Score: Salve Regina 27, Dean College 18
Records: Salve Regina (2-1), Dean College (0-3)
Location: Toppa Field, Newport, R.I.
Date: Saturday, September 15, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM
Salve Regina running back Joey Mauriello ran for 160 yards and a pair of scores and the host Seahawks held on for a 27-18 win over a hard-charging Dean College team in non-league football action Saturday afternoon.
The performance for Mauriello overshadowed a two-touchdown effort from Bulldog freshman Quintus Reid (New Haven, Conn.) and Dean's best rushing effort this season.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
Salve Regina opened the game with an eight-play, 55-yard drive that was capped by a Jake Kelleher to Brendan Nunes five-yard score just 3:13 into the game.
Later in the quarter, the Seahawks embarked on a ten-play, 80-yard drive that ate up more than four minutes off the clock. Mauriello ended the drive with his first score of the afternoon – a one-yard plunge that quickly gave the hosts a 14-0 advantage.
Dean eventually settled down offensively before that half ended when they went 85 yards in ten plays. A huge chunk of those yards came on the legs of DeAndre Grange (Teaneck, N.J.), who rumbled for 35 yards on the drive's first play. Reid then got the Bulldogs on the board when he pushed the pile from two yards out late in the second quarter.
The Seahawks were able to put three more points on the board as the first half expired after a Travis Byars (Atlanta, Ga.) interception at the goal line was erased after a pass interference call.
Salve tacked on a field goal to make it 20-6 midway through the third quarter on a drive that featured a 50-yard run up the left side by Mauriello.
Dean responded almost immediately as a 43-yard kickoff return by Nicholas Cade (Carrollton, Ga.) setup the Bulldog offense at midfield. Eight plays later, Dean quarterback Terrell Watts (New Haven, Conn.) hit Julian Burris (Marietta, Ga.) for an 18-yard touchdown, but their two-point attempt failed, and the score stood at 20-12.
After a three-and-out was authored by the Bulldog defense, Watts and the offense wasted little time getting back into the endzone as he found Reid for a 64-yard scoring strike on the first play of the fourth quarter. Once again, however, Dean was unable to convert the two-point conversion and the score remained at 20-18.
The teams traded empty drives and when Salve Regina got the ball back again, they capped an eight-play, 41-yard drive with four straight Mauriello runs – the last a one-yard touchdown score that made the game 27-18.
Dean's final possession started at their own 45-yard line thanks to 32-yard kickoff return by Cade but 13 plays later, the series and the game ended on the Seahawk 15-yard line.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
Grange had his best rushing day so far this season with 83 yards on 20 carries, while Reid finished with five grabs from 85 yards and two scores (one receiving, one rushing).
Watts did throw a pair of scores but finished just 13-for-29 passing for 186 yards.
Back after missing last week, Byars ended with a game-high ten tackles including two for loss. Meanwhile, Gene Baisden, Jr. (Tampa, Fla.) added nine stops of his own and Khoury Simmons (Taunton, Mass.) collected six tackles and two sacks.
Dean is back in action next Saturday when they hit the road again for a trip to Becker College for a 2:30 p.m. start.