Salve Regina Kicks Off Season With a Win at Union

Ken Bell

Salve Regina news release…

Regina 17, Union (NY) 14


NY –
Christian Clark hit a 35 yard field goal with 10:01 remaining in the fourth quarter to lead
Salve Regina
University to a 17-14 non-league football victory over
College Saturday afternoon at Frank Bailey Field. It was the season opener for both teams.
Matthew Markese had three sacks and five total tackles for losses with
11 total tackles for the Seahawks. Steven Wilken was 13 for 22 for 154
yards with no interceptions and a touchdown, and had a team high 47
yards rushing. Paul Panarelli had 62 yards on two
receptions. The Salve Regina defense posted five sacks.
Union was led by wide receiver
Jimmer Bennett
and linebacker
Noah Joseph.
Bennett had a career best 172 yards on seven catches with a TD, and
Joseph recorded a game high 17 tackles, including two for losses.
Brian Daley and
Jake Lebowitz had nine tackles each for the Dutchmen.
Connor Eck
was 10 for 22 in the first varsity game of his career, and also passed
for a touchdown with 172 yards. Eck also led the Dutchmen on the
ground with 41 rushing yards.
Salve Regina had 92 rushing yards but held the Dutchmen to 126.
Union had 340 yards in total offense while the Seahawks recorded 246 yards in offense.
The Seahawks opened the scoring just 2:36 into the contest. Phil Terio intercepted a pass from starting quarterback
Nick Becker from the Union 31, and raced down the left sideline into the endzone for a 6-0 Salve Regina lead. The kick failed.

The teams were both held scoreless in the second quarter. In fact,
neither team reached the red zone in a total of six drives in the
The Dutchmen took their first lead of the season in the third period. On a third and 11 from the Union 33, Eck found
Jimmer Bennett who took off for a 67 yard touchdown catch with 9:39 left to tie the contest, and
Tosin Kazeem nailed the extra point for a 7-6 home advantage. The score capped a three play, 66 yard drive that consumed 1:43.
Two drives later, Union started from the 32. Eck hit Bennett for 21 yards to keep the drive alive on a 3rd and 17 play from the Union 25. Eck also rushed to the 50 on a 3rd and 6 minutes later. On the 12th
play of the 68 yard drive (that took 6:30), Darnell Thomas rushed for
six yards for the touchdown and the kick made it 14-6 Union with 27
seconds remaining in the third quarter.
But after the kickoff, Salve pulled closer with a four play, 68 yard
drive in 1:17. Patrick Keenan caught a 15 yard touchdown pass from
Wilken just 51 seconds into the fourth quarter and Trey Scales rushed to
the left of the end zone for the two point conversion
and a 14-14 tie.
After the Salve defense held Union to four downs on the next drive, the Seahawks took over at the Union 38 with 12:26 left. Six plays later on a 4th and 5,
Clark booted the field goal for the eventual final score, 17-14.
Union returns home next Saturday, September 8, to host Utica in another
non-league game at 7 p.m. Salve Regina will host Montclair State in the
team's home opener on September 8 at 12 p.m.


                               Box Score (Final)
            Salve Regina vs Union (Sep  1, 2012 at Schenectady, NY)
Score by Quarters     1  2  3  4   Score
-----------------    -- -- -- --   -----
Salve Regina........  6  0  0 11  - 17       Record: (1-0)
Union...............  0  0 14  0  - 14       Record: (0-1)
Scoring Summary:
1st 12:24 SRU - Phil Terio 31 yd interception return (Christian Clark kick failed), , SRU 6 - UNION 0
3rd 09:39 UNION - Jimmer Bennett 67 yd pass from Connor Eck (Tosin Kazeem kick), 3-66 1:37, SRU 6 - UNION 7
    00:27 UNION - Darnell Thomas 6 yd run (Tosin Kazeem kick), 12-68 6:24, SRU 6 - UNION 14
4th 14:09 SRU - Patrick Keenan 15 yd pass from Steven Wilken (Trey Scales rush), 4-68 1:12, SRU 14 - UNION 14
    10:01 SRU - Christian Clark 35 yd field goal, 6-20 2:25, SRU 17 - UNION 14
                                    SRU    UNION
FIRST DOWNS...................       15       15
RUSHES-YARDS (NET)............    38-92   43-126
PASSING YDS (NET).............      154      214
Passes Att-Comp-Int...........  22-13-0  28-12-1
TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS.....   60-246   71-340
Fumble Returns-Yards..........      0-0      0-0
Punt Returns-Yards............     2-25     4-22
Kickoff Returns-Yards.........     3-65     3-61
Interception Returns-Yards....     1-31      0-0
Punts (Number-Avg)............   7-38.6   6-39.0
Fumbles-Lost..................      1-1      1-1
Penalties-Yards...............     5-45     8-66
Possession Time...............    30:53    29:07
Third-Down Conversions........  4 of 15  8 of 17
Fourth-Down Conversions.......   0 of 1   0 of 3
Red-Zone Scores-Chances.......      2-2      1-1
Sacks By: Number-Yards........     5-37      0-0
RUSHING: Salve Regina-Steven Wilken 11-47; Richie Edwards 23-45; K.
Halliburton 1-3; TEAM 3-minus 3. Union-Connor Eck 13-41; Darnell Thomas 7-39;
T.J. Franzese 17-26; Tim Hersey 5-20; Con. Beerworth 1-0.
PASSING: Salve Regina-Steven Wilken 13-22-0-154. Union-Connor Eck
10-22-0-172; Nick Becker 2-6-1-42.
RECEIVING: Salve Regina-Paul Panarelli 6-62; Richie Edwards 3-13; Matthew
Traynor 2-47; Trey Scales 1-17; Patrick Keenan 1-15. Union-Jimmer Bennett 7-172;
Eric Zavadsky 2-22; Tim Hersey 2-11; Chris Paolini 1-9.
INTERCEPTIONS: Salve Regina-Phil Terio 1-31. Union-None.
FUMBLES: Salve Regina-Steven Wilken 1-1. Union-Tim Hersey 1-1.
Stadium: Frank Bailey Field    Attendance: 1029
Kickoff time: 1:00 PM   End of Game: 3:32 PM   Total elapsed time: 2:22
Officials: Referee: Rick Ciampa; Umpire: Tommy Viola; Linesman: Mark Gazaille;
Line judge: Michael Mentis; Back judge: James Woods; Field judge: John Natale;
Side judge: Scott Virkler
Temperature: 75 deg.   Wind: light     Weather: Sunny, clear