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Football tops WNEC, 12-10 for 2d victory

By David Rothstein

The football team got its second win of the season Saturday afternoon, defeating Western New England College, 12-10, at Steinbrenner Stadium.

MIT's Jason Hunter '93 blocked a 47-yard WNEC field goal attempt with 1 minute, 8 seconds remaining in the game to preserve the win.

WNEC opened the scoring with 5:15 left in the second quarter on a six-yard scoring run. The visitors' 7-0 lead did not last long, however.

Doug Smith '93 set an MIT record by returning the ensuing kickoff 86 yards to put MIT on the scoreboard with 5:01 to go in the half. The Beavers' point after attempt was blocked.

Smith later added a second kickoff return of 40 yards. His 27.5-yard return average puts him among the national leaders in that category.

WNEC scored again with 11 second remaining in the half on a 36-yard field goal.

The Beavers (2-5) got their go-ahead points in the third quarter on junior Jeff Drbohlav's 69-yard scoring run. Coach Dwight Smith elected for a try at the two-point conversion, but the run failed, turning Hunter's field goal block into a game-saver. Hunter was later named Eastern Collegiate Football Conference Defensive Player of the Week.

Drbohlav led the Beavers on the ground, gaining 113 yards on 20 carries, although WNEC outgained the Beavers on the ground, 226 yards to 117.