Football’s Comeback Falls Short in 35-24 Defeat at Stonehill

Football’s Comeback Falls Short in 35-24 Defeat at Stonehill

EASTON, Mass. – Freshman Eric Fairweather (Londonderry, N.H.) amassed 344 yards of total offense and engineered a pair of fourth quarter scoring drives, but the Saint Anselm College football team could not overcome its initial deficit and fell to Stonehill College, 35-24, in the 10th "Battle for the Ol' Bronze Hawk" on Saturday afternoon at W.B. Mason.

STANDOUT PERFORMERS

  • Fairweather ran for a career-high 177 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries and completed 15 of 26 passes for 167 yards, a touchdown and an interception.
  • Junior WR Zach Bartak (Greenfield, Mass.) caught four passes for 70 yards, while freshman Kyle Hill (Upper Marlboro, Md.) made seven catches for 62 yards and his first career touchdown.
  • Junior RB Joe Hayman (Brandywine, Md.) carried seven times for 32 yards and a touchdown.
  • Sophomore LB Eric Mercer (Melrose, Mass.) tallied a team-high nine tackles and junior LB Josh Garrett (Riviera Beach, Fla.) made six stops and forced and recovered a fumble.

For the foes…

  • RB Colin Markus racked up 172 yards rushing on 34 carries.
  • QB Nick Foltz was 13-for-20 for 170 yards and four touchdowns.
  • WR Kaleb Lutton caught three passes for 25 yards – all touchdowns.
  • DB Nick Bona recorded a game-high 10 tackles and forced a fumble.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Saint Anselm struck first just 49 seconds into the game when Fairweather ripped off a 53-yard touchdown run that made it 7-0.
  • Stonehill responded with a pair of drives that ate up over nine-and-a-half-minutes of the first quarter clock and ended with Foltz touchdown passes of 11 and four yards to Cody Page and Lutton, respectively.
  • The Hawks pulled within 14-10 with 11 seconds remaining in the opening quarter when senior K/P Shane Grayson (Ormond Beach, Fla.) drilled a 25-yard field goal.
  • Stonehill then scored on its first and final drives of the second quarter, eating up another 13 minutes and change on the two series. Dylan Brown's 1-yard touchdown run made it 21-10 at the 10:15 mark, before a 13-play, 79-yard drive that lasted 8:09 was capped 43 seconds before the halftime break with a four-yard Lutton scoring reception.
  • The Skyhawks opened a commanding 35-10 advantage with 1:07 remaining in the third quarter when Foltz found Lutton for the third time from 17 yards out.
  • The comeback was on after that, however, as Hayman polished off an 11-play, 77-yard drive to make it 35-17 just 2:05 into the final quarter.
  • Following a Stonehill punt, another 11-play drive – this one for 65 yards – found the end zone as Fairweather hooked up with Hill on a nine-yard touchdown pass and catch that sliced the gap to 35-24 with 6:12 left.
  • Garrett then jarred the ball loose from Foltz on the ensuing drive and recovered it himself at the Saint Anselm 34-yard line with 5:30 on the clock. The Hawks drove 45 yards in five plays and looked to be on their way to making it a one-score game, but after a 14-yard catch and run for freshman WR Brandon Sharp (Washington, D.C.), Donovan Phanor forced a fumble that Bona recovered at the Stonehill 21-yard line and the Skyhawks would wind down the clock.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • Stonehill narrowly edged Saint Anselm in yardage across the board as it outgained the Hawks, 400-388, in total offense, including 170-167 through the air and 230-221 on the ground.
  • The Skyhawks converted third downs at a blistering 77 percent rate (10-13), while the Hawks were 5 of 12 (44%) on third down and a perfect 2-for-2 on fourth downs.
  • Saint Anselm turned it over twice, while the Stonehill fumble in the fourth quarter was its only giveaway.
  • Stonehill held the ball for 38:45, which equates to 65 percent of the game.

NOTES

  • Fairweather's 177 rushing yards are the sixth highest single-game mark in program history and the third most for a quarterback.
  • Grayson's six points tied the all-time program record of 154 points scored by kicking, set by Erol Senel (1999-02). Grayson also used two punts inside the 20-yard line to break former teammate Shea Cerio's (2009-12) all-time mark of 39.

UP NEXT

  • The Hawks wrap up their regular season Saturday, Nov. 7 (12 p.m.) when they play host to the University of New Haven on Senior Day at Grappone Stadium.

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