LEICESTER, Mass. --- The Becker College football team lost 13-6 to visiting MIT on Friday evening on the campus of Becker College in Leicester.
September 20, 2019
Alumni Field, Leicester, Mass.
Score: MIT 13, Becker 6
Records: The Hawks of Becker 2-1 | The Engineers of MIT 1-1
- MIT senior running back John Robertson (Brentwood, Tenn. / Brentwood) rushed for 96 yards on 17 carries while pulling in one catch for six more.
- MIT senior quarterback Chris Mauck (Wellington, Fla. / Berean Christian School) picks up his first career win as a starter, going 11-of-22 for 90 passing yards and throwing for two touchdowns.
- Becker freshman running back Randy Morgan (Spring Hill, Fla. / Springstead), coming off back-to-back Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Offensive Rookie of the Week honors, rushed for 80 yards off 19 carries.
- MIT senior defensive lineman CJ Reilly (Sandwich, Mass. / Boston College) tallied six tackles for the Engineers and added a blocked field goal attempt.
- Becker defensive lineman and team captain Christian Perkins (Melrose, Mass. / Melrose) caught his first career pass for a 51 yard touchdown.
- Becker junior linebacker Jared Zieman (Bethel, Conn. / Bethel) led all players for 13 total tackles with 2.5 tackles for a loss.
- Becker senior punter Robert Pellerin (Gorham, Maine / Gorham) punted eight times for the Hawks, totaling 280 yards with one ball downed inside the twenty.
- After Becker was held to a three-and-out on their opening drive, MIT took over at their own 49 after a bad punt. The Engineers went to a power running game with a mix of opportune passes, reaching the Hawks 21 yard line. But the Becker defense held, forcing a 38-yard field goal attempt that banged off the left upright, as the visitors came away from their first scoring opportunity with nothing to show for it.
- Becker's next drive went three-and-out, hampered by a false start penalty and a tackle in the backfield by MIT senior defensive back Sean Kent (Bend, Ore. / Summit). The Engineers took over after the punt, once again starting at their own 49.
- With a first-and-ten from near midfield, MIT made the biggest play of the game thus far when Robertson took advantage of a block and exploded down the field for 50 yards before finally being forced out of bounds at the Becker one, with Perkins only just saving the touchdown. Two plays later, Mauck found sophomore wide receiver Dennis Gastel (Lincoln, R.I. / Wheeler) in the back of the endzone for the game's first touchdown. MIT took a 6-0 lead after the missed extra-point, that coming off a block from Becker freshman defensive lineman Carlos Roche (Boston, Mass. / West Roxbury Academy).
- On Becker's ensuing drive, the Hawks again turned to Morgan, as the rookie found a 31 yard burst that brought the home team all the way to the Engineer six yard line. On third-and-goal from the nine, Becker attempted to go to the air, only for Becker junior quarterback Mac Kimball (Bow, N.H. / Bow) to be tackled out of bounds by Reilly. The Hawks attempted a 28 yard field goal and were blocked by Reilly. A golden opportunity for Becker ended with the Hawks coming away empty with MIT still leading 6-0.
- On the following drive, the Becker defense again stiffened in the face of MIT's offense, as Perkins hurried Mauck on third down to force another punt. Becker took over at the punt on their own 30.
- After picking up a first down on their ensuing drive to give themselves some breathing room, Becker suffered a major setback on second down when a bad snap went over Kimball's head, leading to a 14 yard tackle for a loss by MIT senior linebacker AJ Iversen (Lee's Summit, Mo. / Lee's Summit). The Hawks were again forced to punt it away.
- After off-setting penalties on second down, MIT found no weakness in the Becker defense, and were again forced to punt. Becker sophomore defensive back Elijah Hill (Tampa, Fla. / Hillsborough) made a key tackle on a receiver to hold a reception to short yardage.
- After another Becker three-and-out, MIT fought their way to the Hawk 45 yard line, but were unable to convert on third down. Becker would get the ball back at their own ten.
- With less than two minutes left and the Hawks defense faltering, the Engineers called a timeout looking to preserve as much clock as possible. Reilly stopped Morgan on third down for just a two-yard gain, and the punt started MIT at the Becker 46. Once again, the Becker defense held, with Hill and Barrett both making plays and Mauck unable to hit his target on third down. Becker received the punt with less than 30 seconds left and chose to left the clock run out, going into halftime still trailing 6-0.
