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Dean College Bulldogs

Football Uses Ground Game, Defense To Power Past Hawks, 42-15

DeAndre Grange has three 100+ yard rushing performances in his last four games, including a career-high 137 yards in the 53-21 win over Gallaudet University on Homecoming (Nathan Minese photo).
DeAndre Grange has three 100+ yard rushing performances in his last four games, including a career-high 137 yards in the 53-21 win over Gallaudet University on Homecoming (Nathan Minese photo).

THE BASICS
Score:
Dean College 42, Becker College 15
Records: Dean College (1-3), Becker College (0-4)
Location: Alumni Field, Leicester, Mass.
Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018
Time: 2:30 PM

THE LEAD:
Dean College ran for more than 200 yards, had five interceptions and scored 36 unanswered points on their way to a convincing 42-15 win over Becker College in non-league football action on Saturday afternoon.

The win for the Bulldogs saw them shutout the host Hawks in the final 35 minutes of the contest and have two runners top the 100-yard barrier.

HOW IT HAPPENED:
Things didn't start out well for Dean as a mishandled punt attempt from their own endzone turned into a touchdown recovery for Becker reserve Marshell Ricketts midway through the first quarter.

Dean got on the board when they embarked on a 99-yard drive that started with a Terrell Watts (New Haven, Conn.) to Errol Breaux (Marietta, Ga.) 86-yard completion. Deandre Grange (Teaneck, N.J.) burst through the left side six plays later for the first Bulldog score of the afternoon.

Becker went on to score on a safety and a David Collins one-yard plunge in the second quarter, jumping out to a 15-6 lead.

Dean finally seemed to get on track offensively when they put together an eight-play, 47-yard drive that featured a Watts to Julian Burris (Marietta, Ga.) 11-yard completion on fourth and six. On the next play, Grange found the endzone for the second time, this time from three yards out and when he converted the two-point try with a run off the left side, the score was 15-14 in favor of the hosts.

Becker looked poised to drain out the clock and possibly score again but Alpha Barry had his fourth down pass intercepted by Malik Brown (Miami, Fla.), who returned it 45 yards to the Becker 20-yard line with less than a minute left in the half.

Two plays later, Watts hit Breaux for a 21-yard touchdown strike and a Quintus Reid (New Haven, Conn.) two-point conversion gave Dean the lead for good at 22-15 with six seconds left before halftime.

That same combination – Watts-to-Breaux – was at it again on the opening drive of the second half. After runs of ten and 14 yards, respectively, from Grange, Watts found a wide-open Breaux on a similar play that he scored on before the half ended. And when Jacob Bisson (Barrington, N.H.) kicked the extra point, the Bulldogs were in front, 29-15.

Becker again marched into Dean territory but were facing a third and 30 after an offensive pass interference call when Barry was intercepted by Shannon Moxey (Marietta, Ga.).

Things stayed that way until midway through the fourth quarter when Barry was intercepted again, this time by David Marino-Silver (Tampa, Fla.), who returned it 20 yards for his second touchdown of the season.

Becker ran 11 plays on their next drive, but it fizzled out on the Dean ten yardline. Two plays later, Ki'sean Bullard (Miami, Fla.) took a handoff and raced 88 yards up the right sideline into the endzone for the game's final score.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
Watts was an efficient 10-for-16 passing for 170 yards and a pair of scores, with Breaux serving as the recipient for most of that yardage, hauling in four balls for 135 yards and two scores.

The story offensively for the Bulldogs was their ground game which was spearheaded by Grange. He ran for a career-high 116 yards on 28 carries to go along with two touchdowns, while Bullard buoyed by his long touchdown run, totaled 105 yards on the ground on just four carries.

Defensively, Dean had five interceptions by five different players – Wadell Alceus (Apopka, Fla.), Reid and then the three previously mentioned – Brown, Marino-Silver and Moxey.

In addition to his interception, Moxey had six tackles, a pass breakup, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

Nicholaus Grimaldi (Valrico, Fla.) ended with a game-best 11 tackles, while Khoury Simmons (Taunton, Mass.) totaled eight stops and a sack.

UP NEXT:
The Bulldogs are back in action next Saturday when they host Alfred State in their Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) opener. Kickoff is slated for 12:00 p.m.