Football still struggling for a victory

Sophomore quarterback Michael Marchesano passes the ball forward. (Photo courtesy of the Sports Information Desk)
Sophomore quarterback Michael Marchesano passes the ball forward. (Photo courtesy of the Sports Information Desk)

The struggles continue for the College’s football team as, the team goes into its Homecoming week with a four-game losing streak.

The team, which hasn’t won a game since Friday, Sept. 12, lost 28-7 this past weekend at Montclair State. In addition, they are 0-3 at home leading up to Homecoming against William Paterson this Saturday, Oct. 24, at 1 p.m.

The Redhawks improved to 5-1 on the season and lead the NJAC with a 3-0 mark. The Lions dropped to 1-5 and have an 0-3 conference record.

The Lions had 215 total yards with 146 in passing while MSU had a total of 235 with 162 in passing. Lions sophomore quarterback Michael Marchesano went nine of 21 for 138 yards, while Trevor Osler came in to throw for eight yards.

Montclair junior signal-caller Ryan Davis went 13 of 20 for 156 yards. His back-up Gabe DiMasi threw for six yards.

Redhawks junior receiver Clinton Coffey had five receptions for 84 yards, while sophomore running back Denzel Nieves had three for 27 yards. Four receivers combined for the remaining 51 yards.

Senior tight end Ryan Baranowsky led the Lions with five receptions for 97 yards. Junior wide out Conor Mulholland had three receptions for 33 yards, while Jeff Mattonelli and Andrew Lachawiec each had eight yards.

Freshman rusher Khani Glover had for 68 yards, while sophomore Frank Fuccello added 12 yards and Junior Brad Young added 11 yards.

Nieves led the Redhawks with 54 yards rushing, and senior Tariq Turner added 21 yards while sophomore John DiStefano contributed six yards.

The College’s Khani Glover scored the lone Lions touchdown on a 33-yard run with 1:12 left. The four play, 56-yard drive resulted in a 28-7 score.

Redhawks freshman safety Joshua Betts scored on a fumble recovery in the end zone. This 0-gain play increased the Montclair State lead to 28-0.

With 0:32 left in the second quarter, junior running back Pat Caggiano returned a 54-yard touchdown to make it 21-0. Sophomore running back Denzel Nieves made it 14-0 with 4:43 left in this quarter.

Quarterback Ryan Davies hit junior wide receiver Aaron Williams for a 16-yard touchdown to make it 7-0.

On Saturday, Oct. 11, the Lions dropped their fourth game of the season — and their third straight — when SUNY Cortland defeated the College 24-14 at Lions Stadium.

SUNY Cortland, who came into the game with an 0-4 record, has defeated the Lions every season since 2007. Since its last win, SUNY Cortland has won seven straight games over its New Jersey rivals.

The College’s football team now stands at 1-4 on the year, and 0-2 within the New Jersey Athletic Conference. Following this weekend’s play, only Southern Virginia, which is in its first full year as a member of the conference, is 0-5 overall and 0-2 in the conference.

Cortland had 334 total yards, including 243 passing yards. The Lions had 307 yards total with 238 passing yards.

Junior quarterback John Grassi went 25 of 41 for 243 yards with a touchdown and an interception in guiding the Cortland offense. Sophomore Lions signal-caller Michael Marchesano went 22 of 43 for 238 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions.

Senior tight end Ryan Baranowsky had a game-high 96 yards on three receptions. Junior wide receiver Max Boerstoel had four receptions for 46 yards, and fellow junior receiver Conor Mulholland had five receptions for 31 yards.

Cortland sophomore tight end Josh Riley had seven receptions for 86 yards. Sophomore receiver Jon Mannix added two receptions for 56 yards. Junior receiver Jack Delahunty contributed seven receptions for 38 yards.

Sophomore back Layton Lassiter had 23 carries for 80 yards and a touchdown. Junior back Dylan Peebles had 10 carries for 23 yards. Sophomore Lou Buschi had three carries for 11 yards and a touchdown for Cortland.

Freshman Lions back Khani Glover had six carries for 89 yards and a touchdown. Sophomore Frank Fuccello had seven carries for 14 yards.

Cortland’s running game got them out to an early lead, and the Red Dragons led 14-0 at halftime. Layton Lassiter and Lou Buschi both scored on 5-yard runs in the first half.

The Lions were within seven points when Ryan Baranowsky caught a 62-yard reception for a touchdown from Michael Marchesano. The College was down 14-7 at this point with nine minutes left in the third quarter, before the Red Dragons scored twice to put the game out of reach.

SUNY Cortland would score 10 points in the third, starting with a 35-yard field goal by sophomore kicker Shane Cronin. Less than two minutes later, Jon Mannix caught a 47-yard reception from John Grassi to go up 24-7.

With 10 minutes left in the game, Glover broke loose for an 85-yard touchdown. This run got the Lions within 10-points at 24-14, but it would not be enough as the game fizzled out to yet another Lions defeat.