ITHACA, NY – The Alfred University football team dropped a 17-6 decision at Ithaca College in an Empire 8 Conference matchup Saturday afternoon.
After a scoreless first quarter, Ithaca jumped on top with two second-quarter touchdowns to take a 14-0 lead at halftime. The Bombers added a third-quarter field goal before the Saxons broke through with a touchdown with 9:49 left in the final frame.
AU freshman quarterback Tyler Johnson (East Syracuse, NY/East Syracuse-Minoa) hit senior tight end Alec Ladonis (Nescopeck, PA/Berwick) with a four-yard scoring toss to cap a 13-play, 73-yard drive that took 4:21; the extra point failed and AU trailed 17-6. AU had two more drives, but both ended in interceptions.
With the loss, AU falls to 3-2 overall, 1-1 in Empire 8 play. The Bombers improve to 4-1 (2-1 Empire 8). The teams were evenly matched, as Ithaca outgained AU 380 yards to 371 and held a slight 22-20 advantage in first downs. The visiting Saxons, however, had three turnovers, while the host Bombers made no miscues.
Johnson completed 21 of 43 passes for 292 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. Senior wide receiver Jonathan Ruffin (Copiague, NY/Copiague) caught six passes for 146 yards; senior wideout Josh Phillips (Syracuse, NY/West Genesee) caught five for 50; and senior wide receiver David Lee Tack (Newark, NY/Newark) caught three for 52. Alfred was held to 79 yards rushing, with Johnson accounting for 59.
Ithaca tailback Rakim Moore ran for 170 yards and a TD and quarterback Tom Dempsey threw for 166 yards and a touchdown to Brendan Wojtowicz.
Sophomore middle linebacker Corry Wallace (Mastic Beach, NY/Longwood) had a game-high 13 tackles (one for loss, one-half sack) to lead the AU defense. Senior linebacker D.J. Welch (Avon, NY/Avon) had 10 tackles (one-half sack); sophomore linebacker Peter Diak (West Henrietta, NY/Rush-Henrietta) had nine tackles; and senior defensive back Seiji Hinton (Freeport, NY/Freeport) had two tackles for loss.
Linebacker Jake Santora (nine tackles) and defensive back Tom Scanlon (forced fumble) each had an interception to pace the Bomber defense.
Alfred is in action next on Saturday, Oct. 19, at 1 p.m. at home against Hartwick.
ALFRED STATE COLLEGE
ROCHESTER, N.Y. - The University of Rochester used a big day from Dean Kennedy to defeat Alfred State 38-13 on Saturday afternoon. The Yellowjackets improve to 3-2 on the season while the Pioneers fall to 2-4.
Kennedy, the starting quarterback, rushed for 120 yards and two scores and passed for 151 yards and two scores to lead Rochester to the Homecoming victory.
Kennedy connected with Derek Wager on a 80-yard scoring strike on the first play of the game. He made it 12-0 with 6:33 remaining when he connected with Thomas Hayes on a five yard strike.
Rasheed Williams (Sweedsboro, NJ) cut the lead to 12-7 when he scampered in from seven yards out with 1:19 left in the 1st.
Kennedy gave the Yellowjackets a two score lead again in the first minute of the 2nd quarter when he rushed in from 15-yards out. Myles Allen dove in from three-yards out to give U of R a 25-7 halftime lead.
Kennedy put the game out of reach with 8:49 remaining in the 3rd quarter when he executed the read option and ran in from 41-yards out.
Greg Hampton (Uniondale) connected with Devin Simmons (Elmira Free) on a 4-yard pass play to make it 32-13 with 4:24 left in the 3rd put the Pioneers would not be able to get on the board again.
Shane Saucier dove in from one yard out in the closing minute to cap the scoring.
Kennedy was 9 for 14 for his 152 yards and carried it 13 times for 120. Wager finished with 102 yard receiving on three catches.
Williams rushed for 72 yards and a score on 19 carries, Hampton was 20 for 37 for 193 yards, and Simmons caught nine passes for 89 yards.
Nick DePofi (Union Endicott) led the defense with six tackles and a sack while Keegan Phalen (East Aurora) added six tackles. Matt Munson (Clyde Savanah) also had a sack.
RJ Borgolini led the Yellowjackets with nine tackles while James Barrett had 6.5 tackles, a sack, and a forced fumble.
U of R finished with 400 yards of offense while Alfred had 295. Alfred was just 5 of 17 on 3rd down and 1 of 5 on 4th down. The Pioneers were also slwed down by nine penalties.
Alfred returns home on Saturday for a 1 p.m. kickoff with Erie CC at Pioneer Stadium.
MANSFIELD, Pa. – Mansfield's Mike Maniscalo passed for 143 yards and scored on a 12-yard run but it wouldn't be enough to hold off a balanced Army offense that racked up 539 yards in total offense as the Black Knights downed the Mountaineers 51-6 before a Military Appreciation Day crowed at Karl Van Norman Field.
Mansfield held Army on the game's first series and, after getting the ball at its own 20, drove to the Army 39 before turning the ball over on an interception.
Army capitalized on the turnover to march 58-yards on five plays taking a 7-0 lead on a 8-yard run by Marqus Burrell.
The Black Knights would score three more times in the first half on 1-yard runs by Burrell and James Wartski along with a 12-yard pass from Wartski to Austin Breed to build a 27-0 halftime advantage.
A banged-up Mansfield squad relied on its passing game with sophomore Ben Pepper completing 11-of-23 attempts for 91 yards before giving way to junior Mike Maniscalo midway through the third quarter.
Maniscalo brought a spark to the offense, completing 9-18 passes for 143 yards.
Mansfield threatened numerous times in the second half, twice having short field goal attempts blocked before Maniscalo scored on a 12-yard scamper breaking tackles before diving for the endzone.
The Mountaineers accumulated 238 yards in total offense.
Jeremy Estremera caught eight passes for 57 yards and picked up another 10 yards rushing. Sean Green pulled down five receptions for 84 yards while Joe Bucek had four catches for 73 yards.
Senior linebacker Jake Myers had an outstanding game racking up a game-best 14 tackles, intercepting a pass and recovering a fumble. Senior Anthony Mazzone had 11 stops with a sack with fellow senior Jason Winter being credited with seven stops.
Army, the defending CSFL Champion, improved to 5-0 on the season. Quarterback James Wartski completed 23-of-35 passes for 252 yards and a touchdown with Ryan Hinkley picking up 82 yards on 13 carries.
Mansfield travels to Franklin Pierce next Saturday.