November 5, 2012

MAINE COLLEGE FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: Trick play lifts Colby by Tufts

Morning Sentinel Staff

SOMERVILLE, Mass. -- Ryan Veillette completed his only pass of the day for a 3-yard touchdown to Derrick Beasley as Colby defeated Tufts 21-14 in overtime in a New England Small College Athletic Conference football game Saturday afternoon.

Veillette is a two-time all-NESCAC defensive end for the Mules. On the winning play, he lined up as a running back and threw a halfback option pass to Beasley.

The game was tied at 14 at halftime. Colby scored on a 3-yard run by freshman quarterback Justin Ciero, and a 15-yard pass from Ciero to Indigo Dow. Tufts scored on Zack Trause's 7-yard run and a 3-yard pass from John Dodds to Dylan Haas.

Both teams had chances to win the game in the second half. Tufts missed a 26-yard field goal in the third quarter, then failed on fourth-and-2 from the Colby 4-yard line on its next posssession. Colby drove 83 yards in the fourth quarter, but missed a 33-yard field goal with 2:06 to play.

In overtime, a 13-yard run by Spencer Gopaul (20 carries, 84 yards) set up Colby's touchdown. The Jumbos got a first down on their possession, but ended the game with three straight incompletions.

Ciero ran 22 times for 166 yards for Colby (2-5). Tufts, which lost for the 22nd consecutive time, is now 0-7.

Bates 14, Bowdoin 6: The Bobcats earned their first outright Colby-Bates-Bowdoin title since 2002 by defeating the Polar Bears in Brunswick.

Patrick George rushed 12 times for 40 yards and a touchdown for Bates, while wide receiver Kevin Davis caught nine passes for 87 yards and a score. Matt Comstock clinched the win by recovering a Bowdoin fumble with under a minute left. Bates is now 4-3 and can secure its first winning season since 1981 with a win over Hamilton next Saturday.

Griffin Cardew tied a school record with 17 tackles for Bowdoin (1-6).

Castleton 34, Husson 14: The Spartans scored the last 20 points of the game in the fourth quarter to avoid the upset against the Eagles in Bangor.

Castleton (7-2) led 14-0 at halftime on two touchdown passes from Shane Brodzowski to Brandon Boyle. Husson (2-7) fought back with 3-yard touchdown runs by Kash Keezer and Taquan Broadway to knot the game at 14 early in the fourth quarter.

But three plays after Husson tied the score, George Busharis hit Boyle (eight catches, 194 yards) with a 59-yard touchdown pass. Castleton later added two field goals by Dave Fox and a 4-yard run by Tyler Carpenter to finish the scoring.

Husson's defense had five sacks, including 3.5 by Ernest Wiggins. The Eagles held Castleton to 7 yards rushing, but Brozowski and Busharis combined to complete 22 of 30 passes for 320 yards. Kents Hill grad Ryan Dorso rushed for 50 yards on 18 attempts for Husson.

Coast Guard 42, Maine Maritime 13: Jon Resch threw six touchdown passes, including three to Casey Paris, as the Bears defeated the Mariners in New London, Conn.

Resch tied his own school record for touchdown passes he set three years ago in a 76-49 loss to MMA. He completed 23 of 36 attempts for 235 yards. Coast Guard (5-4) led 28-0 at the half and 42-0 early in the third quarter.

MMA (0-9) scored twice in the fourth quarter on runs of 7 and 65 yards by Billy Wetherbee, who rushed 17 times for 153 yards. Michael Fahey added 122 yards on 30 carries for the Mariners.

Editor's note: This story was edited at 3:38 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5 to correct Colby's opponent in the headline.

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