STAFF REPORT

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. — Freshman LaDarius Drew rushed for a 1-yard touchdown with 1 minute, 36 seconds remaining to snap a tie game and give the Wesleyan University football team a 28-21 victory over Colby in a New England Small College Athletic Conference game Saturday.

Wesleyan (2-1) led 21-7 in the third quarter before the Mules (0-3) stormed back to pull even.

Cony High School graduate Luke Duncklee sparked the comeback with a 56-yard touchdown run with 9:07 left in the game. Duncklee rushed for 63 yards on 10 carries.

But the Cardinals marched 70 yards, taking 7:23 off the clock, to pull ahead for good.

Drew rushed for three touchdowns and 114 yards. Wesleyan quarterback Matt Coyne had 335 yards of total offense.

Colby quarterback Nick Kmetz completed 16 of his 23 passes for 184 yards.

Maine Maritime 36, Westfield State 34, 2 OT: Cony graduate Matt Rende ran for 151 yards on 21 carries and scored a pair of touchdowns to lead the Mariners to the come-from-behind win in Westfield, Mass.

MMA (4-1, 2-1 New England Football Conference) trailed 14-0 in the first quarter.

Rende turned in the biggest play of the game with 10:33 remaining in the fourth quarter, when he ripped off a 74-yard touchdown run on fourth-and-one from the Mariner 26-yard line. Rende broke through the Owls’ defense and cut to his left, outracing a Westfield defender down the left sidelines.

In the second overtime, Rende gave the Mariners the lead with a 25-yard touchdown run. Fullback Tom Marcisso rushed for the 2-point conversion. Jake Storey caught a 12-yard touchdown pass from Steve Guerico to pull Westfield (2-4, 1-2) to within two points, but the conversion pass failed.

Lawrence High School graduate Brock Lawrence led the Mariners’ defense with 10 tackles and an interception.

Bowdoin 27, Tufts 6: Bowdoin return two interceptions of at least 99 yards for touchdown to win in Somerville, Mass.

Joey Cleary returned an interception 99 yards for a score with 10:43 left in the second quarter. Griffin Cardew then returned an interception 100 yards for a score with 4:10 left in the game for the Polar Bears.

Bowdoin became the first team in NESCAC history to return a pair of interceptions at least 99 yards for scores. The returns were also the longest plays ever in the 120-year history of the Bowdoin program.

Bates 35, Williams 26: Junior Trevor Smith threw two first-quarter touchdowns to senior John Squires to help Bates beat Williams for the first time since 2003.

The Bobcats (2-1) are off to their best start since 1982 and have won consecutive games for the first time since 2002.

Sophomore slotback Rya Curit, of South Portland, rushed for 102 yards and a touchdown to lead Bates.

Williams dropped to 1-2.

Gallaudet 35, Husson 0: The Bison dominated the line of scrimmage, holding Husson to minus-47 yards rushing to take the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference win in Washington, D.C.

Ryne Worsham had two touchdown catches for Gallaudet (3-2). Quarterback Gabriel Paulone was 7 of 9 passing for 122 yards.

For Husson (0-5), Kash Keezer threw for 169 yards. Ben Foss had seven catches for 80 yards.


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