Framingham took on the Western Connecticut State Colonials at home Oct. 26.
The first quarter consisted of the two defenses mostly dominating, except for the Rams’ first drive when Adam Wojenski led the offense to a passing touchdown to Emmanuel Exilhomme after an 80-yard drive.
Just as the Colonials were set to score, Carls Alphonse caught his first interception of the season and returned it 55 yards. The interception put the Rams in great field positioning for the offense to take over.
Wojenski then connected with Exilhomme for yet another passing touchdown.
Exilhomme finished the game with three catches, 54 yards, and two touchdowns.
Western Connecticut responded quickly with David James throwing a deep ball to Chris Pacall for 47 yards. The Colonials had the ball at the Rams’ 10-yard line when James hit Will Daniels in the corner of the end zone to make the game 12-7 after a successful PAT.
A short punt then gave the ball to the Rams at the Colonial 32-yard line. After a Wojesnski nine-yard rush and a pair of passes, Elijah Nichols scored off a five-yard receiving pass to make the score 18-7 right before half.
The Colonials had one more shot at scoring before halftime, but a sack by Joshua Smiley kept Western Connecticut out of the end zone.
The Rams’ first drive of the second half was capped off by Wojenski throwing a four-yard touchdown to William Jean to make the score 26-7 after a successful two-point conversion.
Devaun Ford took away any hope Western Connecticut had right away when he returned the ensuing kickoff 88 yards for a touchdown to make the game out of reach.
The Rams’ defense came up big with three interceptions, two of which were caught by Dwayne Hunter-Parker who also had six tackles on the day.
The defensive line continued to show its dominance with six sacks, three of which came from Smiley. The other sacks are credited to Adeboye Oyarobi and Joshua “Uno” Onujiogu.
Wojenski went 15-25 with 176 passing yards and four touchdowns. He also rushed 16 times for 84 yards and a rushing touchdown.
Ford finished his day with 18 rushes for 73 yards and an 88-yard return touchdown.
Coach Thomas Kelley said, “I told the guys that we’re about to go down the gauntlet. Certainly, Mass. Maritime becomes more important now than West Conn. obviously, or Bridgewater.
“I think we have to run the table in order to win the MASCAC. That is definitely not an easy thing to do because we do not have an easy game left,” he added.
When asked about the defense, Kelley said, “We had a new defense coordinator come in and he established a lot of new things that have been working for us. He told the guys to just be patient and things will work out. We played two really tough teams out the gate, and that helped us figure out our mistakes.”
The Rams are now 5-0 in the MASCAC and 5-2 overall.