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Football Falls 28-14 To FDU-Florham

Football Falls 28-14 To FDU-Florham

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. -- The Apprentice School football team made a fourth quarter rally, but a late touchdown put any hopes away as Fairleigh Dickinson-Florham knocked off the Builders 28-14 on Homecoming at Apprentice Field.

The visiting Devils scored first after taking advantage of a short field.  After gaining possession on the Builder 39, they marched in six plays to score the first touchdown as Bayshawn Wells scored on a three-yard run. Travis Mullen's extra-point put the visitors ahead 7-0 with 1:35 left in the first quarter.

Apprentice School's defense put the first points on the board for the hosts on Saturday as sophomore Marlon Lane stepped in front of a Matt Jeffers pass and ran 75 yards for a touchdown with 9:01 left in the half.  Nick Foor hit the extra-point attempt to tie the game 7-all.

The Builders then pinned the Devils on their 29 with 71 seconds left in the half.  Jeffers engineered a 71-yard scoring drive connecting with Joe Tauriello for a 20-yard scoring pass with 24 seconds left to put the visitors ahead 14-7 heading into halftime.

In the third quarter, the Devils took advantage of a short field again to score on a 14-yard touchdown pass from Jeffers to Andrew Scamporino with 6:36 left.  The scoring drive took 94 seconds in five plays as the extra-point attempt hit the upright for a 20-7 FDU lead.

Apprentice School cut the lead to 20-14 as freshman Trey Tillman threw his first collegiate touchdown pass hitting senior Bryan Cain on a 55-yard scoring strike with 4:27 remaining.  Tillman, who came in relief of starter Bryan Shahlamian, was 6-of-12 for 84 yards passing.

The defense of the Devils provided the final margin as Joe Pivinski caught a deflected pass of Tillman in the end zone for a touchdown with 2:01 left.  Ryan Cushman converted the two-point attempt for the 28-14 lead and eventual win.

Sophomore Aaron Finley spearheaded a Builder defense as he recorded nine tackles and had a fumble recovery.  Senior Ramone Jones added eight tackles, one tackle for loss and a pass breakup.  Freshmen Brock Bullock, Kyell Collins and sophomore Johnathan Jones had seven tackles apiece.  Collins had four tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble.

Apprentice School now starts Atlantic Central Football Conference action on October 2 when they host Salisbury University in a 1:30 pm kickoff at Apprentice Field.

FDU-Florham     7              7              6              8--          28
Apprentice         0              7              0              7--          14
First Quarter
FDU-Wells 3 run (Mullen kick), 1:35
Second Quarter
APP-Lane 75 interception return (Foor kick), 9:01
FDU-Tauriello 20 pass from Jeffers (Mullen kick), :24
Third Quarter
FDU-Scamporino 14 pass from Jeffers (kick failed), 6:36
Fourth Quarter
APP-Cain 55 pass from Tillman (Foor kick), 4:27
FDU-Pivinski 0 interception return (Cushman run), 2:01
Att: 703
                                    FDU                   APP
First Downs                    22                       6
Rushes-Yds                    48-189               24-(-4)
Passing Yds                    201                     122
Att-Cmp-Int                   34-17-1             23-10-2
Return Yds                     71                       204
Punts-Avg                      4-37.2                9-25.3
Fumbles-Lost                 2-1                      3-0
Penalties-Yds                 4-45                   5-35
Time of Possession        36:00                 24:00
RUSHING: FDU, Griffin 18-61; Jeffers 8-50; Cushman 5-35; Wells 8-26; Norton 7-23; Team 2-(-6).  Apprentice, Fedd 9-13; Roundtree 8-10; Tillman 2-(-13); Shahlamian 5-(-14).
PASSING: FDU, Jeffers 17-34-1-201; Apprentice, Tillman 6-12-1-84; Shahlamian 4-11-1-38.
RECEIVING: FDU, Scamporino 5-59; Grey 4-49; Van Orden 3-16; Reed 2-41; Tauriello 1-20; Fruncillo 1-17; Griffin 1-(-1); Apprentice, Cain 5-90; Johnson 2-23; Little 2-7; Roundtree 1-2.