MIT Football Closes The Season In Defeat
Nov. 6, 2004
Endicott Sports Information
BEVERLY, Mass. - The Gulls wrapped up their 2004 season by overpowering MIT, 47-17. With the win, Endicott finished in second place in the NEFC Boyd Division. It also capped the program's first winning season, as the Gulls were 4-5 last year in their first varsity season.
The Gulls' offense struck almost immediately. Twelve seconds into the first quarter Endicott recovered an MIT fumble. On the same possession, Jeff Trinque rushed two yards for a touchdown to give Endicott the early lead. Just a few minutes later, Endicott recovered another MIT fumble, and once again scored on the ensuing possession; this time, via Kevin Samaha's 17-yard reception from quarterback Vinny Orlando.
MIT scored the first points of the second quarter on Matt Ramirez's 21-yard field goal. Tech's first score was answered with three Endicott touchdowns in the same quarter. Gerard Festa scored after another recovered MIT, while Tim Boyd punched in a two-yard touchdown run. Finally, Trinque capped off the first half scoring with a 19-yard touchdown run.
Festa and Matt Thompson each added touchdowns in the third quarter to increase the lead to 47-3. At 9:13 in the third quarter, TJ Sawyer blocked an MIT punt that led to Festa's touchdown on the following play. MIT would not go out quietly, scoring its first touchdown of the game in the fourth quarter off a Thomas Scotton run. One minute later, the Engineers struck again when quarterback Phil Deutsch's 30-yard pass found Warren Chia in the end zone.
Festa led the Gulls offense with 134 rushing yards. Justin Garland anchored the defense with six total tackles, one of which was for loss. Garland also had a forced fumble and recovered one as well. Kevin Yurkewich paced the MIT defense with eight solo stops, ending his junior season as the Conference leader in total tackles. The Gulls were not forced to punt at all in the game.
Playing their final collegiate football games for MIT were seniors Warren Chia, Phil Deutsch, Richard Park, Michael Terry, Tanis Fidelholtz, Mark Boudreau, Ben Povlich, Spencer Cross, Matthew Krueger and Cody Patrick. After opening the season with two straight victories, MIT closes the season at 2-7 overall.