Central Connecticut blows past Merrimack, snaps five-game skid

Published on Sunday, 31 October 2021 21:39
Written by TYLER HETU


Central Connecticut State football snapped a five-game losing streak Saturday afternoon, beating Merrimack on the road 49-21.

The first score of the game came on a Romelo Williams 5-yard running score, capping off a short 35-yard scoring drive at 11:15 in the first quarter.

From there, the Blue Devils scored 35 straight points before Merrimack could answer, trailing 42-0.

Another Williams score (from 1 yard out), a Tyshaun James 8-yard run, a Jonathan Cabral-Martin 30-yard fumble recovery return, a 4-yard Kyren Pettway catch from Williams and an 8-yard rush from Alex Hawkom snowballed the game in CCSU's favor in its best offensive showing of the season.

Merimack found paydirt with a Tyler Roberts 28-yard catch from Westin Elliot before halftime to stop some of the bleeding, sending the Blue Devils into halftime with its biggest lead of the season at 42-7.

In the second half CCSU scored once by way of an Aaron Dawson 1-yard run. Merrimack scored twice, but was chasing too big of a deficit to make any comeback happen on its home field.

The Blue Devils ended the game with 232 yards gained on the ground and 133 yards passing for a total offense of 365. They were 6 of 15 on third down and 4 of 4 on fourth down, gaining 21 first downs to Merrimack's 13.

Williams was the leading passer with 133 yards on 9 of 14 passing. Dawson led the Blue Devils in rushing yards with 164 yards.

On defense, Jermaine Williams, Shayne Manson and Luquay Washington each had sacks. Washington also had an interception.

Merrimack had 219 total yards on offense with -38 yards rushing.

The five rushing scores is the highest total for the Blue Devils since they ran in five against Robert Morris in November of 2019.

Next up for Central (2-6) is a game against Bryant (5-3), at home, with kickoff coming at noon. ESPN3 will televise the game.

Posted in The Bristol Press, CCSU on Sunday, 31 October 2021 21:39. Updated: Sunday, 31 October 2021 21:41.