October 29, 2011

D'Andrea Helps No. 17 Montclair Plow Through Snow, Western Connecticut, 38-7

More news about: Montclair State

Montclair, NJ (10/29/11) – Senior running back Chris D'Andrea (Union, NJ / Union) rushed for 231 yards and scored three times as No. 17/21 Montclair State battled through the driving snow and Western Connecticut for a 38-7 victory at Sprague Field on Saturday afternoon.

Sophomore running back A.J. Scoppa (New Milford, NJ / New Milford) ran for 109 yards and a touchdown as the Red Hawks amassed all but 18 of their 377 yards of offense on the ground in improving to 7-1 on the season, 6-1 in the NJAC. Montclair, which extended its regular-season home winning streak to 26 games, is currently tied with Kean atop the NJAC standings.

Sophomore running back Dion Small (Waterbury, NJ / Crosby) rushed for 160 yards for Western Connecticut, which dropped to 0-8 on the season, 0-7 in the NJAC.

With the sudden October snowstorm turning MSU's Homecoming Game into a Winter Wonderland, running the ball became a premium which played right into the hands of Montclair State and D'Andrea, who entered the game as the second-leading rusher in the nation. He carried 28 times raising his single-season total to 1,347 yards, the third-best season total in school history. D'Andrea also passed the 2,000-yard mark for his career.  

The game began slowly as each team tried to adjust to the sloppy snowy conditions that completely blanked the field. After three punts started off the game, Montclair took control at its own 35 with 8:31 to play in the first quarter and went 65 yards on seven straight D'Andrea touches. His first carry netted 28 yards and the third, a 24-yard rush put the ball at the West Con 10. After a penalty moved to the ball back out to the 26 yardline, D'Andrea went for 10, 12 and then four yards for the score as Montclair led 7-0 with 6:10 left in the first quarter.

D'Andrea made it a 14-0 game with 9:59 left in the second as he accounted for all 80 yards on a five-play scoring drive capping it off with a 1-yard rumble as MSU led 14-0 with 12:53 to go. Kicker Jake DelVento (Island Heights, NJ / Central Regional) connected from 25 yards out off the snowy turf with just under three minutes to play as the Red Hawks led 17-0 at the break.

In the second half, D'Andrea  touched the ball four times collecting 61 yards, including the final 36 on a burst off the right side for his third touchdown as Montclair State pushed its advantage to 24-0 just 2:08 into the half. It would be D'Andrea's final carry of the game.

Scoppa came on in the next series and immediately made his presence felt with a career-best 60 yard run with 7:03 remaining as Montclair increased its lead to 31-0.

Small would help the Colonials get the scoreboard in the next series as he put together runs of 46 and 26 yards on back to back plays setting up WestConn at the MSU 1. Quarterback Will Arndt (Newtown, CT / Newtown) rushed in on the next play making the score 31-7 with 5:48 to go in the third.

Montclair sophomore defensive lineman Matt Trivigno (Denville, NJ / Morris Knolls) got the final score of the game as he intercepted an Arndt pass with 24 seconds left in the third and returned it 11 yards for the final Red Hawks touchdown.

Scoppa carried 13 times in the game as well as 54 of Montclair's 60 plays in the game were on the ground . Senior Dan Keegan (Fairfield, NJ / West Essex) returned three punts averaging 28 yards per runback and nearly had two returns for score as one was nullified by a penalty. The second was a 54-yard return to the WestConn 1.

Sophomore linebacker Dan Avento (Northvale, NJ / Pascack Hills) had 11 tackles to lead the MSU defense. Kevin Bradley (Belleville, NJ / Seton Hall Prep) added six tackles with linebacker Steve Shan (Bayville, NJ / Central Regional) adding five stops.

Sophomore Devin Meyers (Waterbury, CT / Waterbury) and sophomore Bill Birdsell (Bethel, CT / Bethel) each had eight tackles for the Colonials. Eric DeRario (Wappingers Falls, NY / Roy C. Ketcham), Mike Lacaria (Watertown, CT / Watertown), Greg Galasso (Brewster, NY / Brewster) and Kyle Brooks (Bronx, NY / Cardinal Hayes) all had six tackles.

