Football Falls To New Hampshire 38-17 In Season Opener

Kevin Watson

WORCESTER, Mass. – Senior quarterback Kevin Watson (Belle Mead, N.J.) completed 33 of 47 passes for 271 yards in his first career start, but the Holy Cross football team was defeated by 14th-ranked New Hampshire 38-17 in its 2012 season opener at Fitton Field. The Crusaders begin the campaign at 0-1 with the loss, while the Wildcats start the year 1-0.

Senior linebacker Roman SanDoval (Allison Park, Pa.) led the Holy Cross defense with a career-high 13 total tackles, while junior defensive end Gary Acquah (Bronx, N.Y.) tied his career high with 10 total tackles. Junior wide receiver Mike Fess (Caldwell, N.J.) finished the night with a team-best 10 receptions for 85 yards, and senior tailback Eddie Houghton (Toronto, Ontario) rushed for 48 yards on seven carries.

New Hampshire was led by Sean Goldrich, who completed 21 of 31 passes for 193 yards and two touchdowns, in addition to rushing for a team-high 71 yards on 10 carries. R.J. Harris added 12 catches for 102 yards and a score for the Wildcats.

New Hampshire opened the game by taking an early 6-0 lead on a three-yard touchdown run by Nico Steriti. The Crusaders responded with a four-yard scoring run by Watson early in the second quarter, to claim a 7-6 advantage. But the Wildcats came right back with a 38-yard touchdown pass from Andy Vailas to Joey Orlando and an eight-yard scoring strike form Goldrich to Harris, going back in front 19-7. Junior placekicker John Macomber (Vienna, Va.) then kicked a 32-yard field goal on the final play of the second quarter, making the score 19-10 heading into the locker room.

Midway through the third quarter, Jimmy Owens capped an eight-play, 98-yard drive with a one-yard scoring run, increasing New Hampshire's lead to 25-10. A five-yard touchdown pass from Goldrich to Orlando and a two-yard scoring run by Chris Setian would then put the Wildcats up 38-10 early in the fourth quarter. Senior tailback Matt Bellomo (Holliston, Mass.) would conclude the scoring for the Crusaders with a two-yard touchdown run.

Holy Cross returns to action on Saturday, Sept. 15, when it plays host to Brown at 1:00 p.m.