New Hampshire Football Report

Ravens post first D2 win

RINDGE – It came down to a two-point conversion attempt. With the Franklin Pierce University football team ahead 29-27 late in the fourth quarter, the Crimson and Gray tackled a ball carrier 1 yard short of the goal line and the Ravens hung on for a 29-27 victory over Curry College on Saturday.


It was Franklin Pierce’s first win as an NCAA Division II program and the first win for Russell Gaskamp as Franklin Pierce’s head coach. Franklin Pierce evened its record at 1-1 overall and the loss dropped the Colonels to 0-2.

FPU outgained Curry 326 to 285 on offense and 142 to 6 on the ground. The Ravens also converted half (5 of 10) of their third-down chances. Freshman quarterback Drew Campanale (Shrewsbury, Mass.) tossed two touchdown passes and recorded 184 yards passing. Campanale was the team’s leading rusher with 53 yards and a TD on 14 carries. Classmate Chazz Bryant (Clifton, N.J.) tallied 50 yards and a score of his own.

On the defensive side, Tyvarius Daniels (Springfield, Mass.) had nine tackles, with two for a loss. Freshman cornerback Marquis Adams picked off Curry QB Nick Juvelier and returned the interception 44 yards and lineman Armani Mette (Randolph, Mass.) tallied the only sack in the game.

Juvelier threw for 279 yards and four touchdowns. Nick Villanueva hauled in a game-high six catches for 83 yards and hit pay dirt once.

Curry marched to the Franklin Pierce 6-yard line. On third and goal, Juvelier tried a fade to the end zone that was too long for his intended receiver. Curry took a timeout and scored on a six-yard fade to the back left pylon to pull within two points. Curry tried a screed pass on the two-point conversion but failed to tie the game.

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