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NH College Football: Wildcats roll past Colgate
UNH's Nico Steriti outruns the Colgate defense on his way to a second quarter touchdown. (JAY REITER/Union Leader)
On Saturday afternoon, the No. 9-ranked Wildcat football team lit up Colgate University on the way to 53-23 triumph in front of 8,020 at Cowell.
Junior tight end Harold Spears had nabbed a pair of touchdown passes and a two-point conversion pass before the game was seven minutes old, staking UNH to a 16-0 lead.
They had lost their last three games overall. They also had a 10-game home win streak snapped in a 64-35 rout at the hands of Towson the last time they played in Cowell Stadium on Nov. 17.
"Personally, I just wanted to bounce back and just play smarter and show I can do some of the things I did today," Spears said. "But as a team we wanted to bounce back, too. As a whole team, we were disappointed by last week's performance."
The Wildcats evened their record at 1-1 and now have to wait two weeks for Game 3. They are off next Saturday and play at Lehigh, a Patriot League team like Colgate, on Sept. 28.
Colgate dropped to 0-3.
Junior linebacker Shane McNeely led the way with eight tackles and had one of UNH's two interceptions. Sophomore defensive back Hayden Knudson had the other.
UNH went up 19-0 on 22-yard field goal by Mike MacArthur, a senior from North Hampton, with 5:19 left in the first period. The Wildcat defense forced another punt, but returner Casey DeAndrade dropped the ball and the Raiders recovered on the UNH 43. Five plays later Colgate scored and it was 19-6 with 53 seconds to go in the quarter.
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Mike Kelly, a sophomore out of Merrimack and Bishop Guertin High School in Nashua, scored his first career touchdown for UNH on a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Senior running back Andrew Foglia scored four touchdowns - three on the ground and one with a catch - to lead the Panthers (1-1) in Newton Mass.
Foglia carried 26 times for 199 yards to lead the run-oriented Plymouth State attack. Foglia scored on runs of 34, 6 and 15 yards and caught a 21-yard scoring pass from senior Jake Tyler.
Jake Mathews, a senior defensive back out of Windham, and Mike Leonard, a sophomore linebacker out of Merrimack who played at Trinity High School in Manchester, led the PSU defense with 11 tackles each. Leonard also contributed an interception.
Stonehill (1-1) claimed the eighth annual "Battle for the Ol' Bronze Hawk" thanks to quarterback Logan Meyer's five touchdown passes and 332 passing yards. Former Manchester Central player Steve Gryzywacz kicked seven PATs and added a 22-yard field goal. Jamal Johnson rushed for 170 yards.