BY DAN O’MARA // SEPT. 27, 2015 //
Homecoming weekend was not enough to inspire the Colonels on Friday night. The Colonels were throttled by the Western New England Golden Bears 49-10. Western New England improved to 4-0 this season, while Curry sank to 1-3.
The Golden Bears set the tone early in the conference match-up as Dante Aiken started his own strong performance by taking the opening kickoff 90-yards for a quick touchdown.
After the Colonels went three-and-out on their first possession, Golden Bears running back Nick Connell rumbled into the end zone to cap an 11-play drive and put Western New England University up 14-0.
On Curry’s second possession of the game, junior quarterback Mike O’Hearn led the Colonels into the red zone, but the team failed to score. The 10-play, 63-yard drive ended with Curry freshman kicker Marc Mrozek splitting the uprights from 23-yards out to cut into the Golden Bears’ lead 14-3.
Following the field goal, Curry’s defense stepped up and forced a three-and-out, capped off by an interception by sophomore defensive end Devin Williams. However, the Colonels’ offense could not build any momentum against Western New England, moving the ball just 33-yards in the second quarter.
Meanwhile, the Golden Bears did not let up during the second quarter. Golden Bears’ quarterback Tyler Ward hooked up for a 13-yard score with receiver Garrett Jones on their second possession. Then, with two minutes to play before the half ended, running back Kevin Degnan took a seven yard carry into the end zone and pushed Western New England’s lead to 28-3.
In the second half, Golden Bears’ running back Dante Aiken notched his second and third touchdowns of the game. Aiken capped off the night averaging eight yards per carry and amassing 91 total years out of the backfield.
With the score 42-3 in the fourth, Curry College made a change at quarterback as sophomore Alex Corvese relieved starter Mike O’Hearn. Corvese made the most of his time under center for the Colonels, marching Curry down the field for an 11-play, 69-yard scoring drive. The Colonels’ late touchdown, however, was merely a drop in the bucket as the University of Western New England rolled to a 49-10 victory.
Make them pay!: The Colonels have done a poor job of taking advantage of their opponents’ mistakes. Following Friday night, Curry opponents have committed 45 penalties, resulting in 373 yards – roughly 93 yards per game.
Corvese impresses: Alex Corvese only played the fourth quarter but made the most of his time on the field. Corvese went 7-9 on passing attempts for 47 yards and rushed for 19 yards. The sophomore looked poised inside and outside of the pocket, and was credited with the Colonels only trip to the endzone.
Seahawks await: The Curry Colonels will hit the road on Friday to take on the 2-1 Salve Regina Seahawks. It appears as though Curry will be the underdogs in this contest as well, as Salve Regina offense boasts an impressive 517 yards per game. Likewise, the Seahawks defense looks to pose a threat to the Colonels, as they have allowed just 294 yards per game.