New Hampshire Football Report

Panthers remain perfect

DANBURY, Conn. The Plymouth State University football team scored points on offense, defense and special teams Saturday afternoon at The WAC in a 27-19 victory over Western Connecticut State University in the MASCAC opener for both schools.

Sophomore quarterback Zack Edwards threw for a touchdown and freshman David Hamilton rushed for a TD to lead the Panther offense; Junior Blair Zentek spurred the defense with an 86-yard interception return for a touchdown; and the special teams got a pair of field goals from sophomore Jeff Madden (Wolfeboro) and a 98-yard blocked extra point return.

Edwards connected with tight end Elijah Johnson from 5 yards out to put the Panthers up 15-7 with 8:20 remaining in the second quarter.  Plymouth went on to score its final 18 points during the second stanza, but it was enough as its 27-13 advantage at intermission was never threatened in the second half.

Plymouth State (3-0, 1-0) has won its first three games to start the season for the first time since the 2007 Panthers started 6-0. Western Conn. dropped to 1-2, 0-1.


The WAC, Danbury, Conn. – Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016

Plymouth State 27, Western Connecticut 19


Plymouth State 3-0 (1-0 MASCAC); Western Connecticut (1-2, 0-1 MASCAC)


* WCSU was picked to finish third in the MASCAC in the preseason poll.

* Western scored a touchdown midway through the second quarter to draw within two points, 15-13. The extra-point try was blocked and returned for two defensive extra-points by Zach Ziemba (Manchester).

* Madden capped off a nine-play, 50-yard drive when he split the uprights with a 44-yard field goal with 1:32 remaining before the break to put PSU up, 20-13.

* With 25 seconds remaining, Zentek picked off Western and returned the ball 86 yards for a touchdown.  After Maddan’s PAT, the Panthers led, 27-13.

* In the second half, Jawad Chisholm caught a 9-yard TD pass from Quinn to cap off an 18-play, 87-yard drive that ate up 8:14 of valuable time.  Quinn’s two-point toss failed and Western trailed by eight, 27-19.

* A pair of turnovers by Quinn in the final quarter, an interception and a bone-crunching fumble at the Panthers’ eight yard line with 47 seconds remaining.  Brandon Mitchell forced and Matt Shea (Windham) recovered the loose ball on that final drive for the Colonials.


* Edwards finished Edwards completed 11 of 19 passes for 124 yards and one touchdown

* Mitch Banuskevich (Milford) led all runners with 15 carries for 78 yards.  Hamilton added 14 carries for 33 yards and the score for the winners.

* Ziemba recored a game-high 13 tackles, 11 of them primary and had a 24-yard interception return.


* Quinn completed 28 of 35 passes and threw a pair of TDs.

* Calamita and Chisholm led the Western receivers with seven and six catches for 63 and 93 yards, respectively.

* Kevin Maxen had 10 tackles for the Colonials.  It is the second straight week that Maxen has registered double-digit take downs, tallying 11 a week ago at Union.


* Plymouth State hosts UMass Dartmouth for its homecoming at 1 pm next Saturday, September 24, at Currier Field. Western travels to Framingham State next Saturday, with kick-off slated for 12 noon.

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