Both teams are back in action next week with road NJAC games. Montclair State is in Glassboro to take on Rowan University at 1:00 pm. The Colonials head back to New Jersey for a noon matchup with TCNJ in Ewing.

comments powered by Disqus
Sep. 19: All times Eastern
Final
Framingham State 29, at Fitchburg State 26
Box Score Recap
Sep. 20: All times Eastern
Final
RPI 41, at Castleton State 13
Box Score Recap
Final - 2OT
at Massachusetts Maritime 26, Maine Maritime 20
Box Score Recap
Final
at Rochester 30, Gallaudet 2
Box Score Recap Recap
Final - OT
at Husson 34, Alfred State 28
Box Score Photos
Final
at Randolph-Macon 34, Sewanee 20
Box Score
Final
at Johns Hopkins 33, Moravian 14
Box Score Recap
Final
at Utica 20, Frostburg State 12
Box Score Recap Recap
Final
Alfred 29, at Buffalo State 21
Box Score Recap Recap
Final
at Catholic 31, Newport News Apprentice 24
Box Score
Final
at Nichols 10, Becker 3
Box Score
Final
Wesleyan 22, at Middlebury 14
Box Score
Final
Bridgewater State 51, at Worcester State 27
Box Score Recap Recap
Final
at Tufts 24, Hamilton 17
Box Score Recap Recap Photos
Final
at Amherst 14, Bates 6
Box Score Photos
Final
at Trinity (Conn.) 32, Colby 7
Box Score Recap
Final
at William Paterson 36, Salve Regina 32
Box Score Recap
Final
at Stevenson 20, Lebanon Valley 14
Box Score
Final
Allegheny 24, at Hiram 21
Box Score Recap
Final
at Merchant Marine 34, SUNY-Maritime 17
Box Score Recap
Final
at St. Vincent 23, Case Western Reserve 20
Box Score
Final
Thomas More 66, at Thiel 27
Box Score Recap
Final
Ursinus 31, at Franklin and Marshall 24
Box Score Recap
Final
Endicott 41, at Kean 28
Box Score Recap
Final
at Hampden-Sydney 56, Coast Guard 0
Box Score
Final
Maryville (Tenn.) 40, at Averett 17
Box Score
Final
at Widener 41, Albright 23
Final
Hobart 43, at Curry 13
Box Score Recap
Final
at Greensboro 37, LaGrange 35
Box Score
Final
at Dickinson 29, Susquehanna 28
Box Score Photos
Final
at Wesley 37, Rowan 7
Box Score Recap
Final
at St. Lawrence 31, Morrisville State 14
Box Score
Final
at Misericordia 35, FDU-Florham 0
Final
at Gettysburg 31, Juniata 17
Box Score Recap
Final
at Montclair State 27, Lincoln (Pa.) 14
Box Score Recap
Final
Wabash 31, at Denison 12
Box Score Photos
Final - OT
Bethany 21, at Westminster (Pa.) 14
Final
at Springfield 47, Mount Ida 16
Box Score Recap
Final
at Ithaca 42, Hartwick 7
Box Score Recap Recap
Final
at Norwich 10, WPI 7
Box Score Recap
Final
Iowa Wesleyan 13, at Minnesota-Morris 7
Box Score
Final
at Methodist 41, Huntingdon 34
Box Score
Final
Ohio Northern 37, at Baldwin Wallace 35
Box Score
Final
at Capital 34, Wilmington 21
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
Franklin 62, at Anderson 14
Box Score
Final
at Washington and Jefferson 48, Carnegie Mellon 30
Box Score Recap
Final
at John Carroll 43, Heidelberg 16
Box Score Recap Recap
Final
at Lycoming 28, King's 13
Box Score Recap
Final - 2OT
at Waynesburg 44, Geneva 38
Final
Mount Union 62, at Muskingum 6
Box Score
Final
Mount St. Joseph 24, at Defiance 21
Box Score
Final
at Manchester 55, Earlham 7
Box Score Recap
Final
at Williams 36, Bowdoin 0
Box Score Photos Photos
Final
Muhlenberg 59, at McDaniel 10
Box Score
Final
UW-Whitewater 48, at TCNJ 0
Final
at Otterbein 20, Marietta 0
Box Score
Final
Hope 25, at Lakeland 22
Box Score
Final
Olivet 49, at Aurora 20
Box Score Recap
Final
Albion 57, at Concordia (Wis.) 20
Box Score
Final
at Washington U. 24, North Park 19
Box Score Recap
Final
at Wisconsin Lutheran 32, Kalamazoo 20
Box Score
Final
at Wheaton (Ill.) 17, UW-Eau Claire 0
Box Score Recap Recap
Final
Concordia-Moorhead 23, at St. John's 14
Box Score Photos
Final
at Bethel 40, St. Olaf 0
Box Score
Final
Augsburg 42, at Carleton 14
Box Score
Final
