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Source: WestConn Football

By: Ryan Yursha

Following a 12-9 season-opening overtime win that saw the WestConn’s defense dominate William Patterson, senior quarterback David James threw for 279 yards with four passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdown, senior wide receiver Nick Kimball caught two touchdowns and blocked a punt, and the Colonials put on a show in a 41-16 rout of Dean in their home opener on Saturday night.

“We took the needed step we had to from week one to week two,” said WestConn head coach Joe Loth, who became the all-time winningest coach in program history last season, adding, “it was good to get an early lead and build on it throughout the game.”

WestConn got the scoring started just over a minute into the first quarter when senior wide receiver Devon Smith hauled in a 60-yard touchdown pass from James. The Bulldogs’ Jacob Bisson hit a 25-yard field goal with 5:41 remaining in the first, but on the Colonial’s next drive, James led a six-play, 57-yard drive capped off by a 7-yard touchdown pass to sophomore WR Will Daniels.

WestConn kept the momentum going into the start of the second quarter when, following a blocked punt by sophomore linebacker David Ross, Smith took and hand-off and ran nearly untouched up the middle for a 5-yard touchdown. After two impressive defensive series by the Colonials and a botched Bulldogs fourth down conversion, James fired a 20-yard touchdown pass to senior WR Nick Kimball. 

It wasn’t all WestConn in the first half, though, and with 3:44 remaining in the second quarter, Dean’s Errol Breaux pulled down a 26-yard touchdown pass from Terell Watts. The Bulldogs threatened to make it a two-score game at the half, but Watts was intercepted by senior defensive back Austin Thornberg and the Colonials maintained a 28-9 lead.

Dean looked ready to fight their way back coming out of the break, and they wasted no time mounting their comeback, turning their first possession into a three-play, 70-yard drive culminating in an 8-yard Saquan Kelly rushing touchdown. Not to be upstaged, James and the Colonials’ offense went 13 yards further in just one more play to make it 35-16 on another touchdown reception by Kimball, this one for 25 yards, with 11:49 left in the fourth quarter.

According to Loth, WestConn’s “two big red zone punt blocks were crucial,” and it was Kimball’s punt block on the ensuing possession, just a minute-and-a-half after giving the Colonials a 19-point lead, that allowed the Colonials to put the game out of reach with a 2-yard rushing touchdown from James, giving them a 41-16 lead over the Bulldogs with 4:40 remaining in the game.

The Colonials will play again on Saturday, Sept. 21 when they travel to Bridgewater State to take on the Bears at 3:30 p.m.