Everybody Shines As Football Surges Past Pioneers, 44-26

Everybody Shines As Football Surges Past Pioneers, 44-26

THE BASICS
Score:
Dean College 44, Alfred State 26
Records:
Dean College (2-3, 1-0 ECFC), Alfred State (0-4, 0-1 ECFC)
Location:
Lippert Field, Franklin, Mass.
Date:
Saturday, September 29, 2018
Time:
12:00 PM

THE LEAD:
Dean College rolled up more than 450 yards of total offense and their defense forced five turnovers as the host Bulldogs won their second game in a row with a 44-26 triumph over Alfred State in the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) opener for both teams on Saturday.

Terrell Watts (New Haven, Conn.) was stellar under center for Dean going an impressive 19-for-26 for 264 yards and three scores, while DeAndre Grange (Teaneck, N.J.) recorded his second straight 100-yard, two-touchdown performance with 111 yards on 20 carries.

The recipient of two of Watts' touchdowns was Errol Breaux (Marietta, Ga.), who hauled in five balls for 111 yards and the two scores.

Defensively, the Bulldogs intercepted four passes and returned one of them for a touchdown for the second straight week.

HOW IT HAPPENED:
Alfred State actually got on the board first when they drove 97 yards in 11 plays capped by a Dashown Wilson one-yard run midway through the first quarter.

Dean answered back with an eight-play, 60-yard drive that ended with Quintus Reid (New Haven, Conn.) going the final 30 yards up the right sideline after a flip from Watts.

With the game tied at 6-6 after both teams missed extra points, Ronnie Clark put the Pioneers back in front with a 39-yard scamper on the next drive.

The Bulldogs wasted little time tying the game up as Watts connected with Breaux for a 61-yard scoring strike.

Dean then took the lead for the first time and for good when two possessions later, Gene Baisden, Jr. (Tampa, Fla.) intercepted Wilson and raced into the endzone and when Jacob Bisson (Barrington, N.H.) connected on the extra point, the Bulldogs were in front, 19-12.

That advantage grew before the half ended when Grange went untouched from eight yards out and midway through the third Dean added to its lead when Ki'sean Bullard (Miami, Fla.) scored from 12 yards, making the score 32-12.

The Pioneers, using Wilson's legs, got on the board with a three-yard score but that was quickly answered when Grange powered through for his second of the day half way through the fourth.

Jalen Long and Wilson connected for a ten-yard score, but Watts and Breaux closed out the scoring when they teamed up in the right corner of the endzone on a 15-yard pitch and catch.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
Long finished with 119 yards on seven catches, while Wilson (97 yards) and Clark (81 yards) did find success on the ground for the Pioneers.

Both Nicholaus Grimaldi (Valrico, Fla.) and David Marino-Silver (Tampa, Fla.) had eight tackles for Dean, while Khoury Simmons (Taunton, Mass.) added to his league-leading total with two sacks.

In addition to Baisden, Jr., Travis Byars (Atlanta, Ga.), Shannon Moxey (Marietta, Ga.) and Malik Brown (Miami, Fla.) all had interceptions.

UP NEXT:
Dean will have less time to celebrate this victory as they travel to Husson on Friday night for another ECFC meeting beginning at 7:00 p.m.