Montclair State Football Falls in Season Opener

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Published September 20, 2017
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                                                                                                               Photo Courtesy of montclairathletics.com

In a grind-it-out battle against Salve Regina University this past Saturday afternoon, the Red Hawks unfortunately did not come out the victor, falling to the Seahawks 26-20. It was a neck-and-neck game throughout as the Red Hawks clung onto a 20-19 lead heading into the fourth quarter but Salve Regina managed to capitalize on a lengthy drive late in the game. Despite kicking the season off on the losing end, there are a handful of bright spots for the Red Hawks to take away and build upon for this week’s matchup against their NJAC rivals Southern Virginia University.

On offense, sophomore quarterback Ryan Adzima went 8-for-27 with 2 TDs along with the interception that proved to be the dagger at the end of the game. Adzima honed in on two receivers, seniors Julanee Prince and Joe Schultz. Prince finished with five receptions for 135 yards with two TDs, averaging 27.0 yards per catch, while Schultz hauled in two passes for 47 yards. On the ground, junior runningback Anthony Travisano proved he could shoulder the heavy workload in his new featured role, gaining 141 yards for an average of 4.9 yards on each of his 27 carries and a touchdown.

On defense, the front seven had their hands full, as senior linebacker Joshua Betts and junior Mauro Altamura along with junior defensive lineman Jake Weber and senior Chris Palma all tallied eight tackles on the day. They generated only one sack, but will hope to figure out a way to generate more pressure in their upcoming game. Montclair’s 14 penalties committed for a loss of 110, opposed to Salve Regina’s 7-for-62, was a killer factor. Yet as the season progresses, the Red Hawks will seek more discipline.

The Red Hawks will try and even their record up at 1-1 with a win on the road at Southern Virginia University this Saturday at 1 p.m.

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