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Football loses its first game

The MIT football team lost its season opener Saturday to Stonehill 12-7. MIT's young offensive squad was unable to capitalize on the good field position the defense often presented.

With his offense completing only three of 18 passes, Coach Dwight Smith was forced to depend on the ground game. The Stonehill coach, however, contained the run by placing eight players on the defensive line.

Plagued by fumbles at the most inopportune times, MIT's offense managed to score only one touchdown. Three interceptions thrown by quarterback Peter J. Gasparini '88 compounded the problem.

Gasparini, who injured his ankle during the game, was unable to complete the game. Tailback Christopher J. Adams '87, himself injured early in the game, substituted as quarterback, as the team lacks a back-up.

"They didn't play well," Smith said. With many new faces on the offense this year, the inexperience showed.

Smith added that many members of the offense missed practices this week because of minor injuries. "The good play of the defense will [hopefully] inspire the offense," he said.

The defense, claiming five turnovers for the game, held Stonehill to two touchdowns. "The defense played well," Smith said.

The injury to defensive tackle David Addison '87, however, will hurt the team. Hurt during the final defensive play for the Beavers, Addison will be sidelined with a torn ligament for at least the next two weeks. He added depth by being the third man for the two defensive tackles.

Smith said he was worried about the other two tackles, because the weather should be in the 90s tomorrow at Providence. Last year MIT beat Providence 24-23, but Smith said that Providence is at least as good as Stonehill.