By Michael Alves
Framingham State Rams Football team ran away with another victory against the Westfield State Owls at Bowditch Field 41-6 Sept. 25.
The Rams asserted their dominance putting up 27 points alone in the first half and they did not stop there.
Framingham State just did not budge to allow any yards on the ground all game allowing -7 rushing yards for Westfield State.
The Rams herd was also in the face of Westfield State’s senior quarterback Peyton Capizzi all game, not giving him time to sling the ball at any given moment.
Framingham State opened up the scoring of the game with a 13 yard touchdown pass from quarterback Nicolas Goffredo, a junior, to wide receiver Isaiah Hanks, a junior.
Then, with 43 seconds left in the first quarter, backup quarterback Noah Leonard, a sophomore, came in and threw a dime to receiver Shaquille Joseph, a senior, for a 39 yard touchdown pass to make it 13-0.
The game started to come in reach for Westfield State as the Owls recovered a mu1ed punt, which set up a 36 yard drive and resulted in Owl’s quarterback Capizzi to punch it in the endzone on a one-yard touchdown run to make it 13-6.
But then four minutes later with less than two minutes to go in the half, the Rams threw another 39 yard rocket, except this time it was from Goffredo to Hanks once again to make it 20-6.
The FSU Rams continued to make the Owls pay when junior defensive end Gerelle Boyce returned a fumble recovery for another 6 on the board for the Rams, ending the half at a strong 27-6 score in Framingham’s favor.
The Rams would again continue to latch on points when defensive end Joshua Onujiogu, a senior, picked off a pass and “peaced” his way up inside the Owl’s 10-yard line – by throwing the peace sign as he ran.
Soon enough, setting up Hanks to catch his third touchdown on the day from Goffredo once again to make it 34-6 FSU.
With the lead being so large, Head Coach Tom Kelley ended up making some substitutions with the lineup and with less than 4 minutes to go in the third quarter, running back Marcus “Bookie” McBean Jr., a junior, rushed for an outstanding 34 yard touchdown run, while he had 66 rushing yards on just 10 carries when he was subbed into the game late in the third.
Go1redo also had a rather impressive day by ending up throwing three touchdowns for 134 yards.
As well as Hanks, the 5’7 wide receiver ended up accumulating four receptions for 78 yards and three touchdowns on the day.
In his postgame interview when asked about his imposing performance Hanks said, “It feels great. It’s a great team win. We wish we could’ve got 50, but we’re gonna get better every week.”
He said the team has gained “a lot more confidence and energy” and they’ve “upped the lot” in the team’s recent success.
Hanks added the Rams are “ready to make it run” for their upcoming games.
In addition, Kelley said the game was a “must win for us.”
He added, “We came out of the gate with two bad losses and we’re in conference play now. So every time we lose, you know, it’s like losing two games. We can’t slip up. We got to win the ones we’re supposed to win and compete with the top tier teams in our conference.”
Kelley didn’t hesitate when asked who he was most impressed with after the game, “Our kickers. Did you see our kickoffs? Isn’t that pretty cool?”
Kelley was definitely not wrong at all with freshman kicker Matt Farely going a perfect 5/5 on every single extra point attempt.
Even more underratedly, other kicker 6’5 Henrique De Boni absolutely blasted balls on kicko1, kicking seven times for a whopping 449 yards.
The 6’5 junior kicked four touchbacks and not a single return was taken over 28 yards.
The Framingham State Football team now advances to 2-2 on the season and will next take on winless MASCAC opponent Plymouth State on the road next Oct. 2 at 1 p.m.