New Hampshire Football Report

Late kick lifts Plymouth State

WESTFIELD, Mass. ­— Sophomore Jeremy Martin made a 26-yard field goal with nine seconds left in the game to give Plymouth State a 10-7 victory over Westfield State University in a Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) football game at Alumni Field on Saturday afternoon.
The Panthers scored on their first and final drives of the game, which proved to be enough as the teams clashed in the pouring rain and wind of the Nor’easter that battered much of New England.
Plymouth State improved to 5-3 overall and 4-3 in the MASCAC with the victory. Westfield State is now 4-5 overall and 3-4 in the conference.
Plymouth State marched 80 yards in 12 plays on its opening possession, which ended with a 6-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Zack Edwards to wide receiver Jacob Szulc (Concord).
The Owls had plenty of chances to break the 7-7 tie in the second half, but fumbled the ball away on the Plymouth State 13, turned the ball over on down at the Plymouth State 30 and missed a field-goal attempt after moving the ball to the Plymouth State 7. Another drive ended with a fumble at the Plymouth 20.
With 3:36 to play and the ball at their own 8-yard line, the Panthers had their final drive extended by a roughing-the-kicker penalty, and moved themselves into scoring position when Edwards launched a 42-yard pass to sophomore Terrell Lewis (Nashua) that gave the Panthers first and 10 at the Owls’ 20-yard line.
  • Westfield outgained the Panthers 323 to 197 yard in the game. With the sloppy conditions, both teams were plagued by fumbles. PSU fumbled six times, losing the ball twice. The Owls had seven fumbles and lost three.
  • Plymouth State junior David Hamilton carried the ball 18 times for 99 yards, while doing most of his damage on the initial drive.
  • Edwards finished 5-of-14 passing for 84 yards.
  • PSU got 14 tackles from freshman David Salazar, 12 from junior Matt Shea (Windham) and 10 from senior Grant McGregor.

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