By Patrick Peterson
The Rams returned from the bye week with another MASCAC win, this time 26-7 over the Fitchburg State Falcons at Bowditch Field on Saturday.
It was a stifling defensive performance for the Rams that featured three interceptions, two sacks, and a mere 197 yards of total offense allowed.
Things went poorly for Fitchburg State right out of the gate as Rams’ cornerback Kenneth Bartolo recorded his first interception on just the third play of the game.
This led to a nine-play, 42-yard drive that would end in an impressive 7-yard touchdown strike from Adam Wojenski to Napoleon Miller on fourth-and-four.
The Rams’ defense then forced two Falcon punts, including a crucial pass break up by Bartolo on third down.
This eventually resulted in Wojenski connecting with Miller again, this time from 37 yards out for their second touchdown of the game.
Late in the second quarter, the Falcons recovered a Rams’ fumble and nearly scored, but Bartolo came up big again – this time intercepting a pass in the end zone and allowing the team to head into halftime with a 13-0 lead.
The Rams picked up right where they left off in the second half, capping their first possession with a 30-yard touchdown run from running back Quron Wright to go up 20-0.
Framingham’s only mistake of the game came on a botched snap intended for punter Henrique DeBoni that gave the Falcons the ball on the seven-yard line.
They scored on the following play to cut the lead down to 13.
In the first minute of the fourth quarter, the Falcons nearly scored again, but the Rams’ defense remained stout, forcing a turnover on downs on a crucial fourth-and-one play from the four-yard line.
Later in the quarter, Wojenski extended the lead with his third touchdown pass of the game, this time from 17 yards out to receiver Mike Calicchio.
The Rams finally put the game away with their third interception of the game, this time by defensive back Peyton Crosby.
The win lifts Framingham State to a 4-1 record heading into Homecoming Weekend.