PAXTON, Mass. - Gallaudet University fell here on the road Saturday to Anna Maria College, 27-13, in an Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) game at AMCAT Field.
Gallaudet (2-7, 1-5 ECFC) scored the game's first and last touchdowns while Anna Maria (1-8, 1-5 ECFC) scored four times in its first win of the season. The victory is the first for AMCATS in nine tries dating back to last season and the first home win since 2013.
The two teams were plagued by turnovers as they combined for six interceptions and four fumbles lost that led to 33 combined points scored off turnovers. Three of the six touchdowns in the game were interceptions returned for scores.
Gallaudet senior Carneilus Smith (Chesapeake, Va.) picked off Anna Maria quarterback Gregory McGoldrick just three minutes into the game and returned it 75 yards for the touchdown. This was Smith's second interception returned for a touchdown this season.
That ended the day for McGoldrick as Darius Jones-Clark came on for the AMCATS and completed 14 of 21 passes for 165 yards and one interception.
Gallaudet held the 7-0 lead until late in the second quarter when bad field position for the Bison, and a short punt gave Anna Maria an opportunity to get on the scoreboard. The AMCATS used five plays and went 24 yards to tie the game at seven.
Sophomore quarterback Antoine McKinney (Racine, Wis.) was intercepted at the Gallaudet 25 by Brian Moretti, who returned the ball to the end zone, and gave Anna Maria a lead they wouldn't relinquish.
McKinney (7 of 24, 58 yards) tossed the third of four interceptions right before half as the teams went into intermission with the AMCATS leading 14-7.
On Gallaudet's first play from scrimmage in the third quarter the Bison fumbled the ball away at midfield to the AMCATS. Seven plays later, Joseph D'Onofrio (13 carries, 52 yards) ran in from nine yards out as the home team led 21-7. Anna Maria scored 20 points off Bison turnovers.
After three straight possessions that ended in punts it was McKinney tossing his fourth interception early in the fourth quarter. Anna Maria's Malik Fason picked off McKinney at the Gallaudet 12 and sprinted into the end zone to give the AMCATS a 27-7 lead.
The Bison put together their longest drive of the game midway through the fourth quarter. GU used 11 plays to cover 82 yards and resulted in a touchdown. Sophomore Dylan Mento (Hammonton, N.J.) caught a nine-yard touchdown strike from fellow sophomore Tony Libit (Deerbrook, Wis.) at the 2:51 mark.
Gallaudet recovered the on-side kick but the Bison ran out of downs and time against the AMCATS.
- Smith now has 10 career interceptions (284 return yards), two of which have been returned for touchdowns, in four seasons
- Sophomore wide receiver Lawrence Watson (Fayetteville, N.C.) had a 41-yard kickoff return to start the second half
- Gallaudet quarterbacks were sacked six times for a loss of 35 yards
- The trio of Mento (27 yards), Watson (26 yards) and junior Joell Dixon (Clinton, Md.), 28 yards, all caught three passes
- Watson recorded a game-high 117 all-purpose yards
- Freshman Canton Meadows (Yukon, Okla.) led all Bison rushers with 10 carries for 28 yards
- Senior Ryan Santana (Palm Bay, Fla.) led the defense with 10 solo tackles and one tackle for a loss of four yards
- Junior Montray Roberts (Dallas, Texas) added four tackles, one interception and recovered and forced a fumble
- Freshman Reid Kelly (De Soto, Kan.) recorded a sack for a loss of seven yards
- Sophomore Lorenzo Fuller (Miami, Fla.) had one tackle for a loss of 24 yards
Gallaudet returns home to host SUNY Maritime (5-4, 3-3 ECFC) next Saturday, Nov. 12, at noon on Senior Day at Hotchkiss Field.