August 31, 2012

HEMMANN LIGHTS THE NIGHT IN 2012 SEASON OPENER

More news about: Mount Ida

With 1:39 remaining in the fourth quarter of play, Mount Ida College football senior kicker Bobby Hemmann (Newington, CT/Newington) converted a 47 yard field goal attempt propelling the Mustangs to a 24-21 non-conference victory over visiting UMASS-Darmouth Friday evening in the 2012 season opener in Newton, Massachusetts.  It was the first game ever played on Alumni Field, Mount Ida's new state-of-the-art turf stadium just recently completed this summer turning out to be a memorable day for all involved in the "Light the Night" kick-off event in the college's first ever night game. 

This is the first time since the inception of Mount Ida football in 1999 that the program has won the first game of the season improving to 1-0 beating the Corsairs for the first time in their second meeting against each other (2011-L, 24-21).  The visitors fall to an overall record of 0-1.

Hemmann was the hero for the Mustangs but they wouldn't have been in line for the win if it wasn't for the outstanding play of senior quarterback Scott Drosendahl (East Aurora, NY/East Aurora) who went 15-33 passing for 299 yards and two touchdown passes and a TD scamper late in the second quarter.  Mustang junior wide receiver had a career day with five catches for 170 yards and a TD while senior tight end Michael Babich (Franklin Square, NY/H. Frank Carey) notched the first touchdown of his career with two catches for 23 yards.  Mount Ida sophomore running back Chris McNally (Bourne, MA/Bourne) notched 22 carries for 87 yards on the ground as well. 

Offensively the Corsairs were led by senior quarterback Patrick Orlando (Manchester, MA/Essex (Saint Anselm)) going 31-43 with three touchdown passes adding 287 yards through the air in the process.  The bulk of Orlando's passes were reaching the hands of senior wide out Brendan McNeish (Springfield, MA/Agawam/Bridgton Academy) hauling in 152 yards receiving on 15 catches with a touchdown. Orlando would also add 54 yards on the grounds on seven carries. 

Defensively Mount Ida saw outstanding individual performances from senior cornerback Azim Carter (East Hartford, CT/East Hartford) with 4.5 tackles and an interception.  Mount Ida junior defensive back Frank Greene (Hamden, CT/Hamden) chipped in a game-high 7.5 total tackles (six solo, three assist) a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. 

For the Corsairs, junior linebacker Joe Teixera (Seekonk, MA/Seekonk) notched seven total tackles (six solo, two assist).  Sophomore linebacker Art Azatyants (Brookline, MA/Brookline) and junior defensive end Jordan McDonald (Brockton, MA/Brockton) added a half a sack and four solo tackles a piece as well. 

The visitors went ahead early capitalizing on a five play, 17 yard drive that ended on a three yard pass from Orlando to McNeish.  The visitors were set up in the Mount Ida zone after a crucial fumbled snap that gave the ball to the Corsairs in the hosts red zone eventually making it 6-0 in favor of the visitors.  The point after attempt by UMD was blocked by Mustang senior defensive lineman Dane Finis (Canton, MA/UMASS-Dartmouth) leaving the score where it was. 

The rest of the first quarter was stale offensively with the action picking up with 6:47 left before halftime.  The Corsairs converted another TD through the air on a 17 yard pass from Orlando to senior Romario Berneche (Everett, MA/Pope John XXIII (Mount Ida)) for the 13-0 lead after a successful PAT. 

Mount Ida would not go quiet as usually per order of fifth year Head Coach Michael Landers connecting with the end zone 27 seconds before the midway point on a 13 play, 77 yard drive ending with a two yard quarterback keeper from Drosendahl making it 13-7 after a good point after by Hemmann. 

After almost no action through the third quarter the Mustangs got a spark from a forced fumble and recovery by Greene setting the Mustangs up on their own 25 yard line with 5:30 left in the stanza.  Drosendahl would air out a perfectly thrown ball to Hyman who caught it in stride finishing at the end zone for a 62 yard touchdown catch taking a 14-13 advantage for Mount Ida's first lead of the contest.

A three-and-out by the visitors gave the ball back to the hosts early in the fourth quarter with Mount Ida capitalizing on a 10 play, 71 yard drive finalized on an eight yard TD pitch-and-catch from Drosendahl to Babich taking the 21-13 lead.

