CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Becker College's Michael Bianco (Manorville, N.Y.) registered a game-high 17 tackles for the Hawks as they dropped the season opener to the MIT Engineers by a score of 23-3 in a Friday evening season opening matchup.
September 31, 2018
Score: MIT 23, Becker 3
Records: MIT (1-0) | Becker (0-1)
Becker received the ball to start, but a fumble on the return, forced by MIT's Ben Wolz (College Station, Texas), gave MIT the quick advantage. On their first offensive play, junior running back John Robertson (Brentwood, Tenn.) rushed for the five yards ensuing an Engineer touchdown. The extra point attempt was blocked by the Hawks' senior defensive lineman Brandon Mole (Bovina, N.Y.) which kept the score at 6-0. It wasn't long until Robertson scored again as he logged a nine-yard carry on MIT's second drive. With a good kick attempt from Mark Wright (Fort Worth, Texas) the Engineers led 13-0.
With four minutes to go in the second, Bianco and teammate Jared Zieman (Bethel, Conn.) kept MIT from scoring another touchdown as they shut down MIT's offense on a third down on the third yard line, forcing a field goal attempt. MIT's Wright kicked in a 21-yard field goal for the 16-0 score with 3:55 on the clock. Becker broke the zero score on their last drive of the half, when junior quarterback Jake McHugh (Lynnfield, Mass.) connected with senior running back Ryan Fernandez (Miami, Fla.) on multiple occasions to end up in the red zone. An MIT holding penalty put Becker in scoring position, from where Mac Kimball (Bow, N.H.) completed a 26-yard field goal for the 16-3 score heading into the break.
MIT added to their score on their first drive of the second half, as senior quarterback Udgam Goyal (Frisco, Texas) found the hands of Jack Bernatchez (Belgrade, Maine) for a touchdown. With a Wright field goal, the Engineers led 23-3. Becker came close to a touchdown on their second drive of the frame, however MIT forced a fumble at the MIT second-yard line, which waved the opportunity goodbye for the Blue and White.
The fourth quarter began with another Becker fumble. From then, the game was much of back-and-forth play, with no score changes, resulting in the 23-3 final.
DOWN FOR A COUNT
- MIT held a 342-195 advantage in total yards (167-51 rushing).
- The Engineers went 4-for-4 in red-zone scoring chances.
- MIT's offense was piloted by Goyal who threw 19-for-25 (76%) with 175 yards. On the other end of Goyal was Bernatchez who recorded the lone receiving touchdown of the evening.
- Miguel Wagner (El Segundo, Calif.) ran for 118 yards on 28 attempts, while Robertson was the scoring leader (2 TD) with 39 yards on seven attempts for MIT.
- Defensively for the Engineers, Sam Cantrell (Seattle, Wash.) led with eight tackles, one tackle for a loss, and one forced fumble.
- MIT's John Dulsky (Westport, Conn.) recorded one sack for a loss of nine yards, while Sam Gozelski (East Northport, N.Y.) logged another for a loss of six.
- Despite the loss for Becker, Bianco was the game-leader in tackles with 17. Joseph Linnehan (Dedham, Mass.) and Zieman followed with 10 and eight, respectively, for the Hawks.
- Offensively for Becker, McHugh completed 14-of-29 (48.8%) passing attempts and threw for 144 yards. He also picked up 51 rushing yards. He was picked off once by Cole Kingston (Oakland, Calif.) in the fourth quarter.
- On the other end of McHugh was Edwin Velasquez (Jupiter, Fla.) and Marc O'Neal (Dayton, Ohio) who recorded 58 and 38 receiving yards, respectively.
- Time of Possession, MIT (36:15), Becker (23:45)
The Hawks open up at home next Saturday (Sep. 8), as they host Worcester State in a 12 noon crosstown game at Alumni Field.