Manchester, N.H. (October 4) -- On Saturday afternoon, the Saint Anselm football team dropped a 37-6 final to American International at the Hawk's annual Homecoming Game at Grappone Stadium.
The Yellow Jackets got on the board with 21 seconds left in the first quarter as Travis Poole (Brooklyn, N.Y.) hauled in a 14-yard touchdown pass from Rob Parent (West Warwick, R.I.), capping a three-play, 19-yard drive that took just 1:38. The field position was set up by a 36-yard punt return by Kertis Hussey (Paterson, N.J.).
AIC made it a 14-0 game with 6:31 remaining in the first half as Marcus Cameron (Hempstead, N.Y.) rumbled in from three yards out, ending a 13-play, 82-yard drive that covered 6:16 of the quarter. Mike Mayo (Roosevelt, N.Y.) added AIC's third touchdown with just 17 seconds left in the half with a one-yard touchdown score for the 20-0 lead. The extra-point attempt was no good as the game was 20-0 at the halftime break.
In the second half, the Yellow Jackets made it 27-0 as Poole pulled in a four-yard pass from Parent, Poole's ninth touchdown of the season and second of the game. Saint Anselm got on the scoreboard with 3:34 left in the third period as Luke St. Marie (Mill Creek, Wash.) broke four tackles down the near sideline for a 37-yard touchdown, his second TD of the year. AIC wasn't done in the third quarter as Cameron scored from one yard out with 1:35 left to make the score 34-6 heading into the final quarter.
Just 1:29 into the fourth quarter, the Yellow Jackets extended the lead to 37-6 as senior Marek Prezbylek (Olsztyn, Poland) blasted a 41-yard field goal, his fourth field goal of the season.
St. Marie led the Hawks with 77 yards on the ground, while Marc Wilson (Farmington, Conn.) completed 15-of-25 passes. Defensively, Dan Bohenek (Bridgewater, Mass.) led the Hawks with 11 tackles on the afternoon.
The Yellow Jackets were led by a two-touchdown afternoon by Parent at quarterback, along with a pair of touchdowns each by Poole and Cameron. Poole finished with 106 receiving yards on nine receptions, while Mayo ended the afternoon with 196 yards on 30 carries.
With the loss, the Hawks fall to 0-5 overall and 0-3 in the Northeast-10. American International is now 5-0 overall, 3-0 in the league and has now won 11 straight regular-season games. Saint Anselm is back in action on Friday, October 10th as the Hawks travel to Merrimack for a 7 p.m. start under the lights at Warrior Field in North Andover, Mass.