Story and photo courtesy of Maine Athletics
SMITHFIELD, R.I. – David Hood (Galloway, N.J.) and Rickey Stevens (Rochester, N.Y.) each rushed for over 100 yards and the Black Bears returned a pair of interceptions for scores as the University of Maine football team defeated Bryant University 51-7 on Saturday afternoon in Smithfield, R.I. Maine goes to 1-1 on the year while Bryant falls to 0-3.
Maine got on the board first when quarterback Marcus Wasilewski (Kulpmont, Pa.) rushed six yards to the right side on fourth down for a score. Hood had 64 yards rushing on the seven-play, 72-yard drive.
Khari Al-Mateen (Baltimore, Md.) gave the Black Bears a two score lead when he intercepted a Bryant pass and returned it 77 yards for a score with 5:48 left in the first quarter.
Hood made it 21-0 with 10:50 left in the second quarter when he ran it in from two yards to complete a nine-play, 35-yard drive and added a one-yard plunge with 4:31 left to make it 28-0.
A Brian Harvey (Wayland, Mass.) 23-yard field goal just before intermission made it 31-0 at the half.
Hood had 96 rushing yards in the first half and caught a pair of passes for 36 yards. Stevens added 53 yards on the ground. Wasilewski was 11-17 for 115 yards.
Donte Dennis (Rahway, N.J.) had six tackles to lead the defense while Al-Mateen had the interception return for the score.
On the first play from scrimmage in the second half, Wasilewski found an open Derrick Johnson (Hempstead, N.Y.) who accelerated away from the Bryant defender for a 75-yard score.
Kendall James (Roselle, N.J.) intercepted a Bryant pass in the end zone and returned it 100 yards to make it 45-0 with 11:31 left in the third. The return tied the school record of 100 yards set by Dave Brown against Bowdoin in 1962.
Freshman Isaiah Jones' (Orange, Mass.) 30-yard touchdown run made it 51-0 with 7:50 left
Mike Westerhaus got Bryant on the board with a one-yard touchdown rush with 6:27 left in the game.