New Haven’s Rushing Attack Delivers 44-21 Setback to Football

New Haven’s Rushing Attack Delivers 44-21 Setback to Football

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Freshman QB Eric Fairweather (Londonderry, N.H.) threw for 299 yards and two touchdowns, in addition to rushing for another score, but the Saint Anselm College football team was taken down by the University of New Haven, 44-21, Saturday afternoon at Grappone Stadium.

STANDOUT PERFORMERS

  • Fairweather set career highs in completions (26), attempts (40) and passing yards, while carrying 13 times for 55 yards.
  • A week after catching his first career touchdown pass, freshman WR Kyle Hill (Upper Marlboro, Md.) busted out with 12 catches for 145 yards – both career bests – and another touchdown.
  • Junior WR Zach Bartak (Greenfield, Mass.) caught three passes for 82 yards.
  • Senior running back Elad Covaliu (Rockville, Md.) reeled in five passes for 41 yards and his first career touchdown grab, while rushing 13 times for 39 yards.
  • Junior RB Joe Hayman (Brandywine, Md.) carried seven times for 32 yards and a touchdown.
  • Junior LB Josh Garrett (Riviera Beach, Fla.) totaled 12 tackles, while senior DB Elijah Thomas (Gaithersburg, Md.) and junior DB Andy Klouda (Solon, Iowa) each registered 10 stops.

For the foes…

  • RB Andre Anderson racked up 319 yards and three touchdowns on 32 carries. The 319 rushing yards surpassed the previous Saint Anselm opponent record of 297 yards, set by Southern Connecticut State University's Vaughn Magee on Sept. 29, 2012.
  • LB Tyler Condit amassed 25 tackles, including a sack, and recorded an interception.
  • RB Lemar Thomas ran 13 times for 88 yards and a touchdown.
  • QB Ajee Patterson was 11-for-17 for 118 yards and a touchdown, while also rushing for another score.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • After New Haven's opening drive of the game ended just two plays in when senior DB Tyler Lindsay (Temple Hills, Md.) forced an Anderson fumble that was recovered by junior LB Kyrel Jaundoo (Mattapan, Mass.), the Chargers made good on their second as they went 84 yards in 11 plays. Patterson connected on a 13-yard touchdown strike to Devin Martin, but senior DB Carroll Bailey (Clinton, Mass.) blocked the extra-point try to keep it 6-0 with 8:34 left in the first quarter.
  • Saint Anselm answered 2:26 later as Fairweather ended an eight-play, 75-yard drive with a 51-yard touchdown pass to Hill that put the Hawks on top, 7-6.
  • On the second play of the ensuing drive, the Hawks forced another fumble as senior LB Joel Jorgensen (Eldersburg, Md.) popped a ball loose that was recovered by sophomore LB Troy Kay (New City, N.Y.). Saint Anselm gave it right back three plays later, however, as Condit picked off Fairweather and returned it 48 yards to the Hawks' 20-yard line. That set up Anderson's 20-yard rushing score on the next play that put New Haven up 13-7 with 4:06 left in the first.
  • New Haven looked like it was going to go up two scores inside the final minute of the half, but as Patterson tried to find the end zone, junior LB Mike Ryan (Northborough, Mass.) jarred the ball loose from Patterson at the 1-yard line and sophomore DL Eddie Matovu (Tewksbury, Mass.) fell on it with 42 seconds remaining.
  • Saint Anselm grabbed a 14-13 lead just 1:20 into the second quarter as Fairweather polished off a seven-play, 80-yard drive with a 47-yard touchdown toss to Covaliu.
  • New Haven responded just 3:17 later as Patterson's 1-yard touchdown run put the Chargers ahead, 20-14.
  • The game stayed that way into the second half, when Fairweather engineered a 10-play, 75-yard drive that he ended himself with a 7-yard touchdown scamper that put Saint Anselm back on top, 21-20, just 3:29 into the third quarter.
  • New Haven grabbed the lead for good on a Danny Stock 39-yard field goal that put the Chargers up, 23-21, with 6:45 to play in the third.
  • From there, Anderson would tack on touchdown runs of four and 17 yards before Thomas closed the scoring with a 5-yard scoring run that made it 24-unasnwered points to end the game.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • New Haven outgained Saint Anselm, 538-410 in total offense yardage, including 420-111 on the ground. The 420 rushing yards fell 27 yards shy of being a Saint Anselm opponent single-game record. The Hawks won the battle through the air, 299-118.
  • Saint Anselm forced four fumbles, recovering three of them, while only turning it over once itself.
  • The Chargers were 9 of 14 on third down, while the Hawks were 8 of 18.

NOTES

  • Senior K/P Shane Grayson's (Ormond Beach, Fla.) first extra-point of the game moved him into sole possession of the program's all-time record for points scored by kicking, set by Erol Senel, who amassed 154 points with his leg from 1999-02.

UP NEXT

  • The Hawks wrap up their season Saturday, Nov. 14 when they play host to Pace University in a Northeast-10 Championship Weekend tilt at Grappone.

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