Saxons throttle Frostburg; move to 3-1 in Empire 8
FROSTBURG, MD—The Alfred University football team piled up 259 rushing yards and scored two defensive touchdowns in a 32-7 victory at Empire 8 Conference foe Frostburg State Saturday afternoon.
The Saxons scored the game’s first 22 points, holding Frostburg scoreless until 5:24 remained in the third. AU had 398 yards of offense and held Frostburg to 240, including a mere 85 passing, well below its 251-yard per game passing average coming in. With the win, Alfred’s second straight, the Saxons improved to 5-2 overall and 3-1 in Empire 8 play.
AU opened the scoring on a 33-yard field goal by freshman Thomas Gioia (West Seneca, NY/Bishop Timon), then added a pair of touchdowns on a 40-yard interception return by junior free safety Mike Perkins (Rochester, NY/East) with 4:25 left in the opening frame and a seven-yard TD toss from freshman quarterback Tyler Johnson (East Syracuse, NY/east Syracuse-Minoa) to senior tailback Austin Dwyer (Hornell, NY/Hornell). Both extra points failed and Alfred led 15-0 midway through the second quarter.
Johnson threw his second TD pass of the game, a 29-yarder to senior wideout Josh Phillips (Syracuse, NY/West Genesee) five minutes into the third to give Alfred a 22-0 advantage. After Frostburg scored with 5:24 left in the third to make it 22-7, the Saxons closed out the scoring on a 31-yard Gioia field goal with 11:08 left in the fourth and a 25-yard fumble return by freshman nose guard Zack Bacon (Hornell, NY/Hornell) with 10:25 remaining. Bacon’s recovery and return came after AU senior end Justin Collen (Averill Park, NY/Averill Park) sacked the Frostburg quarterback and forced the fumble.
Dwyer finished with 101 yards rushing on just 14 carries. Senior fullback Chuck Beckwith (Victor, NY/Victor) had 56 yards rushing and senior tailback Tyler DeRosa (Miller Place, NY/Miller Place) added 47. Johnson completed 17 of 31 passes for 139 yards and a pair of scores, and Phillips had six catches for 64 yards.
Frostburg tailback Mike Fourth ran for a game-high 117 yards and a touchdown and also caught three passes for 39 yards.
Sophomore linebacker Peter Diak (Henrietta, NY/Rush-Henrietta) paced the Saxon defense with a game-high 13 tackles. Collen had seven tackles, including a pair of sacks, and a forced fumble; sophomore strong safety Mike Berardi (Wellsville, NY/Wellsville) had six tackles and forced a fumble; and Perkins and senior safety Seiji Hinton (Freeport, NY/Freeport) each had interceptions.
Marcus Moody had a team-best 13 tackles (one for loss) for Frostburg, while Keith Smith added 11.
AU is in action next on Saturday, Nov. 2, at noon, when the Saxons host Salisbury in a key Empire 8 matchup.
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