PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Sophomore QB Ted Larkin (Attleboro, MA) completed 15 of 29 passes for 245 yards and a pair of touchdowns Saturday to lead Bentley College to a 30-19 non-conference football victory over Plymouth State College before 2,024 Family Weekend fans at sunny and warm Currier Field.
Senior Matt Rapoza (Swansea, MA) added 116 yards rushing on 32 carries as the Falcons ran up 380 yards of total offense. Bentley led 24-0 at the half and 30-0 in the third quarter before Plymouth State scored 19 unanswered points.
Bentley improved to 6-1 overall, while PSC drops its third straight and falls to 4-3.
“You’ve got to give Bentley credit today,” said PSC head coach Mike Kemp. “They made the plays and they are a good football team. We’ve had three tough games back to back to back, and we’ve been beaten by good teams.”
Larkin’s TD passes were from 70 yards to junior Mark DeBrito (New Bedford, MA) in the second quarter and from 12 yards out to junior Mike Lundell (Mansfield, MA) in the third quarter. Junior Chris Frisoli (Hanson, MA) opened the scoring with an eight-yard TD run, and senior Tyler Bradshaw (Holden, MA) returned an interception 66 yards for a touchdown.
After Bentley took a 30-0 lead, Plymouth State added two third quarter touchdowns and one in the fourth quarter to make it close. Junior Brent Bardellini (Milford, MA) caught a 17-yard TD from Zach Matthews (Sanford, ME), and redshirt freshman Russ Massahos (Windham, NH) added TD runs of five and three yards. Massahos, replacing injured starter Jeff Parker (Norwich, NY), recorded his first career 100-yard game with 123 yards on 24 carries.
“Russ got thrown into the fire, with Parker hurt,” said Kemp, “but he got his chance and he produced. It takes a while to get your rhythm, but once he got into the flow, he ran well.”
“It felt good to be back,” said Massahos, who has missed two games this season with an ankle injury, “but I’d rather have had the win instead. It took a while to get going, but once I got a coupe of hits, I gained some confidence. It helps to know you have a good line blocking for you.”
Senior DE Bill Tucker (Reading, MA) registered five sacks, setting the Bentley single-season mark for sacks with 17.
Both teams were charged with five turnovers. Bentley lost two fumbles and threw three interceptions, and PSC lost one fumble and was picked off four times.
The Panthers (2-2 in the FFC) will try to break their three-game losing streak next Saturday (Oct. 31) at 1:30 p.m. with a conference game at Coast Guard (0-3 FFC).
“I think we need to pull together,” said Massahos. “Even with the losses, it will be important to play well in the next three games, to build a foundation.”