate Darry Albright (Long Beach, NY/Long Beach) recovered to give the ball back to the Mustangs with just over six minutes remaining in the game.

With less than four minutes remaining in the game, Crast found Sean Barrett (Hopewell Junction, NY/John Jay) who raced down the left sideline for the 57-yard score, securing the Mustangs first conference victory.

In the final three minutes, WestConn moved the ball nearly 40 yards to the Mustangs 21 yard line, but couldn’t get any closer as time expired.

Crast finished the day connecting on 13-of-25 passes for 233-yards and four scores, his second consecutive 200-yard passing game this season. Shue led the receiving corps with a career best 110 yards and two scores on four catches while Sneed added 38 yards on five receptions and a score.

Maurice Mitchelson (Bronx, NY/John F Kennedy) led the Mustangs on the ground, carrying the ball 23 times for 59 yards.

Williams tallied 148-yards passing on the day, completing 15-of-28 passes while leading the ground attack with 57 yards on 13 carries. Griffin led the Colonials with 49 yards on three catches. Mike Perrone led the WestConn defensive efforts, tackling nine.

Anthony Brown (Rochester, NY/Gates Chili) led Morrisville State with nine total tackles, two solo, while EJ Maeweather (Syracuse, NY/Cass Tech) added eight (six solo), including three for a loss of 14 yards. Moyon also added eight tackles, four solo.

Morrisville State (1-4, 1-3 NJAC) returns to the field Saturday, hosting William Paterson University at Andy Kerr Stadium on the Colgate University campus. Kick off is scheduled for 12 p.m. and is being broadcast by Time Warner Sports on Time Warner Cable Channel 26.

WestConn falls to 0-4 on the season, 0-3 in conference play.

Morrisville State begins active membership within the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Division III in 2009-10 and is eligible for NCAA Championship Tournament play.

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.