Football cruises past Mass. Maritime

(Quarterback Zakery Walker pitches the ball to running back Quron Wright in the Rams 50-7 victory Saturday. By Corey McFeeley)

The Rams blew out Mass. Maritime 50-7 in an offensive explosion at home on Saturday.

Following a deferral from Framingham, the Buccaneers began their drive with a three-yard rush from Richie Phillips. On the first pass attempt, Chris Haggerty’s pass was intercepted by Svenn Jacobson for a 37-yard touchdown.

The Buccaneers continued to struggle against the defense as they went three-and-out on the next drive.

On Framingham’s first drive of the day, they began with a rush from Quron Wright for two yards. Zakery Walker followed the rush with a completion to Michael Calicchio for 15 yards.  Following a one yard rush, Wright broke loose for a 29-yard rushing touchdown. Walker capped the drive with a two-point conversion to extend the lead to 15-0.

Once again, Massachusetts Maritime struggled on offense, going six plays with a loss of a yard overall.

After receiving a punt, the Rams rushed with Napoleon Miller for four yards.  On the next play, Walker connected with Miller for a gain of five yards. Following a three-yard rush from Walker for a first down, Will Cowdrey rushed for gains of 19, 14 and 10 yards consecutively to extend the lead 22-0.

The Buccaneers struggled again as they went three-and-out after two rushes and a pass gained no yards.

Framingham continued their rushing attack for four straight plays, gaining 16 yards collectively from Nasir Thomas, Cowdrey and Stephen Beahn. Walker connected with Miller for a gain of nine yards to gain a new set of downs. Walker rushed for four yards, before gaining an additional two yards on the next play. Walker connected with Wright for a three-yard completion. On the next play, Cowdrey converted a fourth-and-short. Wright lost a yard on the next play, but Walker found Miller for a five-yard completion. Walker finished the drive with a 16-yard touchdown to Miller for a 29-0 lead.

Mass. Maritime began its drive with back-to-back incompletions before a 28-yard completion to Matt Long from Haggerty. Following a one-yard completion from Haggerty, he threw back-to back incompletions to force a fourth down. On fourth-and-9, Haggerty connected with Phillips for 27 yards, moving the ball to the red zone. Haggerty capped the drive off with a 12-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Taft to cut the lead to 29-7.

The Rams began their drive with an incompletion from Walker before back-to-back rushes from Wright and Cowdrey for 11 yards. Following a sack of Walker, Cowdrey rushed for one yard before Walker found Calicchio for 22 yards. After a drop on the next play, Wright and Cowdrey rushed for seven yards each on back-to-back plays. Walker finished the drive with a 19-yard strike to Miller. With the score, the lead extended to 36-7.

The Buccaneers tried to move the ball down the field, but their drive ended in the red zone with an interception by Thomas Burns.

Both teams failed to score again before the end of the half, which ended the half with a score of 36-7.

Walker began the first drive in the second half with an incompletion to Miller. Walker then connected with Calicchio and Beahn for 19 yards collectively. After a Wright rush for no gain, he followed it with a 42-yard run to move the ball to the Buccaneers side of the field. Wright lost one yard on the next play, but Walker found  Khaneil Bruce for a five-yard completion, finishing the drive with a 20-yard touchdown pass to Beahn. With the touchdown, the Rams extended the lead to 43-7.

In the final minutes of the fourth quarter, Framingham scored one more touchdown on the ground with a four-yard touchdown rush.

The backfield-by-committee approach worked for Framingham, as four different players scored a touchdown. Wright led the way with 14 attempts for 96 yards and a touchdown.

Framingham can credit the win to the defense limiting the Buccaneers to 220 total offensive yards.

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