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Football kick Assumption in homecoming, 56-6

By Shawn Mastrian

The football celebrated homecoming and gave the Class of '56 one to remember as it thrashed Assumption, 56-6.

Everything worked for the Beavers as they raised their record to 4-1-1. Both the starting offense and defense played flawlessly and were given the second half to catch rays on the sideline. The offense scored a touchdown on every possession except one, putting 42 points on the board, and the defense only allowed Assumption three first downs in eight possessions. It was by all standards a one-sided contest.

Tim Day '89 set the tempo for the game as he took the opening kickoff and ran it back around 50 yards to the Assumption 36. Garret Moose '91 and Shane LaHousse '90 then each ran the ball twice and pushed it down to the 10. Moose then bulled his way into the endzone giving MIT a 6-0 lead. On the extra-point, the Beavers lined up as if they were to kick the ball, but LaHousse ran around from one of the ends, took the ball, and passed to a wide-open Tony Lapes '90 for the two-point conversion. Just that easily (less than two minutes had transpired), MIT had an eight point lead.

After an Assumption drive was stopped, the Beavers went right back to work. This drive apparently stalled, but on fourth-and-eight, LaHousse took the ball on a fake punt and passed it 21 yards to Moose to keep the drive alive. Then, LaHousse took over, ran the ball down to the 10, and then pushed it home from there, 15-0.

The Greyhounds then ran off a three-play-and-out drive. MIT then proceeded to march the ball down the field. Moose had apparently scored on a 56 yard run, but a holding penalty brought that back. Despite running off 11 plays, the Beavers had to punt for the only time in the first half.

Assumption took over and once again failed to move the ball. This drive was an altogether unimpressive three plays and two yards. A punt gave MIT back the ball.

This time, the Beavers were not to be denied. Day ran for 21 yards, Moose rumbled for seven more and then LaHousse rambled for another 26. LaHousse's run would have been longer, but he had scored after the 26, and it was 21-0.

Assumption then managed to get a first down on their next drive. However, they made up for this when they were forced to punt three plays later by botching the snap. Roland Melchor '93 then tackled the punter, giving MIT the ball on Assumption's 42.

Moose ran for seven, Day scrambled for 20 more, and then LaHousse scored. MIT 28-0.

On the ensuing kickoff, the returner tripped and was downed at the 12. Then Assumption ran a three play, seven yard drive, and punted. On the return, Brian Teeple '91 ran the ball on a reverse, fooling everybody, and gained 25 yards. On the next play, Day ran the ball into the endzone, and the rout was on, 35-0.

The Greyhounds fumbled on their next possession, and then Day made his farewell drive for the day memorable. On third-and-eight, Day dropped back to pass, was pressured and rolled right, and then was pressured again. This time, two or three Assumption "defenders" had a chance to get him, but he broke their tackles and rolled left. Here, he threw an off-balance pass which Lapes snagged beyond the goal-line and it was 42-0.

The second half was all garbage time, and Assumption made sure that name rang true. Assumption fumbled two punt returns, and played almost as badly as they did in the first half (against MIT's reserves nonetheless). The second stringers did play well, with Jeff Drbohlav '92 scoring twice and the defense keeping Assumption scoreless until the waning moments.

The 56-6 score did not lie. The Beavers totally dominated every facet of the game. They will need to keep this momentum going to beat next week's foe, Bentley, who they have defeated only once in the last 10 years. Then again, if they play like they did last Saturday, I don't think any team shy of Notre Dame can outplay them.