at Gustavus Adolphus 48, Hamline 19
Box Score
Final
Stetson 37, at Birmingham-Southern 19
Box Score
Final
Trinity (Texas) 14, at Sul Ross State 6
Box Score
Final
at Austin 21, Occidental 12
Box Score Recap Recap
Final
at Howard Payne 38, Southwestern Assemblies 25
Final
at Central 65, Maranatha Baptist 12
Box Score Recap
Final
at Luther 49, Grinnell 21
Box Score
Final
UW-Stevens Point 37, at Coe 21
Box Score
Final
at Greenville 30, Eureka 27
Box Score
Final
Westminster (Mo.) 27, at MacMurray 21
Box Score
Final
Texas Lutheran 38, at Louisiana College 32
Box Score Recap
Final
at Simpson 13, Illinois Wesleyan 3
Box Score
Final
Trine 27, at Rockford 7
Box Score Recap
Final - 2OT
Rose-Hulman 48, at Hanover 42
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at Western Connecticut 45, Plymouth State 7
Box Score
Final
Hardin-Simmons 37, at Wayland Baptist 23
Box Score
Final
at Whittier 23, Lewis and Clark 10
Box Score
Final
Willamette 42, at Cal Lutheran 24
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
Alma 24, at Concordia-Chicago 21
Box Score
Final
Carroll 28, at Lake Forest 7
Box Score
Final
Whitworth 50, at La Verne 48
Box Score Recap Recap
Final
Westfield State 14, at Mass-Dartmouth 13
Box Score Recap
Final
at St. Scholastica 48, Crown 14
Box Score Recap
Final
at Wittenberg 34, DePauw 17
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
St. John Fisher 36, at Brockport State 20
Box Score Recap
Final
Guilford 35, at Southern Virginia 27
@ Salem Stadium
Box Score Recap
Final
Wooster 63, at Oberlin 10
Box Score Recap
Final
at Shenandoah 45, Ferrum 20
Box Score Photos
Final
Centre 28, at Washington and Lee 23
Box Score
Final
at Ohio Wesleyan 35, Kenyon 25
Box Score
Final
at Delaware Valley 54, Wilkes 35
Box Score Recap
Final
UW-River Falls 43, at South Dakota Mines 28
Box Score
Final
at Augustana 34, Loras 17
Final
at Dubuque 16, Pacific 10
Box Score Recap
Final
at North Central (Ill.) 28, UW-Platteville 7
Box Score Recap
Final
Chicago 29, at Elmhurst 17
Box Score Recap
Final
Mary Hardin-Baylor 41, at UW-La Crosse 22
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at South Dakota State 41, UW-Oshkosh 3
Box Score
Final
Adrian 23, at Benedictine 6
Box Score Recap Recap
Final
at Wartburg 45, UW-Stout 14
Box Score Recap
Final
at Northwestern (Minn.) 41, Martin Luther 27
Box Score Recap Recap
Final
at East Texas Baptist 58, Southwestern 34
Box Score Recap
Final
Rhodes 42, at Pomona-Pitzer 21
Box Score Recap
Final
Linfield 36, at Redlands 3
Box Score Recap Photos
Sep. 20: All times Eastern
Final
St. John Fisher 36, at Brockport State 20
Box Score Recap
Final
at Wittenberg 34, DePauw 17
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at Wartburg 45, UW-Stout 14
Box Score Recap
Final
at South Dakota State 41, UW-Oshkosh 3
Box Score
Final
at North Central (Ill.) 28, UW-Platteville 7
Box Score Recap
Final
Mary Hardin-Baylor 41, at UW-La Crosse 22
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
Linfield 36, at Redlands 3
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
UW-Whitewater 48, at TCNJ 0
Final
Mount Union 62, at Muskingum 6
Box Score
Final
at John Carroll 43, Heidelberg 16
Box Score Recap Recap
Final
at Lycoming 28, King's 13
Box Score Recap
Final
at Wesley 37, Rowan 7
Box Score Recap
Final
at Hampden-Sydney 56, Coast Guard 0
Box Score
Final
Wabash 31, at Denison 12
Box Score Photos
Final
Thomas More 66, at Thiel 27
Box Score Recap
Final
at Ithaca 42, Hartwick 7
Box Score Recap Recap
Final
Hobart 43, at Curry 13
Box Score Recap
Final
at Johns Hopkins 33, Moravian 14
Box Score Recap
Final
at Bethel 40, St. Olaf 0
Box Score
Final
at Wheaton (Ill.) 17, UW-Eau Claire 0
Box Score Recap Recap
Final
at Simpson 13, Illinois Wesleyan 3
Box Score

What We're Reading