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Worcester State Downs AMCATS in season Opener

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Paxton, Mass. - Worcester State University used an efficient first-half aerial attack combined with a strong ground effort from half-back Marcus Price (Worcester, Mass.) to defeat Anna Maria College, 55-30, during the AMCATS' home opener at AMCAT field on a warm Saturday afternoon.  The Lancers improve to 1-0 on the year, while Anna Maria falls to 0-1 to start the season.

 The visitors were led by quarterback Tony Tokarz (Holden, Mass.), who paced the Lancer offense with 158 yards in the air and five touchdowns.  Half-back Marcus Price plowed through the AMCAT defense to the tune of 173 rushing yards and two touchdowns.  His 173 yard effort moves him into sole possession of 4th place on the all-time Lancer rushing list with 1,871 rushing yards in his career. Wide-outs Kenny Russell (Bedford, Mass.) and AJ Scerra (Marlboro, Mass.) also contributed with two receiving touchdowns apiece in the victory.

The AMCATS were led by quarterback Santino Simone (Worcester, Mass.) and wide receiver Dom Concepcion (Middlebury, Conn.).  Simone accounted for four touchdowns (two passing, two rushing), including 243-yards in the air and 35-yards on the ground.  Concepcion contributed with 135-yards receiving and two touchdowns.  With a spectacular 60-yard reception in the 3rd quarter, Concepcion went over 1,000 yards receiving in his career.  

Things started off promising for the AMCATS, who forced a three-and-out on the Lancer's first drive of the contest.  On the ensuing Anna Maria drive, Graham Asum (Marlboro, Mass.) forced a fumble that was recovered by PJ Robinson (Winthrop, Mass.) that put Worcester State on the AMC 14-yard line.  Tony Tokarz threw the first of his four touchdown passes of the half, connecting with AJ Scerra for an 11-yard strike.  The visitors capitalized on a botched snap and converted the two-point attempt, giving Worcester State an 8-0 advantage.   

The ensuing kickoff to the AMCATS' sailed out of bounds, giving Anna Maria field possession on their own 40-yard line.  They capitalized on the field position, using a gritty 15-play drive that set-up a Jamaal Mitchell (Shelton, Conn.) 25-yard field goal to cut the lead to 8-3.

 Defense proved to be lackluster the next two possessions with both teams trading punches, the Lancers increased their lead to 15-10. Worcester State struck first with a 64-yard touchdown run by Marcus Price, while Anna Maria countered with a 6-yard touchdown pass from Santino Simone to Dom Concepcion. 

After the Concepcion score, the Lancers' were in complete control of the game, scoring 26 unanswered points en route to a 41-10 lead heading into intermission.  During the run, wide-outs Kenny Russell and AJ Scerra combined for three receiving touchdowns while Marcus Price added a 5-yard rushing scamper into the end zone.

Despite the deficit, the AMCATS refused to go quietly, as they outscored the Lancers' 20-14 in the second-half.  Simone and Concepcion hooked up for a 16-yard touchdown while Simone also added a pair of touchdown runs late in the fourth quarter.  The effort proved to be too little, too late, as Worcester State went on to take the contest by a 55-30 score. 

The glaring difference between the teams was the yards accumulated in the ground game.  The Lancers held a staggering 336-113 advantage over the AMCATS in rushing yards for the contest.

Each team also needs to tighten the ship as the season moves forward, as both teams accrued over 100 penalty yards each in the sloppy affair.  

Worcester State returns to action Friday at home against WPI at 7:00 PM while Anna Maria travels to Maine Maritime at 12:00 PM.