The Corsairs took their next possession and converted it into a score to tie the game at 21-21 early in the final quarter.  It looked as if there was a fire lit underneath the visitors connecting on a six play, 56 yard drive finished on a 28 yard touchdown catch from Orlando to junior wide receiver Kiki Louis (Lowell, MA/Lowell).  The visitors trailed by two and elected to go for the two-point conversion.  Orlando connected with junior Nico Irano (East Boston, MA/Boston Latin) stymieing the game at 21 all. 

There was still plenty of time for either team to take over with Mount Ida eating a lot of the clock on two drives including the game winner on Hemmann's kick.  Through the final 12:25 of play the Corsairs only held the ball for three minutes.  Mount Ida eventually would seal the deal with an impressive 47 yard field goal from Hemmann.  The Mustang defense held off the visitors in dramatic fashion through the final ticks of the game rewarding the hosts with the 24-21 win. 

Mount Ida travels to hosting non-conference foe Plymouth State University this coming Saturday in Plymouth, New Hampshire with game time slated for 1:00 p.m.  The Mustangs fell to the Panthers in Newton, Massachusetts last season on a game ending questionable no-catch call that would have propelled Mount Ida to victory falling 19-13.

The Corsairs will travel to New England Football Conference (NEFC) member Bridgewater State University with kick-off slated for 12 noon. 

 

 

 

