Southern Connecticut stops Hounds unbeaten streak, 23-17
Southern Connecticut 23, Assumption 17
NEW HAVEN, Conn. --- The magical dream of an undefeated season has come to an end as Southern Connecticut State University outmuscled Assumption College, 23-17, in a Northeast-10 Conference football game here FRIDAY night at Jess Dow Field.
The Greyhound record book however continues to be rewritten.
Senior wide receiver DAVID CANNEY (Templeton, MA/Narragansett) became the first Greyhound with 200 career receptions and over 2,500 yards in the first half. He finished with 11 catches for 127 yards and now has 209 receptions for 2,597 yards! Canney has 56 receptions for 631 yards this season in five games.
Senior running back HERBERT WOODARD (Salem, NJ/Salem), back after missing two games with an injury, rushed 24 times for 77 yards and reached the 3,000-yard plateau in his starry career early in the second half with a nifty 31-yard scamper. He has 3,022 yards in his career with at least five games remaining!
The Greyhounds, now 4-1 overall and 1-1 in the conference, will host Pace University Saturday in another conference match Saturday. Southern Connecticut now 3-2 overall, but 3-0 in the conference, and moved into sole possession of first-place in the standings. The Hounds dominated the time of possession with 39:13 total however an uncharacteristic 12 penalties for 89 yards proved lethal. They also had a 19-8 edge in first downs, but lost the total offense matchup at 359-323 as the Owls rushed for 235 yards.
The Owls slugged their way to a 13-3 halftime advantage as junior tailback RASHAAD SLOWLEY (Mt. Vernon, NY/Archbishop Stepinac) rambled for 97 yards on seven carries including an electrifying 75-yard touchdown run down-the-near sideline. Slowley finished with 16 carries for 202 yards. Junior placekicker CHRIS HAZELTON (Bristol, CT/Bristol Eastern) made the conversion for a 7-0 lead with 14:16 left in the half.
Southern improved the lead to 13-0 as Slowley carried to the goal line fumbled the ball and sophomore offensive guard WILLIAM CHAFFIN (Amston, CT/Windham Tech) recovered in the end zone for the Owl six-pointer. Hazelton’s conversion attempt was wide.
The Greyhounds finally got on-the-board on the final play of the first half as junior BRIAN NOWAK (Wayland, MA/Wayland) kicked his conference-leading eighth field goal (nine attempts) from 39 yards. The 39-yarder was the longest of his career.
The play followed what could have been the first interception by senior quarterback ANDREW KUPEC (Wyckoff, NJ/Indian Hills). Sophomore cornerback JOSH MC WILLIAMS (Paterson, NJ/Paterson Catholic/Westminster School) outfought Canney in the endzone for the ball on a brilliant defensive play. The Owls however were guilty of a personal foul penalty giving the ball back to the Hounds.
The Owls outgained the Hounds 171-84 in total offense with 75 yards coming on the one long Slowley run. Southern Connecticut had just three first downs in the first 30 minutes.
Southern drove 77 yards in just three plays, a 58-yard pass play from junior quarterback KEVIN LYNCH (Medfield, MA/Medfield) to sophomore wide receiver WILLIE EPPS (Norwalk, CT/McMahon/Bridgton) (2 receptions, 102 yards) was the big play. Hazelton’s conversion made it 20-3.
Senior tight end ERIC SCHINDLER (Kenilworth, NJ/David Brearley) capped the ensuing drive with a 13-yard touchdown reception from Kupec. Nowak’s conversion kick made it 20-10. A Kupec to senior wide receiver MARK GATELY (Waltham, MA/Waltham) for 26 yards highlighted the eight-play, 66-yard drive.
On the ensuing possession Slowley ran for 66 yards in the first three plays, including a down-the-far sideline 49-yarder put the Owls in range again. Hazelton capped the drive with a 25-yard field goal to make it 23-10 with seven second left in the third period. Canney however returned the kickoff 43 yards to set up the next opportunity for the Hounds. An interception by junior cornerback KAMAL MAGARESH (Medford, MA/Somerville) at the Owls three-yard line ended Kupec’s streak at 195 consecutive without an interception dating back to last year.
Kupec found senior wide receiver MARCUS NICHOLS (Salem, NJ/Salem) with four seconds left and Nowak kicked the conversion for the final 23-17. Kupec finished 25-for-45 for 236 yards and two scores.
Defensively senior middle linebacker ETHAN MAXFIELD (Newport, NH/Newport) led the Hounds with 4-7--11 tackles, while senior defensive tackle MATT CHALMERS (Colchester, CT/Bacon Academy) finished with 1-4--5 tackles with 1.5 quarterback sacks
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