New Hampshire Football Report

PSU extends winning streak


WESTFIELD, Mass. –  Westfield State junior running back Travon Holder rushed for 131 yards, but Plymouth State used an otherwise stifling defense to shut down the Owls, 17-0 in a Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference game at Currier Field in Plymouth on Saturday.

Plymouth capitalized early, recovering a Westfield State fumble on the opening kickoff, and set up a short five-play, 22-yard drive that was capped by a 7 yard touchdown pass from Zack Edwards to Jordan Suckow.

Plymouth improved its lead to 10-0 in the second quarter, grinding out a 15-play, 67-yard drive capped by a 45-yard Jeremy Martin field goal.

The Panthers added a fourth-quarter touchdown on a 22-yard strike from Edwards to Mitch Banuskevich for the final margin.

Westfield had an eight-play, 50 yard fourth-quarter drive die at the Panthers goal line, as safety Blair Zentek picked off Westfield State senior reserve quarterback Phil Cohen‘s pass in the end zone with 4:30 left in the game after Cohen completed 5-of-6 passes on the drive to march the Owls into scoring position.

Holder’s 26-carry, 131 yard performance was a bright spot for the Owls. He now has 202 carries for 960 yards on the season with one game remaining and a chance to top the 1,000 yard mark for the season.

Tyler Bevan finished with three catches for 47 yards. Cohen completed 6 of 9 tosses for 85 yards.  Zach Howard led the Owls defense with 13 tackles.

Neither team rolled up big numbers on the day. Westfield (2-7, 2-5 MASCAC) outgained Plymouth, 259-228, but the Panthers (8-1, 6-0 MASCAC) capitalized on the few good opportunities they received behind Edwards 13-21, 131-yard passing day and 61 rushing yards from Banuskevich.

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