Saxons run over Hartwick, give Murray 100th career win at AU
ALFRED, NY – Alfred University’s Dave Murray earned his 100th coaching victory at AU Saturday, as the Saxons pounded host Hartwick, 30-13.
Freshman wide receiver Maleke Fuentes (Olean, NY/Olean) ran for 143 yards on 23 carries and scored four rushing touchdowns and the Saxon defense held Hartwick to zero net yards rushing as AU finished its regular season 6-3 and clinched second place in the final Empire 8 standings with a 5-2 conference mark.
Alfred’s offense took a while to get started as the Saxons spotted Hartwick a 7-0 first-quarter lead that held up until just over six minutes remained in the third. That’s when Fuentes scored the first of his four TDs, from a yard out to cap a seven-play, 42-yard drive. The Saxons took a 14-7 lead 1:55 into the fourth, when Fuentes ended an eight-play 79-yard drive with a five-yard scoring run. On Alfred’s next possession, AU went 59 yards in five plays, with Fuentes scoring on an eight-yard scamper and giving the Saxons a 21-7 advantage.
On Hartwick’s ensuing possession, AU senior nose guard Mike Raplee got the second of his two sacks, tackling the Hawk quarterback in the Hawk endzone for a safety, giving Alfred a 23-7 lead with 6:17 left in regulation. With 3:22 left, Fuentes scored on a 22-yard run to cap a six-play 44-yard drive and put the Saxons up 30-7. Hartwick tallied a touchdown (the PAT failed) with 11 seconds left to close out the scoring.
It was the second straight week that Fuentes, guiding the Saxons’ Wildcat attack, ran for more than 100-yards. As a team, the Saxons ran for 272 yards, with freshman tailback Demetrious Houanche (Deer Park, NY/Deer Park) running for 89 yards on nine carries and senior free safety Jon Jasckson (East Amherst, NY/Bishop Timon) getting 51 yards on six rushing attempts.
AU junior quarterback Joe Enslin (Blairstown, NJ/Belvidere) completed 12 of 23 passes for 112 yards. Junior wide receiver Josh Phillips (Syracuse, NY/West Genesee) (63 yards) and senior tight end Adam Schutz (Geneva, NY/Geneva) (33) each had four receptions for the Saxons.
Keegan Corbett and Andrew Bashford split time at quarterback for Hartwick and combined for 234 passing yards. Nick Knauer and John Horner each caught TD passes for the Hawks (3-7, 0-7 Empire 8)..
Raplee had two sacks among his four tackles and junior linebacker D.J. Welch (Avon, Ny/Avon), senior end Chris Steeves (Rochester, NY/Gates Chili) and junior end Justin Collen (Averill Park, NY/Averill Pasrk) each had one. Through nine games, Raplee (11 ½ sacks) and Steeves (8 ½) have combined for 20 sacks. Senior linebacker Brendan McGinnis (Walworth, NY/Gananda-East Rochester) had a team-high eight tackles for AU.
Jared Morrow had six tackles and an interception and Coleman Jennes had two sacks for Hartwick.
Murray, in his 15th season as head coach at Alfred, now has a career record of 100-56 at AU. His 100 career coaching victories are second only to legendary former AU coach Alex Yunevich’s 177. The Saxons will now wait to see if they have earned a postseason berth. The NCAA announces bids for the Division III championship tournament Sunday, Nov. 11, at 6 p.m.; the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) will announce matchups for its three North Bowl championships later that evening.
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