PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Senior Adam Kennett (North Kingston, RI) kicked his career-high fourth field goal of the day Saturday with no time remaining, giving Western Connecticut State University a 12-9 Freedom Football Conference victory over Plymouth State College.
The victory gives WCSU its first 4-0 start in school history and a win in its FFC opener. The Colonials snapped a 16-game losing streak to the Panthers, and won for just the second time in 23 career meetings.
“Our defense played great again,” said PSC head coach Chris Rorke. “They (Western) were averaging 41 points a game and we held them to 12, including keeping them out of the end zone. Unfortunately, we have to find a way to put more points on the scoreboard.”
Kennett’s game-winning kick, a 29-yarder, was his fourth successful field goal in five tries Saturday. He was good from 42 and 25 yards to give WCSU a 6-0 first-quarter lead, and added a 28-yarder to put the Colonials up 9-0 in the second quarter. Kennett’s 21-yarder with 6:49 remaining in the fourth quarter, with the score tied at 9-9, sailed wide left, but he got one more chance.
Plymouth State got a touchdown reception from senior Charlie Schubert (Manchester, NH) for the fourth consecutive game. Schubert, who finished with five catches for 131 yards and a TD, put PSC on the board on its opening drive of the third quarter with a 16-yard reception from freshman Matt Simpson (Auburn, Maine).
PSC senior Jesse Elderkin (Concord, NH) kicked a 33-yard field goal with 23 seconds to play in the third quarter, but his PAT attempt after Schubert’s TD was blocked.
With the game tied at 9-9, PSC appeared to be driving for a go-ahead score late in the fourth quarter. Schubert caught a pass for a 40-yard gain, but he fumbled inside the WCSU 15-yard line and the Colonials recovered with 4:10 remaining. Four minutes and 75 yards later, Kennett won the game for WCSU.
“It’s unfortunate that the turnover occurred,” said Rorke. “You have to take your hats off to them. They were able to drive the length of the field and score the game-winning field goal.”
PSC, 2-2 overall and 1-1 in the FFC, remains at home for FFC encounters the next two weeks, hosting Kings Point next Saturday (12 noon) and Springfield on Oct. 16th .