Score: Nichols College 37, Dean College 12
Records: Nichols College (1-0), Dean College (0-1)
Location: Pisini Field, Franklin, Mass.
Date: Friday, September 6, 2019
Time: 7:00 PM
Nichols College outscored Dean College 30-6 over the final two quarters and the visiting Bison raced past the Bulldogs, 37-12, in non-league football action on Friday Night in the season opener for both teams.
The game, which was played at Franklin High School's Pisini Field, saw Nichols receiver Jake Wood steal the show with six catches for 111 yards and three touchdowns.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
It was the Bulldogs who got on the scoreboard first when Errol Breaux (Marietta, Ga.) returned a punt 39 yards deep into Nichols territory. A few plays later, Terrell Watts (New Haven, Conn.) hit Julian Burris (Rock Hill, S.C.) for a two-yard score, giving the Bulldogs an early lead.
The Bison finally got their offense on track when Michael Pina found a tightly covered Wood from 34 yards out, putting Nichols in front, 7-6.
Dean added another score before the half when Watts found Breaux from five yards out, sending the Bulldogs into halftime in front, 12-7.
Things changed drastically in the third when the Bison outscored Dean 23-0 in the quarter, courtesy of two touchdown catches from Wood (37 yards, 13 yards), another from Hunter Ferreira (24 yards) and safety, that made the score, 30-12 heading into the fourth.
The only scoring in the fourth quarter was a 51-yard jaunt up the far sideline by Joshua Pierre-Charles.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
Gene Baisden, Jr. (Tampa, Fla.) led the Dean defense with nine tackles, including a sack, while Shannon Moxey (Austell, Ga.), Tyzohn Poole (New Haven, Conn.) and Wadell Alceus (Apopka, Fla.) all had seven stops.
Offensively, Michael Bethune, Jr. (New Haven, Conn.), getting his first heavy dose of carries, totaled 58 yards on 13 carries. Breaux had 72 yards receiving and a score, while Burris had 59 yards and a touchdown of his own.
Dean is back in action next Saturday when they head to Western Connecticut State for a 6:00 PM kickoff.