Framingham State Defeats Bears & Wins Conference Title
By Framingham State athletics
FRAMINGHAM – The Framingham State University football team secured the 2021 Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Title with a 47-13 victory over Bridgewater State this afternoon at Bowditch Field in Framingham.
Framingham State remains undefeated in Conference play at 7-0, and 7-2 overall.
Bridgewater bears dropped to 5-4 overall and 5-2 in the Conference.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- The Rams now sit alone atop the MASCAC standings at 7-0 with one regular season game remaining. The title is the Rams fourth straight MASCAC crown and their seventh overall since the MASCAC became the Rams primary football conference in 2013.
- The Rams amassed 530 yards of total offense in the game including 249 on the ground, while the Bears had just 240 yards of offense and only six net yards rushing in the game.
- Devaun Ford finished the game with 99 yards rushing on 16 carries with a touchdown, while also making five catches for 79 yards and a score.
- Nicolas Goffredo completed 23-of-37 passes for 281 yards with two scores and no picks. Goffredo also rushed for 54 yards and a touchdown.
- Bookie McBean Jr. rushed for 62 yards on 14 carries and found the end zone twice, while Kareem Coleman made four catches for 81 yards including a key 51-yard catch on a third and twenty that set up a touchdown.
- The Rams defense was led by seven tackles including six solo from Chase Buono, while Cully Curran added four.
- Joshua Onujiogu recorded four sacks in the game for the Rams for a loss of 17 yards, while Gerell Boyce recorded two tackles and a sack. Moise Nazaire finished the game with three pass break ups.
- James Cahoon completed 19-of-44 passes for the Bears for 234 yards with a touchdown.
- T.J. Hairston caught eight passes for 66 yards and a score.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- After a scoreless first quarter that saw the Rams miss a field goal and the Bears go three and out twice, the Rams got on the board in the opening minutes of the second when McBean scampered into the endzone from five yards out. Matt Farley converted the extra point and the Rams led 7-0 with 11:04 on the clock.
- The Rams extended the lead to 14-0 when Ford capped a seven play, 57-yard drive with a 12-yard touchdown run with just over two minutes remaining on the clock.
- The Bears scored on the ensuing possession, cutting the deficit to 14-7 at the half. Cahoon completed a 42-yard pass to Wyatt Shisler setting up an eight-yard touchdown pass to Hairston with 58 seconds left.
- The Rams added three scores in the third quarter opening a 34-7 lead. Ford caught a 54-yard touchdown pass from Goffredo in the opening minute of the quarter. Goffredo connected with Isaiah Hanks for an 11-yard touchdown and then scored himself on a 20-yard run.
- The Rams added a touchdown in the opening minute of the fourth when McBean scored from 23 yards out.
- The Bears answered with a two-yard touchdown run from Shisler with 12:22 on the clock making the score 40-13.
- Noah Leonard capped the scoring in the game with a one-yard touchdown with just under seven left to play.
UP NEXT: The Rams are back in action next Saturday when they travel to Worcester State and close out the regular season at noon, while the Bears face Mass. Maritime next Saturday in the annual Cranberry Bowl.