New Hampshire Football Report

St. Anselm falters in second half

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – The Saint Anselm College football team opened the season with a flurry, jumping out to a 10-3 lead against NCAA Division I (FCS) Wagner College, but the Seahawks pulled away in the second half for a 38-16 victory over the Hawks on Thursday night at Hameline Field.

After Wagner opened the scoring with a 37-yard field goal, Saint Anselm answered when Kyle King scored on a 37-yard run to help the Hawks go on top 7-3. Saint Anselm extended its lead to 10-3 on a Daneil Parisi field goal, but Wagner pulled even when Keith Foster capped a seven-play, 78-yard TD drive with a TD catch with just over three minutes left in the half.


Matthias McKinnon’s 5-yard touchdown helped Wagner take a 17-10 and was the only TD in the third quarter.

Wagner quarterback Alex Thompson rushed for a 59 yard touchdown to extend the lead to 24-10 with just under 14 minutes remaining in the game. The Seahawks added another 14 points on a Denzel Knight 37-yard touchdown run and a Ryan Owens 21-yard TD reception that made it a 38-10 game with five minutes to play.

The Hawks controlled possession for the final five minutes of the game, driving 85 yards and ending the game with a 15-yard touchdown pass from Yianni Gavalas to Hill as time expired.

Saint Anselm put together 396 yards of total offense including 267 yards through the air and 129 yards on the ground. The Hawks picked up 21 first downs, converting 53% (9-of-17) of their third downs and 50% (1-of-2) of their fourth downs. Saint Anselm controlled time of possession, holding the ball for 34:49 compared to 25:11 for the Seahawks.

Wagner picked up 488 yards of total offense, doing a lot of their damage on the ground as they rushed for 312 yards on the night. The Seahawks went 4-for-10 (40%) on third downs and committed nine penalties for 70 yards.

Gavalas was 22-for-40 for 263 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. He added 31 yards on the ground. Correy King was the leading rusher with 58 yards on nine carries and a touchdown.

Saint Anselm’s Zach Bartak posted a game-high 13 catches for 122 yards, tying the fifth-best mark in catches in a single game in program history. Hill added four catches for 83 yards and a score, and Connor Schoske had two catches for 30 yards.

Defensively, Nate Lewis had six tackles, including five solo stops. Isaiah Douglas and Andy Klouda registered six tackles apiece. Shaun Callahan had five tackles and three pass breakups, and Zack Sirowich had a sack for a loss of 8 yards.

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