MILTON, Mass. – The Curry College football team was edged in a shootout at Husson University in a 42-40 final at the Winkin Complex on Saturday afternoon in Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC Football) action.
The two teams came out firing in the first quarter, combining for 33 points. The Eagles struck first just 16 seconds in when sophomore Shawn Noel, Jr. (Raynham, Mass.) returned the opening kickoff 81 yards to the end zone for a touchdown. Senior Devin Pickett (Sidney, Maine) added the extra point to make the score 7-0. The Colonels responded with an 80-yard strike from senior Nick Juvelier (Centereach, N.Y.) to classmate Nick Villanueva (Hanson, Mass.). Freshman Evan Damian's (East Haven, Conn.) extra point failed, keeping the score at 7-6.
Husson added to its lead on the following drive, putting together a nine-play, 78-yard drive in 3:42, finished off by a 33-yard touchdown pass from senior David Morrison (Ashland, Mass.) to junior Aidan Hogan (Morgan, Vt.). Pickett tacked on the point after to give the Eagles the 14-6 lead.
The back-and-forth first quarter continued as Curry scored on their next series. The Colonels engineered a six-play, 61-yard drive capped off by a 33-yard touchdown pass from Juvelier to senior D'Aundray Burcy (Hyde Park, Mass.). The two-point conversion was no good to keep the score 14-12.
Husson extended its advantage on the next drive, going 67 yards in six plays. The series was finished off when Morrison found Keshawn Robinson from 24 yards out. Pickett's extra point was successful to push the score to 21-12.
The next scoring play would come with 2:21 left in the first half. Following a fumble recovery, the Eagles used three plays to find the end zone, the final play was a 25-yard rush by Noel. Pickett split the uprights with the point after to make the score 28-12, a score that would remain until the half.
Curry received the first possession coming out of the intermission and went 61 yards in 12 plays, capped off by a seven-yard touchdown pass from Juvelier to Jason Cambra (El Paso, Texas). The Colonels would go for two and failed on the attempt to keep the score at a 10-point deficit, 28-18.
Husson answered back on the following drive as they put together a 10-play, 64-yard series that was finished off by a 22-yard rush by Morrison. Pickett added the point-after to make the score 35-18.
Curry cut the deficit to single digits right before the end of the third quarter after they went 66 yards in seven plays. Juvelier found classmate Alex Rosemond (Palos Verdes, Calif.) for a nine-yard touchdown. The Colonels then went for two and Juvelier connected with Villanueva to make the score 35-26.
The Eagles tallied their final score of the game on the first series of the fourth quarter. Husson went 63 yards in 11 plays, the last being a two-yard rush by Noel as he found the end zone. Pickett tacked on the extra point to push the lead to 42-26.
On the following kickoff, sophomore Tahg Coakley (Danvers, Mass.) set up Curry with great field position with a 49-yard return to the Husson 35-yard line. The Colonels only needed one play, a 35-yard pass from Juvelier to Villanueva, to find the end zone. Juvelier found Villanueva again on a two-point try to make the score 42-34.
Following three empty possessions, the Colonels would get the ball back with 3:30 left on the clock. Juvelier completed four-of-five passes on the drive, moving Curry to the Eagles' 42-yard line. Junior Zach Levy (Bellingham, Mass.) then broke off a 42-yard run to find the end zone. Curry went back to the line and went for two, but Juvelier was stopped as Husson preserved the two-point lead.
The Colonels attempted an onside kick which was recovered by the Eagles as the contest ended in the 42-40 final.
Curry was led by Juvelier, guiding the offense with 305 yards on 22-of-39 passing, five touchdowns, and two interceptions. Levy finished the contest with 77 rushing yards on nine carries and one touchdown while Villanueva brought in seven receptions for 146 yards and two touchdowns. Sophomore Gregory Silvia (Coventry, R.I.) led all Colonel defenders with a game-high 11 tackles.
Morrison led the Husson offense through the air, going 22-of-32 for 241 yards along with two touchdowns and one interception. Noel, Jr. paced the ground game with 145 yards on 32 carries with two touchdowns. Hogan led the Eagles' receivers with 89 yards on seven receptions and one touchdown. Defensively, senior Zach Connolly (New Britain, Conn.) registered a team-high six tackles (two solo, four assisted).
Curry remains on the road and will head to Endicott College on Saturday, October 19 for a league contest at noon. Husson will stay at home as they welcome in the University of New England on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.