BANGOR, Maine – The Husson University football team picked up its 14th straight victory at home dating back to October 3, 2015 with a 42-14 win over Mount Ida College on Saturday afternoon in Eastern Collegiate Football Conference action at the Dr. John W. Winkin Sports Complex.
Husson (9-1, 7-0 ECFC) wins its 15th straight ECFC game dating back to November 14, 2015, while Mount Ida (4-6, 3-4 ECFC) drops its fourth consecutive game to the Eagles and falls to 7-8 in the all-time series.
With the win, the Eagles have now clinched back-to-back ECFC championships for the first time in program history, while tying the program’s single-season wins mark with their ninth victory of the season.
Husson recognized 15 seniors prior to the game for their accomplishments with the Husson University football program: DJ Allen, Parker Asselin, Lucas Bickford, Briar Bussell, Brandon Darias, Jean Gabriel, Luis Martinez, Christian Mowrer, Austin Odd, Josh Rivera, Luis Rivera, Arty Ryan, Robenson Saintard, John Smith and Luke Washburn.
- John Smith carried the ball 38 times for 287 yards – second most in a single-game – (7.6 yards per carry) with a long of 70 yards, bring his season total to 1,917, surpassing his single-season mark of 1,822 set just last season.
- Smith found the end zone five times on the afternoon, tying him with 2017 Husson Sports Hall of Fame inductee Justin Lindie (5, Castleton, 2010) for the most rushing touchdowns in a single-game, while becoming the first Eagle in program history to score 150 points in a single-season.
- Smith also added one catch for three yards, giving him 290 yards of all-purpose – the fourth most in single-game – allowing him to become the first Eagle in program history to surpass the 2,000 yard mark in a single-season.
- Cory Brandon completed 15-of-22 pass attempts for 142 yards and threw a 18-yard touchdown pass to Ty Bassett in the fourth quarter.
- Kyree Calli caught four passes for 33 yards.
- Robenson Saintard recorded 38 yards on four catches
- Devin Pickett converted all six of his extra points on the afternoon, giving him 55 extra points made on the season, the most made in a single-season. Pickett has now converted his last 27 extra points, leaving him one shy of Carlos Romero’s program record 28.
- Elvin Suazo, Jr. led the Eagle defense with nine total tackles (5 solo, 4 assist), a sack and two tackles-for-loss.
- Christian Mowrer added six tackles (four solos) with 2.5 tackles-for-loss.
- Quan Soyini and Alex Mace each had five tackles and a tackle-for-loss.
FOR MOUNT IDA:
- Michael Pina went 12-for-22 for 132 yards and a touchdown.
- Marcus McBean carried the ball 10 times for 14 yards.
- Andrew Light finished with two catches for 121 yards and two scores
- Josh David had a game-high 16 tackles and threw a 54-yard touchdown pass to Light.
- DeSean Hart added 11 tackles, while De’Andre G.-Fisher recorded ten.
- Smith scored on runs of two, 70 and 10 yards in the opening 22-plus minutes of play to stake the host Eagles to a 21-0 advantage at the break.
- Smith’s three-yard scamper with just under six minutes remaining in the third quarter extended Husson’s edge to 28-0.
- The visiting Mustangs sliced that margin in half late in the stanza with a pair of scores that came just 2:23 apart, as Light accounted for both touchdowns on a 67-yard strike from Pina as well as 54-yard pass from David on a trick play.
- Smith’s fifth visit to the end zone of the day from three yards out in the opening 4:31 of the final frame gave the Eagles a 35-14 lead, and closed out the scoring with 6:27 to play when Brandon connected Bassett on an 18-yard touchdown pass to account for the final margin.
- Husson accumulated 445 yards on offense, averaging 6.3 yards per play.
- Husson finished with 142 yards of passing (6.5 per pass) on 15-for-22 attempts, and rushed for 303 yards on 49 carries (6.2 per rush).
- The Husson defense, which surrendered just 185 yards of total offense (185 pass, -1 rush) to Mount Ida (3.6 yards per play), was particularly tough on third down, allowing the Mustangs to convert on just three of their 15 attempts (20%), while forcing one turnover and sacking the quarterback five times on the afternoon.
- The Eagles have now held the Mustangs to negative rushing yards in two straight games (-25, 2016)
Husson will now wait for selection Sunday at 5:30 p.m. to see who they will play in the 2017 NCAA DIII Football Championship Tournament. All media are welcomed to join the Husson University football team in the D. Bruce MacGregor Sports Hall of Fame Room on Sunday. Live video of the selection show will be displayed beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Today’s contest marked the season finale for Mount Ida.