A.I.C. defeats Greyhound football on Senior Day
American International 35, Assumption 10
WORCESTER, Mass. --- Senior quarterback ROB PARENT (West Warwick, RI/West Warwick) completed 23-for-33 passes for 260 yards and four touchdowns as American International College defeated Assumption College, 35-10, in a Northeast-10 Conference football game SATURDAY at the Multi-Sport Stadium.
Prior to the game the Greyhounds celebrated Senior Day as 21 senior student-athletes were honored by head coach CORY BAILEY and Associate Athletics Director PETER GARDULA.
Sophomore running back MIKE MAYO (Roosevelt, NY/Roosevelt) played well in a support role with 15 carries for 101 yards and a touchdown, while junior wide receiver ANDRE SAMUELS (Linden, NJ/Linden) finished with eight catches for 96 yards and two touchdowns.
For the Greyhounds, senior running back HERBERT WOODARD (Salem, NJ/Salem) rushed for just 61 yards but it was enough to make him the first player in team history to rush for more than 1,000 yards twice in a career. He finished with 1,175 yards in 2009 and this year ended with 1,004 yards. For his career he ended with 780 carries for 3,695 yards, both career records. He also set career marks with 42 touchdowns and 258 points.
Senior quarterback ANDREW KUPEC (Wyckoff NJ/Indian Hills) completed 17-of-32 passes for 154 yards and a touchdown. He finished with 240 completions in 411 attempts for 2,657 yards and 22 touchdowns . . . all season marks.
The Greyhounds took the lead driving 70 yards in 15 plays climzed by a junior BRIAN NOWAK (Wayland, MA/Wayland) 28-yard field goal. Kupec completed five passes in march including a 20-yarder to sophomore tight end SEAN DAIGLE (Auburn, ME/Edward Little) and another to senior tight end ERIC SCHINDLER (Kenilworth, NJ/David Brearley) for 15 yards. Nowak finished the season with a team-record and conference-leading 12-of-16 field goals.
The Yellow Jackets took the lead with 6:39 left in the half driving 72 yards in 13 plays. Parent found Samuels on a nine yard slant for the scored and senior placekicker RYAN BROOKS-NEWTON (Selkirk, NY/Bishop Maginn) kicked the conversion for a 7-3 lead.
Senior returner DAVON LE GRIER (Paterson, NJ/Eastside) set up the Jackets’ second score with a 30-yard punt return to the Assumption 49. Parent completed six-of-six on the drive including a 20-yarder to junior wide receiver AARON FLYTHE (Dorchester, MA/Dorchester). Parent rewarded LeGrier for the punt return with a nine-yard touchdown pass with just 11 seconds left in the half. Brooks-Newton kicked the conversion for a 14-3 halftime advantage.
In the third period Parent found junior tight end TREVOR PERRYMAN (Centereach, NY/Newfield) on a 19-yard touchdown pass, Mayo scampered 14 yards for a fourth perio scored and Samuels grabbed a six-yarder for another wit 1:51 remaining as the Yellow Jackets built a 35-3 lead.
The Greyhounds drove in the final two minutes for their only score of the game.
Senior running back LANCE MITCHELL (Boynton Beach, FL/Pope John Paul II) started the eight-play, 54-yard drive with a 14-yard run off-left tackle. Kupec found senior wide receiver MARCUS NICHOLS (Salem, NJ/Salem) for 17 yards to the nine and then hit Schindler for the score in the back of the endzone for the touchdown. Nowak’s season-record 32nd straight conversion made it a 35-10 final.
GREYHOUND NOTES: junior defensive back SONNY DILLINGER (Naples, FL/Saint John Neumann) (5-4--9) and sophomore linebacker MATT MARTINO (Lincroft, NJ/Middletown South) (3-6--9) were the leading tacklers for the Greyhounds . . . sophomore wide receiver PAUL PEREZ (Brooklyn, NY/Xaverian, NY) was the Hounds leading receiver with six receptions for 39 yards . . . the Hounds finished 6-5 overall and 3-5 in the conference, while A.I.C. finished 6-4 and 6-2 . . . the following seniors were honored before the game (listed alphabetically): linebacker KEITH BATES (Holden, MA/Wachusett); defensive end COREY BLACKWOOD (Springfield, MA/Science Tech/Wilbraham Monson); offensive tackle MATT BORUCHOWSKI (Easthampton, MA/Easthampton/ Gunnery School), offensive guard T.J. CAMPION (Waterbury, CT/Holy Cross), wide receiver DAVID CANNEY (Templeton, MA/Narragansett), defensive tackle MATT CHALMERS (Colchester, CT/Bacon Academy), defensive back RYAN CROWLEY (Norfolk, MA/Xaverian), offensive guard AARON ELLIS (Hampton, NH/Saint John’s Prep/Phillips Exeter), defensive tackle/captain MICHAEL FOLEY (Holden, MA/Saint John’s), wide receiver MARK GATELY (Waltham, MA/Waltham), linebacker LUKE KELLIHER (Whitman, MA/Whitman-Hanson), quarterback ANDREW KUPEC (Wyckoff, NJ/Indian Hills), linebacker/captain ETHAN MAXFIELD (Newport, NH/Newport), running back LANCE MITCHELL (Boynton Beach, FL/Pope John Paul II), wide receiver MARCUS NICHOLS (Salem, NJ/Salem), defensive back BOBBY SANSOUCY (Worcester, MA/Saint Peter-Marian), tight end ERIC SCHINDLER (Kenilworth, NJ/David Brearley), defensive back NICK SESTITO (Westwood, MA/Westwood), offensive tackle MATT SIDEBOTTOM (Franklin, MA/Franklin), linebacker STEVE TRAVAGLINI (Pelham, NH/Bishop Guertin) and running back HERBERT WOODARD (Salem, NJ/Salem).