Quick Start Lifts Salve Regina Over MIT, 28-14
Oct. 31, 2004
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Freshman defensive back Phil Bellafiore had two interceptions in the first eight minutes of the game that each led to a Seahawks touchdown as Salve Regina (2-7, 1-4) defeated MIT (2-5, 0-4) on a Halloween Sunday at Steinbrenner Stadium. Robert Higle handled the Salve Regina offense, completing 13-of-20 passes for 164 yards and two touchdowns.
Although MIT received the opening kickoff, Bellafiore intercepted senior Phil Deutsch's first pass, resulting in a short field for the visiting Seahawks. Nine plays later, Dan Decosta bounced into the endzone on a 13-yard run to give Salve Regina an early, 6-0, lead. On the Engineers next possession, Bellafiore picked Deutsch again. The Seahawks worked for their second score, although Sean Peters led the way. Finishing with a game-high 134 yards, Peters capped the Seahawks' second drive with a one-yard run. Salve Regina missed on the ensuing two-point attempt, but still enjoyed a 12-0 lead midway through the opening frame.
The Cardinal Red and Silver Gray slashed into the Seahawks' lead with an eight-play drive in the second quarter. Rookie Thomas Scotton punched in for six with a two-yard run that capped a 58-yard drive. With 3:20 showing on the clock until halftime, the Salve Regina offense again went to work. A balanced attack featuring Peters, Decosta and Carl Frye led the Seahawks' march down the field. After seven plays and 74 yards, the Seahawks stretched their advantage to 14 with a six-yard touchdown pass from Higle to Frye.
MIT slashed into Salve Regina's lead in the third quarter, behind the game's longest drive. Totaling 13 plays, and spanning 87 yards and seven minutes, the Engineers crossed the goal line on a two-yard scamper by Scotton. MIT's rookie halfback finished with a career-high 124 yards and two touchdowns.
Salve Regina entered the fourth quarter with a 20-14 lead, although it had lost its early momentum. Looking for an offensive spark, the Seahawks went back to the ground, where Peters ate away the clock, while picking up valuable yards for the Salve attack.
The Seahawks started their final scoring drive from their own 10, but behind Peters and a few big plays to wideout Antonio Guzzo, Salve Regina covered 90 yards in just over five minutes. Facing a fourth-and-three from the MIT 30, Higle sealed the Engineers' fate with a bootleg connection to Dan Decosta, who promptly raced down the sideline for the uncontested score.
Guzzo led all receivers during Sunday's tilt, picking up 94 yards on eight catches.
Defensively, the Engineers were led by Kevin Yurkewich. Enjoying the best season of his career, Yurkewich made 11 solo stops and finished the game with a game-high 15 total tackles. Bobby Lacerda had eight tackles and an interception to pace the Seahawks' defense, which also boasted nine tackles for loss including three sacks.