DANBURY, Conn. – Senior quarterback Joe DiMeglio (Bethel, Conn.) completed 19 of 25 passes for 254 yards and a school-record six touchdowns Saturday afternoon as Western Connecticut State University rolled to a 56-7 victory over Plymouth State University at Westside Athletic Complex.
DiMeglio threw all six touchdowns before intermission as WestConn, now 3-1, raced to a 46-0 halftime lead. He hooked up with Adamis Gonzalez (Meriden, Conn.) for a touchdown in the first quarter, from 27 yards out. At the 7:21 mark, Gonzalez, who also is the WestConn holder, scored on a 17-yard run following a broken down 35-yard field goal attempt.
With 3:47 remaining in the first stanza, DiMeglio found Vinny Sheperis (North Kingstown, R.I.) for the first of his two touchdown receptions, from seven yards out. Sheperis and DiMeglio connected for a 20-yard touchdown just 3:04 into the second quarter for a 26-0 WestConn lead.
Gonzalez returned to paydirt with 7:10 remaining in the half when DiMeglio found him open in the corner of the endzone from 21 yards away. Senior tailback Jason Adamson (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and sophomore James Jordan (Danbury, Conn.) also caught touchdown passes from DiMeglio, a 2004 University of New Haven transfer.
Ryan Hughes (Moorestown, NJ) booted a 25 yard field goal with 40 ticks left on the third quarter clock, to give the Colonials a 49-0 advantage.
Plymouth State, 1-4, got on the scoreboard when junior Tye Seastedt (Danville, N.H.) came off the bench and found Nate Gooden (New Boston, N.H.) for a 13-yard score with 10:16 left in the game.
Freshman Jason Santiago (Cromwell, CT) had a terrific fourth quarter for the Colonials amassing 93 yards on six carries including a 71-yard touchdown run with 39 second remaining.
Gonzalez finished game with four catches for 80 yards and two scores, but he likely will be remembered for some fancy footwork on punt returns. He gained 134 yards on five punt returns with a long of 42 yards.
WestConn finished with a 510-228 total offensive yard advantage on the afternoon.
The Panthers’ ground game was led by Mike Lannon (Sharon, Mass.) who finished with 23 yards on eight carriers. Starting quarterback Jimi Lampron (Rochester, N.H.) completed just 8-of-22 passes for 70 yards before yielding to Seastedt, who connected on 4-of-5 passes for 58 yards on the team’s only touchdown drive.
Saturday’s game in all likelihood was the end of both school’s longest-running rivalry as the Panthers will enter the New England Football Conference next season, limiting their chances for non-league action. The series dates back to 1971 with PSU holding a 21-8 advantage over 29 outings. The Colonials, however, extended their win streak in the series to seven games dating back to 1999 when both programs were in the now-defunct Freedom Football Conference.
NOTES: Joe DiMeglio’s six touchdown passes breaks the school record of five held by Matt LeFever (vs. Kings Point in 1999) and Michael Scipione (vs. Kings Point in 2003).
(Courtesy of WestConn Sports Information)
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