Leicester, Mass.- Becker College struggled to move the ball through heavy snow at Alumni Field as the Hawks lost to Mount Ida 22-6 in Eastern Collegiate Football Conference action on Saturday afternoon.
The snow came down heavy and often, beginning more than an hour before the opening kickoff. The game was scoreless until the 2:56 mark of the first quarter when Becker punter Eric Glynn (West Hartford, Conn.) was tackled in his own end zone for a safety, giving the Mustangs a 2-0 lead. Jovan Wilkins (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) returned the ensuing free kick by Glynn 62 yards for a touchdown, making the score 8-0.
The score remained the same until there was 9:17 remaining in regulation; Mount Ida quarterback Scott Drosendahl (East Aurora, N.Y.) connected with Jordan Hyman (Middletown, Conn.) in the back of the end zone on a three yard touchdown strike. The two point pass by Drosendral to Nick Lynch (Hampton Bays, N.Y.) was converted as the Mustangs took a 16-0 advantage.
The Hawks answered back on their next possession with a ten play, 43 yard drive, resulting in a five yard touchdown scamper by freshman running back Kyle Gregg (Charlotte, N.C.). The Becker two point conversion attempt failed as Mount Ida held a 16-6 lead with 5:36 remaining in regulation.
The Mustangs put the game out of reach on their very next drive. Facing a fourth and 13 from the Becker 23 yard line, Drosendahl completed a ten yard pass to R.J. Zbikowski (Mount Sinai, N.Y.), who proceeded to pitch the ball back to an oncoming Nick Lynch. Lynch then carried it the final 13 yards for a touchdown.
Mount Ida freshman running back Chris McNally (Bourne, Mass.) ran for 96 yards on 25 carries to lead the Mustangs ground attack. Drosendahl threw for 86 yards and two touchdowns on the afternoon. Freshman Jah-son Johnson (Windsor, Conn.) made a team high eight tackles on defense, including two and a half tackles for a loss. Mike Brockenberry (West Haven, Conn.) chipped in with two sacks. The win moves the Mustangs to an even 4-4 overall and 3-2 in the ECFC.
Becker quarterback Bobby Baker (Monroe, Conn.) threw for a game high 84 yards. Luis Sanchez (Springfield, Mass.) led all receivers with 65 yards. On the defensive side of the ball, freshman Asante Harris (Charlotte, N.C.) recorded a game high ten tackles. The loss drops the Hawks to 1-8 overall and 1-5 in the ECFC. Becker will finish their season next Saturday, November 5th, when they travel down Route 56 to play Anna Maria at 1p.m.