THROGGS NECK, N.Y. - In a battle for second place in the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) played here Saturday at Reinhart Field the host Privateers from SUNY Maritime defeated Gallaudet University, 24-13.
SUNY Maritime (4-4, 3-1 ECFC), who has won three straight and are 3-1 at home this season, will represent the ECFC in the 2019 NCAA Division III tournament as the Privateers earn the conference bid over Dean College (4-4, 4-0 ECFC). The Bulldogs are first in the conference and defeated both SUNY Maritime and Gallaudet (2-5, 2-2 ECFC) but Dean is a provisional member of NCAA Division III and are not eligible to accept the conference automatic bid to the NCAA tournament this season.
Gallaudet ran for 315 yards on the ground and finished with 337 yards of total offense. Junior RJ Randle (McCalla, Ala.) ran for a team high 101 yards on 12 carries and scored on a 25-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Randle score cut the SUNY Maritime lead to four, 10-6.
The Privateers fumbled on the ensuing possession as GU took over near midfield. Gallaudet marched right down the field and got in to the red zone but turned the ball over on downs at the Maritime 6. The Bison, without the services of a healthy kicker, had to go for it on several fourth downs in the red zone. On GU's first possession of the game, the Bison got down to the Maritime 18 and turned the ball over on downs.
GU's defense stopped Maritime on three straight plays at the Gallaudet 41 as the Privateers only needed one yard but couldn't get it right before halftime. Junior defensive back Dalton Taylor (Austin, Texas) came up with a huge tackle on fourth down to help send the teams in to the halftime with the Privateers leading 10-6.
SUNY Maritime scored on its first two possessions in the third quarter to take a 24-6 lead. Privateer running back Hezekiah Williamson scored on a three-yard and six-yard runs as he finished the game with 153 rushing yards on 24 carries and two scores.
Redshirt junior quarterback Timel Benton (Columbia, S.C.) and company responded on the next possession for the Bison as GU marched 64 yards down the field on eight plays and scored. Freshman Austin Sliva-Wynne (Rosenberg, Texas) ran in from six yards out to cut the lead to 24-13.
GU only had one possession in the fourth quarter as the Bison got down in to the red zone but turned the ball over on downs at the Maritime 7.
SUNY Maritime took over with 8:38 left in the fourth quarter and the Privateers ran out the clock on 15 plays and 75 yards to end the game.
- Benton finished the game with 85 rushing yards on 14 carries
- Benton completed 3 of 9 passes for 22 yards
- Sophomore Cassmeir Hutchinson (Chesapeake, Va.) ran 11 times for 80 yards
- SUNY Maritime finished with 386 total offense yards (272 rushing yards)
- Privateer quarterback Jack Lynn finished 11-for-18 for 114 yards
- The Privateers were 4-for-4 in the red zone while GU went 1-for-4
- SUNY Maritime finished with 33:25 time of possession
Gallaudet will wrap up its regular-season schedule on the road at Anna Maria College (1-8, 1-3 ECFC) in Paxton, Mass., next Saturday, Nov. 9, at noon.