Score: Dean College 53, Gallaudet University 21
Records: Gallaudet University (2-3, 2-1 ECFC), Dean College (3-5, 2-2 ECFC)
Location: Lippert Field, Franklin, Mass.
Date: Saturday, October 20, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM
Dean College rolled up a school-record 623 yards of total offense and at one point scored 33 straight points and the host Bulldogs were clicking on all cylinders in an impressive 53-21 win over Gallaudet University in Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) action on Saturday afternoon.
Playing in front a large homecoming crowd, the Dean defense shined as well, forcing seven Bison turnovers and collecting six sacks.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
Believe it or not, Gallaudet actually got on the board first when they went 82 yards in ten plays capped by a Lance Wood to Dylan Mento 17-yard touchdown strike midway through the first quarter.
From that point on, however, it was all Bulldogs beginning with a five-yard touchdown run from James Kelly (Pawtucket, R.I.) on drive that was extended on a roughing the kicker penalty.
Dean was on the board again after some tough running from DeAndre Grange (Teaneck, N.J.) put them deep into Bison territory. Kelly once again finished off the drive – this time from ten yards out.
After a Gallaudet fumble gave the Bulldogs the ball again, it was Grange who did the dirty work, barreling into the endzone from 24 yards out.
The next time Dean had the ball, it was Terrell Watts (New Haven, Conn.) who used his legs to find the endzone, sprinting up the right sideline from 66 yards out, making the score, 26-7, late in the second quarter.
With less than three minutes remaining in the half, the Bulldogs had the ball again and this time it was Watts connecting with Errol Breaux (Marietta, Ga.) from 38 yards out on a ball that was tipped by a Bison defender but landed right into Breaux's hands as he crossed the goal line.
An 11-play, 62-yard drive by Gallaudet ended with a Joseph Mendis touchdown burst, but Dean had an answer courtesy of Watts hitting Quintus Reid (New Haven, Conn.) who worked his way around a few defenders and outraced everyone up the sideline from 57 yards out.
The Bison got the ball deep into Dean territory on its next possession but Jacob Gertler's field goal attempt sailed wide, giving the Bulldogs the ball at the 20 yardline. After a five-yard run from Grange, Watts hit Breaux on a short pass and he did the rest, sprinting to a 75-yard score that gave the hosts a commanding, 46-14, edge.
Dean's defense produced the final Bulldog touchdown when Nicholaus Grimaldi (Valrico, Fla.) scooped up a fumble and sprinted into the endzone from 52 yards out.
Gallaudet did tack on another touchdown in the final seconds of the game when Kenny Long scored on a nine-yard run to the outside.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
Watts was extremely efficient under center, going 13-for-20 for 306 yards and three scores while adding 66 yards on the ground and a touchdown.
Grange, meanwhile lead a ground game that collected 317 yards, with his third 100-yard rushing game and a career-high 137 yards and a score. Kelly totaled 64 yards and two scores for the Bulldogs who averaged 7.0 yards a carry as a team.
Breaux ended with 136 yards and two touchdowns on just four catches to earn the Butchie Williams Homecoming Game MVP Award, while Reid grabbed five balls for 120 yards and a score.
Defensively, London Chambers (New Britain, Conn.) was a disruptive force all day for Dean, racking up a game-high nine tackles, two sacks and a pair of pass breakups.
Christopher Webb and Demontrai Lewis each had eight stops for Gallaudet with three of Lewis' stops coming behind the line of scrimmage.
The Bulldogs are back in action on Saturday, November 3 when they host Castleton University at 12:00 PM. Gallaudet, meanwhile, plays host to Alfred State next Saturday at 1:00 PM.