Sep. 23: All times Eastern
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at Framingham State 50, Massachusetts Maritime 7
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Muhlenberg 56, at Juniata 40
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at Dean 25, Becker 10
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Salisbury 27, at TCNJ 7
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MIT 38, at Catholic 21
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Merchant Marine 56, at Maine Maritime 31
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at Hobart 34, Endicott 17
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at Morrisville State 44, Nichols 22
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at Delaware Valley 27, Stevenson 7
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at Albright 9, Widener 7
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Christopher Newport 16, at Montclair State 8
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at Westminster (Pa.) 41, Bethany 14
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Middlebury 41, at Bowdoin 14
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Williams 24, at Colby 7
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Amherst 36, at Hamilton 6
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Ursinus 35, at Moravian 17
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Trinity (Conn.) 51, at Bates 0
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at LaGrange 38, Brevard 28
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Geneva 33, at Thiel 24
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at Plymouth State 37, Mass-Dartmouth 7
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Kean 28, at Southern Virginia 14
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Frostburg State 24, at Rowan 10
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Union 17, at Curry 14
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at Carnegie Mellon 37, Thomas More 17
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Lycoming 44, at King's 41
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at Western New England 21, Husson 14
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Johns Hopkins 41, at Dickinson 10
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at DePauw 51, Wooster 24
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at Ohio Wesleyan 37, Allegheny 21
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at Misericordia 43, Wilkes 14
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at Alfred 45, Rochester 7
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Wesley 66, at William Paterson 0
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at N.C. Wesleyan 35, Maryville (Tenn.) 25
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Huntingdon 31, at Ferrum 28
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at McDaniel 27, Gettysburg 20
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at Buffalo State 33, RPI 21
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Franklin and Marshall 27, at Susquehanna 24
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at Denison 45, Oberlin 17
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at Northwestern (Minn.) 10, Westminster (Mo.) 7
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at Eureka 44, Crown 20
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at Lebanon Valley 24, FDU-Florham 14
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21 John Carroll
47 Heidelberg
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at Ohio Northern 35, Otterbein 7
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at Mount Union 55, Baldwin Wallace 7
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at Rose-Hulman 37, Defiance 14
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at Marietta 49, Muskingum 25
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42 Franklin
16 Bluffton
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21 Anderson
57 Hanover
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Mount St. Joseph 31, at Manchester 14
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Worcester State at Westfield State
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4th - 12:16
13 Coast Guard
6 Norwich
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4th - 06:29
22 Bridgewater State
31 Fitchburg State
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3rd - 11:10
28 Wittenberg
11 Kenyon
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21 Hiram
16 Wabash
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41 North Central (Ill.)
7 Millikin
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Sewanee at Millsaps
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4th - 12:11
9 Birmingham-Southern
28 Rhodes
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Austin at Hendrix
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Greenville at Martin Luther
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12:33 4th Q
35 Chapman
21 Trinity (Texas)
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Buena Vista at Loras
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7:00 4th
20 Washington U.
30 Wartburg
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3rd - 2:06
7 Hamline
44 Gustavus Adolphus
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41 Augsburg
21 Carleton
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13:52 4TH
7 St. Olaf
64 Bethel
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Dubuque at Luther
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2:00 3rd Q
20 Nebraska Wesleyan
38 Central
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Simpson at Coe
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3rd - 7:55
19 Wheaton (Ill.)
8 Elmhurst
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St. Norbert at Grinnell
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Ripon at Knox
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Iowa Wesleyan at MacMurray
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37 Hardin-Simmons
3 Howard Payne
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Southwestern at Louisiana College
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Monmouth at Macalester
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3rd - 02:19
10 St. John's
20 St. Thomas
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10 WPI
35 Springfield
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Beloit at Cornell
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Utica at Brockport
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St. John Fisher at Hartwick
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Carroll at UW-La Crosse
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0 Minnesota-Morris
7 St. Scholastica
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UW-Eau Claire at George Fox
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Salve Regina at Western Connecticut
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Adrian at UW-Stevens Point
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Tufts at Wesleyan
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Methodist at Averett
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Centre at Berry
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Waynesburg at Case Western Reserve
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St. Vincent at Grove City
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7:00 PM
North Park at Illinois Wesleyan
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Texas Lutheran at Mary Hardin-Baylor
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Lakeland at UW-Platteville
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Carthage at Augustana
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Chicago at Illinois College
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McMurry at Sul Ross State
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Capital at Wilmington
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Lake Forest at Lawrence
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at Delaware Valley 27, Stevenson 7
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Wesley 66, at William Paterson 0
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at Alfred 45, Rochester 7
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Johns Hopkins 41, at Dickinson 10
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Frostburg State 24, at Rowan 10
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21 John Carroll
47 Heidelberg
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at Mount Union 55, Baldwin Wallace 7
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28 Wittenberg
11 Kenyon
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21 Hiram
16 Wabash
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3rd - 13:08
37 Hardin-Simmons
3 Howard Payne
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41 North Central (Ill.)
7 Millikin
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3rd - 7:55
19 Wheaton (Ill.)
8 Elmhurst
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3rd - 02:49
10 St. John's
20 St. Thomas
@ Target Field, Minneapolis
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Utica at Brockport
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Waynesburg at Case Western Reserve
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North Park at Illinois Wesleyan
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Lakeland at UW-Platteville
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Texas Lutheran at Mary Hardin-Baylor
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