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Seniors leave it out on the field as Bison lose on Senior Day

Seniors leave it out on the field as Bison lose on Senior Day

WASHINGTON – Senior linebackers Jaris Alleyne (Waldorf, Md.) and Gregg McConville (Frederick, Md.) took charge on Senior Day as the Gallaudet University football duo combined for 36 total tackles. GU's senior class left it all out on the field as the Bison fell, 26-0, to SUNY Maritime on a cool Saturday afternoon at Hotchkiss Field.

Alleyne was all over the field, running sideline to sideline, making big hits and key stops for the Bison defense, who entered the game ranked No. 19 in Division III for total defense. Alleyne led both teams in tackles with a career best total of 24 which includes 12 solo tackles, two for a loss of three yards and one pass breakup. McConville was close behind as he totaled 12 tackles (five solo) in this Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) clash between the two rivals.

Maritime (4-6, 3-4 ECFC) rushed for 418 yards and held the ball for over 41 minutes, including 23 of the final 30 minutes, as it picked up 21 first downs and converted 11 of 19 third-down opportunities. The Privateers scored two minutes into the game when fullback Brett McKinney (42 yards) punched it in from four yards out as Maritime led 6-0. Senior fullback Kyle Gardner setup the score after a 54-yard run en route to a game-high 153 yards.

Gallaudet (2-7, 2-5 ECFC) had a chance to get points on the scoreboard after Maritime quarterback Jordan Formicola (85 rushing yards) fumbled an exchange and GU's Shawn Benavente (Phoenix, Ariz.) recovered the ball on the Maritime 18. After three plays, which included a false start penalty, junior kicker Eric Setzer (Middletown, Md.) lined up for 35-yard field goal but pushed it wide left with 5:40 left in the first quarter. 

The Privateers responded with a 12-play, 80-yard drive that resulted in a Greg Caneparo (96 rushing yards) 6-yard touchdown run. Maritime's Sean Kinney added a touchdown, three minutes later, as the Privateers took a 20-0 lead into halftime. 

Maritime kicker Diogo Dietrich added two field goals from 25 and 22 yards, respectively, in the second half to cap the scoring as Gallaudet was shutout for a third time this season.

The Bison offense struggled all day as it was held to 88 yards of total offense (73 rushing yards) on 41 offensive plays. This the lowest amount of total offensive yards for a Gallaudet team since being held to 83 yards to begin the 2008 season when the Bison lost, 20-14, to Hiram at home in game played in a tropical storm.

Freshman quarterback Antoine McKinney (Racine, Wis.) was the top rusher with 29 yards on 11 carries and completed 1 of 11 passes for four yards. Quentin Williams (Chesapeake, Va.) and Zach Reese (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) rushed for 23 and 21 yards, respectively. Setzer punted six times for a total of 216 yards (36-yard average) with a long of 49 and two punts landed inside the 20, including one on the Maritime 1.

Senior AJ McCrea (Kennesaw, Ga.) left Hotchkiss Field with five tackles and one pass break up, while sophomore Carneilus Smith (Chesapeake, Va.) was second on the team with 17 tackles (10 solo).

The game was the last for six GU seniors; Alleyne, McConville, McCrea, offensive lineman Shawn Madden (Cincinnati, Ohio), wide receiver Miguel Paniagua (New Orleans, La.), linebacker Nico Santiago (Moorestown, N.J.).

The Bison will enter the 2015 campaign looking to break a five-game losing streak.