BIDDEFORD, Maine – The Endicott football team tied the program record for most points in a game on Saturday afternoon in their 66-38 victory over the University of New England (UNE) at Blue Storm Stadium.
Endicott achieved the feat by producing 659 yards of total offense via 393 yards rushing (fourth all-time) and 266 yards passing. The Gulls' 659 yards of total offense also ranks second all-time in program history.
The running game was highlighted by Greg Ruff (Saco, Maine) who compiled career-highs in yards (120) and touchdowns (2). Meanwhile, Hakim Fleming (Bridgeport, Conn.) also tallied 102 yards on 14 attempts (7.3 average) to join Ruff as the first duo to both rush for 100 yards or more in a game since November 3, 2012 against MIT (Mike Wheeler '13 – 132 yards | Jared DiBiase '13 – 107 yards). Overall, Endicott has now witnessed two running backs rush for 100 yards or more in a contest four times in program history (10/13/18, 11/3/2012, 11/6/2010, 9/17/2005).
Along with Ruff and Fleming, quarterback Joe Kalosky (Plymouth, Conn.) rushed for 87 yards and one touchdown of his own, which included a 68-yard TD dash in the third quarter (Endicott 52-17 | 6:32 on the clock). Kalosky also completed 18 out of his 32 pass attempts for 228 yards and two touchdowns.
Freshman dual-threat Shea McManaway (Lisbon, Conn.) caught two touchdowns (four receptions, 59 yards) and threw for another to give the Gulls a 59-31 lead at the 13:20 mark of the fourth quarter.
Endicott also received rushing touchdowns from Justin McEwen (Meriden, Conn.), Zach DeNike (Old Tappan, N.J.), and Kyle Borey (Clifton, Park, N.Y.), while Ryan Nelson (Mendon, Mass.) hauled in McManaway's six-yard touchdown pass at 12:14 of the third (Endicott 38-10).
Endicott scored at least 14 points in every quarter and a game-high 21 points in the third.
- Endicott's 66 points today ties the record set against Castleton on September 8, 2012 (W, 66-14).
- The Gulls' six rushing touchdowns tied the program record, which has happened three other times in program history (10/6/12, 10/15/11, 11/06/04).
- Endicott's 7.9 yards per rush ranks third all-time (No. 1 is 11.5 yards versus Curry on 9/29/18).
- The Gulls rushed for 300 yards or more in their third consecutive game, a first in program history.
- Endicott has averaged 54.3 points per game in its last three contests (all wins).
- The Blue and Green have won four straight games for the first time since 2014.
- Christian Cole (Goshen, N.Y.) notched game-highs for catches (8) and receiving yards (117) in the win.
- McEwen's rushing touchdown was a 47-yard reverse in the third quarter (10:03, Endicott 45-10).
- Both of McManaway's TD catches were fade routes in the right corner of the end zone (26 yards, 52-seconds remaining in the 2nd, Endicott 31-10 | 20 yards, 13:20 of the 4th, Endicott 59-31).
- Ruff had TD scores of 23 yards (6:56, 1st, Endicott 14-7) and one yard (5:52, 2nd, Endicott 24-7).
- DeNike's nine-yard TD opened up the scoring in the contest at 12:27 of the first.
- Borey rounded out Endicott's touchdown highlights with a three-yard scamper at 7:12 of the fourth (Endicott 66-31).
- Nick DiCairano (Trumbull, Conn.) went 1-for-2 on his field goal attempts (made 42-yarder at 9:59 of the second, Endicott 17-7) and converted 9-of-9 of his point-after attempts to tie the program record for most made and attempted in a game.
- Defensively, William Rivera (Orangeburg, N.Y.) collected a team-high 11 tackles (10 solo, one assisted, one tackle for a loss).
- Steven Abbott (Melrose, Mass.) registered his second career interception on UNE's opening drive and also finished the game with three tackles (two solo, one assisted).
- Sam Opont (Bridgeport, Conn.), James Lewis (New Fairfield, Conn.), and Connor Schinderman (Chappaqua, N.Y.) all had one sack apiece.
- Quarterback Brian Peters (Darien, Conn.) was 14-for-33 passing alongside 183 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.
- Alex Huff (Boston, Mass.) caught four passes for 96 yards and a touchdown.
- Devon Charles (Vernon, Conn.), R.J. Jenkins (Nashua, N.H.), and Peters all had rushing scores.
- Danny Parker (Peterborough, N.H.) set the game-high for tackles with 12 (all solo).
- Keegan Stanton-Meas (Portland, Maine) finished second in tackles for the Nor'easters with 11 total (nine solo).
Endicott (5-2, 3-0 CCC Football) travels to Becker College on Saturday, October 20 at 12 PM. UNE (1-4, 1-2 CCC Football) visits Western New England University next Saturday at 1 PM.
(Photo Credit - Nick Grace)