BY ZACH MULLER // SEPT. 18, 2016 //
The Curry College football team defeated Anna Maria College, 42-3 coming off their bye week. The victory puts the Colonels at 2-0 ahead of their first conference game next week.
Coming off a strong performance against Bridgewater state, junior quarterback Alex Corvese shined yet again. He finished with 26 completions on 38 throws for 296 yards and a pair of scores. He added six yards and another pair of touchdowns on the ground as well.
Corvese’s most impressive play came in the second quarter when the play broke down at the Anna Maria 7 yard-line. He rolled to his right, pump-faked a throw to the end zone, which sent a defender flying, then ran the ball in on his own.
Senior Anthony Nastasi had another impressive game, catching nine balls for 93 yards and a touchdown. Classmate Jake Cawlina one-upped him, however, catching only four passes, for a total of 98 yards.
Freshman Tyler Furey and sophomore Fervon Philips paced the running game, racking up 39 yards on 10 carries and 24 yards on five carries, respectively.
The defense had themselves a day as well. Sophomores Michael Gugliotti and Marc Mrozek, as well as junior Jack O’Rourke all recorded interceptions, with O’Rourke returning his 33 yards for a touchdown. Sophomore Jeremy Eliades and junior Steven Grogan led the Colonels, tallying seven tackles while Grogan added a sack.
Curry got off to a fast start, scoring on their first drive with a 14-play, 80-yard drive, capped off by Corvese’s first rushing touchdown. The defense started equally as strong, forcing a three-and-out and a pick-six their first two possessions out. After the first frame, the Colonels owned a 21-0 lead.
The Amcats opened the scoring in the second quarter with a field goal, but it would be their only score on the afternoon.
Curry ended the half on their best drive of the day when they stormed 74 yards down the field with only 1:28 to play. From eight yards out, on 4th and goal, Corvese found Nastasi in the back of the end zone to close out the first half with a 35-3 score.
Anna Maria had no answer and the Colonels ended up cruising to a 42-3 final score.
After the game, Coach Skip Bandini was visibly happy with the team’s performance. “We’re 2-0,” he said, “exactly where we need to be.”
Rev it up: Curry’s defense held the Amcats to 3-13 on third down conversions when the entire Colonels sideline “Revs it up,” and makes noise.
M-(Cor)V-P: Over the first 2 games. Alex Corvese has 555 passing yards and 7 total touchdowns. Talk about an amazing start!
Conference-Ready: The Colonels have their first New England Football Conference matchup next week at 3-0 Western New England.
Someone’s unbeaten record is going to fall next Saturday afternoon.