Manchester, N.H. (October 9) -- On a windy Saturday afternoon at Grappone Stadium, the Saint Anselm football team dropped a 27-7 final to visiting American International in Northeast-10 Conference action. The loss makes it an 11-3 advantage in favor of AIC in the all-time series.
The Yellow Jackets got on the board just 3:01 into the first period as Rob Parent (West Warwick, R.I.) found freshman Cal Brownridge (Newark, N.J.) across the middle for a 34-yard score. Brownridge caught the ball on the far side of the field, then cut across to the near pylon for the score. After a Parent 65-yard scoring pass to Andre Samuels (Linden, N.J.) to make it 14-0 after one quarter, the Yellow Jackets extended the lead midway thru the second quarter. Trevor Perryman (Centereach, N.Y.) hauled in a 25-yard pass in the far corner of the end zone, juggling the ball and coming down with it for Parent's third scoring pass of the opening half. Parent threw for 212 yards in the opening half, completing 9-of-16 passing attempts in the half.
AIC stretched the lead to 27-0 with 4:24 left in the third quarter as Perryman caught a wide-open eight-yard touchdown pass for his second TD catch of the game. The play was set up by an 89-yard run by sophomore Courtney Stephenson (Paterson, N.J.) down inside the 10-yard line.
Saint Anselm got on the board with 8:43 left in the fourth quarter as Keith Charles (Laurel, Md.) ran up the middle from two yards out for his third touchdown of the season and a 27-7 score.
Freshman Tyrae Woodson-Samuels (Mt. Vernon, N.Y.) completed 25-of-42 pass attempts for 175 yards, along with leading the team with 92 yards on the ground in his first career start. Charles also ran for 55 yards and caught seven passes for 29 yards. Junior All-American candidate Marc Wilson (Farmington, Conn.) was the team leader with 10 receptions for 44 yards. Freshman Justin Bernard (Cambridge, Mass.) led the team with 79 yards receiving, including a 59-yard reception. Brendan Timmons (Franklin, Mass.) led the Hawk defense with eight tackles, along with a six-tackle effort by Mark Colantonio (Londonderry, N.H.).
AIC was led by a 139-yard day on the ground by Stephenson, as well as a 227-yard, four-touchdown afternoon by Parent. Allen Bush (Newark, N.J.) and Nick Abraham (Tewksbury, Mass.) led the Yellow Jacket defense with 11 tackles each.
With the loss, Saint Anselm falls to 1-5 overall and 1-3 in the Northeast-10, while the Yellow Jackets improve to 3-3 overall and 3-1 in the league. Saint Anselm is off next week, but returns to action on the road at Assumption on October 23.