Fitchburg State Piles Up Yards, but Falls to Lancers
FITCHBURG -- Junior Jacqua Solomon tore up the Elliot Field turf on Saturday, rushing for 233 yards and a pair of touchdowns, but it wasn’t enough to lift the Fitchburg State University football team to its first victory of the season.
Instead, visiting Worcester State capitalized on a pair of devastating turnovers to pull out a 22-16 win in the MASCAC opener for both schools. Fitchburg State (0-3, 0-1 MASCAC) out-gained the Lancers (2-1, 1-0 MASCAC) by a wide margin in both total yards total yards (390 to 196) and rushing yards (325 to 62) in the defeat.
The Falcons grabbed a 3-0 lead with 2:06 on the clock in the first quarter on a 26-yard field goal by sophomore Bryce Santos, capping a 10-play drive that began at the Falcons’ 1-yard line.
Soon after, disaster struck for the hosts.
In the second quarter, the Falcons muffed a punt at its own 7-yard line, and the Lancers made them pay. After rolling out of the pocket, senior quarterback Noah Brum found senior wide receiver Cam Charette in the end zone for a 5-yard touchdown. The extra point went wide, and the visitors held a 6-3 advantage at halftime.
It was more of the same in the second half.
Early on after the break, Fitchburg State fumbled inside of its own red zone. One play later, Brum completed a 11-yard scoring pass to tight end Jacob Maher, and a two-point conversion pushed to lead to 14-3.
Alternating between running backs Christopher Tamukedde and Solomon, the Falcons answered with a 13-play, 67-yard scoring drive, finished off with a 10-yard scamper up the middle from Solomon to cut the deficit to 14-10.
The teams traded touchdowns in the fourth quarter for the 22-16 final score.
Senior defensive back Jared Citizen led the Falcons defense with 5.5 total tackles, while sophomore Melchior Lynch contributed with 1.5 sacks. Brum led Worcester State with three touchdowns on 13-for-25 passing with one interception.
Up next, the Falcons will travel to face Bridgewater State on Friday at 7 p.m.