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Football Downs Curry Colonels

By Nolan Duffin
Team Member

In case you have not noticed, and judging by the attendance you haven't, the MIT football team has managed to win a few games and are in second place in the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference with a 3-1 record (3-2 overall). The team's most recent victory came last weekend against the scrappy Curry College Colonels, by a final score of 23-16.

The main offensive thrust came from freshman phenom Jose Deleon '97, who scored all three touchdowns in the game, rushing for 207 yards on 29 carries. He also returned two kickoffs for 47 yards, and had two receptions for two yards, giving him 256 all-purpose yards. For his efforts, Deleon was named the ECFC offensive player of the week and was the New England Football Writers' Gold Helmet Award winner.

Other offensive standouts were Chris Brown '96 who had 47 yards on ten carries and Chris Barron '96 who chipped in with 57 yards on 12 carries. The offensive line, known affectionately as the "Hogs," opened running lanes all day for the backs.

The line is anchored by Jeremy Pitcock '94, John Duran '94, Nick Bollweg '95, Corey Foster '95, Neil Best '95, and Joel Donnelly '97. Quarterback John Hur '94 directed the offense driving the ball all day against a respectable Curry defense. Dan McGahn '94 kicked a field goal and added two extra points for the final tally.

The defense was tested all day by Curry's run-and-shoot offense which put up 30 passes for the game, of which three were intercepted, two by Micky Williams '94 and one by Dave Hwang '94. Williams also added nine tackles and two pass break-ups.

Linebacker Nolan Duffin '94 led the defense with 16 tackles, four for a loss. Linebacker Matthew Robinson '94 had 10 tackles and cornerback Calvin Newman '96 chipped in with nine tackles and two pass break-ups.

The defensive line, led by Andy Phelps '95, Kevin Ferrigno '96, Chris Yanney '97, and J.P. Olynyk '94 spent the day running through Curry's sieve-like offensive line. Linebackers John Niforatos '97 and Andy Carnell '95 also contributed.

For the season, the MIT defense is ranked second in the conference for total yards allowed, first against the pass, and second in scoring defense. Individually, Deleon is the top running back in the conference, averaging over 126 yards per game, and is ranked second in scoring at 8.4 points per game. Newman is ranked second in kickoff returns at 20.2 yards per return and tied for second in interceptions per game with 0.6. Duffin also has 0.6 interception per game and is second in the conference with 10.2 tackles per game.

The Beavers, under Coach Dwight Smith, may find themselves in the position of playing in the conference championship game against Bentley College, provided that they win Saturday's game against Nichols College.