Senior running back John Smith tied the school record by running for five touchdowns and his 287 rushing yards were second-most in school history as Eastern Collegiate Football Conference champion Husson University won its 15th straight eastern conference game, 42-14, over Mount Ida College of Newton, Massachusetts, at the Winkin Sports Complex in Bangor Saturday afternoon.
Husson improved to 9-1 overall and 7-0 in conference play and will play a first-round game in the NCAA Division III football playoffs against New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference champion Springfield College (10-0) in Springfield, Mass., this Saturday.
Mount Ida finished up at 4-6 and 3-4, respectively.
In other Division III football action, Catholic University of Washington spotted Maine Maritime Academy a 6-0 lead before scoring 27 unanswered points en route to a 33-14 victory at Castine.
In Bangor, Smith scored on runs of two, 70 and 10 yards, in the first half as Husson built a 21-0 lead.
He added a three-yard run in the third quarter to expand the lead to 28-0 and added another 4:31 into the fourth quarter to make it 35-14 after Mount Ida had closed the gap on 67 and 54-yard TD receptions by Andrew Light 2:23 apart late in the third period.
Mike Pina threw the first TD pass to Light and Josh David hooked up with him on the second one.
Cory Brandon threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Ty Bassett to close out the scoring.
Smith has now rushed for 1,917 yards to surpass his own record of 1,822 set a year ago. He has a school record 6,880 rushing yards in his career.
Brandon completed 15 of 22 passes for 142 yards, with Robenson Saintard and Kyree Calli each catching four passes.
Husson racked up 445 yards of total offense compared to Mount Ida’s 185.
Elvin Suazo Jr. had nine tackles to pace the Husson defense. Christian Mowrer had six tackles, and Quan Soyini and Alex Mace each had five.
Husson had five sacks.
Kicker Devin Pickett extended his string of consecutive extra points made to 27, one shy of Carlos Romero’s school record. He has now made a school-mark 55 this fall.
Pina completed 13 of 22 passes for 132 yards and Josh David completed the only pass he threw on a trick play for the touchdown to Light. Linebacker David had a game-high 16 tackles and DeSean Hart and De’Andrea Goldson-Fisher combined for 21 more.
At Castine, Brady Berger completed 22 of 37 passes for 279 yards and three touchdowns to lead Catholic past Maine Maritime.
Catholic wound up 5-5 overall and 3-4 in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference, while Maine Maritime finished at 1-8 and 1-6.
After Corey Creeger threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Susi to open the scoring, Berger threw an eight-yard TD pass to McNulty, and running back Chance LeGrand tossed a two-yarder to McNulty to make it 14-6.
Berger then threw a 29-yard TD pass to Trey Carson on the last play of the first half.
Pearce Bartlett kicked a pair of field goals to make it 27-6 with 4:11 left in the third quarter before Creeger fired a 45-yard pass to Jacob Doolan with 1:21 left in the third period.
Berger added an eight-yard pass to Greg Holodak.
LeGrand rushed for 65 yards on 13 carries and caught four passes for 52 yards while also throwing the TD pass. Onani Moore caught five passes, with Holodak and Pedro Garcia joining LeGrand with four catches. Anthony Santo had 11 tackles, and Patrick Vidal made nine for the winners.
Creeger rushed for 129 yards on 25 carries and completed 4-of-11 passes for 85 yards. Doolan caught two passes for 57 yards, and James Ferrar carried 18 times for 57 yards.
Andrew Cavanaugh’s 13 tackles, Cody O’Brien’s 11 and John Bennett’s 10 led Maine Maritime.
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