Pleasantville, N.Y. (November 8) - Led by a single-game school-record 285-yard performance by freshman quarterback Marc Wilson (Farmington, Conn.), the Saint Anselm football team defeated Pace by a 28-14 final at a rainy Setter Field on Saturday afternoon in NE-10 play. Led by Wilson's record-setting day, the Hawks finished with 448 team rushing yards, also a single-game school record.
Pace jumped out to a 7-0 lead on just the second play of the game as junior Nathaniel Ford (Queens, N.Y.) rumbled in from 57 yards out with just 23 seconds gone off the clock. On the ensuing possession, the Hawks put together a 13-play, 56-yard drive that was capped by a seven-yard score by Luke St. Marie (Mill Creek, Wash.) inside the near pylon to cut the lead to 7-6. St. Marie broke two tackles on the play, followed by a missed extra point attempt by the Hawks. Saint Anselm took the lead for the first time on a 67-yard touchdown run straight up the middle by Wilson with 6:02 left in the first quarter. On the play, Wilson became the first 1000-yard single-season rusher in Saint Anselm history.
The lone scoring in the second quarter came on a fumble recovery for a touchdown by Justin Polanis (Port Jervis, N.Y.) as he picked up the ball and took it in from 25 yards out to make the score 14-12 in favor of the Setters.
Saint Anselm regained the lead with 6:53 remaining in the third quarter as Wilson found wide receiver Marcel Bouie (Stone Mountain, Ga.) on a screen pass and Bouie got into the end zone for the 18-14 lead. The Hawks added the two-point conversion as Wilson found Geoff Stevens (Andover, Mass.) in traffic to make it 20-14 in favor of the visitors.
On the next Pace possession, the Setters were set to punt on fourth down, but the ball was fumbled and recovered by Dan Bohenek (Bridgewater, Mass.) on the five yard line. Wilson nearly gave the Hawks a 26-14 lead, but fumbled the ball at the one yard line and out of the end zone for a touchback. The Hawks did get the next TD though as St. Marie scored from 19 yards out early in the 4th and added the two-point conversion for the 28-14 lead with 14:37 left in the game.
Wilson finished the game with 285 yards and finishes his freshman season with the highest single-season rushing total in Saint Anselm history with 1,214 yards. He also has set the single-season mark for rushing attempts with 270 rushes and has helped the Hawks set over 20 offensive records in 2008. St. Marie also went over the 100-yard mark with a 144-yard, two-touchdown effort in the victory.
Defensively, the Hawks forced five turnovers on the day, led by a tremendous effort by senior linebacker Brian Tormollan (Waterville, Maine). Tormollan finished his final career game with eight tackles, one fumble recovery, one forced fumble and a solid day on special teams. Bohenek had a team-high nine tackles and one fumble recovery.
With the win, the Hawks complete the season at 2-8 overall and 1-6 in the Northeast-10 under first-year head coach Patrick Murphy. Pace completes the season at 4-6 overall and 3-4 in league play.