Football stays hot behind defense

(The Rams are scoring an average of 37.0 PPG this year. They sit at the top of the MASCAC at 6-1 overall. Photo by Erin Fitzmaurice)

Framingham State came off its bye and routed Plymouth State on Saturday.

The Rams hosted thePanthers, defeating them 34-3 behind quarterback Matt Silva’s 350 yards and three touchdowns.

It took a while to get on the board, but once they did, the Rams scored often.

While the offense put up just under its season average, the defense allowed only three points, the least it has allowed this year.

In their past two games, the Rams are outscoring opponents 69-10.

After being held scoreless in the first quarter, Framingham struck first with just under nine minutes left in the second.

After starting at their own 30, Silva led an eight-play, 70-yard drive that concluded with a five-yard touchdown pass to Marcus Grant.

Grant caught seven passes for a game-high 147 yards.

After finding themselves down 7-0, the Panthers answered later in the second.

With 3:30 minutes left until the half, Plymouth drove the field and got its kicker Jeff Madden within field goal range.

Madden stepped up and hit a 22-yard field goal to cut into the Framingham lead, 7-3.

It looked like this would be the halftime score, but with just 25 seconds left in the second, Silva found Grant and Tevin Jones to set the Rams up at the Plymouth 30. After a Jalen Green run put the Rams at the 25, Sean Wlasuk came on and hit a 42-yard field goal as time expired to stretch the lead to 10-3.

Framingham would pick up where it left off in the second half. On its first drive, the Rams went 72 yards in just eight plays.

The drive was highlighted by a 47-yard hookup from Silva to Grant and was capped when Green bulled his way across the goal line for a one-yard touchdown.

Green carried 14 times for 50 yards. His lone touchdown extended the lead to 17-3.

The Rams took this 14-point lead into the fourth quarter and displayed an onslaught of offense, putting up 21 points in just under eight minutes.

The scoring started when Grant scored his second touchdown of the afternoon.

The touchdown pass was from eight yards out and Grant’s sixth touchdown of the year made it 24-3.

Silva’s third and final touchdown pass of the afternoon capped a four-play, 41-yard drive.

The drive consisted of a 15-yard Plymouth penalty, a rush for no gain and an incomplete pass before Silva found Jared Gauthier for 27 yards and a touchdown.

Gauthier caught five passes for 110 yards.

With the lead 31-3, Wlasuk capped the afternoon midway through the fourth, when he drilled a 27-yard field goal.

Wlasuk’s second field goal of the day made it 34-3.

Jones followed Grant and Gauthier with five catches for 76 yards.

On the defensive side, linebacker Greg Peschel led the team with seven total tackles, a fumble recovery and an interception.

Gabriel Calmon led the defensive line with two sacks. He was followed by Quentin Jones, who added one sack to his season total, which now sits at eight.

Framingham hosts Mass Maritime in its last regular season home game on Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for noon.

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