By Patrick Peterson
Inclement weather forced the Rams under the Friday night lights, where they took on the UMass Dartmouth Corsairs at Bowditch Field in their final home game of the regular season.
The Rams completely shellacked the visiting team, scoring double figures in each of the first three quarters and continuing their stretch of dominant defense, resulting in a final score of 44-13.
Wide receiver Napoleon Miller put the Rams on the board early, taking an end around 17 yards for a touchdown on the opening drive of the game.
The Corsairs answered immediately with a touchdown of their own, but a blocked extra point kept the Rams ahead 7-6.
Running back Sebastien Robert kept the Rams’ offense rolling with a 17-yard touchdown run of his own to bring the lead to 14-6.
The Rams continued to pound the ball, scoring their third touchdown on a 50-yard scamper by running back Quron Wright early in the second quarter.
Special teams factored into the scoring as well, when a blocked punt by R.J. Fialli rolled out of the back of the end zone for a safety.
Fullback Rufus Rushins then bowled into the end zone from 4 yards out to become the fourth
Framingham player to score a rushing touchdown, sending the team into halftime with a 30-6 lead.
On the other side of the half, the Rams turned to Rushins again. He scored his second touchdown of the game from 1 yard out midway through the third quarter.
Defensive back Kenneth Bartolo prevented the Corsairs from answering on the next possession with his fourth interception of the season. With good field position, this set up a 58-yard touchdown strike from quarterback Adam Wojenski to receiver Shaquille Joseph that put the game well out of reach for UMass Dartmouth.
The Corsairs were able to find their way into the end zone one more time in the fourth quarter, resulting in a final score of 44-13.
The Rams now sit in second place in the MASCAC at 6-2. They will close out their regular with a two-game road trip.