September 25, 2004
WORCESTER, MASS. - Leading, 7-0, at the half the Worcester State College Lancer football team exploded for 26 second half points as they cruised to a, 33-0, victory over the visiting Engineers of MIT in New England Football Conference action at Worcester State's Coughlin Field. The win improves the Lancers to 3-1 on the season, while the Engineers fall to 2-1.
Neither team could muster a consistent offensive attack in the first half of play as MIT could only muster 82 yards of total offense with 76 of those coming on the ground. Worcester State did gain 210 total yards in the first half with 86 of those coming on a touchdown run by Kenyatta Hale with 5 minutes remaining in the half giving the Lancers a 7-0 advantage at the break. Worcester State got rolling in the second half though, as Steve Kasprzak scored late in the third quarter to give Worcester State a 13-0 lead.
The Lancer defense got into the scoring action as defensive end Peter Chuilli forced the Engineers quarterback to fumble on the Lancer 40 yard line and Paul Ivanoski took a fortuitous bounce and rumbled 60 yards to score the Lancers third touchdown. A two-point conversion attempt failed leaving the Lancers with a 19-0 lead. Five minutes into the fourth quarter running back Izzy Ayala reset the Lancer record books by taking off on a 93 yard touchdown run besting the previous record of 91 yards held by Worcester State all-time leading rusher Greg Wood. Sophomore Jonathan Godfroy finished off the scoring on the afternoon slicing into the end zone on a 6-yard touchdown run with four minutes remaining in the game.
Worcester State had two runners over 100 yards on the day as they produced 387 rushing yards as a team for the day falling just short of the school record. Ayala finished the game with 5 carries for 142 yards and Hale went for 118 yards on 11 carries. Quarterback Quandell Ballard was an efficient 9-18 on the day for 77 yards.
MIT was led offensively by quarterback Phil Deutsch who scrambled for 42 rushing yards while completing 4 of 11 passes for 26 yards. The Lancers will return to action next Saturday when then travel to Westfield State for an important NEFC game. MIT will host the Colonels of Curry College next Saturday.