October 30, 2010

Cortland Edges Unbeaten Montclair St., 10-9, on Late TD Pass

More news about: Cortland State

CORTLAND, N.Y. –  Dan Pitcher (Cortland) threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Mike Humphrey (Le Roy) with one minute, three seconds remaining and Marc Corrado (Newburgh Free Academy) made the tiebreaking extra point as Cortland rallied to defeat previously unbeaten and nationally ranked Montclair State, 10-9, in a New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) game.

Montclair had a chance to win the game in the final seconds, but Jake Delvento's (Island Heights, NJ/Toms River South) 30-yard field goal attempt sailed wide left as time expired.

Cortland improves to 7-1, both overall and in the NJAC, and is currently a half game ahead of both Montclair State and Rowan in the league standings. Montclair, ranked 13th nationally by the AFCA and 14th by D3football.com, and Rowan University are both 6-1 in the league and 7-1 overall. Cortland wraps up the NJAC season next Saturday at home versus William Paterson. Montclair has league games left  at home versus Brockport and at William Paterson, while Rowan hosts Western Connecticut State and travels to The College of New Jersey to finish its league slate.

Montclair took a 6-0 lead with 9:13 left in the first quarter on a Matt Jimenez (Waldwick, NJ) 8-yard touchdown run. Delvento's extra point, however, was blocked by Lou Crispo (Eastchester). The Red Hawks' six-play, 38-yard scoring drive was set up by a Dan Keegan (Fairfield, NJ/West Essex) 39-yard punt return.

A Keegan 34-yard punt return to the Cortland 26-yard line early in the second quarter set up Montclair's next score. The Red Hawks were held on 3rd-and-1 at the 17-yard line and Delvento made a 33-yard field goal to extend the lead to 9-0.

Cortland's first scoring drive started from its own 20-yard line late in the third quarter. Justin Autera (Mahopac) ran for a combined 24 yards over five plays. Two plays later, on 3rd-and-11, Pitcher hit Humphrey on a 28-yard pass to the Montclair 28-yard line. The drive stalled at the 19-yard line when Autera was stopped for no gain on 3rd-and-1, but Corrado made a 36-yard field goal to close the deficit to six.

Cortland's next two drives stalled in Montclair territory. Montclair started a drive on its own 12-yard line with 2:19 left but was held to six yards over three plays. Cortland burned a timeout after each play and got the ball back on the Red Hawks' 39-yard line with 1:43 left.

Receptions by Rob Von Bargen (Massapequa) and Anthony Giuliano (Thornwood/Westlake) pushed the ball to the 19-yard line. Two plays later, Pitcher found Humphrey open in the back right corner of the end zone for the go-ahead touchdown.

Montclair's Yessy Tejada (Weehawken, NJ/St. Joseph's (WNY)) returned the ensuing kickoff 23 yards to his own 40-yard line. The Red Hawks then earned two of their three second-half first downs as Tom Fischer (Livingston, NJ) threw three consecutive passes of 12, nine and 17 yards to Byron Lewin (Carteret, NJ). With less than 40 seconds left, Fischer connected with Keegan on a 4-yard pass and rushed for two yards on a QB draw. A Jimenez 3-yard run set up 4th-and-1 at the Cortland 13-yard line with 7.1 seconds left and led to Delvento's missed field goal.

Autera led Cortland with 122 rushing yards on 34 carries, including 20 rushes for 89 yards in the second half. Pitcher was 11-of-26 passing for 119 yards, with Giuliano making five catches for 57 yards. Pitcher has now thrown at least one TD pass in a game in a school-record 10 straight contests.

Cody Allen (Medina) and Bill Smith (Nanuet) recorded eight tackles each. Joe Lopez (Port Jefferson Station/Comsewogue) intercepted a pass late in the end zone late in the first half for his sixth pick of the season. Lopez has tied a school record with interceptions in four straight games – a mark originally established by Steve Daly in 1975.

For Montclair, Fischer finished 16-of-28 passing for 140 yards. Lewin caught 10 of those passes for 107 yards and A.J. Scoppa (New Milford, NJ) ran 12 times for 44 yards. Keegan returned three punts for 102 total yards. Ed Kirschenbaum (Lake Como, NJ/Manasquan) made a game-high 13 tackles, eight solo, and Mario McLean (Boonton, NJ/Montville) recorded nine stops. Kevin Cloghessy (Hempstead) intercepted a pass in the first half.