- MIT received the kickoff to open the second half, but where again flustered by a stout Becker defense. Becker freshman linebacker Nate Oliver (Dartmouth, Mass. / Dartmouth), last week's CCC Defensive Rookie of the Week, made a key tackle on the receiver for a short gain on third down to force a punt. The Hawks went three-and-out however, leading to another punt.
- On the Engineers' second drive of the second half, they started to cook. Facing a second and twenty at their own 48, Mauck completed a long pass to senior wide receiver Eric Bradford (Dublin, Ohio / Dublin Coffman) and the Hawks were hit by a costly penalty on the same play, leading to a first down at the Becker 17. Three plays later, Mauck found junior wide receiver Keithen Shepard (Vancouver, Wash. / Union) for a 16 yard touchdown completion, and with the extra point MIT took a 13-0 lead.
- Stranded deep in their own territory at the 13, Becker went three-and-out. Pellerin bailed the Hawks out with his best punt of the day, a 58 yard blast that forced MIT to start at their own 27.
- Becker's defense returned to form on the ensuing drive. Facing a third-and-17 at his own 43, Mauck was forced to scramble and was soon run down by Becker sophomore linebacker Isaac Yeboah (Bronx, N.Y. / Mount Saint Michael Academy), forcing a punt.
- On their ensuing drive, Becker was facing a third-and-nine when Kimball was forced to scramble, and was stopped three yards short by MIT junior defensive back Tyler Ray (Suwanee, Ga. / Lambert). Once again, the Hawks had to punt it away.
- Facing a short field, MIT decided to use all four downs in an attempt to put the game away. With Mauck going for it on fourth-and-eight at the Becker 25, Becker freshman defensive back Jaylen Da Cruz (Providence, R.I. / Bishop Hendricken) made a huge pass breakup near the goal line as the Hawks took over on downs. It was Da Cruz's second breakup of the night.
- On Becker's ensuing drive, the Hawks again seemed committed to the rush, as Morgan and the Becker backs pounded the ball to their own 49 yard line. That's when Becker opened up the play book, lining up Perkins, the captain of the defense, in the tight end spot then having him run a route to the outside. Kimball completed his first pass of the night to the senior, and Perkins exploded down the sideline for a 51 yard touchdown completion. It was the first reception in Perkins' storied Becker career. A failed two-point conversion left Becker within seven at 13-6.
- MIT attempted to regain momentum on their next drive, facing a third-and-three at their own 46. Becker sophomore defensive lineman Marshell Ricketts (Far Rockaway, N.Y. / Queens H.S. for IRT) made the tackle on MIT senior running back Cole Baker (Austin, Texas / St. Andrew's Episcopal) a yard short, and the Engineers elected to punt.
- With time running down on their next drive, Becker went to a steady diet of Morgan, Kimball and junior running back David Collins (Staten Island, N.Y. / Curtis) all moving the ball on the ground, all leading to a fourth-and-three at the Becker 48. With the game on the line, Collins took the hand off and was tackled a yard short by MIT sophomore defensive lineman Sam Gozelski (East Northport, N.Y. / Northport), giving MIT control with less than three minutes to go.
- The Hawk defense attempted to rise to the occasion one last time, forcing a third and seven for the Engineers at the Becker 47. But Shepard took the handoff and exploded for a 20 yard rush, picking up the force down and allowing MIT to start taking a knee to run out the clock.
FOR THE HAWKS
- Becker junior running back Taizon Barrett (Westchester, N.Y. / Walter Panas), playing both offense and defense for the Hawks, totaled eight tackles on defense including 2.5 for a loss.
- Becker junior wide receiver Timothy Williamson (Brooklyn, N.Y. / Southbridge) returned three kickoffs for 33 yards.
- Kimball went two-of-five for 60 yards, completing his first career touchdown pass.
- The Hawks are 2-8 all-time against the Engineers, with their last win coming on September 10, 2016 when Becker pulled off the 17-10 upset at MIT.
- The Becker defense is off to a historic start this season, holding opponents to just 42 points through three games. That breaks the previous record of 53 points allowed through three games set back in 2016.
FOR THE ENGINEERS
- Gozelski totaled six tackles including two for a loss to lead MIT.
- Shepard rushed for 42 yards on three carries and caught one pass for 16 yards.
- Gastel caught four passes totaling 21 yards while Bradford caught three for 32.
Becker will open their CCC schedule next Saturday, September 28, when they travel to Endicott College for a 12:30 p.m. game. The Hawks will be looking for their first-ever win against the Gulls, who were picked second in the preseason CCC poll. MIT travels to Catholic University in their next contest, that coming on Saturday, September 28 with a 1:00 p.m. kickoff.
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