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FOOTBALL: Dean blanks Anna Maria in season finale

FOOTBALL: Dean blanks Anna Maria in season finale

The Basics:

-Score: Dean College 27, Anna Maria College 0

-Records: Dean (4-6, 2-5 ECFC), Anna Maria (1-9, 1-6 ECFC)

-Location: Paxton, Mass. (AMCAT Field)

- The Lead: Sophomore Richard Harris (Uniondale, N.Y.) rushed for 212 yards and a touchdown and Dean College limited Anna Maria College to 130 yards of offense Saturday afternoon as the Bulldogs blanked the AMCATS, 27-0, in the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference season finale for both teams at AMCAT Field.

The Bulldogs wrap up their season with a 4-6 overall record and a 2-5 mark in the ECFC while the AMCATS wind upwind up 1-9 overall and 1-6 in conference play.


How It Happened:

-Anna Maria recognized its six seniors prior to the game on Senior Day – LB Jacob Achelus (Stamford, Conn.), QB Camden Brown (Gardner, Mass.), DB Trevor Brown (Gardner, Mass.), DB Charles Dickerson (Baltimore, Md.), OL Domenic DiSandro (Cranston, R.I.) and WR Trai Weaver (Waterbury, Conn.).

-The Bulldogs needed less than a minute to get on the scoreboard as freshman Kordell Scott (Orlando, Fla.) connected with classmate Carelle Hill (Bridgeport, Conn.) on a 70-yard touchdown pass on Dean's second play from scrimmage. Freshman kicker Hunter Lechthaler (Nutley, N.J.) converted the extra point to make it 7-0 just 57 seconds into the game.

-Dean scored a pair of touchdowns less than three minutes apart midway through the second quarter. Freshman Noah Taiese (Aiea, HI) rumbled into the end zone from 24 yards out with 9:56 on the clock, and classmate Dequan Brown (Newark, N.J.) caught a 52-yard TD pass from Scott with 7:09 remaining in the quarter. Lechthaler made one of two extra-point kicks, and Dean led 20-0 at halftime.

-Harris wrapped up the scoring in the third quarter with a three-yard run to cap off a seven-play, 76 yard drive for the Bulldogs.

-Anna Maria committed three first-half turnovers and turned the ball over on downs twice in each half. The AMCATS had a first-and-goal at the Dean five-yard line in the second quarter after a 38-yard pass completion from freshman Jayson Wallace (Rochester, N.Y.) to classmate Marquis Roderique (Dorchester, Mass.) but couldn't punch it home on the next four plays.

-Roderique returned the opening kickoff of the second half 55 yards, and a pair of Dean personal foul penalties gave Anna Maria a first-and-goal from the seven, but again the Bulldog defense denied the AMCATS on four straight plays. After forcing a Bulldog punt, Anna Maria started its next drive on the Dean 30-yard line but couldn't muster a first down against the Bulldog defense.


Inside the Numbers:

-Dean outgained Anna Maria in total yards, 439 to 130, and recorded 20 first downs to five for the home team. Scott finished 6-of-11 passing for 133 yards and two touchdowns for the Bulldogs.

-Sophomore Ricco Aaron (Douglasville, Ga.) anchored the Dean defense by making eight tackles (seven solo) and forcing a fumble. Classmate Gene Baisden (Tampa, Fla.) made seven tackles, including two sacks, and also forced a fumble.

-Freshman Arondae Washington (Providence, R.I.) rushed for 47 yards on 10 carries for the AMCATS.

-Junior Emmanuel Hans (Lowell, Mass.) led the AMCAT defense with a game-high 11 tackles, including a sack and six tackles for lost yardage. Freshman Swavaughn Smalls (Mattapan, Mass.) added 10 tackles, including 2.5 tackles for loss and freshman Dan Mastromatteo (Peabody, Mass.) recorded nine tackles and a fumble recovery.

-Senior Trai Weaver (Waterbury, Conn.) had his record streak of consecutive games with a touchdown reception snapped at eight, finishing with just two catches for 30 yards. Weaver completes the season with several school records, including receiving yards (911) and receiving touchdowns (12) in a season. He also ranks second on the school's career list for receiving yards (2,033) and touchdowns (20), and third with 119 career catches.


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