Football Tops Morrisville in NJAC Opener, 12-7

Morrisville, NY (9/20/08).– Junior running back Jeff Bliss (New Milford, NJ) netted 146-yards rushing and a touchdown score to lead visiting Montclair State University over Morrisville State football by a final 12-7 Saturday afternoon on Drake Field in Morrisville.

The Red Hawks move to 2-0 for the second straight season and 28th time in program history as they also stretch their winning streak to six games dating back to last season.

In what was mainly a defensive battle played in the middle of the field, Montclair State netted 232-yards total offense to the Mustangs 169, holding the 153 to 48 advantage in yards gained on the ground in the running game.

Montclair put numbers on the scoreboard first, capping off a 14 play, 67-yard drive with a 40-yard field goal from Marco Capozzoli (Bloomfield, NJ) at 7:01 in the first quarter.

At 14:17 the second, a Morrisville State fumble traveled through the back of the endzone on a punt attempt, leading to a Montclair team safety. Within seconds, Byron Lewin (Carteret, NJ) returned the kick-off 68-yards to the Mustangs 10-yard line, setting up the one play, 10-yard rush by Bliss for the score at 13:57, giving the Red Hawks the 12-0 lead at the half.

Morrisville’s only score of the contest came with 1:10 remaining in the fourth quarter, as quarterback Billy Poling (Waretown, NJ) connected with wide receiver Maurice Mitchelson (Bronx, NY) in the corner of the endzone for the six-yard score, capping off the 12 play, 70-yard last effort drive.

Poling completed 17-of-33 passes for 121 yards and a score on the afternoon. Mitchelson led the receiving corps with four catches for 46-yards. Peter Enriquez (Staten Island, NY) tallied 33 yards on the ground for Morrisville, with Poling adding 14.

Defensively, Dale Ross (Syracuse, NY), Anthony Brown (Rochester, NY) and Luke Visingard (Endicott, NY), each recorded eight tackles to lead the Morrisville State unit, Ross with five solo.

Montclair’s Tom Fischer (Livingston, NJ) connected on 6-of-21 attempts for 79 yards on the afternoon, his longest to leading receiver Yessy Tejada (Weehawken, NJ) for 30-yards.

Cornell Hunt (North Brunswick, NJ) led the defensive unit for Montclair, tallying seven tackles, four solo, while recording two pass break ups. Nick Giangrande (Bellville, NJ) added six.

The Red Hawks are back in action on Saturday, September 27 as they host the other newcomer to the NJAC - College at Brockport at Sprague Field. Kickoff is slated for 1:00 pm