New Hampshire Football Report

AIC handles Saint Anselm

MANCHESTER – The Saint Anselm College football team suffered a 30-10 setback to American International College on Saturday afternoon in a Northeast-10 Conference matchup at Grappone Stadium in Manchester.

The Hawks fell to 0-5 overall and 0-4 in the NE-10. AIC improved to 2-3 overall, and 2-2 in conference games.

The Saint Anselm offense was held to 254 total yards by the Northeast-10 Conference’s top defense, as the Hawks passed for 218 yards and rushed for 36 yards in the defeat. The Yellow Jackets posted 392 total yards, throwing for 275 yards and rushing for 117 yards.

Yianni Gavalas finished the game going 26 of 46 for 218 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions. Ryan Monette led the team with nine catches for 34 yards, with Joe Hayman adding three catches for 44 yards. Hayman was also the Hawks’ top runner, picking up 22 yards on 12 carries and 126 yards on six kick returns.

Defensively, Liam Gillis registered a team-high eight tackles in the game – including two for a loss – with a half sack. Shaun Callahan and Andy Klouda added seven tackles apiece with Callahan grabbing his first interception of the year. Nate Lewis also recorded an interception to go with four tackles and a pair of pass breakups, with Will Collins contributing the other .5 sack.

AIC’s Joseph Czelusniak was 15 for 25 for 275 and three scores and a pair of interceptions. Christian Dargan was the top target for the Yellow Jackets, catching three balls for 107 yards and a touchdown, while Marcel Depina and Evan Graham also added touchdown catches. Willie Brown IV carried the ball 20 times for 87 yards to lead the ground game.

Czelusniak found Depina on a wheel route down the left sideline for the game’s first touchdown as the Yellow Jackets took a 7-0 lead. Daniel Parisi made a 22-yard field goal to make it a 7-3 game with 4:35 remaining in the opening quarter.

The Yellow Jackets answered quickly, driving 77 yards in 2:30 as Czelusniak found Dargan for a 48-yard touchdown to put the visitors on top, 14-3. AIC’s Christopher Boteler would eventually put a 22-yard field goal through with 12:43 to play to put the Yellow Jackets on top 17-3.

Boteler’s 22-yard field goal that made it a 20-3 game headed into the half.

The Yellow Jackets opened the third quarter with a 12-play, 84-yard drive that ended with a 10-yard touchdown strike from Czelusniak to Graham. After the two teams traded punts over the next couple of possessions, Boteler put AIC on top 30-3 with 1:37 remaining in the third quarter.

Gavalas hit Bartak for a 3-yard touchdown pass on fourth down to make it a 30-10 game.

AIC won the time of possession battle, controlling the ball for 32:26 while the Hawks held the ball for only 27:34. Both teams struggled on third downs as the Hawks were 2 of 13 (15 percent) on the day and AIC was 3 of 12 (25 percent).

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