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Football Beats Mass. Maritime

By Christopher P. Anderson

TEAM MEMBER

The MIT football team kept its early season success rolling with a 42-18 victory last week over the Massachusetts Maritime Academy Buccaneers. The Beavers used four touchdowns in the second quarter, along with a flawless special teams performance, to build a 28-0 halftime lead. In one of their best offensive performances in years, MIT put it in the end zone six times and converted 8 of 14 third down opportunities.

MIT opened the second-quarter flurry with a 55-yard touchdown pass from Adam C. Love ’07 to Tom Kilpatrick ’05. Following the score, the Beaver defense quickly forced Maritime to punt. The ball was caught at midfield, but a Bucs penalty forced them to re-kick. This time Estanislao L. Fidelholtz ’04 rushed from the outside to block the punt and MIT recovered at the three. David J. Ostlund ’04 scored on the next play to bring the lead to 14 points.

The defense and offense connected again later in the quarter when the Bucs went three-and-out and Kilpatrick answered two plays later with a 40-yard touchdown reception. Kilpatrick finished the afternoon with eight receptions for 206 yards, just shy of the school single-game receiving yardage record of 225. He was the beneficiary of Love’s 255-yard, 18-for-32 passing performance.

On the next play from scrimmage, defensive captain Dan Relihan ’04 forced the Mass Maritime tailback to fumble, and senior Michael J. Harvey’s recovery put the Beavers in business again. This time, Love capped a five play, 22-yard drive by firing a six-yard touchdown pass to Jon A. Williams ’07. R. Matt Ramirez ’06, spectacular in kicking all day, booted the extra point to make the score 28-0 as the two teams headed to the locker room.

Ostlund, defense control 2nd half

The Buccaneers tried to rally early in the third quarter, scoring touchdowns on a big pass play and a two-yard dive on fourth-and-goal. But the Beavers blocked their first extra-point attempt, then forced an incomplete pass when the Bucs went for two.

The MIT defense kept the heat on all day, holding Mass Maritime to 75 rushing yards on 34 carries, an average of just 2.2 yards per rush. Phillip T. Zakielarz ’05 led the corralling with nine tackles; he teamed up with Harvey, Brennan P. Sherry ’06, and Kevin Yurkerwich ’06 (six tackles apiece).

The offense gave the defense a chance to rest when they went on two long drives in the fourth quarter. The first went 97 yards and ate six minutes off the clock. The running game, stopped up early, opened up as Love threw only two passes on the 13-play drive. Ostlund, who finished the day with 28 carries for 171 yards, slammed the door on the Bucs’ comeback hopes with a four-yard touchdown run. Ostlund continued to carve up the defense as he carried most of the load on a 12-play, 79-yard drive ending with his 28-yard downhill sprint to the end zone.

Worcester State visits tomorrow

With a 2-0 record, the Beavers will host conference powerhouse Worcester State tomorrow at 2 p.m. Their four-receiver, no-huddle sets and powerful running game sent MIT home with a 35-6 loss last season.

This year the Lancers arrive with a 2-1 record and three of the top offensive skill players in the conference -- quarterback Cean Oskanish, tailback Greg Wood, and receiver Lavon Cuyler. There have been some great games between the two schools in the past, such as in 2001 when the Beavers came back from a 25-point deficit against the then-nationally ranked Lancers, only to lose in the final minutes.