Worcester State Football Team drops Homecoming game

Posted on October 16, 2011 by


Worcester State vs. Bridgewater State in the 1st quarter of the WSU Homecoming game. Photo by Ryan Kuketz

By Ryan Kuketz

The Worcester State University Football Team lost their second consecutive game on Saturday, October 15 in the homecoming game against Bridgewater State University, 34-23 due in large part to the Bridgewater State rushing attack.

BSU freshman running back, Blaise Branch had 206 rushing yards and Worcester State couldn’t make stops when they needed to the most.

WSU took an early lead in the game when Tony Tokarz threw a five yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Kenny Russell four minutes and 20 seconds into the game to give the Lancers a 7-0 lead. That would be the only scoring for the Lancers until late in the first half when a fumble was recovered by Ray St. Laurent which led to another touchdown thrown by Tokarz with 1:27 left in the first half to cut the deficit to 20-14.

After the Lancers defense stopped Bridgewater for a three and out, the Lancer defense blocked a punt which was recovered by Graham Asum who returned the ball 7 yards for a touchdown and after a missed point after attempt, the game was tied at 20 with 50 seconds left in the first half.

BSU dominated the time of possession in the second half. The first drive of the half was seven minutes and 33 seconds and resulted in a missed a field goal. Worcester State got the ball back but only had it for one minute and 36 seconds. That would be the only Lancers possession of the first half and BSU would have a drive that lasted over nine minutes that resulted in another missed field goal.

The Lancers took the a 23-20 lead with over 11 minutes left in the game, but Bridgewater answered with a Touchdown after a drive that lasted over six minutes and after an interception thrown by Tokarz on the second play of the ensuing drive, Bridgewater would go on to score another touchdown which ensured the win for Bridgewater State.

Bridgewater State had possession of the ball nearly double the amount of time WSU did, as they had possession with 39 minutes 47 seconds compared to the Lancer’s time of possession of 20 minutes and 13 seconds.

It was clearly a hard loss for the Lancers to handle as multiple players declined to comment after the game. The Lancers have not defeated Bridgewater State since 2004 and are 9-17 against their conference rival since becoming a varsity sport in 1986.

Worcester State Football dropped to 5-2 on the season and 2-2 in conference play.

Editor’s Note: The Lancers bounced back Septmeber 22, against Coast Guard 31 – 30.


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