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FSU RAMs Football Clinches 2019 MASCAC Championship!

Filed under: Sports by News Staff at 4:36 pm on November 9, 2019

Framingham State University (FSU)

FRAMINGHAM, MA - The Framingham State University RAMs football team clinched the 2019 Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Championship with a 40-20 victory over Bridgewater State University in MASCAC action at Bowditch Field this afternoon.

The Rams have won three straight MASCAC Titles and at least a share of four of the last five MASCAC championships. As the champions, the Rams will receive the MASCAC’s automatic bid to the 2019 NCAA Division III Football Championship.

Game Highlights

Freshman Devaun Ford (Mashpee, Mass.) rushed for over 100 yards for the second straight game picking up 135 yards on 17 carries with a touchdown. Ford averaged 7.9 yards per carry and also made three catches in the game.

Senior Adam Wojenski (Stratford, Conn.) completed 13-of-21 pass attempts for 203 yards with four touchdowns. Wojenski rushed for 42 yards on 12 carries.

Freshman Elijah Nichols (Burlington, NJ) made five catches for 95 yards with a score, while sophomores Austin Nunn (Bellingham, Mass.) and Emmanuel Exilhomme (Roslindale, Mass.) and senior Jacob Maher (Marshfield, Mass.) all caught touchdown passes in the game.

Nick Santavicca paced the Bears rushing attack rushing for 82 yards on 20 carries with a score.

Stefano D’Emilia completed 20-of-38 passes for 273 yards with a pair of touchdowns. D’Emilia tossed one interception and was sacked three times.

William Watts caught six passes for 74 yards with two scores, while T.J. Hairston caught five balls for 97 yards.

The Rams defense was key in the game forcing two turnovers that led to two touchdowns in the second quarter.

Junior Anthony Behonick (Rutland, Mass.) recorded six tackles in the game including four solo and two for a loss. Behonick recovered a fumble in the second quarter and returned it 14 yards setting up a touchdown and then later in the quarter intercepted D’Emilia and returned it for a score.

Senior Carls Alphonse (Somerville, Mass.) recorded a game-high 11 tackles with a pass breakup, while junior Joshua Onujiogu (Wareham, Mass.) added three tackles including a pair of sacks.

How the Game Was Played

The Bears took the opening kickoff and needed just six plays to go 66 yards for the game’s first score. D’Emilia connected with Watts for a 22- yard touchdown just over three minutes into the game.

The Rams answered with a score on their first possession of the game. A 36-yard pass to Nichols put the ball on the Bears six-yard line. Ford gained four yards on first down and found the end zone from two yards out on second. After both teams failed to convert their PATs, the game was tied 6-6 with 9:07 left in the first.

After the Rams defense forced a three and out, the Rams went 52 yards on 10 plays capped by a three-yard touchdown pass from Wojenski and Maher to go ahead 13-6

The Rams defense was key to a pair of second quarter scores that pushed the lead to 27-6. Onujiogu sacked D’Emilia and forced a fumble that was recovered and return to the 40-yard line by Behonick with 14:49 on the clock in the second. Nunn caught a pair of passes moving the ball down to the Bears 16-yard line setting up a 16-yard touchdown from Wojenski to Nichols.

On the Bears next possession Behonick intercepted D’Emilia, who was under pressure from sophomore Cully Curran (Arlington, Mass.) and returned it 20 yards for a touchdown and a 27-6 lead with 10:20 on the clock before the half.

Bridgewater State answered with a six-play, 55-yard drive capped by an eight-yard touchdown run from Santavicca cutting the deficit to 27-13.

The Rams added a final score with just under three minutes remaining in the half. Ford broke a tackle and scampered 24 yards to the Bears 32-yard line and on the next play Wojenski and Exilhomme connected for the 32-yard touchdown.

The Bears were driving on their final possession of the half and had the ball in Rams territory, but the Rams defense came with a stop on third down and forced the Bears to punt.

The Bears took advantage of a Ram fumble on the first possession of the second half and capitalized on a penalty by the Rams on a 4th and two that kept the scoring drive alive. After the penalty, D’Emilia completed a 39 yard pass to Hairston and then hit Watts for a one-yard score cutting the lead to 33-20 with 12:25 left in the third.

