KINGSTON, R.I. – Sophomore running back Matt Brehon had a two-yard touchdown run that was set up by a Caleb Holden interception to put the Warriors down a touchdown late in the first half. The Merrimack College football team ultimately did not do enough to get the job done against the University of Rhode Island on Saturday, losing 42-14. The game at URI was the first game Merrimack has played against a CAA team in school history.
Score: Merrimack 14, Rhode Island 42
Records: Merrimack (4-5) | Rhode Island (2-7)
Location: Kingston, R.I. | Meade Stadium
How It Happened
- Both teams traded punts for their first two possessions, until Rhode Island broke through on its third drive. Quarterback Vito Priore found wideout Isaiah Coulter for a 17-yard touchdown pass to put the Rams up by a touchdown.
- The Rams and Priore found the end zone again, this time Ed Lee scored on a nine-yard slant route that fooled the Warriors defense. The touchdown was Lee’s first of his career at URI.
- A stout Merrimack defense was bound for a turnover and they got one from junior Caleb Holden by way of an interception. The pick was Holden’s second of the season. Christian Carter took over from the URI 25-yard line. Redshirt sophomore running back Jamari Venter put the Warriors in the red zone after a 22-yard run. Two plays later Venter’s backfield teammate sophomore Matt Brehon punched it in after a two-yard run.
- In Merrimack’s first possession of the second half Cater was picked off by URI’s Malik Gavek. Gavek took the ball to the house for a pick six. The interception put the Rams up 21-7.
- The Rams scored again on their first play of the 4th quarter. Priore found wide receiver Aaron Parker on a 16-yard jump ball that put URI up 28-7.
- Rhode Island’s Naim Jones scored on a 5-yard TD run to put the Rams up 35-7 with nine minutes to go in the game.
- Justice Antrum scored another URI touchdown with 1:13 left to go in the 4th to put the Rams up 42-7.
- After a 43-yard catch and run by sophomore wideout Johnny Rosario his offensive teammate Jamari Venter scored on a one-yard to make the score 42-14
- Brehon ran for a game high 107 yards on 14 carries which included a touchdown
- Carter threw for 201 yards and no touchdowns on the afternoon. He also threw three interceptions to Ram defenders
- Rosario and sophomore Anthony Norcia tied for the team lead in receptions with five a piece. Rosario lead the team in receiving yards with 89 on the afternoon.
- On defense, redshirt-junior Michael Mercuri led Merrimack in tackles with nine on the game. Holden was close in second place with seven tackles.
Notes & Numbers
- Saturday’s game marked the first-ever meeting between Merrimack and the University of Rhode Island
- Merrimack had success on the ground running for 194 yards total on the afternoon
- Merrimack went 50% on 4th down conversions, going 1-2
- Redshirt senior Enrique McFarlane had the only sack of the game for the Warriors in the 1st quarter
Merrimack heads back home for senior day on Saturday, November 16th. The Warriors will be taking on Franklin Pierce. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.