PAXTON, Mass. - The Gallaudet University football team suffered its worst loss of the 2019 season here Saturday as Anna Maria College rolled to a 53-14 win in the season finale between these two Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) teams at Caparso Field.
Gallaudet (2-6, 2-3 ECFC) only had five drives that lasted longer than three plays in the game as Anna Maria (2-8, 2-3 ECFC) jumped out to a 20-0 lead early in the second quarter and never looked back. The AMCATS snapped a three-game losing streak while the Bison end the year on a three-game skid.
The Bison got on the scoreboard midway through the second quarter as GU marched 65 yards on eight plays, its longest drive in the game, and capped it with a 2-yard rushing touchdown by sophomore Cassmeir Hutchinson (Chesapeake, Va.). Hutchinson finished the game with 97 rushing yards on 11 carries. He had a 34-yard rush in that second quarter scoring drive.
Anna Maria senior quarterback Tanner Kingsley had a career day as he completed 19 of 25 passes for 285 yards and four touchdowns on senior day. Freshman wide receiver Javon Phillips caught two passes for 88 yards and two touchdowns including a 65-yard touchdown pass from Kingsley right after the Hutchinson score in the second quarter. Sophomore wide receiver Hayden Braga was the leading receiver for the AMCATS with seven receptions for 121 yards and one touchdown. Sophomore Marquis Roderique ran the ball 16 times for 73 yards and two scores, that came in the second quarter.
Anna Maria surpassed its previous season-high point total in a game (21) by halftime as the AMCATS took a 33-7 lead into halftime.
In the second half, th AMCATS picked up where they left off as Kingsley threw his fourth touchdown pass of the game to Vicent Marrone on a 22-yard strike as Anna Maria extended its lead to 40-7.
GU reached double figures when sophomore quarterback Logan Taylor (South Prince George, Va.) threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to sophomore wide receiver Mitchell Dolinar (Las Vegas, Nev.) at the 8:02 mark in the fourth quarter. Sophomore kicker Jack Gray (Atherton, Calif.) made the extra-point attempt as GU trailed 40-14.
The AMCATS scored two more touchdowns, in a span of one minute and 25 seconds, as backup quarterback Emmanuel Leake threw a 16-yard touchdown to Braga and the AMCAT defense scored on a 44-yard fumble recovery by Nathaniel Slaughter with 3:49 left in the game.
Redshirt junior linebacker Mason Gooch (Mount Sterling, Ky.) led the Bison defense with eight tackles (six solo) and 2.5 tackles for a loss of nine yards. Anna Maria lineman Adam Black tallied eight tackles (six solo) and had 2.5 sacks for a loss of 21 yards.
- Taylor finished the game going 3-for-7 for 34 yards, one touchdown and one interception
- Redshirt junior quarterback Timel Benton (Columbia, S.C.) started the game under center but got hurt in the game
- Benton completed 5 of 14 passes for 24 yards and ran the ball 16 times for -19 yards
- Junior RJ Randle (McCalla, Ala.) was limited to seven carries for 18 yards
- Gallaudet finished with 173 yards of offense (115 rushing yards)
- The AMCATS posted 414 yards of offense (301 passing yards)
- GU fumbled five times (lost three) and threw one interception
- This was Anna Maria's first win at home this season
- Gallaudet leads the overall series with Anna Maria, 8-4
- GU is 4-2 all-time at the AMCAT's home field
- The Bison are 7-21 in the month of November since 2007
- Gallaudet is 0-13 in the month of November since 2014
- GU's last win in November came against Anna Maria on Nov. 9, 2013, when the Bison clinched the ECFC championship at Hotchkiss Field, 35-7
- Four teams ended the season 2-3 in conference play in the ECFC
This marked the last game for Gallaudet's senior class who include Damonte Bray (Clinton, Md.), Alphonso Johnson III (Warminster, Pa.), Kenneth Peters (Indianapolis, Ind.), Reid Kelly (De Soto, Kan.), Everett Polzin (Frederick, Md.), Jaquan Thomas (Midway, Ga.) and Matthew Cracraft (Ferris, Texas). Several other Bison, who were recognized on Senior Day back on Oct. 26, include Benton, Gooch, Malik Amann (San Diego, Calif.), Jamal Garner (Jacksonville, Ill.), Kenny Long (Plainfield, Ind.) and Ronald Mattingly (Coconut Creek, Fla.). In the past four years, Gallaudet went 10-26 overall and 9-16 in ECFC play.
This concludes the 2019 football season for the Bison.