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Red Hawk Football Continues to Struggle

by Montclarion Sports
The Red Hawks will be in action against William Paterson on Oct. 3. Photo courtesy MSU Sports.

The Red Hawks will be in action against William Paterson on Oct. 3.
Photo courtesy MSU Sports.

While it was slightly chilly on Saturday, Sept. 26, a change of scenery did not help the Montclair State Red Hawks as they collapsed to a 0-3 record in a loss against Rowan University.
Montclair State quarterback Ryan Davies threw for 127-yards and was 17-for-36 passes with two interceptions while running backs Denzel Nieves and John DiStefano had 16 carries for 36 yards and seven attempts for 64 yards, respectively. DiStefano scored the Red Hawks’ only touchdown during the game and wide receiver Aaron Williams caught six passes for 56 yards.
On the defensive side of the ball, defensive back Billy Shimko and linebacker Michael Tenpenny each racked up 11 tackles. Shimko’s career tackle total now stands at 203. He has become the 23rd player in Montclair State history to accomplish such a feat. Tenpenny had 2 TFLs for a total of 2 yards while defensive lineman Joe Falato accounted for 7 tackles that included 3.5 for loss at 13 yards.
Rowan quarterback Dante Pinckney hit wideout Russ Forchion for a 92-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter, while kicker Tyler Knighton completed two field goals (24-yard and 21-yard) both before and after the lone Rowan touchdown to defeat MSU 13-7. Pinckney finished the game 7-for-12 with 149 yards, zero interceptions and a touchdown.Forchion’s receptions were low with 3, but yardage remained high with 104 total yards.
Running back Withler Marcelin also prospered by recording 28 touches for 94 yards.
The next game for the Red Hawks will be their Homecoming faceoff  against William Patterson University at Sprague Field at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3.

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