By Framingham State athletics
FRAMINGHAM – The Framingham State University football team celebrated Homecoming Saturday and retained the Kelley Cup with a 34-10 victory over Massachusetts Maritime Academy in a Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) matchup at Bowditch Field in Framingham.
Framingham State evens its record at 4-4 and 3-3 in the MASCAC
Mass. Maritime drops to 3-5 overall and 3-3 in the MASCAC
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- The Rams have won 13 straight against the Buccaneers and retain the Kelley Cup for another year. The Kelley Cup is given to the winner of the Framingham-Mass. Maritime game as FSU director of athletics and head football coach Tom Kelley faces off against his son, Mass. Maritime athletic director and assistant football coach Mike.
- Running back Devaun Ford was awarded the 2022 Calder Award which is presented annually to the MVP of the Homecoming game for Framingham State. Ford rushed for 119 yards on 23 carries with a pair of touchdowns.
- Quarterback Noah Leonard completed 11-of-18 for 137 yards, while also rushing for 44 yards on five carries.
- Bookie McBean tallied a pair of touchdowns on the ground for the Rams, while Omarion Otto also picked up a rushing score.
- Marc Murphy completed 13-of-25 for the Bucs for 160 yards and a touchdown, while Evan Vieira made four catches for 80 yards.
- Chris Naylor had six catches for 51 yards with a touchdown.
- The Rams defense held Mass. Maritime to just 190 yards of offense in the game including just 19 yards rushing. The Rams offense amassed 361 yards including 224 rushing.
- Cully Curran paced the Rams defense with eight tackles including three solo with three pass breakups, while Chase Buona added four solo stops including three for a loss of nine yards.
- The Bucs defense received eight tackles apiece from Kevin Paul and Demetri Boozer, while Chris O’Brien chipped in with seven.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The Bucs got on the board first on a 10-yards touchdown pass from Murphy to Naylor with just over seven minutes to play in the first.
- The Rams answered with a scoring drive tying the game at 7-7 with 4:18 left in the first. Leonard completed a 50-yard pass to Manny Lara setting up a 15-yard touchdown run from Ford.
- Mass. Maritime took the lead back when they started the second quarter with a 32-yard field goal from Mike Epifano.
- The Rams added a pair of second quarter touchdowns taking a 20-10 lead at the half. Ford found the endzone from 21 yards out and Otto scored on a one-yard run.
- The Rams added a pair of rushing touchdowns from McBean in the second half to reach the final margin.
The Rams are back in action next Saturday when they travel to Bridgewater State at noon, while the Bucs host Plymouth State next Saturday at noon.