October 15, 2012 at 7:54 PM
Just about the last person you expect to receive a pass in the backfield is an offensive lineman, but Princeton’s Spenser Huston (Summit, Soph.) loomed large in a play run by the Tigers early in Saturday’s home game with Brown. The starting left tackle out of Delbarton dropped back off the line of scrimmage to receive a pass from quarterback Connor Michelsen, who had rolled right before turning to pass back across the field to Huston, who then rambled on into the end zone for the first touchdown in what turned out to be a 19-0 Princeton victory, the Tigers’ first over Brown since 2006.
“It was definitely exciting, but I had the easiest job on the field,” Huston said. “When I caught the ball there was nothing but green grass in front of me and all I had to do was walk it in.”
The touchdown, which covered 15 yards, was Huston’s only carry of the day and the only touchdown he remembers scoring at any level of organized football. Next up for Princeton (3-2) is Harvard at home on Saturday.
Penn’s Kevin Ijoma (South Orange, Soph.) ran three kickoffs back for a total of 60 yards in the Quakers’ 24-20 win at home over Columbia on Saturday. The Seton Hall Prep alum had a long run of 32 yards. A former high school teammate of Ijoma’s, Columbia’s Mike DiTommaso (Short Hills, Jr.), had a hand in two tackles in the defensive secondary. One of those was unassisted. Columbia (1-4) returns home to face Dartmouth on Saturday, while Penn (2-3) hits the road to take on Yale.
Syracuse tight end David Stevens (Short Hills, Sr.) caught five passes for 60 total yards in Saturday’s 23-15 loss to Rutgers in Piscataway. His long gain went for 21 yards. The Orangemen (2-4) next face Connecticut at the Carrier Dome on Friday evening.
Marist’s Vinny Fuschetto (New Providence, Soph.) made nine tackles (seven unassisted) as the Red Foxes fell, 17-14, to Butler in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. on Saturday. The cornerback out of New Providence High also broke up two Butler pass attempts. Marist (2-4) heads to Iowa for a Saturday game against Drake.
Matt Rea (Summit, Jr.) netted 53 yards on 10 carries as Middlebury defeated Williams, 30-13, on the latter’s field on Saturday. Rea, a Summit High grad, had a long scamper of 41 yards. Williams’ Joe Mallock (West Orange, Jr.) put seven points on the scoreboard for the Ephs – he converted field goal attempts of 24 and 21 yards, as well as an extra-point try. Middlebury (4-0) looks to remain undefeated on Saturday when Bates comes to visit, while Williams (1-3) will line up across from Tufts in Medford, Mass. on Saturday.
Aaron Williams (West Orange, Fr.) caught three passes, all for first downs, in Montclair State’s 24-14 win at home over The College of New Jersey on Saturday. The wide receiver out of Jonathan Dayton High had a long gain of 20 yards. Dan Barletta (New Providence, Soph.) gave the Montclair defense three tackles, including two without help. As for TCNJ, they had their own New Providence High grad in the person of James Siracusa (New Providence, Sr.) who earned credit for six solo tackles and one assisted, along with breaking up one Montclair pass attempt. TCNJ (2-4) receives a visit from Kean on Saturday, while Montclair (3-4) is next scheduled to play Western Connecticut State in Danbury, Conn. on Oct. 27.
Edgar Osols (Summit, Sr.) of Mass.-Dartmouth had what can be called a diversified outing against Nichols in Dudley, Mass. on Saturday. Not only did the Summit High grad put four points on the board with a 44-yard field goal and an extra-point conversion in the Corsairs’ 26-16 loss to Nichols, he also completed two pass attempts for a total gain of five yards. He also averaged 65 yards on three kickoffs and 31 yards on five punts, with two of those sticking inside the Nichols’ 20-yard line. The Corsairs (1-6) hope to salvage a win on Saturday at home against Endicott.
Several area players factored in Saturday’s Muhlenberg-Gettysburg scrap, played in Allentown, Pa., and won by the Mules, 35-31. Greg DeLade (Chatham, Soph.) led Muhlenberg’s defensive unit with nine tackles, seven of which were unassisted. He had help on the line from Andrew Tullo (New Providence, Jr.), who accounted for three tackles (two solo). Going the opposite way were Ben Zepnick (New Providence, Sr.) and Hugo Nolasco (Westfield, Jr.). Zepnick was involved in three tackles (two by himself), while Nolasco made one unassisted tackle. Both broke up a Muhlenberg pass attempt. Robby Fay (New Providence, Fr.) handled the kicking chores for Gettysburg. He made the one field goal he attempted, a 28-yarder. Also, James O’Rourke (Westfield, Fr.) netted six yards on three carries for the Bullets (5-1), who take their act to Baltimore for a Friday evening game with Johns Hopkins. Muhlenberg (4-2) stays at home for a Saturday contest with Juniata.
Ursinus’ Greg Fontaina (Millburn, Sr.) had a hand in two solo tackles and two assisted tackles in the Bears’ 37-27 win over Juniata in Huntingdon, Pa. on Saturday. His handiwork and one of the assisted tackles pushed the ball back a total of 13 yards. Ursinus (4-2) has a Friday evening game against Susquehanna later this week.