After a Ram punt, the Bears were once again driving and faced a 4th and goal from the two. After a timeout, the Rams defense came up with the stop on fourth down setting up a 13 play, 98 yard scoring drive that took 6:41 off the clock. Ford ripped off a 44-yard run on the drive and Wojenski connected with Nunn, who broke a pair of tackles, for a 24-yard score pushing the lead to 40-20 with just under 12 remaining in the game.

The Rams defense forced the Bears to turn the ball over on downs on their next two possessions to seal the victory.

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Thanks to Kathy Lynch, Assistant Director, Athletics, Sports Information at Framingham State University for contributing this story.


Framingham State Men’s Basketball 67-64 Victory over Worcester State

Filed under: Sports by News Staff at 10:53 pm on February 17, 2016
Framingham State University (FSU)

Framingham State University (FSU)

FRAMINGHAM, MA - The Framingham State University men’s basketball team received a double double from sophomore Tony Alexandre (Hyde Park, MA) and held off a second half comeback by the Worcester State University Lancers to secure a 67-64 victory in Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) action this evening at the Athletic Center.

With the win, the Rams improve to 5-19 on the year and are now 2-9 in the conference, while the Lancers fall to 15-6 overall and move to 7-4 in the MASCAC.

Alexandre paced the Rams with a team-high 20 points on 9-of-17 from the floor to go along with a game-best 14 boards.  Senior Joe McCabe (Canton, MA), who connected on 4-of-6 from behind the arc, finished with ...[read more]


Framingham State RAMs Football over Plymouth State After Strong Second Half

Filed under: Sports by News Staff at 3:22 pm on October 24, 2015
Framingham State RAMS

Framingham State RAMS

FRAMINGHAM, MA - The Framingham State University football team received three turnovers from their defense which the offense converted into 14 points as the Rams defeated Plymouth State University 34-3 in Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) action this afternoon at Framingham’s Bowditch Field.

With the win, the Rams remain atop the MASCAC standings at 6-1 overall and 5-0 in the conference, while the Panthers slip to 2-5 on the year and now 1-4 in the MASCAC.

Senior linebacker Greg Peschel (Taunton, Mass.) paced the defense with seven tackles, all solo, to go along with a tackle for a loss, a fumble recovery that led to ...[read more]


FSU RAMS Football Defense Propels Team to 26-14 Victory over UMass Dartmouth

Filed under: Sports by News Staff at 6:26 pm on October 3, 2015
Framingham State RAMS

Framingham State RAMS

FRAMINGHAM, MA - The Framingham State University football team forced five turnovers which they converted into 19 points as the Rams defeated the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth 26-14 in Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) action this afternoon at Maple Street Field.

Entering the game both teams were 2-0 in the MASCAC and with the victory, the Rams remain unblemished in the conference at 3-0 and 4-1 overall.   The Corsairs fall to 3-2 on the year and are now 2-1 in the MASCAC.

The Rams defense held the Corsairs to 188 yards of total offense – 111 rushing and 77 passing – in addition to forcing the five turnovers.  The Rams recorded four interceptions and recovered a fumble that led to three Framingham touchdowns.

The Rams first touchdown of the game – a two yard run by senior Matt Mangano (Winchester, Mass.) – was set up by an interception from ...[read more]


FSU RAMS Football 29-14 Victory over Worcester State in Season Closer

Filed under: Sports by News Staff at 1:17 am on November 16, 2014
Framingham State University RAMS

Framingham State University RAMS

FRAMINGHAM, MA - The Framingham State University football team once again overcame a slow start to score 19 fourth quarter points as they defeated Worcester State University 29-14 in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) regular season finale for both squads this afternoon at Bowditch Field.

With the win, the Rams improve to 9-1 on the season and finish the year a perfect 8-0 in the conference. They await word on a possible at-large berth in the NCAA Division III Football Tournament when pairings and seedings are announced tomorrow night at 6 p.m. by the NCAA.  The Lancers see their regular season end at 7-3 overall and 5-3 in the MASCAC.

Sophomore Jalen Green (Brockton, MA) led the Rams with 104 yards rushing on 27 attempts, while quarterback Matt Silva (Dracut, MA) had seven rushes for 40 yards and a touchdown. Silva struggled throwing the ball completing just 15 of 42 for 201 yards with three touchdowns and two picks.  Senior Randall Kelleher (Swampscott, MA) had three catches for 40 yards and a touchdown, while ...[read more]


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