Football breezes to win, clinches MASCAC title
By Patrick Peterson
The Rams ousted the Worcester State Lancers 47-6 on Saturday, finishing the regular season as the outright champions of the MASCAC and punching their ticket to the NCAA Division III Playoffs. This marks the team’s second straight MASCAC title, and their fifth in the last six years.
It was yet another dominant defensive performance by the Rams, bolstered by efficient and consistent scoring on offense.
A botched snap on an early Rams’ punt led to an easy score for the Lancers, but the team answered quickly, tying the game with a 25-yard scoop-and-score by linebacker Darian Belizaire.
From there, it was all Framingham, as the team pitched a shutout through the final three quarters, allowing a mere 205 yards of total offense and forcing two Worcester State turnovers.
The offense was paced by three passing touchdowns from quarterback Adam Wojenski – two to top target Napoleon Miller, and one to receiver Mike Calicchio.
The Rams also found their way to the end zone on the ground with touchdowns by Rufus Rushins, Quron Wright, and Sebastien Robert.
In addition to their conference title, the Rams brought home quite a bit of hardware in the form of regular season awards.
Head Coach Tom Kelley was named the 2018 Champion’s Choice MASCAC Football Coach of the Year, and a remarkable 13 Rams players were named to the 2018 MASCAC All-Conference teams.
Defensive back Kenneth Bartolo, linebacker Anthony Behonick, defensive lineman Joshua Smiley, and defensive back Rashaun Rivers were named to the First Team Defense.
Quarterback Wojenski, tackle Joshua Bessey, running back Quron Wright, and fullback Rushins were named to the First Team Offense.
Linebacker Jack Sullivan, defensive lineman Eli Etienne, and defensive lineman Rushins were named to the Second Team Defense.
Center Derrick Ayarza and wide receiver Miller were named to the Second Team Offense.
The Rams will take on the undefeated Brockport Golden Eagles next in the first round of the Division III Championship playoffs.