Montclair State shuts out Southern Virginia, 17-0

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Published October 13, 2016
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The Red Hawks advanced to 3-2 on the season. Photo Credit: Daniel Falkenheim
The Red Hawks advanced to 3-2 on the season. Photo Credit: Daniel Falkenheim

The Red Hawks advanced to 3-2 on the season.
Photo Credit: Daniel Falkenheim

Montclair State improved to 3-2 (2-2 in NJAC) this season after a 17-0 shut-out victory over Southern Virginia at home on Saturday, Oct. 8, making this their second shut-out win over the Knights in two years.

Senior running back John DiStefano continued his stellar season, coming off the field with 41 carries for 175 yards and a touchdown. DiStefano’s 175 yards on his own were more than the Knights’ 157 offensive yards in total.

DiStefano looked to another man for the ball this time as sophomore John Apicella stepped into the quarterback position, connecting for 41 passing yards on the game.

Southern Virginia was stopped in their tracks by a dominating Red Hawks defense, led by Senior Joe Falato. Falato picked up eight tackles on the night, followed close behind by Junior Vincent Cordasco with seven.

The other touchdown was a 30-yard fumble return by Junior Linebacker Joshua Betts. The final three points of the game came off the cleat of sophomore Ryan DeLeon after he landed a 36-yard field goal in the 3rd quarter.

The Red Hawks will head on the road this Saturday, Oct. 15 to take on Christopher Newport in Newport News, Va. Kickoff is at 1 p.m.

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