Cortland finished with a slight 255-227 advantage in total offensive yardage. The teams combined for 23 punts – 12 by Montclair and 11 by Cortland.

comments powered by Disqus
Sep. 3: All times Eastern
TBA
Belhaven at Millsaps
7:00 PM
Anna Maria at Coast Guard
7:00 PM
Franklin and Marshall at Lebanon Valley
7:30 PM
Manchester at Trine
8:00 PM
Bethel at UW-Stout
Sep. 4: All times Eastern
7:00 PM
Salisbury at Albright
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Gettysburg at Bridgewater (Va.)
7:00 PM
Averett at Washington and Lee
Live Stats
7:00 PM
St. Lawrence at Morrisville State
7:00 PM
MIT at WPI
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Westfield State at Nichols
7:00 PM
Becker at Fitchburg State
7:00 PM
Stevenson at N.C. Wesleyan
7:00 PM
Mount Ida at Mass-Dartmouth
7:00 PM
Curry at Bridgewater State
8:30 PM
Luther at UW-La Crosse
Sep. 5: All times Eastern
TBA
Hobart at Dickinson
TBA
Buffalo State at Otterbein
TBA
Lycoming at Susquehanna
TBA
Guilford at Greensboro
TBA
Delaware Valley at Montclair State
TBA
Wilkes at Muhlenberg
TBA
Catholic at McDaniel
TBA
Buena Vista at UW-Platteville
TBA
George Fox at La Verne
12:00 PM
Norwich at RPI
12:00 PM
Heidelberg at Cortland State
12:00 PM
Maine Maritime at SUNY-Maritime
12:00 PM
St. John Fisher at Thomas More
Live Stats
12:00 PM
Alfred at Husson
12:00 PM
Framingham State at Endicott
Live Stats
12:00 PM
TCNJ at Christopher Newport
12:00 PM
Worcester State at Salve Regina
Live Stats
12:00 PM
Grove City at Juniata
12:00 PM
Westminster (Mo.) at Southwestern Assemblies
1:00 PM
William Paterson at Alfred State
1:00 PM
Alma at Finlandia
1:00 PM
Springfield at Western New England
1:00 PM
Wittenberg at Capital
1:00 PM
Ferrum at Emory and Henry
1:00 PM
Earlham at Olivet
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Centre at Hanover
1:00 PM
Wabash at Hampden-Sydney
1:00 PM
Washington and Jefferson at Wooster
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Rowan at Widener
1:00 PM
Ithaca at Union
1:00 PM
Brockport State at Oberlin
1:00 PM
John Carroll at St. Vincent
1:00 PM
Western Connecticut at Hartwick
1:00 PM
Johns Hopkins at Randolph-Macon
1:00 PM
Castleton State at Plymouth State
1:00 PM
Methodist at Apprentice
1:00 PM
Waynesburg at Muskingum
1:00 PM
Case Western Reserve at Chicago
Video
1:00 PM
Carnegie Mellon at Washington U.
Live Stats
1:30 PM
Illinois Wesleyan at Franklin
Live Stats
1:30 PM
Berry at Maryville (Tenn.)
1:30 PM
Monmouth at Hope
1:30 PM
Bethany at Mount Union
Live Stats
1:30 PM
Bluffton at Wilmington
2:00 PM
Kenyon at Sewanee
2:00 PM
Beloit at Concordia-Chicago
2:00 PM
Rockford at Lawrence
2:00 PM
Wisconsin Lutheran at Lake Forest
2:00 PM
Carthage at St. Norbert
2:00 PM
Wheaton (Ill.) at Coe
2:00 PM
Jamestown at Concordia-Moorhead
2:00 PM
Macalester at Carleton
2:00 PM
Minnesota-Morris at Hamline
2:00 PM
Northwestern (Minn.) at St. Olaf
2:00 PM
Dubuque at St. John's
2:00 PM
Illinois College at Aurora
2:00 PM
North Park at Concordia (Wis.)
2:00 PM
UW-River Falls at Simpson
2:00 PM
Hendrix at Austin
2:00 PM
Southwestern at Hardin-Simmons
2:00 PM
Knox at Eureka
2:00 PM
UW-Oshkosh at Robert Morris Univ. (Ill.)
2:00 PM
Maranatha Baptist at Martin Luther
2:00 PM
St. Scholastica at Ripon
2:00 PM
Louisiana College at Huntingdon
2:00 PM
Loras at Elmhurst
3:00 PM
Pacific at College of Idaho
4:00 PM
Puget Sound at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
Live Stats
4:30 PM
Misericordia at Utica
Live Stats Video Audio
5:00 PM
Defiance at Adrian
6:00 PM
Moravian at King's
6:00 PM
Birmingham-Southern at LaGrange
6:00 PM
UW-Stevens Point at Albion
7:00 PM
Allegheny at Thiel
7:00 PM
Gallaudet at Shenandoah
Live Stats Live Stats Video Audio
7:00 PM
Kalamazoo at Rose-Hulman
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Westminster (Pa.) at Hiram
7:00 PM
Marietta at Denison
7:00 PM
Anderson at Taylor (Ind.)
7:00 PM
Mary Hardin-Baylor at Ohio Wesleyan
7:00 PM
Greenville at Millikin
7:00 PM
Trinity (Texas) at Howard Payne
7:00 PM
Texas Lutheran at Sul Ross State
7:00 PM
Mount St. Joseph at Augustana
7:10 PM
St. Thomas at UW-Eau Claire
7:30 PM
Benedictine at Central
8:00 PM
McMurry at East Texas Baptist
8:00 PM
Lakeland at Carroll
8:00 PM
Augsburg at Wartburg
8:00 PM
Gustavus Adolphus at Crown
8:00 PM
Iowa Wesleyan at Cornell
8:00 PM
Frostburg State at Geneva
Maintenance in progress.