Football wins shootout against the Corsairs

Framingham took on the UMass Dartmouth Corsairs in a MASCAC game Oct. 5.

The Corsairs started strong by capping off an 80-yard drive with a rushing touchdown by Stephen Gacioch to score UMass’ first points of the game.

The Rams were able to answer back right away with Adam Wojenski and Jacob Maher connecting for a 39-yard score to tie the game.

By halftime, the score was 26-13 after the Corsairs had scored the only 12 points of the second quarter.

The Rams proceeded to have a strong third quarter as they scored 13 unanswered points thanks to Wojenski’s 54-yard dart to Austin Nunn and Maher’s 97-yard receiving touchdown.

UMass Dartmouth quickly took the lead back just a minute into the fourth quarter on a two-yard touchdown run for Gacioch to mark his second rushing touchdown of the game.

The lead did not last very long as the Rams capped of a short seven play drive with a Wojenski touchdown pass to Elijah Nichols to tie the game 33-33 with 10:51 remaining.

After a Corsairs punt, the Rams took their first lead of the game on a four-yard run by Devaun Ford to put Framingham up 39-33 with 5:37 left.

UMass Dartmouth punted again but regained the football as their defense forced a quick four and out drive. With 2:56 left on the clock, everyone in the stadium was on the edge of their seats to watch the most important drive of the Rams’ season so far.

The Corsairs were building a strong drive and facing a fourth and 12 near the 50-yard line. Gacioch connected with Abbi Bamgbose, who was hit beyond the first-down marker, but made a critical mistake as he broke the tackle and then preceded to run at a backwards angle toward the sideline in order to rap around for a big gain. Bamgbose was stopped behind the first-down marker, which secured the victory for the Rams over the undefeated Corsairs.

Maher proved again to be the difference maker, as he had his best game of the season with five receptions for 215 yards and three touchdowns – one of which was a school record for the longest pass play in history.

Maher said, “It feels great to know that Adam and I were able to accomplish something great like that for the school, but the important thing is that we needed to win this game to continue our run for a MASCAC title.”

The Rams are now on a two-game win streak and are 2-0 in the MASCAC while carrying an overall record of 2-2.

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