By Anthony Caruso
The College’s football team was motivated to win their last game of the season and end on a high mark. Under the Friday night lights on Nov. 13, the Lions were able to do exactly what they wanted to and win their fourth straight game against Rowan University.
Away in Glassboro, N.J., at Coach Wacker Stadium, the Lions defeated the Rowan Profs, 20-0, to close out their season.
Not only did they end the season on a win streak, 4-5, but they also picked up their first shutout of the season. Coach Wayne Dickens expected the team to have their first shutout against the Southern Virginia Knights, but was pleased to close out the season with a blank out.
As they’ve done in the previous games, the team rode on the shoulders of senior running back Victor Scalici, who put up a career-high mark for the third straight game. In his final game in a Lions’ uniform, he had 47 carries for 264 yards.
In his final three games total, he had 620 rushing yards, including 222 yards in his final game on home turf.
With his performance, he individually outgunned the entire Profs offense. They had just 125 yards, with 71 through the air and 54 on the ground.
The Lions also had 79 passing yards by junior quarterback Michael Marchesano, who went nine for nine in the game. Senior tight end Andrew Lachawiec had 31 yards, while sophomore tight end Chase Vena added 28. Scalici contributed 18, and senior tight end Mitch Miller had a catch for four yards.
In the first half, Scalici scored both touchdowns. Scalici added a 15-yard run at 9:40 in the first quarter, as the visitors went up, 6-0. The extra point by sophomore kicker Brian Nagy was blocked. At the 12:52 minute mark in the second quarter, he scored on a one-yard run, as the Lions went up, 13-0.
Marchesano scored on a one-yard run as the Lions went up, 20-0, in the third quarter.
The Lions turned the season around and ended on a winning streak that can possibly carry over into the 2016 season.