Chris Twombly (Short Hills, Jr.) of Penn’s sprint team got credit for four solo tackles, including one for a loss of five yards, in Saturday’s 35-7 loss to Army at Franklin Field in Philadelphia. Penn (2-2) looks to rebound on Friday when they take on Post in another home game.
Coast Guard’s John Manganiello (Berkeley Heights, Sr.) was involved in two tackles in Saturday’s 31-27 road win over Westfield State. One of those, a solo number, landed the ballcarrier a yard behind the line of scrimmage. The Gov. Livingston High grad also recovered a fumble. Coast Guard (3-3) is now looking at a road game at Worcester State on Saturday.
Colgate’s Michael Watts (Summit, Jr.) had a hand in three tackles (one solo) in the Raiders’ 51-35 win at home over Holy Cross on Saturday. Colgate (3-3) next welcomes Georgetown to Hamilton, N.Y. on Saturday.
Pat Gray (Westfield, Soph.) had 10 tackles – five unassisted – in Monmouth’s 41-38 loss to Cornell in Ithaca, N.Y. on Saturday. Gray was one of three Hawks’ to earn credit for that many tackles in this game. Teammate Tyler George (Berkeley Heights, Sr.) caught four passes at tight end for 25 total yards. The Hawks’ Ryan Mohr (West Orange, Soph.) got off three punts, which averaged 33 yards per kick, with the long boot traveling 42 yards downfield. Monmouth (3-3) hosts Bryant in West Long Branch on Saturday.
Aaron Fant (Madison, Soph.) earned credit for two unassisted tackles in Franklin & Marshall’s 35-10 home win over McDaniel on Saturday. The Diplomats (5-1) host Moravian on Saturday.
Kean’s Jimmy Mattina (Madison, Jr.) got credit for a fumble recovery in the Cougars’ 45-33 win over William Paterson in Wayne on Saturday. Kean (4-2) travels to Ewing on Saturday to play The College of New Jersey.
Princeton's Tyler Udland (Millburn, Jr.) was the 76th finisher in the men's open division of the Adidas Invitational in Madison, Wis. on Friday. He needed 24:09 to complete the 8,000-meter course in a race won by Arizona's Lawi Lalang in 23:03. This race attracted 316 runners.
In the women's open division in Madison, Columbia's Mallory Anderson (Madison, Sr.) placed 184th of 327 runners. She ran a time of 21:17 for 6,000 meters in a race won by Cal Poly's Laura Hollander in 19:33.
Villanova’s Brian Basili (South Orange, Soph.) finished 130th of 272 runners in the Men’s Seeded Division of the NCAA Pre-Nationals in Louisville, Ky. on Saturday. The Columbia High product was clocked in 24:40.7 for 8,000 meters. Top honors went to Anthony Rotich of Texas-El Paso, who finished in 23:01.0.
Richmond’s Tara Hanley (Chatham, Fr.) got 41st place at the Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival in Fayetteville, Ark. on Saturday. The Chatham High grad got the 6,000 meters in 22:13.3. Oklahoma’s Jess Engel led 340 pursuers across the finish in 20:42.1.
Bucknell’s John Kirna (Westfield, Fr.) and Andrew Kirna (Westfield, Soph.) finished 22nd and 23rd, respectively, in Saturday’s Gettysburg Invitational. John Kirna ran a 26:21 for 8,000 meters, with his brother along in 26:28. Matt Gillette of Shippensburg ran a winning 25:21.
The women’s race in Gettysburg drew 394 runners, with Bucknell’s Sara Lederman (Livingston, Sr.) getting 97th place. She ran 6,000 meters in 25:07. Gettysburg’s Emily Smith (Chatham, Sr.) took 183rd place with a 26:30 clocking. Sophia Stone of Mary Baldwin won this race with a time of 21:48.
Franklin & Marshall’s Andrew Marra (Westfield, Sr.) was the 53rd of 225 runners to finish in Saturday’s DeSales Invitational in Center Valley, Pa. The Westfield High grad covered 8,000 meters in 29:01.95. The winning time of 26:12.61 belonged to Nate Noll of DeSales.
Danielle Grimes (Westfield, Fr.) of Ursinus got 37th place in the women’s race at DeSales. Her time for 6,000 meters was 26:41.11. Franklin & Marshall’s Bridget Grogan (Westfield, Sr.) was 81st to finish, with a time of 27:59.43. First in was Grogan’s teammate Sheena Crawley, who needed 22:57.73 to break the tape and had more than a full minute on the runner-up.
Marist’s Ryan Scrudato (Westfield, Jr.) was the eighth man to finish in the Men’s Open Division of Saturday’s Princeton Invitational. His time for 8,000 meters was 26:04. Widener’s Kyle Brogan (Chatham, Sr.) came in 81st, with a 28:13 clocking. Binghamton’s Vasili Papastrat broke the tape in 24:50.
Middlebury's Martin Sweeney (Scotch Plains, Sr.) finished 35th of 56 runners in the St. Michael's Invitational in Vermont on Friday. He took 27:50 to run 8,000 meters. Teammate Jack Davies won the race in 24:28.
Louisa Lee (Short Hills, Jr.) of Williams College took 14th place in Saturday’s Little 3 Championship in Amherst, Mass. She ran 5,000 meters in 19:58.1. Amherst’s Olivia Tarantino (Summit, Soph.) was 17th to finish, in at 20:01.6. Amherst’s Keri Lambert ran the winning time of 18:21.0.