Sep. 23: All times Eastern
Final
at Bridgewater State 34, Fitchburg State 25
Box Score
Sep. 24: All times Eastern
Final
Christopher Newport 17, at TCNJ 0
Final
at Hobart 27, Union 23
Box Score Recap
Final
at Thomas More 20, Carnegie Mellon 16
Box Score Recap
Final
at Massachusetts Maritime 32, Worcester State 14
Box Score Recap
Final
at Endicott 37, Nichols 0
Box Score
Final
MIT 30, at Maine Maritime 13
Box Score
Final
at Buffalo State 40, Morrisville State 24
Box Score Recap
Final
at Salve Regina 48, Coast Guard 10
Box Score
Final
St. Lawrence 20, at RPI 14
Box Score Recap
Final
at Framingham State 23, Western Connecticut 17
Box Score
Final
at Montclair State 21, Rowan 14
Box Score
Final
at Stevenson 54, FDU-Florham 15
Box Score Recap
Final
at Trinity (Conn.) 38, Bates 7
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at Western New England 59, Curry 28
Box Score
Final
at Utica 24, Cortland 13
Box Score Recap Recap
Final
Colby 9, at Williams 7
Box Score Photos
Final
at Middlebury 40, Bowdoin 3
Box Score
Final
at Amherst 34, Hamilton 0
Box Score
Final
Kean 24, at William Paterson 13
Box Score Recap
Final
at DePauw 66, Hiram 17
Box Score Recap
Final
Franklin and Marshall 45, at Juniata 22
Box Score
Final
at Kenyon 31, Allegheny 7
Box Score
Final
Salisbury 35, at Southern Virginia 0
Box Score
Final
Albright 20, at Delaware Valley 17
Box Score Recap
Final
Lycoming 28, at Misericordia 24
Final
at Plymouth State 30, Mass-Dartmouth 14
Box Score
Final
at Husson 35, Alfred State 0
Box Score
Final
at Springfield 28, WPI 23
Box Score Recap
Final
at Moravian 24, Dickinson 10
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at Denison 45, Wooster 7
Box Score Recap
Final
at Wittenberg 24, Wabash 14
Box Score
Final
at St. Vincent 57, Grove City 32
Box Score Recap
Final
at Susquehanna 55, Gettysburg 40
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at King's 21, Lebanon Valley 17
Box Score Recap
Final
at Alfred 20, Ithaca 6
Box Score Recap
Final
at Widener 25, Wilkes 23
Final
at McDaniel 30, Ursinus 27
Box Score Recap
Final
at Muskingum 28, Marietta 10
Box Score Photos
Final
at Minnesota-Morris 28, Iowa Wesleyan 27
Final
at John Carroll 42, Heidelberg 14
Box Score
Final
Ohio Northern 16, at Otterbein 10
Box Score Photos
Final
Case Western Reserve 35, at Waynesburg 7
Box Score
Final
at Franklin 44, Bluffton 38
Box Score Recap
Final
Rose-Hulman 23, at Defiance 15
Box Score
Final
at Centre 49, Chicago 27
Box Score
Final
at Mount St. Joseph 38, Manchester 19
Box Score Recap
Final
Hanover 49, at Anderson 25
Box Score
Final
at Merchant Marine 55, Rochester 7
Box Score
Final
Johns Hopkins 30, at Muhlenberg 24
Box Score Recap
Final
Concordia-Chicago 42, at Maranatha Baptist 10
Box Score Photos
Final
Washington U. 36, at Birmingham-Southern 21
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
UW-Platteville 56, at Lakeland 0
Box Score
Final
at Northwestern (Minn.) 38, Martin Luther 20
Box Score
Final
at Eureka 28, MacMurray 13
Box Score
Final
at Westminster (Mo.) 35, Greenville 14
Box Score
Final
Dubuque 30, at Luther 17
Box Score Recap
Final
Monmouth 52, at Lake Forest 6
Box Score Photos
Final
St. Thomas 33, at St. John's 21
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at Augsburg 49, Carleton 17
Box Score Photos
Final
Bethel 44, at St. Olaf 7
Box Score
Final
at Hamline 42, Gustavus Adolphus 40
Box Score Recap
Final
at UW-Whitewater 35, Morningside 21
Box Score Recap
Final
at Hardin-Simmons 48, Texas Lutheran 38
Box Score Photos
Final
at UW-River Falls 42, Southwestern 22
Box Score
Final
Simpson 17, at Buena Vista 9
Box Score
Final
at St. Scholastica 49, Crown 13
Box Score Recap
Final
Cornell 46, at Beloit 41
Box Score
Final
at Carthage 27, Augustana 24
Final
Coe 48, at Nebraska Wesleyan 17
Box Score Recap
Final
at Wartburg 56, Finlandia 0
Box Score
Final
at Wheaton (Ill.) 10, Elmhurst 6
Final
Hendrix 42, at Millsaps 14
Box Score
Final
Illinois Wesleyan 45, at North Park 10
Final
at Macalester 34, Grinnell 0
Box Score
Final
at Ripon 33, Knox 19
Final
Illinois College 40, at Lawrence 15
Final
UW-Oshkosh 77, at Morthland College (Ill.) 0
Box Score
Final
Central 42, at Loras 34
Box Score Recap
Final
at Geneva 35, Thiel 27
Final
UW-Eau Claire 40, at Wisconsin Lutheran 14
Box Score
Final
St. John Fisher 42, at Brockport 38
Box Score Recap
Final
UW-Stevens Point 44, at Adrian 19
Box Score
Final
UW-La Crosse 41, at Carroll 7
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at Berry 41, Sewanee 3
Box Score Recap Recap
Final
Westminster (Pa.) 38, at Bethany 9
Final
Ohio Wesleyan 29, at Oberlin 16
Box Score
Final
at Tufts 17, Wesleyan 14
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
Mount Union 49, at Baldwin Wallace 7
Box Score Recap
Final
at Capital 35, Wilmington 21
Box Score
Final
at Southwestern Assemblies 23, Austin 17
Cancelled
Langston at McMurry
Video Live Stats
Final
at North Central (Ill.) 42, Millikin 7
Box Score Recap
Final
at Chapman 19, Trinity (Texas) 17
Box Score Recap
Sep. 24: All times Eastern
Final
at Thomas More 20, Carnegie Mellon 16
Box Score Recap
Final
at Hobart 27, Union 23
Box Score Recap
Final
Christopher Newport 17, at TCNJ 0
Final
at Wittenberg 24, Wabash 14
Box Score
Final
Salisbury 35, at Southern Virginia 0
Box Score
Final
Albright 20, at Delaware Valley 17
Box Score Recap
Final
at Utica 24, Cortland 13
Box Score Recap Recap
Final
at Stevenson 54, FDU-Florham 15
Box Score Recap
Final
at Franklin 44, Bluffton 38
Box Score Recap
Final
Johns Hopkins 30, at Muhlenberg 24
Box Score Recap
Final
St. Thomas 33, at St. John's 21
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at UW-Whitewater 35, Morningside 21
Box Score Recap
Final
at Hardin-Simmons 48, Texas Lutheran 38
Box Score Photos
Final
at Wheaton (Ill.) 10, Elmhurst 6
Final
UW-Platteville 56, at Lakeland 0
Box Score
Final
UW-Oshkosh 77, at Morthland College (Ill.) 0
Box Score
Final
Central 42, at Loras 34
Box Score Recap
Final
St. John Fisher 42, at Brockport 38
Box Score Recap
Final
Mount Union 49, at Baldwin Wallace 7
Box Score Recap
Final
at North Central (Ill.) 42, Millikin 7
Box Score Recap